Interior design has changed a lot over the past 60 years and beyond. What was once de rigueur may now look hopelessly outdated. But just like other aspects of design and fashion, every so often certain styles undergo revivals and become fashionable once more, sometimes even in an ‘ironic’ way! This is as true for kitchen design as it is for the rest of the house, but it can sometimes seem bewildering when presented with so many different choices and aesthetics.
Of course what is most important is that you are comfortable with your new kitchen design. But to provide you with a little inspiration, here are five of the most exciting design trends that are likely to be appearing in kitchens throughout the country in the year ahead.
Modern living seems to be getting more complicated by the day. In response to this many people are choosing to simplify those living spaces in which they spend large amounts of time, such as the kitchen. Expect wipe-clean surfaces, minimalistic stylings and plenty of free space to be ‘in’ during 2013 as more people seek simplicity and elegant practicality in the kitchen.
One of the problems with mass production and the proliferation of TV home makeover shows and magazines of a similar vein is that everyone’s kitchens start to look the same. But some homeowners are fighting back against conformity and uniformity by including bright colours, distinctive designs and unique patterns in their kitchen transformations.
Whatever the current trends, some people will always prefer a traditional wood look in their kitchen. Perfect for a welcoming homely look or a country cottage feel, wooden kitchen furniture is a timeless classic that has been around longer than any other style or trend. Of course just because you like the ‘look’ of wood doesn’t mean you have to have actual wood. Many more modern (and often more practical) materials are available with wood effect finishes, so you can have the best of both worlds.
If you’re after a ‘vintage’ look in your kitchen then look no further than the Art Deco designs of the 1920s and 30s. Art Deco has been staging something of a comeback in recent years, and you’ll find it everywhere from public spaces to hotel lobbies. Its use of distinct geometric forms and perfect symmetry is also proving a hit with homeowners in the 21st Century, and can bring a lot of character and flair to any kitchen. Combining the modern and the traditional, Art Deco kitchens blend patterned linoleum with simple unadorned cabinets, glossy surfaces, colourful tiles and minimalist white or black appliances.
You don’t have to go all the way back to the thirties for your kitchen inspiration though. The fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties have all got their eager imitators, and each decade has its own distinctive vibe that you can really latch onto to give your kitchen some real character. If you’re feeling daring, you might even try combining different elements from each period to create a kind of retro-hybrid that will really get people talking at your next dinner party.
Of course to bring any of these styles to your kitchen you don’t necessarily have to fork out for a full remodel at maximum expense. If your units are in good shape it can be equally as effective to simply refurbish your kitchen with new kitchen cupboard doors, drawer fronts and more. Some refurbishment companies will do everything for you, even down to the design, and at a far more affordable price than stripping the whole thing out.
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