With the trend for open plan living showing little sign of slowing down, our kitchen appliances are more on display more than ever before. If you’re in the market for a new fridge, look for one that blends in seamlessly with the surrounding cabinetry and appliances, or make a bold statement with a bright, contrasting colour or luxurious finish.
Forget boring white – one of the biggest trends in fridge design is bright colour. Think fire engine red, cool blue, black and even bold pinstripes.
The trick with bright colour is to use it in small doses – balance a statement fridge with neutral cabinetry in white, grey, black or warm timber.
Stainless steel fridges are hugely popular and it’s easy to see why – they’re easy to co-ordinate with your other appliances and give your kitchen a sophisticated, modern look. But other metallic finishes are gaining momentum too, such as matt and black stainless steel, platinum and pewter. Glass fronted fridge doors in black or white are another emerging trend – the give you a high gloss look that contrasts beautifully against matt cabinetry.
If you’re buying a family fridge, look for one with a stain and finger-print resistant metallic finish.
When it comes to design, the latest release fridges are all about simplicity. Super flat lines, seamless detailing and elegant bar handles are common features among all the big players. The absence of fussy detailing makes it easy to integrate even large family-size models into a low-key, open plan kitchen space.
Simple, flat lines mean less cleaning and maintenance.
Fridge storage is becoming smarter and more attractive. Check out the latest range of French door fridges at LG, Samsung and Electrolux, which offer easy access to chilled and frozen goods, plus a huge amount of storage space. Some, such as LG’s GR-L219CSL and Electrolux’s EQE6007SB, now come with four doors, giving you two separate freezer drawers for short and long term frozen storage. Inside the fridge section, you’ll find adjustable shelving that allows you to change the internal configuration of your fridge to fit large platters or tall bottles.
Another smart storage solution to look out for is the in-door refreshment hatch, which gives you quick access to everyday items such as juice and water without having to open the fridge door (available on Smeg’s SR620X side by side fridge).
Some models even offer motorised controls so that you can move shelves up and down at the touch of a button.
Trying to fit a fridge into a small or awkwardly shaped kitchen? Consider one of the new customised fridge-freezer combinations, such as Gaggenau’s Vario Cooling series and Electrolux’s E:Line range, which allow you to mix and match a range of different fridge and freezers – and even a wine chiller – to suit the size and layout of your kitchen.
Pigeon pairs are another popular choice, giving you the option to fit a large fridge or freezer side by side, or in separate rooms altogether.
ELECTRONIC TOUCH SCREEN CONTROLS
You no longer have to turn a dial to change the temperate of your fridge – temperature controls have gone decidedly high tech in recent years. Electronic touch-screen control panels give you precise control over the temperature inside your fridge and freezer, allowing you to adjust up to six separate areas at one time. Models to look out for include Miele’s 14842SDCS bottom mount fridge, Westinghouse’s WBM4304SB bottom mount fridge, and GE’s PFSA5NJDSS French door fridge.
Some models, including Smeg’s SR620X side by side fridge and Electrolux’s EHE5107SA French door fridge, allow you to switch between pre-set modes such as energy saving, gentle defrost or rapid freeze at the touch of a button.