Trendy kitchen finishes
Create a functional yet inviting space where the whole family can spend quality time together
KITCHENS are undeniably the heart of any home, w here f amilies and gue sts gather to prepare and enjo y meals t ogether while catching up on the happenings in their li ves.
Even if y ou aren’t in the mar ket for a total redo, one or two trendy updates will refresh your kitchen and ensure that it bec omes a functional y et in viting space where the family wants to spend quality time t ogether. “Much of the kitchen’s appeal comes from fine finishes and the trick is t o select the right finishes t o serv e a specific function while incorporating beauty at the same time,” says Liza Watermeyer, retail and display c oordinator at Tile Africa.
Sink mixers with flat and sleek de signs f eaturing single le vers t o select warm or c old water ar e s till right on trend. “These mixers are deckmounted, modern, practical and perfect to replace an out dated mixer or f or the island,” she sa ys.
According to Charlene le Roux, head of Easylife Kitchen’s Training Academy, one of the mos t popular de signs in South Africa when it comes to kitchen cabinetry is the c ountry c ottage look. “I’ve probably designed two out of every thr ee kit chens lik e this,” she sa ys.
This look has a lot of det ail such as turned legs, plate racks with buttercup handles and lead glas s. “Lead glas s is very tr endy ag ain with this p articular look,” c onfirms Le R oux.
Handpainted kitchens are also very popular as homeowners enjoy the freedom of choosing the e xact colour and tone for their kitchen cabinets. The cupboards are painted after installation and have a unique t exture because of the sponge rollers used. “The handpainted finish is an added feature to the cottage look,” sa ys Le R oux. H andpainted kitchens provide homeowners the flexibility to choose their favourite colours, no mat ter ho w bold or bright, and they’re easily changed to more neutral colours in case of r esale without the added c ost of r eplacing them.
Painting cupboards and walls is one way to give your kitchen a new look, but tiles are also very effective and will give you years of good service. Watermeyer explains that there are a few options to add int erest t o y our kit chen walls.
Metallic and s tone mosaic s add a sense of luxury and although s tainless steel is s till being used, br ass, c opper and old gold finishes are very fashionable at the moment. “T hese metals receive a p atina t o mak e them appear handmade. T hey achie ve warmer and more in viting r esults,” she sa ys.
Another cladding option is tr endy metro tiles, which evoke heritage, vintage and eclectic styles with their bricklike pattern and bevelled edges. “Metro tiles are ideal t o use as a f eature wall. White metr o tile s cr eate a sp acious look, but if y ou’re aft er dr ama, then choose a bold c olour such as r ed. The salt and pepper look, achieved by mixing white and black tiles, is still a classic,” sa ys Watermeyer.
Woodlook inkjet c eramic and por celain tiles that imitate the warmth and beauty of w ood without the maint enance associated with solid wood flooring are one of the latest finishes one can use for a kitchen floor. “They’re costeffective and w ork equall y w ell on the floor and w all,” sa ys Watermeyer.
Various siz es ar e a vailable. Plank s tiled in a herringbone p attern or onethird brick de sign cr eate a tr aditional look. “Another option is the squar e woodlook tile in a 400x400mm siz e laid in a t esselated f ashion.”
Inkjet technology also allows for cement and stone prints on tiles. “Using a c ement or s tone finish on the floor will suit most modern metro or f arm house designs as this look is clasic and will stay relevant for a while to come,” says Wa termeyer.
The Nostalgia inkjet tile range from Johnson Tiles, available in two shades, replicates encaustic tiles from the Victorian Gothic era that featured colourful clay inlays. These tiles remind of a bygone era and evoke feelings of quality and tradition. The Nostalgia range is a perfect c omplement to the vint age or eclectic s tyle int erior and will suit a country cottage look. “They look beautiful on the floor, but work just as well as wall cladding ,” sa ys Watermeyer.
Sufficient cupbo ards and s torage space is v ery important and incr eases the value of the kit chen. According to Le Roux, corner pantries are a thing of the past. Pantry pullout systems fit in line with the cupboards; therefore there are no pr otruding c orners an ymore. “Cupboards are also on their w ay out and ar e being r eplaced b y d rawers a s items ar e easier t o r each,“she sa ys.
Instead of bending down and removing items from the front to get to things at the b ack, d rawers allow y ou t o see exactly w hat y ou need fr om the t op.
Drawers come with dividers and separators, plate holders, pot dividers and nonslip mat s that lea ve e verything neat and tid y inside.
Urban farming is growing in popularity and it’s fairly easy to incorporate a herb garden in the kitchen design. One of the easiest ways is to place herbs in beautiful pot s on the windo wsill. If you’re renovating your kitchen, a more permanent fixture is a slim, elong ated island in the centre of the kitchen, where the her bs ar e plant ed at the v ery t op and the sides can be used as handy storage f or pot s or r ecipe book s. If sp ace is limited, place the herb garden against a wall on floating shelves and specially designed r acks, or ha ve it suspended from the c eiling.
According t o W atermeyer y ou can draw attention to your kitchen by combining sleek r eflective finishes such as glass and highglos s cabinetry with matt and metallic surfaces such as stone, cement tops and woodlook inkjet tiles. Make y our kit chen the heart of y our home by in vesting in qualit y finishe s, adding your personal touch and adding sufficient s torage sp ace. — Supplied.
Sufficient cupbo ards and s torage sp ace is v ery important and incr eases the v alue o f the kit chen.