What are the kitchen trend predictions for 2016?

Kitchen worktop specialists Mayfair Granite have compiled some of their predictions.

Large-format Flooring and luxury vinyl

Kitchen flooring is an important part of the kitchen design procedure which is often overlooked as people focus on cabinet design, appliances and lighting, but it can have a dramatic effect on the overall look of a kitchen.

Tiles have always been a popular choice for kitchen floors as they are hard wearing, easy to clean and available in a wide range of colours, and this year will be no exception. Mayfair Granite predicts that 2016 will see Large-Format tiles becoming even more popular; these larger tiles mean less grout lines leading to a much cleaner look, something that will be popular this year as sleek designs continue to be king.

Large Floor Tiles

Vinyl flooring has come a long way since the peel-and-stick stuff from the 1970s and will also be a popular choice this year. Luxury vinyl combines the high quality realistic look of hardwood or stone with the durability of vinyl making it a natural fit for the kitchen.

Striking Mum’s kitchen- For me what matters in the kitchen is that it looks great and is as easy as possible to keep clean. I love the idea of less grout lines. Currently I have some relatively new hardwood looking vinyl.

Colourful Cabinets

People have been trying to declutter their kitchen cabinets since they were invented. Over the past few years advances in technology and design now mean that every space is used to its full potential. From a range of clever storage solutions to adjustable shelving, you can have your kitchen built to your specific needs.

A big trend that will be popular this year is contrasting cabinets. Combining different colours, textures and materials into one room will give the overall design depth and produce an eye-catching and exciting space.

Open shelving is also predicted to be big in 2016, and why would hide your beautiful dishes, glasses and cookware away in expensive cabinets anyway. Open shelving can help to increase your storage options, increases the amount of light in the room and produces a sense of space, perfect for smaller rooms.

Colourful Cabinets

Striking Mum’s kitchen I have a very colourful kitchen and am pleased to see this is trendy. For me, we have given up colour far too easily in our homes losing that sense of individuality. I like to collect pretty kitchenalia and to display it. Anything that increases light in a home is a good thing for me.

Luxurious Worktops

Granite and Quartz worktops have always been a popular choice for the kitchen due to their durability and quality look and this year is no exception. Advances in production and cutting techniques now mean that granite and quartz worktops are more affordable than ever and can fit seamlessly into the kitchen with the minimum of hassle. Dark greys and blacks are trending right now, perfect for creating a luxurious look.

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Striking Mum’s kitchen I have dark worktops. I think they always look better and it is great that they are coming down in price.

Colourful Sinks

Much like kitchen cabinets, sinks are trending away from basic white and stainless steel. The bright and vibrant colours now coming onto the market are a great way of adding a splash of colour to a neutral kitchen or to create an eye-catching focal point that really gives a kitchen that wow factor.

Striking Mum’s kitchen I have a boring kitchen sink and would love to inject some colour. I would probably choose something wacky like orange.

Pendant lighting and LED strips

Lighting is key to creating the right balance of ambience and function in the kitchen. Gone are the days of harsh strip lights and recessed lighting, 2016 will see the emergence of pendant lighting and under cabinet lighting.

Pedant lights can create a relaxing environment in the kitchen, while under cabinet lighting provides better visibility for tasks such as food preparation and chopping. Low voltage light strips are also a good choice for illuminating inside and above cabinets to create a dynamic effect.

Mayfair Granite - Pendant lighting

Striking Mum’s kitchen I love good lighting and under cabinet lighting is great. I have very standard lighting in our kitchen at the moment and it would be fun to experiment with some of the 2016 trends.

Bold Appliances

People rarely move beyond standard coloured kitchen appliances, tending to go safe with either white black or stainless steel. Bright, vibrant colours are bang on trend for 2016, allowing people to show off their individualism and their appliances in style.

Colourful Appliances

Striking Mum’s kitchen I love colour and the more striking the better. Purple and orange are particular favourites. I look forward to injecting some of the 2016 trends into my own kitchen.

What are your favourite kitchen trends for this year?

Olverum bath oil helped to improve my day.


I was feeling a little under the weather and lethargic. The cold temperatures are getting me down a bit as this Winter seems to be going on and on. Where is Spring?

This afternoon I decided I would cheer myself up with a restorative bath. I am a big fan of baths. Over the years of parenting, I have got into the habit of not taking those long ones of yesteryear with a book in hand and candles to help me relax

In fact, I visited my brother and had a bath and he could not believe how quickly I got out of it. I am just used to one of the children needing or wanting something from me so I find it challenging to switch off and indulge.

I headed upstairs today and ran a bath adding Olverum Bath Oil
a highly concentrated, therapeutic bath oil which contains 10 pure essential oils, carefully blended to work synergistically. It claims to naturally relieve stress and help you achieve a great nights’ sleep. I certainly managed an afternoon nap after my bath so I am a fan

Olverum also claims to be a great way to ease aching or sore muscles so may well be coming into play after our forest walks.

