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September 15th, 2011 by admin1

Today’s Trends in European Kitchen Design In the past few years, the European kitchen design industry is seeing several new trends that are getting stronger and are showing signs that they are here to stay, for at list a while. A strong trend in the overall kitchen appearance is actually an influence from the Far East clean, minimalistic and straight lines that are so typical the Japanese design. The doors are flat, lots of wood veneers, many in their natural tones. The colors are somewhat monochromatic but a splash of strong red, or other vibrant colour, as an accent, is not out of the question if you have a more gutsy design taste. The dominant buzz word, in kitchen design, is still ergonomics (the science of designing the job, equipment, and workplace to fit the worker) the ease of working in the kitchen, easy access to everything, the organization of kitchen tools and food supplies and the practicality of everything, while working in the kitchen comfortably are all on consumers wish list now a days. This year Eurocucina kitchen event took place in the Northern Italian city of Milan. This beautiful and affluent region is home to Armani, Gucci, Ferrari and Lamborghini, making it the ideal place for kitchen fashion the English translation of Eurocucina is European kitchen. At Eurocucina you notice a lot of style, passion and creativity. The designers attention to detail is just impeccable and did they have again some fantastic-looking and inspiring kitchen spaces this year! This Gunni & Trentino kitchen looks like a page out of a sci-fi movie really. Quite a weird look, but at the same time very fascinating and yet again ergonomically functional! During the four day exhibition over 300,000 visitors viewed hundreds of cutting edge kitchens. By looking at this years Eurocucina kitchen designs and displays I have identified six important kitchen trends, which are likely to shape kitchen design in the coming years and you will start seeing in our Australian homes. 1. Open plan Kitchen & Living room, growing even stronger The open kitchen trend, in which the kitchen is integrated with the living space will continue. When there was no internet and only a few TV channels, families ate dinner together in the kitchen before gathering around the TV in the living room. Today we are all too busy with our own things: everyone has a laptop and a portable music device, meaning the only way to be together is to do different things in the same space. This evolving social structure makes it necessary to break down walls and open up our homes for more togetherness. Eurocucina 2011 suggests this trend will grow even stronger, as technology and other smart solutions transform the kitchen to a very clean and inspirational living environment. Cabinets that close softly and open with a motor are more or less standard. Todays appliances are very silent and are also designed to fit in a living room environment. 2. Clean surfaces inviting you to touch them There is something very peaceful about a kitchen with nothing but clean surfaces made from tactile materials, with all appliances out of sight, and with nothing left but the execution of the interior. The craftsmanship of materials will then become the key differentiator in kitchen designs as we move forward. This years and next years trends are definitely to use more textured finishes than in previous years. They speak to our senses in new ways: you can’t resist the temptation to touch them. The wood, in oak or walnut, is rich and textured in a refined way. Glass is very common, and the high gloss surfaces are in many cases replaced by a rich matte, non-shiny texture with the finishing on the rear side, giving a nice depth to the surface. Though you still see all-steel kitchens, stainless steel is now more commonly used for details the material. 3. Hide and sink Though modern appliances can be beautiful elements in a living space, refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, and even the hood are commonly hidden in cabinets. Tomorrows challenge is finding smart ways to hide the hob and kitchen sink. At this years fair I saw pictures of few inspiring and interesting examples. One designer displayed two rather clever low tech solutions. One with thin Corian lids covering the sink. The lids had metal inserts on the back to allow a safe resting place for hot pots and pans. Another used a smooth stainless steel sliding cover to cover the sink when the kitchen was not in use. One of the most inspiring designs I saw had a high tech solution, using a motorized lid covering the hob and sink area, which effectively transformed the kitchen to interior space living room. However, the most extreme transformation that I saw, which transformed a simple 4-door wall cabinet into a fully working kitchen by the press of a button. The upper and lower cabinets simply moved upwards and downwards respectively, opening up the space in between with the sink and the hob. An excellent solution to a more compact living environment. 4. Let there be light smart light With the trend toward more open kitchens and cleaner surfaces there is a growing need to improve storage of everything needed in a kitchen. Improved lighting is therefore a clear trend and LED lighting is seen everywhere both for practical and ambient purposes. A lot of designers are also moving towards beautiful decorative pendant lighting to highlight a kitchen island and achieve a very modern and visually satisfying look.

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