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Kitchen Design: The Latest Kitchen Design Trends

Modern kitchen design trends put emphasis on products that are eco-friendly and easy to use while at the same time being stylish in design and safe enough for production of healthy food. Many other articles go on and on about how adapting darker colored finishes and use of high-tech equipment is the in-thing. This kind of trends however, can cost you a fortune to adapt. In this guide however, I am going to speak on the one trend that won’t cost you any money to implement but will in fact save you money will conserving the environment; Going green in our kitchens.

Going green is the trend nowadays in every aspect of our lives and especially in the way we design and use our kitchens. Use of renewable, eco-friendly and recyclable products in the kitchen ranks top in the list. So is having environmentally friendly, energy conserving kitchen appliances. This means use of tabletops and other kitchen furniture made of sustainable raw materials like bamboo.

Bamboo is said to be sustainable because it requires very little energy to grow and also uses up very little environmentally harmful pesticides if any. It also requires very little processing before it is ready for use. This furniture should also be made using environmentally safe materials with minimal use of harmful chemical-based products like adhesives.

Use kitchen appliances like dish washing machines that conserve water and energy. Modern eco-friendly dish washing machines come with an eco-setting option that when selected use up less energy and water. Use energy efficient lighting like LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights in the kitchen. This lights apart from using less electricity than normal incandescent bulbs, also last a long time which reduces the need for their replacement.

Although initially costly to adapt, the cost savings brought about by these bulbs is clearly worth the effort. A lot of our electricity is produced from the burning of fossil fuels like coal which are responsible for increased global warming. Conserving electricity saves money and also means that less electricity is produced with reduced global warming effects.

Old kitchen designs encourage the wastage of water. Rather we should adapt designs that encourage water recycling. Conserving water is always a very wise idea because although water might seem like a common commodity in the developed countries, third world countries still lack water for even the most basic of needs. Use green paints to decorate your kitchen. These are paints made from natural organic raw materials that are eco-friendly and reduce pollution.

Consider where your trash goes after it gets out of your kitchen. Burning of trash in landfills produces a lot of air polluting fumes. As I said earlier in this article, Carbon dioxide is responsible for increased global warming and it is produced in large amounts when organic matter is burned. Reduce the amount of trash that comes out of your kitchen and into your trash bag.

We can easily do this by recycling and reusing empty containers in our kitchens. Use a reusable washcloth to wipe spills in the kitchen and then clean it and dry it for reuse instead of using disposable paper towels. Avoid using paper cups and plates and other disposable utensils. Kitchen design experts recommend that you sort out your kitchen trash from the rest of your trash and use it to make compost manure for your garden. You can also keep fish in your backyard and feed them with the kitchen waste.

Finding the Best Kitchen Design Service

Most high street specialists offer a tree design and planning service. However, some companies particularly the top-end, bespoke manufacturers, will view the plan as their own property until you have agreed to buy a kitchen from them. This means that you can only use that kitchen design if you choose that company. The planning process usually begins with a house visit to measure the room, although most at the large DIY stores will ask you to do this yourself. Then the retailer should discuss in detail what you want from the kitchen. This should include a whole series of questions to ascertain what you like and dislike about your current kitchen (if there is one), to find out about your style of life and priorities and to set the budget for the work you want done.

Of course, as well as the functional element, there will also be a question of aesthetics. What style of kitchen do you prefer? What colours, materials and decoration do you lean towards? What is the decor of the rest of your house? Have you seen or do you have any pictures of kitchens that you admire? It will help and save time if you have as many answers ready as soon as you meet with the kitchen designer, retailer or architect. A specialist is there to suggest options, offer expert advice and answer your queries or concerns, but at the end of the day it is your kitchen, and only you know what will suit you. Similarly, be wary of a specialist who doesn’t ask you any or enough relevant questions. This is the groundwork on which your future kitchen will rest and one instance where more is definitely more.

Once you and your designer have ascertained exactly what you want from your kitchen, and how it should look, the dimensions can be translated into a scaled plan, either as a hand-drawn illustration or as a computerised assimilation. Most kitchen specialists now offer CAD (computer-aided design) planning packages which give you an accurate perspective of how your finished kitchen will look, as a colour photo-realistic 3-D plan on a computer screen. As well as giving you a good idea of how the kitchen will function and look, changes can be made quickly and simply. For example, door fronts can be swapped for a different style, or wall cupboards replaced with open shelving if the room appears too cramped. Virtual reality software is also available, and allows you to ‘walk around’ your kitchen and view every perspective in simulated daylight and dusk. When you are happy with the layout you can take home a printout to consider, before making any final decisions.

Modern Kitchens – Contemporary Appliances and Decorating For the Modern Family

Many families spend countless hours together in the comfort of their kitchens whether they are preparing meals or simply snacking. With the hectic lifestyles that most people lead this is the majority of the quality time they spend with one another. However this is made much more enjoyable in the modern kitchens found in the homes of most people today.

Stylish Designs

One might think that modern kitchens consist of streamed lines and a sleek look but with the change of style any new design is considered a modern one. Many different designs are present in homes today. The traditional design is a very classic one and often includes many elegant features such as fine woods and exceptional hardware. Found in a number of the log homes are stylish lodge type kitchens where the major part of the design focuses on nature. These are often floored in stone and wood covers the walls. More common place would be the existence of the modernized country kitchen. These usually have painted cabinets, a southern or farm theme, and trims of molding. Wire inserts instead of glass are sometimes used to add the feel of being in the country. All things homemade or handcrafted can usually be found decorating a country style of kitchen. Another fast advancing design would be that of the contemporary kitchen where everything is vastly uncluttered and consists of lines that are usually straight and on some occasions curved in the taste of the homeowner. Most of the cabinets in these are tastefully very plain but with a feel of cleanliness. Geometric shapes are always at play in these types of modern kitchens.

One’s Own Taste

When deciding upon the type of kitchen a home will have, the homeowner should keep in mind their own likes and dislikes. Each individual has their own taste for style and design however the design and theme of the overall home needs to play a huge role in the design of the kitchen as one would not normally place a contemporary kitchen in a log cabin but rather a country kitchen. Some styles and designs are much more costly as each may even require a different style of appliances. Which ever style one decides to create, it’s completion does not have to be immediate. Many collect items for their modern kitchens over time and enjoy the decoration process in itself.