Kitchen design at Decorex SA 2017 exhibitions

‘Simplicity in Design’ is the theme of the Kitchen Trends-sponsored stands at the 2017 editions of Decorex SA. New trends include the move towards ultra matt textures, especially in darker colours. Image supplied by Neolith.

Forming the heart of the home, the kitchen is often the most utilised space and requires a purpose-driven design with quality products and appliances, all of which can be found at the KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and Gauteng Decorex SA 2017 exhibitions, co-sponsored by Plascon and Caesarstone.

Decorex SA is not only endorsed by Kitchen Specialists’ Association of South Africa (KSA) but they also welcome the leaders in the kitchen world, Franke, who will be showcasing four ‘Simplicity in Design’ Kitchen Trends-sponsored stands at the 2017 edition.

Commenting on the 2017 kitchen trends that visitors can expect to see, Franke SA’s National Sales Manager, Clinton Soutter, explained: “Kitchen design continues to maximise space, which is often limited and we’re seeing the open-plan model retaining popularity. The kitchen continues to be a place where people socialise, and not just perform the task of preparing food. Designers constantly have to ensure every aspect of the design is user-friendly and functional to the individual homeowners’ needs and lifestyle.”

He emphasised that, although the theme encourages simplicity, it is in no way ‘simplistic’.

“There are much cleverer designs coming through with space being maximised. Every inch and item within the kitchen must have purpose. Visitors to Decorex SA will be interested in seeing the innovative adaptions to products, driven by consumer desires. Where bigger sinks are popular, people are also very water conscious so we are seeing a trend towards wider sinks which have less depth. The kitchen mixer continues to evolve with technology (such as finger touch controls) playing a big role, along with sleeker lines.”

KSA is a kitchen industry and consumer association that regulates the trade, ensuring the highest standards are maintained while providing the consumer with assistance. Decorex SA is exclusively endorsed by this renowned regulatory association.

Looking to 2017, Stephanie Forbes, National Manager of the KSA, said there are interesting new trends filtering down from Europe which will be evident at Decorex SA.

“The high-gloss look that has been so popular over the last few years is not disappearing but is being moderated,” she explained. “We will see this look combined with wood grains, glass, metal and the new addition of ultra-matt finishes.”

She said the move towards ultra matt is very contemporary, especially in darker colours, however neutral tones are also still popular but with key, highlight colours.

“Combining materials also remains prevalent, particularly when it comes to surfacing materials both in base material and thickness. Clean lines are still vital with integrated and built-in appliances making a strong comeback after the freestanding cooker played such a feature role. Also, look out for handle-less doors which are a solid kitchen trend.”

While showcasing the latest in all kitchen appliances and products, as well as offering expert insights into 2017’s international kitchen trends, Decorex SA will also welcome visitors into a world of high-end design and interior trends and ideas.