An Interview with Dwell Interior Architects on Kitchen Design Trends

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

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With kitchen design trends seeming to fluctuate as frequently as the weather, it’s not always easy to tell which trends will stay, and which will become yesterday’s news.

So to help our Franke fans keep their kitchen designs up-to-date, we thought we’d get some expert insight, from the directors of Dwell Interior Architects.

In our first ever Make It Wonderful interview, we caught up with Lauren Horsfall and Kelly Andries, and asked them a few questions about current kitchen design trends.

Meet The Directors Of Dwell Interior Architects

Pictured Left: Lauren Horsfall
Pictured Right: Kelly Andries

Whether it’s corporate, retail, or high-end residential interior architecture, directors Lauren Horsfall and Kelly Andries run projects from inception through to the design development.

Their extensive experience of over 30 combined years in the industry has given them a wealth of design expertise.

Lauren Horsfall & Kelly Andries Talk About Kitchen Design Trends

1.What kitchen design trends have you noticed lately?

Answer: We’ve noticed a definite shift towards simple clean living. While we continue to create distinctive and luxurious spaces, there’s been an emphasis on ‘liveable’ maintenance-free interiors, leading to us using finishes such as large format tiles and slabs for flooring & countertops, as well as pre-finished engineered timber for floors and wall cladding -creating inviting yet resilient spaces. Other finishes that have to be mentioned as major design trends of 2016 are the beautiful marble and metallic accents, which we’ve loved!

2.Do you expect any new kitchen design trends to emerge this spring, and if so what do you think they will be?

Answer: We see a movement to more eclectic spaces, mixing a variety of opposing styles to create a truly personalised interior. With regards to finishes, we’ve seen the beginnings of a pull towards matt finishes - moving away from all things metallic (Franke Onyx Fragranite sinks are a good example of this).

3.What are your favourite kitchen design trends of 2016 so far?

Answer: We’ve enjoyed the trend of making kitchen spaces feel more like living spaces than utility spaces. Introducing unusual wall coverings, feature light fittings and beautiful artworks can completely transform the feel of these spaces.

4.Is there any design advice you’d like to give to Franke fans, when it comes to keeping the look of their kitchen up-to-date?

Answer: We find simple clean lines, with no unnecessary clutter, the most timeless when it comes to kitchen design. When using Franke prep bowls and sinks, we find under-mounting them helps create this clean look.  To add interest to the spaces we’d recommend a mixture of finishes, for example adding a timber feature to an otherwise plain white or black kitchen lifts the whole space dramatically.

Have you got any advice or predictions for ? If so, we’d love you to leave us a comment in the box below and share your thoughts.

 

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