Fully accessorised sinks that have that wow factor will be a big trend for 2018, according to British manufacturer Astracast.
With the continued trend for minimalism, Astracast has predicted that this will filter down to kitchen sinks, claiming that “minimalist, fully accessorised sinks” will become an area of growth in 2018.
It also forecast further growth in kettle hot taps, thanks to their space-saving and energy-efficiency benefits, as well as a growing demand for the ability to hide sinks and taps away.
The company said it believes there is a growing demand for British-made products over those from other countries, adding that Brexit uncertainty will offer UK brands an advantage in 2018 over overseas competitors.
“The trend for designs that complement minimalist living, again freeing up space, will continue, and we expect there to be increased demand for hidden sink and tap solutions,” said managing director Darren Cooper.
When it comes to sink design and trends, Astracast has predicted strong growth in composite sinks with the colour of 2018 being grey.
It claimed that the trend for composite sinks would be driven by versatility in styling options, as well as giving consumers more choice for geometric or curved designs.
Stainless steel under-mount and flush-mount sinks still remain the most popular, however, Astracast said it expected to see “the biggest growth” in ceramics and composite, which will take market share away from the stainless-steel sector.
This growth will be driven by consumer demand for Belfast-style sinks in more traditional kitchens and composite in contemporary kitchens.
The 1.5 bowl configuration will continue to sell more strongly than single bowls, it added.
The company said it also expected to see continued growth in the home improvement and replacement sector, as homeowners continue to stay put rather than move house.