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Kitchen Design Trends for 2011

It’s a strange but compelling time for contemporary kitchen design. The hunger for a new style direction is consuming any new material or format that pokes its head out of the ground. The old carthorse of white minimalist kitchens with high-gloss contemporary cabinetry and handleless doors is still thriving and will continue to do so for many years to come. However, curves and malleable materials are becoming more present from higher end designer kitchen companies. Corian, Hi-Macs and other acrylic solid surfaces are making a strong case as they are the only kitchen materials hard wearing enough to mould into exotic, ergonomics shapes.

At the latest European showcase, showstoppers included curved kitchen islands that combined the majority of required appliances with organic shaped breakfast bars incorporated into curved cabinetry to form ergonomic shapes wrapping around the user. They certainly look the part but would probably not be right for the majority of kitchen spaces. Designs like these are really to be used in very large spaces. As a result, these designs aesthetics can be cued from and incorporated in more normal kitchen designs. The only way to achieve this aesthetic is in a more tailored manner by having bespoke cabinetry designed and made just for your space. However, the island is also returning to a use of a singular dining area with a separate area for food preparation.

Chunky worktops are out – slim and sleek is in. This is using glass & metal fabrication as well as solid laminates which are still strong enough to maintain rigidity rather than flex or be brittle like wood or stone. They have been floated off the kitchen cabinetry by creating an inset sub-worktop that allows for opening the top of a handleless design. These thin section worktops also incorporate the built-in cooking areas. There is still a lot to be said for keeping a kitchen with handles and they can provide a very successful sculptural appearance that compliments the rest of the kitchen if chosen correctly. These are now more commonly being used with huge drawers that contain all the pots, pans, utensils & crockery.

Despite all the unfussy designs, there is the other end of the scale for those who like more decorative finishes. Pictures or even textiles in areas such as splashbacks are more readily available or even splashes of colour in appliances.

Adding a Natural Element to Kitchen Design With Olive and White

A great kitchen is essential to many home owners, especially since this is one of the most highly trafficked areas of your home. This is where family and friends gather to eat great meals and catch up on the events of the day. If you want your kitchen design to include a natural element that is warm and inviting, olive and white are perfect colors for achieving this. This article will detail how you can transform your kitchen into one with great appeal and a natural feel.

With so many people into green living, this color scheme helps add to the natural and simplistic appeal on top of its other benefits.

Cabinetry Takes on a Whole New Look

No one wants the look of avocado green that was so “in” back in the 60′s and 70′s. Olive green comes in many shades, from deep forest green to pastel shades. For your cabinets, the best choice is a medium hue much like the lighter shades you find in camouflage materials. While olive may not be the first color that comes to mind when you think of updating your kitchen, you will be stunned at the appeal that comes when you mix pure white and olive. Just look online at a few examples and you will see that the look is truly striking.

You can paint your cabinets without much difficulty, and give them an entirely new look. If your cabinets are already painted, simply paint over the existing color. If your cabinets are stained and varnished, you may want to lightly sand the finish before painting. Once you have achieved the medium olive tone you want, simply add white hardware to contrast.

Choose White to Complement

While the cabinets will be the main source of olive green in the room, white accessories will add interest and keep the room from looking drab or dull. Appliances that you keep on your counter top should be white, and the counter top itself may be solid white or a mixture of olive and white, with white being the predominant color.

You should further dress up the look by adding a white paper towel holder, white drawer pulls, and white lighting fixtures.

Accessories Complete the Look

The accessories you choose really tie together the complete look and add visual appeal. Consider a kitchen floor mat that can be used in front of the sink in an olive and white floral or leaf pattern. Linoleum or tile will also be beautiful when these two colors are combined.

For the kitchen table, use a solid white tablecloth and accent with an olive colored pot filled with herbs or other natural greenery as a centerpiece. White walls accented by olive baseboards and large botanical prints add even more visual appeal.

The look is totally fresh and unique when compared with most kitchens you see today. If your desire is to have a kitchen that looks modern and inviting, olive and white is a spectacular combination that mixes the pure, pristine look of white with hues that are straight out of nature!