Kitchens are expensive to build and renovate—and certainly can’t be changed seasonally —so it makes good sense to turn to experts to find out what’s hot in kitchen decor.
Freedom Kitchens national sales manager Susan Hasler was a recent guest at Italy’s EuroCucina—one of the world’s largest kitchen expos—and shares her top five international kitchen trends for 2012:
Artist in residence
The stand out trend this year is the artistic way in which cabinets are being placed in the kitchen.
Moving away from the traditional straight run of cabinetry, stacked cabinets at varying heights and open shelving are being featured in a range of design possibilities.
Juicy citrus shades like tangerine, lemon and lime are making a big statement right now. These colours, coupled with black or white, timber and glass, gives people scope to be creative and add personality to their kitchen.
Benchtops are going extreme—either super chunky at 100 mmthick or slimline at 12 mmor less.
Combining benchtop thicknesses, as well as heights and materials, is a continuing trend and a sure-fire way to ramp up the style factor in any kitchen.
Concrete surfaces are very chic while the popularity of
stainless steel hints at the commercial kitchen.
Stone surfaces with perfectly polished finishes are making way for a more raw, natural finish that complements the growing trend towards earthy-inspired spaces.
Mixing materials with combinations of gloss and timber, stone or glass, will also create an individual
At the flick of a switch, lighting is transforming kitchens from practical preparation spaces to chillout zones and entertaining areas.
Clever lighting solutions are becoming increasingly creative and more affordable thanks to today’s longer-lasting LED lighting.
Strip lights around an island bench give the illusion of floating furniture.
Recessed cabinet lights create a glow for a relaxed ambience while directional accent lighting is becoming popular for highlighting significant design elements in a room.
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