MY TOP TRENDS FOR 2016... #1: BRASS

Kitchen design in the early Noughties was all about chrome, then came a shift to gold and in 2014/15 the market was hammered with copper.  So it was only a matter of time before the trend for brass came to the fore.  If you're having visions of coal buckets and horse brasses then think again.  This is 21st century brass.  And it is bold, to say the least.

 

While I love the brass-clad island in the image above, and have no doubt that over time the patina would add to its charm, I think I would suffer from acute fingerprint anxiety resulting in obsessive buffing!

So if, like me, you're not quite ready to test your resolve in that way or just aren't brave enough to make such a statement, there are plenty of other ways you can add a touch of brass to your kitchen...

 
In a rustic style kitchen, brass faucets and handles add a contemporary touch. I love the combination of brass, wood and marble - classic but not showy.

In a rustic style kitchen, brass faucets and handles add a contemporary touch. I love the combination of brass, wood and marble - classic but not showy.

 
This industrial style lamp from Broste Copenhagen stands out against a neutral background.

This industrial style lamp from Broste Copenhagen stands out against a neutral background.

 
Grout doesn't have to be white! Make floors shine by adding some bling in between tiles.

Grout doesn't have to be white! Make floors shine by adding some bling in between tiles.

 
Clockwise from top left:  Cutlery, Broste Copenhagen   Black and brass bowls, Tom Dixon   'Isaac' chair, Graham & Green   Antique Lassi cup, Plümo

Clockwise from top left:  Cutlery, Broste Copenhagen   Black and brass bowls, Tom Dixon   'Isaac' chair, Graham & Green   Antique Lassi cup, Plümo

PANTONE COLOUR OF THE YEAR 2016

Last week it was announced that, for the first time ever, Pantone had chosen not one but two colours as their Colour of the Year for 2016.  

Serenity is a gentle yet airy powder blue reminiscent of freshly washed bedlinen and lazy Sunday mornings.  The soft pink of Rose Quartz evokes feelings of romance and whimsy while maintaining a certain level of composure.

Mindfulness and well-being are buzz-words in modern society and Pantone have selected these two colours as a remedy to the stress and turbulence of 21st century living.  When combined, these pastel hues generate a calmness that is conceived as a expression of the mood among today's consumers.  The cool, restful Serenity balances perfectly with the compassionate Rose Quartz instilling a sense of peace and tranquility - something that surely we all strive for yet find so hard to achieve.  

2015's Marsala was like being wrapped in a chunky knit blanket whilst sat in front of a open fire drinking Horlicks.  In 2016 we are being told to forget our woes and be carefree (but still pay off the credit card each month!).  Perhaps by mixing the two we might be able to call the resulting colour Nirvana?

Is this Nirvana?

Is this Nirvana?