The kitchen isn’t just a functional area; it’s an entertainment space too. No wonder that kitchen design trends in 2018 are bolder and brighter.

For the installation, four local designers in each of the three provinces will be given the chance to create ‘An Expression of Colour’ kitchen using the latest range from Franke SA.

Each kitchen model will then be assessed by Franke and KSA, with the winning creator receiving R10 000 worth of Franke kitchen products.

An expression of colour

“Life is about using the whole box of crayons. At Franke we choose to live life in colour, believing that it can influence our moods and our thoughts,” says Clinton Soutter, Franke SA’s National Sales Manager.

“The colours you pick for your kitchen can express the different aspects of your creativity, personality and style. Colour can also change the perceived size and shape of the room so it’s important to use a carefully selected colour palette to create just the right look.”

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He said this fitted in well with the Decorex #rhythmoflife theme as they felt colour reflected the ‘heartbeat of life and expression’.

Forbes praised this year’s theme choice because of the vital role colour plays in every kitchen:

“It is one way for a consumer to really express themselves in the space, however, the choices of colour can also make or break a good kitchen design. Colour is intrinsically linked to mood and the sense of space so choosing the wrong colour can make the space feel claustrophobic while the right colour can reflect light and open the space up,” says Stephanie Forbes, National Manager of KSA.

She says that colour choices should express the chooser while not creating an outdated kitchen.

“If chosen incorrectly, the colour may be the reason you can’t sell your home when you decide to move on. Remember, colour is not only expressed on the walls or the doors of the kitchen but through accessories and appliances as well.”

Colourful kitchen design trends 2018

Kitchen trends to watch

Forbes says South Africa is still reflecting the 2016 and 2017 European trends, so visitors could expect to see a lot of clean lines with minimal fuss.

“Materials such as matt and gloss, timber and steel are still popular, with reference to the industrial concrete look and imitation marble seen in tops,” said Forbes.

“Surface materials are still varying in thicknesses while handless doors and drawers remain. Space-saving hardware is always a trend as spaces get smaller and we require better ergonomics in the kitchen.”

Soutter says this year’s project theme reflected the trend of enhanced colour inclusion into kitchens. There would also be more two-tone units – without upper cabinetry – fitted with brass and mixed metals. Smart Kitchens are also starting to dominate using integrated and hidden appliances, as well as personalised tile-feature walls and concealed lighting.

“At the Decorex Joburg show last year we launched our new range of sintered stone and quartz worktops, and this range will now be launched at Decorex Durban and Decorex Cape Town this year, along with our new solid surface worktops,” says Soutter.

Check out these incredible kitchen trends, fittings and appliances and find the best option to suit your colourful #rhythmoflife at Decorex Durban (21 – 25 March 2018), Decorex Cape Town (27 April – 1 May 2018) and

Decorex Joburg (8 – 12 August 2018).

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Image credits: Kitchen Specialists’ Association (KSA)