2010 is looking to be a very exciting year in kitchen design trends. In this article, we explore some of the most exciting trends in design aesthetic and functionality.
One trend that is continuing to gain momentum in 2010 is the emphasis on green solutions.
In countertops, materials such as ECO by Consentino that utilizes recycled materials such as porcelain, mirror, glass, and stone scraps will increasingly be seen. In tile, Italian series’ such as Feel, Glam, Stream contain a pre-consumer recycled content of 20%, while a series called Charcoal is utilizing 40% recycled materials.
Green is also the word in cabinetry. For example, think bamboo; A solution Innova recently used in a client’s kitchen renovation. Other green cabinetry solutions include Ecowood; A sophisticated series of real wood stria composites using a revolutionary green technology. Ecowood’s exotic finishes include Macassar Ebony, Teak, Mahogany, Zebrawood to name but a few.
Other trends in kitchen cabinets include textured laminates, as well as high glosses, and mixed finishes. When it comes to mixed finishes, think both colour and texture such as high gloss whites mixed with dark wood accents. And the dark wood finishes? Out are the chocolates and kahluas, and in are the sophisticated greys.
For kitchen cabinetry lighting, LED solutions are lighting the way. LEDs save energy, and provide years of usage before any of the LEDs have to be replaced as opposed to the older halogen puck lighting which have short life spans and operate at elevated temperatures.
Cabinetry functionality trends continue with drawer solutions over doors in base cabinets, and metal rack pull-outs for pantry and base cabinet solutions. And those blind corners where you had to get on your hands and knees to reach to the back? The Le Mans System solves that problem. However, the hottest trend by far in cabinetry solutions are servo drives; An electronically driven systems that opens your drawers with just a touch of your hand…
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bit.ly ? Nadia’s tips on choosing a kitchen style ? Base decisions on kitchen styles that blend with your home Have hints of your homes exterior on the inside. If your home is a Cape Cod, but you aren’t necessarily into that style for your decor, you can give it a nod by adding a subtle texture. For example, adding beadboard to an island with a more modern countertop will help you whole home feel more put together. ? Consider the decor throughout your home Take a good look at the items throughout your home. Do you tend to choose more traditional furniture and accessories? Your kitchen style should blend with the rest of your house. ? Get ideas from your happiest memories Think of kitchens where you were really, really happy and try to recall the details of those kitchens. Was it a traditional ’50s kitchen? Did it have ornate details like crown molding on all of the cabinetry? Write down these details and then review magazines and put sticky notes in the pages that give you a similar sense and feel. ? Take note of color and design details everywhere Look for cues all around from items that catch your eye such as china, wallpaper or flowers that stand out. ? Visualize your kitchen design ideas and experiment Use 3d home design software, such as Homestyler, to layout your current kitchen and then try different kitchen styles and mixing and matching floors, appliances, countertops and even wall paint colors. Seeing your style ideas with a model of your current kitchen …
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