First off welcome to our first blog just in time for the Christmas holidays, with supply and demand at an all time high and some unique designs coming out in the kitchen world in 2014, I thought we would touch on a few stand out kitchens, ideas and tips for your next kitchen design.
The common trend in 2014 would have to be the whole uncluttered look and feel in the kitchen and what a great idea it is, I find nothing worse than a kitchen jammed packed with bench top accessories, knives holders and tea towels scattered throughout. This is why our designers have stepped it up and can factor in hidden locations for all these ugly little accessories, unless of course you’re a picking up some designer bench top accessories to perfectly match your kitchen fit out.
A beautiful yet elegant kitchen comes from a few key values.
1: Less is more
Our favourite by far is this approach, as it not only presents beautifully but it creates the feeling of space and that the area you are in, is simply bigger than it truly is. Ample storage space and clean colours can really do any kitchen a huge favour.
In every kitchen there are essential appliances that simply need to be displayed, that’s where disguise comes in. Disguising items such as ovens, fridges and dish washers is a really great thing to consider in your design, as you can see in the image above the oven and fridge are both finished in stainless steel which in many normal kitchens would standout, yet in this design the blue 2pac cupboards, gloss white bench tops and polished timber book shelf take your eyes away from these appliances and focus on the key design features.
Lighting has become a huge part of the finishing touches with the advancement in LED lighting over the past few years, we have seen an increase in the amount of wattage (brightness) that the LED has to offer along with the crystal white colour they can bring to your kitchen area.
So when it comes time to sit down and design your new kitchen remember a few things, less is more, disguise, lighting and symmetry. Symmetry in a kitchen design works in many homes but not in all, keeping cabinets at the same size and height, instead of large and small scattered. Why not look at using a larger cabinet on opposite sides of the kitchen and therefore lowering the number of required cabinets to achieve the same storage space. Keep similar items on opposite sides of the kitchen or around the same area or axis.