Cosentino is looking ahead to next year with its roundup of the standout surfacing trends to watch out for.
Already a coveted worktop design, Cosentino predicts that ‘waterfall’ worktops, or drop edges as they are often called, will continue to grow in popularity. An easy-to-achieve trend, it gives an elegant and seamless finish, ideal for an island or peninsular.
A waterfall edge refers to a surface that appears to flow over the edge of a worktop, covering the side and reaching the floor. Perfect for showcasing a statement surface, an island can be fully covered for a wow factor look, or alternatively a single drop edge can be used to great effect on the exposed end of a breakfast bar or peninsular.
From a practical perspective, waterfall worktops help to protect cabinetry and hide appliances. The worktop can also be extended to create a breakfast bar, leaving a recess where seating can be hidden.
Concrete-inspired surfaces is another trend which has gathered pace in 2018, and certainly shows no signs of slowing down. At a recent Cosentino trend briefing, a panel of architects and kitchen designers discussed the industrial trend and its timeless appeal, hailing a softer side that will continue to develop in 2019.
Merging aesthetics and practicality, surfacing that offers an ultra-realistic look with hardwearing benefits such as a high resistance to scratches and staining, will continue to appeal to consumers looking for longevity.
Splashbacks are no longer resigned to just being practical elements, with designers using them to create real focal points in the kitchen. As ever, it comes down to personal choice as to whether a splashback is matched to the worktop or contrasted, however, in 2019 Cosentino anticipates a growing demand for single-slab splashbacks as opposed to opting for standard tiling.
Elegant and simple, it offers practical cleaning benefits as grouting between tiles can be difficult to keep clean. What’s more, using a whole slab can show off a stunning design, especially with designs that feature natural-look veining.
For urban dwellers, space often remains at a premium, with open-plan living still the norm in many new-build apartments. In 2019, surfacing will play a role in the trend for ‘anti-kitchens’ – spaces that can be easily hidden away or transformed when not in use through the use of clever design so as not to impose on a luxurious living area. High-shine worktops inspired by the most premium of natural marbles, offer both high-end aesthetics and practical benefits. These include a high resistance to scratches, stains and heat, meaning that hot pans can be placed straight onto the surface from the hob or oven, removing the need for worktop clutter such as trivets. When paired with handleless cupboards or pocket door systems and appliances such as hidden extractors and frameless induction hobs, these elegant surfaces create sleek spaces that easily blend with their environments.