Muted, relaxed and natural earthy colours are where its at this year.
Subtle detail elements without an over indulgence – such as the brass detailing on the handles of the kitchen base units.
Use of natural stone or porcelain – nowadays the variety and quality of porcelain cannot be underestimated along with the fact that they require less care and attention to keep them looking their best. Of course it is imperative to choose the correct brand and ensure that the repeat pattern is not obvious. Anything above a repeat of 15 is good for a space of approx 20sqm.
Warm natural elements of wood bring the picture home. Avoid glossy, consider matte or semi dependent on the natural light of the space.