Trends in kitchen design have changed to the extent where, rather than being a separate room, it merges into the main areas of living or working.
Dr Markus Miele, managing director and co-owner of Miele, said the current fashion shows kitchens being increasingly integrated with a living space.
“Kitchens have to look nicer than what they used to look like 15 years ago, so design becomes very important.
“There a lot of things you have to think about in kitchen design that you didn’t have to consider many years ago,” he said.
Melding the kitchen with the main area of work or play can be done by matching colours or accessories that extend the look of the living room inside. A greater degree of integration can be created by including items of furniture in the kitchen normally seen in other parts of the space, like a small sofa or a television.
However, specific trends in the Middle East region get more challenging to define, according to Gaby Koudsi, managing director, Miele GCC. This is because of the melting pot of nationalities which leads to different cooking habits and lifestyles that affect kitchen design. Even though there seems to be a difference in kitchen design preferences based on region, the phenomenon of “global village” applies here.
Dr Miele said many consumers become inspired by designs seen in other countries and desire the same for themselves. “In different countries you get varying results [of what people want] because of different habits and lifestyles. But a lot of our customers travel around the world, so they see different designs from places like France and Italy, while some who have never travelled will have another idea on design,” he added.
Dr Miele added the use of technology in kitchen design and appliances is increasing, and has become an important trend.
Sustainability ties in to the concept of technology as well. Faucets that reduce water usage, eco-friendly dishwashers and refrigerators that save energy have become a norm rather than an oddity in modern kitchen interiors. The concept of green design is now standard even in kitchens.
Minimalism is currently popular, with designers using splashes of colour to make simple and functional designs stand out.
With the changing face of kitchen design, Commercial Interior Design speaks to the kitchen suppliers you need to know.