The first thing I noticed was that I was not going to get a bubble bath. Then I reminded myself that this is a blend of oils so I should not expect bubbles. I used to use aromatherapy oils a lot, It was lovely to immediately smell a gorgeous aromatic scent. I can see how it would help you a lot if you had a cold or flu. What I loved was that the scent did not wear off as I continued with my bath. I also noticed that my skin seemed extra smooth during and after the bath.

This time-honoured formulation of Olverum Bath Oil has remained largely unchanged for 83 years. Now beautifully re-packaged, yet still retaining the same formulation loved for eight decades by its’ passionate devotees, Olverum recently launched under new British ownership.

Family Fever

What are working conditions like around the world? Do we get a good deal in the United Kingdom?

I like to think that workers should get good rights as they bring their time and talent to support business which in turn supports the country’s economy. To be honest, I was surprised to find that the UK rates quite positively when it comes to rights for employees.

I don’t remember the rights of employees being covered at school which is a bit daft considering we spend so much of our adult lives in the workplace. I studied employment law at university so am probably that bit better informed but there are still areas that confuse me and of course, laws do have a habit of changing.

I do remember accepting a job offer and then discovering I was pregnant with my third child. My boss did everything he could to wriggle out of me starting the job when he found out I was expecting. He could not retract the offer legally but spent the next couple of years bullying me and I think that went back to him believing I knew I was with child when I applied for the job.

I thought out of the countries featured below, Sweden would have the best conditions. That is not quite the case.

I was surprised to find that working hours are less in Germany than in the UK.

I would love to know why in South Africa the minimum wage depends on what type of job your do. I am trying to work out whether that is a good or a bad thing.

The truth is most of us check out our rights when we need them. I urge you to check out your working conditions in detail in advance because life events like pregnancy and ill health do have a habit of turning up out of the blue.

Working Conditions Around The World


I am cheerful which is the best possible thing to talk about as I join in the Reasons to be Cheerful linky where we focus on positives.


1 Two weeks into my medication and the change is immense. I feel capable and proactive. I feel attractive and fun. I am OK

2. I had a lovely Valentines weekend with some very simple pleasures such as sharing a platter of pub grub treats with Him Indoors.

3. I had a little trip around my specialist boutiques (charity shops) this morning and bought some new trousers one in a lovely deep red shade and one retro Marks and Spencer pair with the tags still on. They don’t look old-fashioned at all so it shows if you wait long enough everything comes back into fashion. I also picked up some Dorling Kindersley books on Lego for less than 50 pence each!

4. We have had a good lazy Half-Term working to our own timetables and why not? My husband took some time off and that is always a treat as he does work so hard.

5. I set the children a home education challenge to research Albania and they came up with some really fascinating facts.

6. Some newspaper headlines made me jig a little with delight this morning. I had only calmed down from that joy a little when I spotted the awesome fish and chip shop that has been closed for 6 months was opening tonight! Can you guess what I had for tea?

7. Had a lovely quiet afternoon whilst my husband took the children out for a treat.

8. Interesting opportunities keep showing up in my inbox making me believe the future will get brighter and brighter.

9. I am working out what suits me and doing more of that. Now that has to be sanity right there, yes?

How often should you get a new duvet?

Opinions vary. However, over the years I have tried all manner of duvets. I like a 15 tog and at any time of year too. I think whoever originally designed the duvet deserves a medal! Every day is a duvet day in my house.

Today it is freezing cold so time for a duvet on the sofa. Duvets are not just for bedrooms!

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Over the years I have sometimes made the mistake of buying cheap and cheerful duvets and always lived to regret it. Savings can be made in other areas – a good duvet is essential for my happiness!

Sleepy People have a range of High-tog Duvets (15 tog) ideal for the winter weather. Let’s face it winter seems to be going on and on this year. We have blue skies but it is so very cold.

15 tog is the highest tog-value of duvets and is guaranteed to keep your body toasty!

So I am a 15 tog girl but my husband prefers a lower tog rating so we compromised and tried the luxurious 13.5 tog Egyptian cotton double duvet made from finest quality soft plain weave cotton fabric that gives extra comfort and softness.

•This duvet is filled with a smooth silk like hollow fibre filling to give it a soft and silky feel.
•100% soft silk like hollow fibre filling
•100% luxury Egyptian cotton cover
•Superior stitching pattern to hold filling in place
•Machine washable at 40°C
•Suitable for tumble drying

We both love the duvet and it fits our kingsize bed properly so that we are not fighting for it in the night both feeling covered adequately, again something you don’t get with poor quality duvets.

I was so thrilled with the duvet that I made a great reason to go and buy a new bedding set to go with it.

How often do you get a new duvet?

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