"After finally deciding to put a new kitchen in, we were overwhelmed with the decisions and ensuring the final product would be one we would be happy with".
I think we all know where this is heading, but in reality, it doesn't need to.
I’ve just received a wonderful review on Houzz for a kitchen design I completed at the end of last year. It got me thinking about what could have been installed in place of the kitchen I designed.
Using an Interior Designer wasn’t even a consideration for this client. Like most people who make the decision to undertake a kitchen renovation or kitchen makeover, she contacted a local kitchen company and a cabinetmaker to discuss her new kitchen. The kitchen company designed a very basic kitchen leaving the tough job of selecting finishes to the client. Fortunately, the cabinetmaker discussed the option of using an Interior Designer to create the best kitchen for the available space and within the required budget.
At our first meeting we discussed the functional and aesthetic requirements for the new kitchen and the rest of the living areas in the home. From here I worked on a design that allowed us to retain the existing timber flooring and create a functional and stylish kitchen that I knew would push the boundaries for the clients but I also knew would be perfect for their lifestyle and home.
Here's the final design sketches...
In choosing the finishes for the kitchen I started with the island bench that is now the focal point. The client wanted to make a statement with her new kitchen but also wanted a fairly neutral colour scheme.
Here's the final working drawings showing colours and finishes...
Polyurethane was selected as the finish for the cabinetry. Although more expensive than melamine, it allows for a seamless finish to cabinetry without handles and greater flexibility for colour choices. Rather than just one colour for the cabinetry, it was recommended that a colour with similar tones to the bench top be combined with white for a fresh finish.
The final colours selected for the cabinetry were Dulux Lexicon White Half and Dulux Palace Stone. Feature timber open shelving and cabinetry trim were used to provide contrast and a bright turquoise splashback to tie in with artwork in the living area was selected. For the timber feature we used Polytec Natural Oak melamine to keep within budget contraints. The image below shows Eveneer Even Romano Quartered. The splashback colour is Dulux Sparkling Cove and the wall colour is Dulux Whitsunday Island.
Here's the final colour palette...
To create this look on a budget, you could consider using the following finishes...
I'm thrilled that I've made a difference to this clients lifestyle and that the kitchen I delivered is more than they could have imagined. One of my goals as I set up Bella Vie Interiors was to make Interior Design more accessible and reading this review, I believe this is what I am doing.
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Today I’m sharing my shortlist of kitchen design ideas that are trending for 2015. So if you are building a new kitchen or renovating a kitchen, read on for my hottest kitchen design trends in 2015:
Naturals / Neutrals
Think timber, concrete, natural stone and neutral colours. Stark minimalist kitchen are being replaced with the warmth and texture of natural materials, a trend driven by people’s desire to create more comfortable and inviting homes.
Concrete flooring and bench tops are two big trends in kitchen design. The look of concrete bench tops can now easily be incorporated in your kitchen using engineered stone like the Caesarstone Sleek Concrete. The options for floor tiles that look like concrete are endless and if you are building a new home you may consider a polished concrete floor. If you’d like a hint of concrete I’d suggest some simple pendant lights that feature concrete.
Natural stone is still a strong look with marble being one of the most desirable bench tops. If budget allows then selecting the slab for your kitchen can be a rewarding experience. For durability and price look no further than the engineered stone bench tops available. The range of colours and styles of engineered marble is growing all the time. We’re also seeing a hint of precious stones coming through. Could this be a sign of things to come for kitchen trends for 2016?
Neutral colours are strong in contemporary kitchens as we see a trend towards the more muted tones that imply comfort and warmth. A mix of colours and finishes features strongly in modern kitchens to provide contrast and visual interest. Kitchens now combine the warmer shades of bone or griege or charcoal and contrast it with concrete, stone and / or timber.
Matt finishes are becoming more popular across flooring, cabinetry and bench tops. The Silestone 'suede finish' delivers a unique Matt finish for bench tops in a range of desirable colours.
There is shift towards adding open shelving as a feature and practical storage solution. Combining open shelves with cabinets allows some things to be hidden away while other items can be displayed for beauty or function. Open shelving is also being used as we see the use of overhead cabinets being minimised in kitchen design. Changes in window styles and range hood styles appears to be driving this trend as we focus on creating more openness in our kitchens.
Look no further than stand out pendant lights, feature tiles and luxe metallics to make a statement in your kitchen.
There are so many beautiful pendant lights available to dress up your kitchen. I’m a huge of fan of copper pendants and love the warmth it brings to a space. You could equally choose glass, timber, brass or a pendant with a solid matt surface.
2015 kitchens are bringing back the tiled splash back! There are so many amazing tiles available ranging from handcrafted, glass mosaics, patterned, plain, textured, marble, metallic and a huge selection of shapes and sizes. Tiles add another element to kitchen design and your options are unlimited.
Luxe metallics are a must for me. We’ve seen copper featured in interiors in recent years and now we’re also seeing brass, pewter, brushed nickel and gold being used in feature tap ware and handles. Metallics can provide a touch of glamour to most kitchen colour palettes.
While Contemporary style kitchens are still the most requested by my clients I’ve also seen an increase in the Modern Traditional style. This style sees elements from modern and traditional styles combined to deliver a warm, homely kitchen. Shaker doors feature strongly along with coloured cabinetry, marble bench tops, black tap ware and handles and glass pendants.
Whatever your kitchen style, the kitchen trends for 2015 can be interpreted to create your dream kitchen.
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Founder and Interior Designer - Bella Vie Interiors.