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Continued from Part 1, we bring you more bright and shiny kitchen design inspirations for 2017.  Whether you’re building from scratch and remodelling your kitchen, it’s always a good idea to survey what’s out there when it comes to modern kitchen design ideas.

We spotted these trends at the Living Kitchen exhibition at IMM Cologne in January, which you should definitely consider when dreaming up your next kitchen!

 

  1.  Can you feel it?

Right now, texture is the best way to pull your living space and kitchen area together.  Instead of flooding your interior with too many colours, reduce the number of tones in your space and rather go for varying and contrasting textures to create a classy, balanced interior that makes you want to spend all day just lapping it up!

 

Create texture with motifs and patterns!
Create texture with motifs and patterns!

 

Using complementary materials like wood, quartz and metallics creates a pleasant atmosphere through texture.
Using complementary materials like wood, quartz and metallics creates a pleasant atmosphere through texture.

 

 

Juxtaposing high gloss with matte finishes helps to create texture.
Juxtaposing high gloss with matte finishes helps to create texture. 

 

8.  Wood you rather…

It’s been appearing in interiors for the past few years already, but this design inspiration is not going anywhere! Raw timber adds a delicious authenticity and helps to ground designs that have a modern twist, bringing us back to nature too.

Raw, yet refined, timber is an elegant way to incorporate a natural look and feel in your kitchen.
Raw, yet refined timber paired with stone is an elegant way to incorporate a natural look and feel in your kitchen.

 

Using wood as a highlight material can lift a potentially drab space if you're using monotones.
Using wood as a highlight material can lift a potentially drab space if you’re using monotones.

 

  1.  “I-kea-d” you not!

The assemble-it-yourself look has become a thing.  This doesn’t mean you actually need to assemble your own kitchen, but you may want to take advantage of the modular look and functionality that is presenting in the world of kitchen design.  Kitchen cabinets as furniture pieces, sometimes even on wheels, can be a rather practical design solution especially for smaller kitchens that need mobility.

Modular design is back with a punch! Ideal for smaller spaces, consider incorporating moveable furniture pieces into your kitchen.
Modular design is back with a punch! Ideal for smaller spaces, consider incorporating moveable furniture pieces into your kitchen.

 

  1.  The devil is in the detail

Germans are known for their precision, which may be why we noticed an extreme attention to detail in the designs at the Living Kitchen exhibition.  Every element of each kitchen had been meticulously thought through, creating a healthy tension between functionality and design.  A take away for local designers: seriously interrogate the function of each kitchen design element, and conversely, ruthlessly evaluate the design of functional items.

 

From countertop profiles to lighting and styling, ensure your kitchen design and decor has been thought through forward and backwards to perfection!
From countertop profiles to lighting and styling, ensure your kitchen design and decor has been thought through forward and backwards to perfection!

 

  1.  Open shelving

In a minimalist living area that includes a kitchen, open shelving and elegant styling help to bring some warmth and visual interest into the space.  Think about using a freestanding open shelving unit to create a sense of separateness in your open plan kitchen and living area.

Open shelving offers you the opportunity to add your own personality to your kitchen.
Open shelving offers you the opportunity to add your own personality to your kitchen.

 

Whether in a wall-mounted unit, or at the edge of a kitchen island, make sure to light your open shelving beautifully to show off your styling items to the max.
Whether in a wall-mounted unit, or at the edge of a kitchen island, make sure to light your open shelving beautifully to show off your styling items to the max.

 

Make a statement with a feature colour to highlight your unique shelving and display solutions.
Make a statement with a feature colour to highlight your unique shelving and display solutions. Saffron yellow is one of this season’s go-to colours.

 

12.  Induction cooking and built-in extractors

 Although we’ve seen integrated appliances in kitchen cabinetry, we’re seeing integrated induction cooking and extractors for the first time.  Forget a separate hob, we discovered kitchens that had integrated stove plates in the actual surfaces!  

Many of the leading appliance manufacturers are releasing ranges of Induction cooking stove tops.
Many of the leading appliance manufacturers are releasing ranges of high-tech induction cooking stove tops with built-in extractor fans.

 

Built-in extractors prevent a potential design eye-sore that sometimes comes with a raised and separate extractor fan unit.
Built-in extractors prevent a potential design eye-sore that sometimes comes with a raised and separate extractor fan unit.

 

Visit www.caesarstone.co.za to find out about the best countertop solutions for your home, or for more beautiful kitchen gallery images and design inspiration!

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