Designer kitchen must-haves
Kitchen design has developed a more social aspect recently, using minimalist designs and innovative storage solutions to create a space that is as comfortable to spend time in as any other room in the house. Breakfast bars allow the whole family to come together in the morning, and serve as a good way to entertain guests while preparing a meal. A black and white colour palette creates a contemporary feel, particularly when combined with bold lines and patterns. A tiling pattern on the wall such as that in the picture above creates a textured appearance without being too busy – take a look at more kitchen design ideas from Topps Tiles for inspiration.
Interesting and unique storage areas are becoming more popular as many homeowners seek to remove clutter from the kitchen area. An island not only creates a focal point and extra counter space, but provides extra cupboard storage, as well as room for pull-out shelving units or even a built-in chopping board. Hidden appliances make your kitchen feel like less of a “work area”, while matching cupboards for refrigerators, dishwashers and even washing machines maintain a more integrated look and feel. Top of the range ovens are always an acceptable feature in any kitchen – stainless steel for a real designer style.
For a more transitional look, exposed wooden beams and wood furnishings can bring a sense of homeliness and tradition to a kitchen, especially when placed in contrast with an otherwise crisp, clear design. Use the colours of wood to your advantage and ensure it stands out, making each piece of furniture a feature. LED lighting over work areas are especially on-trend in kitchen design, bringing a bright, attractive light to the room and using less energy than conventional light bulbs.
Keeping up with kitchen design can be difficult, but with this handy guide to what’s on-trend for 2013, you can be sure to get a head start in creating your very own designer home!