The home – and particularly the kitchen is the focus of many factors affecting our lives and with recent recessionary chaos and insecurity, sometimes our kitchen and living spaces are the only places for refuge and comfort! Whether planning a complete kitchen refit, or just buying new accessories, it is always important to be aware of current trends.
Below, in no particular order, are six current trends for you to integrate into your kitchen and home improvement thinking for the coming year.
Blending Between Kitchen and Living Space.
The distinction between living and kitchen space is becoming less defined as more furniture and soft furnishings are appearing the kitchen, making it a new home comfort zone. The use of wall space is increasingly given over to decoration and personalisation. Also there is a trend towards larger, open plan living spaces where every one can get together.
Finishes and colours which do not match, fit an overall theme are being used more. Different finishes, textures and ornaments can add sophistication. Individual artwork, wall clocks, mirrors and items associated with the living room in the past, all add to the feeling that one is really in a living social area, not just for cooking.
The Eco-Friendly kitchen.
Eco-awareness is now essential for the your kitchen, this can be integrated seamlessly into your existing format. The recycling of kitchen and home refuse is now part of everyone’s daily routine and as such occupies a space in our kitchen/utility areas of the home.
If installing a new kitchen refit – you can use inexpensive natural materials such as recycled glass for work surfaces or recycled wood for work surfaces and flooring.