By Svenja Gernoth

The days when the kitchen served the mere purpose of slaving away over a hot stove are long gone.

Less is more and Wayne Nabal of Grass ZA says: “The less there is in the kitchen, the more modern it looks.” Since condensed living spaces have come into play, Morné van der Merwe of Eurocasa notes that multifunctional kitchens fusing cooking and preparation areas for a fast paced lock-up-and-go lifestyle are in high demand. Instead of freestanding tables and nooks, many are adopting the incorporation of a kitchen island.

Colour-stained glass and handle-free cabinetry are high in demand, and Philip adds: “The emergence of electronic push mechanisms is paving the way in cabinet design, and the use of sliding units to conceal appliances such as ovens, fridges and microwaves are fast becoming popular as they provide clean lines and uncluttered spaces.” In terms of colour, Craig Russell of Easylife Kitchens notes that bright colours such as red, green, white and black in a high gloss finish are setting the trend.

Experts agree that lighting plays a critical role and generates the overall ambience in the kitchen. Downlights strategically placed on cabinets light up counters and can be dimmed to suit the occasion and chandeliers, be they opulent or contemporary, have also made a huge comeback.

When creating your kitchen, focusing on functionality and personalisation is the key. Incorporate colours that complement the rest of your home, don’t be afraid to make bold statements and create a space that reflects your own personality.