Kitchen Design trends

Kitchen Design Trends What are the current Kitchen Fashions?

Most families now have busy lives with often several members of the same house at work. Family socialising is often based around the kitchen and breakfasts, lunches and evening meals are the most important way of getting together. A spectacular fitted kitchen cannot only vastly improve the quality of home life, but will make it more attractive to potential buyers, increasing the value of the house at the same time. Investing in a new quality fitted kitchen can be one of the best decisions you can make for both your home equity and family.

The current trend in kitchen design is moving towards multi-purpose.

tec6A Kitchen where you have all you need. Gone are the days when you will miss your TV program all because you have to cook for the Family. The modern contemporary kitchens now come with inbuilt TV and inbuilt Bluetooth speaker. This makes the kitchen a full relaxation area and the woman’s favorite room in the house

One of the biggest trends to emerge in the latest kitchen design is the use of colour, which is becoming much deeper, richer and seductive, but following behind are earthy tones whether in woodgrains or plain colours. Colours are available in earthy, autumnal shades, as though extracted straight from nature’s own palette. New for 2012 to 2013 include dark colours as Anthracite, Charcoal, Graphite, Slate, Lava and Brown Grey both in gloss & painted, as well as the softer Ballroom & Powder blue. All of these colour combinations will be around depending on whether you are looking for a Classic or Contemporary style doors.

tec7Strong pigmented, gloss coloured doors are definitely very popular at the moment; they can be anything from deep plum, red or chocolate through to black, paprika or cherry. Gloss woodgrains in both horizontal or vertical grain patterns can be mixed with these colours to give a strong “WOW” look! There is a massive spectrum of shades out there waiting for you, there is a colour for everyone to enjoy. Try using two colours together such as macassa and cappucino or lime and black or Ebony and Olive – or add a woodgrain to your favorite colour.

For homeowners seeking out the increasingly sophisticated and stylish minimalistic design – to create a statement, white is also definitely in, (thats if it ever went out at all) as it creates a crisp and clean style. Flat gloss doors, dark or light extreme contrasting gloss quartz worktops and no handles, (handle-less kitchen) will complete the kitchen to create a simple yet truly stunning chic design look that doesn’t date – as shown on the left.

This is not to be confused with some of the kitchens being offered as ‘handle-less’ by some of the larger well known companies in the ‘sheds’, they often have an integrated rail type handle as shown on the right and sell it as handle-less. As this door has a handle it is NOT handle-less – it has an integrated handle!

tec8Let us not forget the classic, traditonal painted kitchens, due to the pastel colour ranges being offered these never date and have been strong sellers for many years now with no sign of disappearing anytime soon – if anything the ranges are getting much larger.

Painted timber kitchen door sales were on the rapid increase in 2013 and are predicted to be one of the most popular finishes for 2014, we can now supply painted kitchens in any colour required. If you are looking for a modern contemporary painted gloss door, we can supply that in any colour too, direct from our paint workshops, from a standard gloss door up to the ultimate highly burnished mirror finish.

The standard painted options are offered in four finishes subject to your choice of door style and epitomise the contemporary, the traditional, or anything in between, representing your own unique taste and personality, as offered in your design specification. The choices are as follows –

Smooth: All naturally occuring knots, cracks or splits are filled, leaving behind a smooth, uniform texture. This door does, however, still feature a certain amount of wood grain through the painted surface. Although popular with contemporary kitchens (as the image below) it will also suit a traditional setting.

Distressed: All naturally occurring knots, cracks or splits are filled to leave a smooth finish, which is then rubbed down at the hard edges to leave a ‘rubbed-through’ or ‘distressed’ look. Creates an ‘aged’ look and feel.

Character: Knots, cracks and splits are left unfilled and vary in size from door to door to create a kitchen that is full of character and looks like it’s always been there.

Character with Distressing: Knots, cracks and splits are left unfilled and vary in size from door to door. Hard edges are then rubbed down to leave a ‘rubbed-through’ or ‘distressed’ look. This creates an ‘aged’ look and feel.

The painted style is very popular in the mid to higher price kitchen collections and as paint finishes become more evolved, it can be a very hard wearing and durable finish, but still remains warm and natural to both view and touch.

tec9Manufacturers now offer paint finishes in an extensive range of all colours. Contrasting colours will be the chosen look for furniture. Whether two classic painted woodgraincolours, or a high gloss woodgrain with a plain gloss colour are mixed for a more contemporary feel, these are the combinations to create a glamorous and understated look.

For a clean sleek feel using a contemporary shaker door, again you could try using two colours together as mocha and white cotton, ivory & natural olive, or a hacienda black & mussel combination; there are many more to try, the contrasting colours highlight the simple features of this timeless style kitchen. Sharply designed accessories will complete the look.

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