We have been seriously sidetracked by what’s trending in the heart of the home. There is no shortage of inspiration thanks to this year’s Decorex and the Caesarstone team – here’s your kitchens summary:
When last did you see a renovated kitchen that was not part of a greater open-plan living space? The boundaries have been pushed and the trends are continuing to expand this year for kitchens. The trick: don’t limit your thinking. Think functional-chic design, ‘70s glamour, muted colour schemes and blends of raw materials to get on the right track.
When space is limited, opt for a single wall unit with integrated storage and appliances. Making fridges and appliances invisible is in turn making kitchens as we know them disappear before our eyes. Go for sleek, clean and clutter-concealed galley kitchens off a main living area. Use sliding or louvered panels for extra hiding spaces.
The big appeal of the open-plan kitchen is for the cook to be part of the action when entertaining and, on a day-to-day basis, for the whole family to be together. Successful open-plan spaces are not only those that are cohesive, but where different areas of activity are ‘zoned’ or defined. Zoning will help you move from one activity to another by considered furniture placement, well-designed lighting and variation of ceiling and floor heights.
Find the beauty in the utilitarian by mixing natural timber and worn textures with forged or welded tin, aluminium, iron and steel. Show off any raw materials that built the space. Embrace open shelving and display the hardworking tools of the culinary craft.
Keep your lighting unfussy – down-lights and simple pendants place the emphasis squarely on function as opposed to decoration. The result? A clean, streamlined look that announces itself as both serviceable and unreservedly masculine.
BACK TO BASICS
Subdued colour enters the modern country kitchen by way of a muted palette that combines pale pistachio with bleached wood. Pick out natural tones of green and browns in the wall colour, but blend in some modern hints such as copper fixtures, granite countertops and subway tiles.
Fun and funky colour in suave ’70s shades of mellow mustard, offbeat avocado and lipstick red is making a resurgence in modern-day kitchens. Think inside the box with blocky laminate units and Formica countertops in high-contrast hues. Spotlights add drama and built-in storage lends efficiency in kitchens that resemble Jetsons-like space capsules.
Images supplied by Decorex
After the success of Decorex in Durban and Cape Town, it is finally Joburg’s time to get inspired. Don’t miss this jam-packed expo covering every area of the home.
DECOREX JOBURG 5 – 9 AUGUST 2016