Kitchen trends and de­sign tips

Lesotho Times - - Property -

TWENTY to 30 years ago, kitchens were con­sid­ered to be just a room in the home. The kitchen was gen­er­ally quite small and of­ten hid­den away.slade Grif­fin from Schränke shares some kitchen trends and de­sign tips…

Hottest kitchen trends To­day’s kitchens are the cen­ter­piece of the house and the most im­por­tant com­po­nent when it comes to run­ning the house­hold.

Paint your walls In­stead of tiling the walls like most home­own­ers would, rather paint them us­ing a good qual­ity kitchen paint.

Rather than be­ing limited by the avail­able tile op­tions dur­ing a spe­cific pe­riod of time, why not go for paint which of­fers you a wider range of choices. Paint can also be mixed to meet your par­tic­u­lar spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

An ad­van­tage to painted walls is that wall colours can be changed at any time, chang­ing the mood and look of the room.

Use bam­boo or solid wood coun­ter­tops While bam­boo and solid wood coun­ter­tops are not new to kitchens, they have only made a break­through in the last sev­eral years.

Of­ten, home­own­ers use solid bam­boo coun­ter­tops for is­lands or breakfast nooks in­stead of gran­ite or en­gi­neered stone as it is not as cold. Although the solid wood counter would need to be treated or re­freshed, th­ese coun­ter­tops give a nat­u­ral look and warmth to the kitchen.

Han­dle-less or in­te­grated han­dles A pop­u­lar way to make your kitchen ap­pear min­i­mal­is­tic and stream­lined is to have cup­boards with ei­ther in­te­grated han­dles or a han­dle-less hinge sys­tem.

The han­dle-less sys­tem cre­ates a minimalist look and is easy to clean.

Con­sider mod­ern sen­sor tech­nol­ogy If funds are not an ob­sta­cle, then the op­tions are end­less when it comes to tech­nol­ogy you can use in the kitchen. Home­own­ers can now ef­fort­lessly open cab­i­nets us­ing sen­sor doors and use dust­bins and taps by plac­ing their hands on the des­ig­nated sen­sor area. Kitchen de­sign tips When it comes to de­sign­ing your kitchen, make sure you plan your space around your needs and how your fam­ily unit func­tions. Kitchens are the most im­por­tant room in a is no se­cret that when shop­ping for a new home, the num­ber one room home­own­ers look at is the kitchen.

The kitchen is the heart of the home and it keeps the mem­bers of your fam­ily go­ing. Kitchens in to­day’s time have be­come more than just a place to pre­pare food and house clean­ing prod­ucts, they have be­come the cen­ter­piece of the home, and more of­ten than not, the fo­cal point of the house.

It’s im­por­tant that the kitchen is aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing. You can achieve this by us­ing the cor­rect style doors and coun­ter­tops, but more im­por­tantly, by en­sur­ing that the func­tion of the kitchen is a pri­or­ity on your re­mod­elling list.a poorly de­signed kitchen might still look good, but bad func­tion­al­ity will only cause dis­com­fort and leave you feel­ing frus­trated. Keep the fol­low­ing in mind…

Make sure the kitchen has des­ig­nated

zones It’s im­por­tant that the kitchen be split into spe­cific zones or ar­eas where cer­tain ac­tions take place. For ex­am­ple, it’s not prac­ti­cal or safe to pack clean­ing prod­ucts with gro­ceries. So cre­ate spe­cific zones as fol­lows…

1. Typ­i­cally, a clean­ing zone would in­clude the sink, broom cup­board and clean­ing prod­uct area.

2. The stove, oven and mi­crowave as well as cup­boards, draw­ers for uten­sils, cut­lery, pots and pans, and any­thing else you’d need to make cook­ing eas­ier, all con­sti­tute the cook­ing zone.

3. A gro­cery stor­age zone would nor­mally con­sti­tute an area that houses cold as well as dry gro­ceries.

Veg­etable cup­boards where home­own­ers store their fruit and veg have also be­come pop­u­lar.

— Prop­erty24

A poorly de­signed kitchen might still look good, but bad func­tion­al­ity will only cause dis­com­fort and leave you feel­ing frus­trated.

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