When you’re lucky enough to be redoing your kitchen and your home DIY budget is flexible, and with technology and global competition the way it is in 2014, you can start rubbing your hands together with glee because boy are you spoilt for choice!
When you’re lucky enough to be redoing your kitchen and your home DIY budget is flexible, and with technology and global competition the way it is in 2014, you can start rubbing your hands together with glee because boy are you spoilt for choice! 2014 is not only the year of the smart kitchen; it is also bringing back some design elements from the old world. We look at the top 4 appliances and kitchen design trends of 2014 for some home improvement tips.
- Colour me happy: stainless steel is OUT
For many years people have been equating modern with steel, chrome and sharp edges. But 2014 sees coppers, rose golds and brasses making a comeback with carefully chosen features in the kitchen, such as bold brass light shades. Bright colours in the kitchen come back in and out of fashion in different manifestations – 2014 sees the inclusions of colour but with caution. For example, buy your smaller kitchen appliances in bright ceramic colours or paint a long strip in bright green or red between your natural tiles.
- Cuisine chez moi
You only need to turn on the telly to see the newest trendy cooking show, showing you how to be a chef in your own home. So out you go and buy the latest Artisan stand mixer, plant a vegetable garden or go to an organic market and show off to your friends your latest and greatest healthy cordon bleu three course meal. Cooking amazing meals at home is definitely a big hit in 2014, so make sure your kitchen is all souped-up with all the latest small appliances. Smeg has just released a fantastic range of small appliances in classy neutrals or duck egg blues with 50’s lettering, which will blend in nicely with your old world touches - so that’s a great place to start.
- Effortless appliances: smart and connected
According to the Guardian’s Stuart Dredge, “fridges, washing machines, cookers and kettles with broadband built in have yet to make a significant impact”. At the same time, it seems that detergent is always the one thing you forget at the supermarket, leaving you no choice but to wear your frayed too-tight corduroys from yesteryear. The Berg Cloud wash could be the appliance that makes smart appliances a household name. By connecting to the internet it sends the owner an alert before starting the rinse cycle on this Zanussi-based prototype washing machine, so the owner can delay and have fresh laundry as soon as they arrive home. Buttons on the machine also automatically purchase detergent and softener from Amazon as needed.
- Energy saving is still on the up
The only snag to your Mensa-candidate kitchen is that it comes with an energy bill as high as its IQ – even intelligence has its price. Fortunately, eco-friendly appliances will keep being a big trend in the UK for obvious reasons – as Brits we like to save a few pounds and as a general rule we also give a nod or two to Mother Earth (because we’re pretty sure she also has a very impressive hat collection in pastels). Have a chat to Prince Charles if you need more proof. The good news is that the bigger your initial budget, the more eco-friendly you can go with your appliances and ultimately save more in the long run. Which UK is going to be your first port of call when it comes to choosing energy-efficient large appliances.
A good place to start is with your boiler and fridge freezer. Boilers can account for up to 60% of your home’s carbon emissions, with a high-efficiency condensing boiler being your biggest energy saver. Similarly, fridges are on all the time, so they’re your biggest energy guzzler after the central heating, with running costs for fridge freezers up to £87 per year according to Which. If you have a budget as fat as that Cheese cake could make you, A++ fridges can be both stylish and kind to the environment. We like the Smeg 50’s range to match your small appliances.
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