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!
- 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!
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.
- “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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!