The following is courtesy of Caesarstone.
With clever advances in technology helping to bring costs down, customization and bespoke design are becoming part of the zeitgeist. Thanks to Airbnb, we can now customise our accommodation according to our needs and preferences; and thanks to WordPress we can build our own websites, making them look virtually any way we want them to. So why should kitchen design be any different?
After our team visited Salone del Mobile, IMM Cologne and Maison et Objet over the past 9 months, it has become clear that ordinary people are finally being designed ‘for’ and no longer designed ‘at’.
This means you can expect a new level of personalised design when it comes to your dream kitchen and living space.
Here are some kitchen design inspirations for 2017 from the Living Kitchen exhibition in Cologne to stimulate your creative juices and help you and your kitchen designer create the kitchen you truly want.
If you Were a Colour…
2017 is the year to express yourself and colour is an excellent vehicle to do just that. Take a look at these creative uses of colour in the kitchen.
Curves in the kitchen
We’re often preconditioned to think of rooms in box shapes and consequentially, our kitchens get the right-angle treatment too.
Why not break the mould and introduce some sensual curves into your design?
It’s all in the Geometry
Bring some movement and focus into your kitchen area with geometric motifs and tiles.
Believe it or not, there are some companies out there who will even customise your tile design for you!
Challenge your assumptions about kitchen islands with these trestle-table-inspired designs!
See the Light
Don’t just think functionality when planning your lighting. Think, atmosphere!
Get into the Mood
If you don’t have a “bright white” personality, embrace your inner “shades of grey” in your kitchen design through moody colours, moody lighting and a little bit of drama.
Can you Feel It?
Right now, texture is the best way to pull your living space and kitchen area together. Instead of flooding your interior with too many colours, reduce the number of tones in your space and rather go for varying and contrasting textures to create a classy, balanced interior that makes you want to spend all day just lapping it up!
Create texture with motifs and patterns! Using complementary materials like wood, quartz and metallics, create a pleasant atmosphere through texture.
Wood you Rather…
It’s been appearing in interiors for the past few years already, but this design inspiration is not going anywhere! Raw timber adds a delicious authenticity and helps to ground designs that have a modern twist, bringing us back to nature too.
Using wood as a highlight material can lift a potentially drab space if you’re using monotones.
“I-kea-d” you Not!
The assemble-it-yourself look has become a thing. This doesn’t mean you actually need to assemble your own kitchen, but you may want to take advantage of the modular look and functionality that is presenting in the world of kitchen design. Kitchen cabinets as furniture pieces, sometimes even on wheels, can be a rather practical design solution especially for smaller kitchens that need mobility.
The Devil is IN the Detail
Germans are known for their precision, which may be why we noticed an extreme attention to detail in the designs at the Living Kitchen exhibition. Every element of each kitchen had been meticulously thought through, creating a healthy tension between functionality and design.
In a minimalist living area that includes a kitchen, open shelving and elegant styling help to bring some warmth and visual interest into the space. Think about using a freestanding open shelving unit to create a sense of separateness in your open plan kitchen and living area.
Whether in a wall-mounted unit, or at the edge of a kitchen island, make sure to light your open shelving beautifully to show off your styling items to the max.
Induction Cooking and Built-in Extractors
Although we’ve seen integrated appliances in kitchen cabinetry, we’re seeing integrated induction cooking and extractors for the first time. Forget a separate hob, we discovered kitchens that had integrated stove plates in the actual surfaces!
Many of the leading appliance manufacturers are releasing ranges of high-tech induction cooking stove tops with built-in extractor fans.