Published at Wednesday, May 24th 2017. by Enriqua Buendia in kitchen.
The three compositions below epitomize the classic appeal of the single-wall kitchen and yet each one has a style of its own. The first tends to combine farmhouse aesthetics and warmth of wood with appliances and counters in white. The second presents a completely contrasting picture with its dark, modern appeal and the last kitchen leans heavily towards an industrial look enhanced by brick and metal. Yet all the three kitchens blend ergonomics of the one-wall kitchen with their respective styles in a fluid and fascinating manner.
If there is one hot trend in interior design that is shaping the kitchens of today and tomorrow, then it is undoubtedly the idea of a ‘social kitchen‘. Evolving beyond just a place to prepare meals, the kitchen of this decade brings back the nostalgic charm of those retro kitchens that were built to host friends and family with ease. Of course, the aesthetics are largely different with state-of-the-art appliances, polished finishes and contemporary sparkle. But the kitchen has once again become a social setting thanks to open plan living spaces and innovative design. At the heart of this interactive space is the coffee shop style breakfast bar.
Gray is arguably the most versatile of all neutrals and it can also be used as the primary color in your kitchen while balancing it elegantly with other hues. Darker shades of gray like charcoal bring the magic of black into the kitchen even while providing you with a more neutral option. Bluish-gray is another popular choice in modern kitchens and combining it with warm wooden surfaces or even black metallic accents makes for a stunning backdrop.
For some reason or another, pretty much every kitchen these days seems to feature an island and almost every homeowner wants one. Irrespective of space, requirement and style, the kitchen island has almost become a ‘must have‘ in modern kitchens – even in the tiniest ones. While we do not subscribe to this view, if you have both the space and need for a kitchen island, then opting for one clad in black or gray can instantly give the kitchen a stylish focal point. You can keep the backdrop neutral to accentuate its impact or repeat the color and finish elsewhere for a more balanced look.
The simple wooden block that feels like an extension of the kitchen island is definitely the most popular choice when it comes to trendy breakfast bars. The shape and size of this sleek addition depends on both the size of your kitchen island and that of your family. The smaller, square wooden blocks save up on space and are a great option for couples who are looking for something understated and intimate. The slender, long breakfast bar that runs the length of the kitchen island can seat more people and combining it with cool bar stools that add color and contrast is a wonderful way to enliven the kitchen.
Even though it might come as a surprise to some, the most popular kitchens in recent times among homeowners are those with gray walls and cabinets in a light hue ranging from shades of gray to pristine white. Instead of using gray sporadically in the white kitchen, designers have flipped the template and have opted to go with gray as the dominant hue in most of the kitchens. The latest kitchen compositions showcased by the likes of Scavolini, Leicht and Snaidero reflect this switch, even as the kitchens themselves still remain cutting-edge both in terms of aesthetics and functionality.