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In the 20th century the kitchen used to be a place to only prepare meals and wash dirty dishes, it was in the back of the house and received no real attention or effort. In 2018 the kitchen is the focal point of the home, its the space for chats and dinner parties, the place that brings everyone together and is now placed in the center of the house usually joining rooms together and ‘dressed to impress’.
Fast forward to today and building a modern kitchen to impress family and friends is sought after. When you first get yourself on the property ladder, building a kitchen becomes an upcoming project in home design that never seems to either finish or start, people don’t know what they are looking for or are too afraid to commit to something that may not be right for their home, that’s why in this blog we are counting down the best/most popular kitchen styles of 2018.
Having a smart kitchen doesn’t mean just having a kitchen that looks smart but instead incorporates modern technology. Smart technology has entered the design world in full force, today we have technology integrated with most appliances and functions to give ease of access to every activity we do both in the kitchen and out, this is what we call a smart kitchen.
A lot of smart kitchens nowadays are built from scratch to provide every nook and cranny with technology and convenience, however, this doesn’t mean you cannot add sensors, buttons, smart gadgets and other devices to your existing kitchen. Sometimes having a modern kitchen can just consist of LED lighting or programmable coffee machines, however, there are many more other things you can use to make your kitchen look more modern in general to suit these changes. A popular purchase from customers at the moment is oven extractor fans and fridges with water and ice dispensers.
There’s a lot that goes into what makes a kitchen modern but you can never go wrong with solid colours and often keeping your kitchen simple is key, black, white or grey go with most home appliances and more often than not look great! Be careful as each colour gives off a different mood and vibe.
Having a black kitchen has been known to give off a mysterious modern and sexy look so might feel a bit too sleek to be hanging around with family and friends all day, but you can combine it with some light wood or other light colours to make it feel more homely. Any dark coloured cabinet or work surface portrays elegance and luxury, more and more homeowners are opting for a darker kitchen with dark cabinet colours in 2018.
Grey is colour that is not given the right attention it deserves, rather than dull and boring, using grey can transform your kitchen into a cool chillout zone, often the minimalist look suits the colour grey and keeps it looking fresh and modern. Grey is a colour for cabinets that just looks clean and stylish, they are versatile for most projects and they work great when paired with natural elements and colours.
White is white, it can be used anytime and anywhere, especially in a kitchen. You can use the colour white to contrast against things in your kitchen to make them stand out. Using white for cabinets and work surfaces will always be a popular choice as they as it has the effect of looking beautiful and timeless therefore allowing it to look good with almost any kitchen style.
A big part of designing a kitchen is using as much space efficiently as possible and the way basic drawers, cabinets and shelves are fitted and structured leaves a lot of wasted space, this wasted space is often not even big enough to put any miscellaneous items that don’t fit anywhere else so it’s frustrating.
Functional kitchen storage comes in handy with the latest designs of cabinets and draws that are made to maximize efficiency. These cabinets are built with dividers, pull out trays, caddies for pots and pans etc. Cabinets are specifically built for certain things and at certain heights to maximize storage efficiency to leave room for other kitchen essentials or desires.
Hardwood flooring is still very popular in 2018 when it comes to kitchen flooring, closely followed by ceramic flooring coming in a wide variety of designs and styles. You can get ceramic tiles that look exactly like hardwood flooring which retains the look of hardwood whilst not having to maintain it as much and in addition to this ceramic tiles can be designed in a way to resemble other materials such as stone, it also changes the surface texture.
Using ceramic flooring is great to use as you can mimic hardwood flooring without the having to go through the effort of having to maintain it, in terms of size you no longer have to go for traditional sizing, you can get custom sized tiles and singular tiles to fit your kitchen perfectly.