Hardware is no longer defined by the way in which components simply help a space to function, writes Jashdip Kaur, Product Group Manager for Decorative Handles and Accessories at Häfele.
Thanks to emerging trends and a different approach, products such as hinges, handles and wirework are adding stylish touches to the home, making hardware a key element when creating spaces that look as good as they function.
With an abundance of textures and colour palettes dominating everything from hinges to handles, designers need to consider every last detail of fixtures and features to make sure the overall look and feel of a room has the all-important wow factor.
Spaces hinged on great design
With a greater choice of hinges available, homeowners can now choose the perfect option depending on the space available, style of cabinetry and preferred functionality.
For example, we’re seeing an increase in concealed hinge fittings introduced to the market. Used in partnership with ultra-thin doors, these remove the need for bulky, outdated hinges, catering to the minimalist design concepts we’re seeing more and more of.
In the UK, we’re also seeing hinge trends coming over from the continent. With space at a premium, homeowners are realising they can maximise space and height in their kitchen with flap hinges, compared to traditionally favoured side-hinge options.
Easy come, easy go
Meanwhile, hinges such as our Grass Tiomos range offer the perfect mix of stylish design and maximum stability. With an adjustable soft-close feature, it can be tailored to units, cabinets and layouts of any shape or size; while its latest version, the Tipmatic and Tipmatic Plus, also offers a ‘touch-to-open’ option, making kitchen use more effortless than ever.
The range comes in a standard nickel-plated finish, as well as the recently launched ‘night’ – or anthracite – finish, which is perfectly timed for the trend of darker details.
Dark and bold hardware
While chrome and grey-coloured cabinetry and fittings have dominated the market for many years, 2019 saw a shift from light and mid-shades to darker, bolder options. In response, manufacturers and distributors are now creating complementary wirework and handles to help homeowners create a more dramatic look in their kitchen and put components at the centre of their design.
Alongside anthracite, antique bronzes and coppers will join rose gold as the metallic colours of choice in 2020, especially for accent accessories such as handles and knobs.
Customers are increasingly demanding hardware which helps them achieve greater definition in their homes. As such, 2020 will also see more attention placed on the ways in which hardware can complement popular worktop and splashback products and styles, with designers tasked with sourcing the very best ranges on the market to achieve designs which stand out from the crowd thanks to exquisite attention to detail for maximum style and function.