The return of darker, grained woods will be the key trend in kitchens this year, according to kitchen manufacturer and retailer Sigma 3.
“We’re definitely seeing a surge in popularity in natural wood, in dark, sumptuous colours,” says marketing manager Paula Morris. “Whereas these used to be seen as heavy and overpowering, the new trend in dark timber such as rich walnut couldn’t be further away. Walnut works in both contemporary and traditional kitchens. What’s important is the quality of the grain and a glamorous, luxurious feel.”
She also predicts a comeback for curves: “Curves make a lot of sense in today’s modern, practical kitchen,” she says, “and are ideal if you have young children. Also, more of our customers are finding that sharp, angular designs do not create the right environment and lack warmth.”
A recent survey by the company confirmed that the kitchen is now the social hub of most households, with two-thirds of people ditching the dining room in favour of the kitchen as the main room for eating and entertaining guests.
Sigma 3 says the average cost of a kitchen has risen by 10% in the past five years, with homeowners prepared to invest more than ever before.