This year, when I returned home from holidays in July, I felt totally energised and ready to get really stuck into some decor projects around the house, including our ongoing kitchen update project. This, I’m sure, was partly due to having a fantastically chilled out holiday in a beautiful part of France, but also because I was really inspired by the wonderful flea markets, antiques shops and interiors over there. There was just so much to whet my appetite. Please take me back!!
Alas, not possible, but back home I am and ready to spend some more time here on the blog. So what’s been going on at home? Well, with our kitchen/living space undergoing its gradual makeover these past few months (see some more of this here), I have lots of progress to share with you!
Before we had even moved into our new house, one of the things I had decided I would tackle first was the open plan kitchen/living space. We are now three months in and I’ve finally made some firm decisions on the decor, including what colour to paint the 1990s oak kitchen cabinets (I think this colour will be perfect to bounce some light around), as well as what shade to use for the surrounding walls (I’m loving this new colour from Farrow & Ball which looks great alongside the cabinet colour choice).
For those of you who follow the blog regularly, I must apologise for being a little quiet of late. With the house move last month and all the unpacking and general sorting out of life that goes with it, I made a conscious decision to focus on the family and savour our first weeks together in our new home, getting to know some of the neighbours and making endless cups of tea for all the lovely friends and family who have popped around to see us and get ‘the tour’, as is the norm. It has been a lovely first few weeks and I have been enjoying posting a few snippets on Instagram (please have a nosey @dekkobird) of some of the little things I’m enjoying along the way.
It’s no surprise that the way we live in and use our homes not only has an impact on the design and layout of them, but it affects the decor trends that come and go over the years, too. 2016 is no exception to this rule, with several trends developing or emerging this year that are expected to make a big impact on interior design and decoration.
I plan to look at some of these trends in more detail over the next few weeks, but for this particular post, I’m looking at the kitchen. With social change and modern design making cooking and entertaining an altogether more relaxed affair, the once small and draughty kitchen at the back of the house has evolved into what it is today: an open plan, multi-functional space at the heart of the home. It’s the focal point of our homes and where we all spend most of our time, so we want it to look and feel right for our needs.
Two major trends have been around for a while now in kitchen design: firstly, the hand-painted kitchen in cool shades of grey, green and off-white has become very popular due to its classic, yet modern look, but there is also evidence of a more industrial vibe in kitchen design, with rustic materials, pared back simplicity and a mélange of textures and finishes being key factors. This is possibly why the latest idea of ‘mismatching’ your kitchen cabinets has become a fast growing trend – it allows us the freedom of a more informal, edgy look, but one that is built upon a base of good quality, solid cabinetry and materials.
Confused or perhaps not convinced? Then take a look at these kitchens that exemplify the trend and prepare to be wowed…