The open-plan, eat-in kitchen has been very popular for years and has now advanced to the real heart of the home. No wonder: today’s trend strongly favours healthy nutrition and cooking one’s own food. And it is no longer just the younger generation who enjoy cooking and eating in a sociable setting with family or friends – which simply does not work in a separate kitchen. So the demand is for large, open-plan kitchens that integrate perfectly into the living and dining area and offer ample space for lots of people and good conversation.

Muted colours and metallic effects

In terms of their interior design, in 2018 the trend-setting kitchens are simple and elegant. Gone are the days of the quaint country kitchen with its nostalgic rustic charm. Muted colours and smooth fronts with metallic effects are popular: a great design combination which works perfectly with the Villeroy & Boch METALLIC ILLUSION tile range. Its surface is reminiscent of concrete and works with gradients of rust colours, as if time had left its trace. And those who want to work with coloured highlights will find all they need in the CREATIVE SYSTEM 4.0 colour concept. The nuanced colours have been developed with a view to the colour philosophy of modern furnishing concepts.

Minimalist looks in wood and natural stone

Even if the typical country look is no longer Number 1 on the popularity scale for modern eat-in kitchens, natural colours, materials and finishes are naturally still in use in the kitchen – they’re just more minimalist and lighter now. Wood or natural stone, for instance. When it comes to robustness and cleaning, however, both materials pose real disadvantages: they are sensitive to scratching, bumps and stains, often not colour-fast and require painstaking care – all properties one would rather not have in the kitchen.

Smooth fronts and harmonious décors