Trendy kitchen fin­ishes

Cre­ate a func­tional yet invit­ing space where the whole fam­ily can spend qual­ity time to­gether

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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.

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Suf­fi­cient cupbo ards and s tor­age sp ace is v ery im­por­tant and incr eases the v alue o f the kit chen.

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