With many products for the home being launched in black, PHPD explores the growing trend towards the dark side.
Colour trends can be fickle masters; tricky to spot and often fleeting. But, from time-to-time, an ‘on-trend’ colour quickly dominates a market and becomes a must-have. So it was with grey, with many manufacturers launching products in wide varieties of the colour – anthracite being a favourite – to stay ‘on trend’.
So, what could be the next ‘on-trend’ colour? Well, perhaps it could it be black (although we recognise some say that black is not a colour). Whatever the definition, what is telling is that in the last few months a number of manufactures have recently launched products in this classic look.
In the kitchen, high-end appliance manufacturer, Fisher & Paykel recently announced that its 60cm/24” built-in oven series is now available in black (pictured above). Featuring a full glass front in pure black, and a black anodised aluminium dial, handle and trim, the oven has been designed to mix cutting-edge contemporary style with high performance.
Sam Rogers, National Contracts Manager for Fisher & Paykel commented: “We feel that the introduction of black appliances enables greater opportunity for the premium housebuilder and developer market, to offer a wider design choice for their prospective clients, and certainly a point of difference where we are seeing an increasing demand from the market.”
Also in the kitchen, boiler manufacturer Worcester has turned the tables on the ubiquitous classic white boiler and introduced a black option with the Spring launch of its new Greenstar 8000 Lifestyle range. Aimed at the more design-conscious market, the company has already reported a strong level of interest in its latest high gloss black boiler.
And, adding a further sense of industrial cool to a contemporary kitchen, the Abode Atlas Professional Single Lever tap is now available in matt black, pictured above with Abode Swich in the same finish to match.
Another manufacturer turning a product which is more typically white to black is PVC-U glazing and roofing systems specialist Eurocell. It has recently extended its range of lantern roofs with a new Skypod Black Edition (above). As the name suggests, the latest version features a premium all-matt black external frame and it is also available with a matt black internal finish to add to the architectural appearance.
Back inside the house, in the influential bathroom, housebuilders could opt for a new range of matt black wetroom panels from PJH’s Bathrooms to Love Collection. Styled to achieve the monochrome look, the new range includes glass with either a matt black profile or fully framed matt black panelled exterior.