Thursday, 26 August 2010

Modern Kitchen Design Trends

Nowadays the modern kitchen functions as a family hub of domestic activity and entertaining. They're well lit, open spaces. Modern kitchen design should meet your family's life-style and how your kitchen is utilised for cooking, eating and entertaining. Because the kitchen is required to fulfill more roles other rooms in the house they increased in size. Modern kitchen design is about creating open-faced kitchens - combining a dining area and family space.

Both purpose and style of a modern kitchen represent important parts when undertaking a kitchen design or refurbishment project.
If you're replacing an existing kitchen or planning a kitchen addition or a new home, here is some current kitchen design trends to bear in mind.

Among recent trends in modern kitchen design ideas is to combine the kitchen with an adjoining family room. To create this the wall dividing the kitchen and family room or dining-room is entirely removed producing a less constricted space centred on a large kitchen island or peninsula.
There are distinct rewards to enlarging ones kitchen. By opening up the space you make the kitchen and the other room appear spacious. Also since kitchen cabinets, worktops and appliances are good-looking articles of furniture in their own right you are able to showcase your new kitchen. Your budget won't really increase all that much by opening up the kitchen other than the price of additional cabinets. Anyway the added cost of the kitchen design should be more that setoff by the growth in the value of your property.

Furniture-style cabinets remain a popular trend in kitchen design . These furniture-style cabinets are particularly fashionable in the design of kitchen islands. Characteristics that lend cabinets a furniture-like visual aspect are legs and bun feet, pilasters inlays and mouldings.

As for kitchen colours finishes white and cream finishes continue to be popular, although kitchen designers and trendwatchers also see a growing interest in deep, rich browns and darker colours

Kitchen manufacturers and designers are beginning to design more individual and freestanding pieces of kitchen furniture instead of the usual built-in cabinetry for larger rooms. This is better-known as freestanding kitchen design first popularised by English designers and cabinetmakers. This leads to another trend of combining pieces of old or antique furniture with modern kitchen cabinets

Undermount sinks in cast iron or stainless steel are among recent alterations in kitchen design because householders prefer the clean fluid look which coalesces with modern designs. The advantages of an undermounted sink are that it is utilitarian, beautiful and very easy to install. The bowl is installed beneath a worktop. No sink rim shows above the worktop and there is no lip to accumulate water and catch dirt and crumbs. Instead detritus is conveniently swept into the sink so that the counter can be cleaned quicker.

Hot trends in modern kitchen design include:

Worktops: Solid surface worktops remain popular with the commonest being granite. Corian is another popular choice. Mixing different materials is getting much more common, using stone on some counters, butchers block or concrete on others.

Kitchen Appliances: Commercial calibre appliances particularly ranges, American fridge freezers and integrated dishwashers. Warming drawers, combination microwaves and steam ovens are also popular.

Putting saucepans and cookware into deep drawers. With heavy-duty drawer runners one can put large, heavy pots in drawers instead of cupboards, increasing ease of access considerably

Glazed, distressed and antique finishes are increasingly being usede to replace traditional ornate details once used on many high-end kitchencabinets.

Painted finishes are very popular and many kitchen manufacturers will produce kitchen doors in any colour of your choice.

According to kitchen designers as modern kitchens expand in size and complexity, "mixed orders" are getting much more commonplace. Kitchen islands, wet bars, baking centers and butler's pantries are regularly being incorporated into kitchen designs producing the requirement for more contrast in cabinet styles, colorus, types of wood and finishes.

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