Modern kitchens tend to have to work hard, and do several jobs, as well being the epicentre of activity in a home. This drive for multi-function has also seen a demand for items that become more like the premium designed pieces in other living room spaces, with the standard kitchen items looking more discreet. The dining area also links more seamlessly with the kitchen design. “Built-in means having furniture in the living space that echoes that of the kitchen,” says Marriot.
“For example, audio-visual furniture or shelf units that are made in the same materials in the same style as your kitchen, thereby maintaining a coherent overall design.” Even colours in the kitchen are becoming more connected to the rest of the home, “becoming softer and paler with lots of greys but also peach, pink, green as well as strong navy and black” suggests Marriot, breaking down the traditional switch into a more practical look as design moves into the kitchen.