It is no use renovating a kitchen only to find you have not incorporated at least some of the latest trends; you would still be dissatisfied with it. The kitchen is one of the most used rooms of the home and increasingly, is becoming a part of the living room with modern floor plans.
This means it is moving away from the traditional kitchen look and fitting in more with the look and feel of the space it shares. Here are some of the latest trends in kitchen design that you might be able to incorporate into your kitchen renovation – that said, only keep the ones you like!
- White walls and light veneers will help the kitchen space merge and blend with living areas. Sunset and forest tones complement the white while exposed beams or timber highlights add interest. Appliances, splashbacks and other elements can add customised colour to make it your own personalised space.
- Open shelving offers the chance to add decorations and living colour in the form of indoor plants and/or storage containers, while tiles surfaces add interest in the form of geometric shapes and their multi- faceted surfaces add subtle highlights.
- Many new bench top finishes are also suited to outdoor use so they can be extended through kitchen window onto the deck or around the barbeque to help make the transition from indoor to alfresco. They are usually in neutral colours and textures to enhance and be a foil to other elements.
- What’s old is new again with pendant lighting ideal for kitchens, especially when it is from the new range of such products that have taken all the good bits of old-fashioned lighting and revamped them to pop and sizzle in your kitchen. Cluster lighting when various shapes, sizes and colours are used can make an effective fashion statement. With task oriented and in-cupboard lighting there are no dark shadows in the modern kitchen.
- Looking for a quick and inexpensive fix to brighten up the kitchen? Clear some of the clutter off shelving and replace it with pot-plants. Go for rich colours and dangling greenery or sharp shapes that reach for the ceiling.
To ensure your kitchen remains modern you have to know what is passé in kitchen decorating styles. Waterfall sides on island benches, aluminium kickbacks and glass splashbacks have all seen better days. Black or glossy kitchens are also out, especially when you want the kitchen to be part of the living space and blend in with it.
Happily, comfort is making a comeback, so if you hated those high stools with no back you can easily replace them with padded chairs. Just keep the look modern and the colour bright for the most impact.