Want to know what kitchen trends are popular in Germany right now?
German kitchens are so popular right now with Irish and UK homeowners, probably because Germany is seen as the trend setter when it comes to kitchen design. We love German kitchens here at Kitchenindex.ie, so we wanted to be able to tell our readers what styles, layouts and colours are popular in Germany right now. If it’s a hot trend in Germany, you’ll see it on the market for kitchens in Ireland and the UK too.
We wanted to get it straight from the horses mouth, so we decided to interview one of the biggest kitchen retailers in Germany, Küche&Co to find out what trends are currently popular in the German kitchen market.
Kitchenindex.ie: What kitchen styles are most popular with German homeowners right now?
Küche&Co: Modern and contemporary kitchens are most popular although we still design and fit classic and country styles for certain customers. High gloss kitchens are our biggest seller with handleless door styles growing in demand.
(Examples of German handleless kitchens. Notice the use of soft colours)
Kitchenindex.ie: What colours would you say are the biggest seller for Küche&Co?
Küche&Co: We tend to get asked a lot for soft colours such as white, ivory, stone, grey, sand and cashmere. But white is definitely the most popular colour for kitchens in Germany. What a lot of homeowners are opting for is two tone or colour blocking. This might be in the form of choosing a different colour for your tall cabinet or for a niche shelving area. It could also be a different colour on the wall cabinets than that of the floor cabinets. Colour blocking can give the WOW factor to a simple kitchen design, so we design a lot of this in to our kitchens.
(Some examples of soft tones, two tone kitchens and colour blocking)
Kitchenindex.ie: In terms of kitchen layouts, is it large open plan living areas that are popular or smaller kitchen spaces that are closed off from the rest of the house?
Küche&Co: Most definitely it is open plan living spaces that incorporate the kitchen, dining area and living room. I think this is the same all over the world. People want space around them and want the kitchen to be very much a social hub within the home.
(Open Plan German Kitchen – Kitchen is finished in Sand Gloss Lacquer with Virginia Oak)
Kitchenindex.ie: You mentioned that classic and country style kitchens are still being requested by your customers. What colours are popular among these style of kitchens?
Küche&Co: Even though you might think that classic and country style kitchens are traditional looking, they really aren’t so much anymore. Our designs are quite simple in terms of door styles and colours. Our two most popular styles from our classic and country style kitchens are the Oak Terra and the Oak Platinum. The Oak Terra is beautiful dark coloured kitchen and the Oak Platinum is a lighter more subtle colour.
About Küche&Co: Küche&Co are one of Germany’s largest kitchen retailers with about 100 kitchen showrooms and over 300 design consultants in Germany. You can see their full range at http://www.kueche-co.de/