A new style of cooking
Homeowners are beginning to move away from the very sleek, minimalist look to a warmer, more inviting look that reflects their own styles. This has seen the birth of a new style of cooking: a fusion of modern and traditional elements.
The modern traditional style mixes colors, textures and materials. It is now common for contrasting materials to be used side by side; textured wood or stainless steel with marble, or mirrors, marble and wood together in the kitchen island. And bronze, pewter, and brushed nickel are starting to replace chrome handles. A kitchen renovation by Art of Kitchens that combines wainscoting, mirrors and wood recently won Art of Kitchens’ 2014 HIA Kitchen of the Year award.
This style is also reflected in the kitchen shelves; While built-in appliances remain popular, they are being paired with open shelving so homeowners can display precious or interesting trinkets to reflect on. Open shelving can be customized to make the kitchen feel lively and inviting without compromising functionality. Open shelving has the added benefit of being lighter on the budget, and if you have the right skills, you can install it yourself.
Imperfect, tactile and textured materials such as granite, engineered stone and materials that mimic raw finishes are popular and easy to maintain. Popular materials in kitchen countertops are materials with slight imperfections and textured finishes. Caesarstone Concrete Finishes and the new Silestone Suede Texture ranges are good examples of this.
High-gloss wood with smooth finishes is being replaced by textured wood finishes that characterize natural shapes, are popular, and add an extra dimension to the space. Companies like Laminex and Danzer have a wide variety of textured wood veneers.
Increasingly, kitchens have a range of vibrant colors mixed with subtle tones that allow for more artistic options. Pantones and Laminex’s new season predictions reflect a greater range of vibrant colors to reflect their unique style: “Soothing shades of jades, pinks and purples with the colors of grandeur of majestic Chinese reds and bold gold tones create balance and a relaxed atmosphere. vibrates back”.
Another trend that is becoming popular is using wallpaper in your kitchen. Subtle use of the right wallpaper can help balance other materials in the kitchen, as well as provide additional contrast, texture and interest.
It’s worth researching what’s new in kitchen technologies, as they have likely changed dramatically. There have been great innovations in all aspects of kitchen design in the last 10 years, not just kitchen appliances. Companies like Blum have made great strides in the internal hardware of cabinets and shelving systems.
Idea books and visual bookmarks
There have also been many innovations in the way we plan our kitchen renovation. Websites that allow you to develop ideabooks (or scrapbooks), like Pinterest and Houzz, are a great way to keep all your ideas in one place. Simply find photos that appeal to you and add them to your idea book.