Get creative in the kitchen with these expert design ideas, eye-catching trends and culinary innovations
1. Stylish space-saving solutions
Integrated design elements are a savvy set-up for smaller kitchens, says Oliver Goettling, managing director of Goettling Interiors...
"Small kitchens in studios and apartments will benefit from integrated seating, maximised storage solutions and smart design features, without compromising on adequate circulation space. Schüller's C Collection Biella kitchen, seen above, scores major storage goals with tall cabinets and under-seat cabinets, while open shelves with integrated under-shelf mood lighting increases the aesthetic appeal.
Smart design that amplifies functionality includes a pullout socket integrated within the countertop and the "Lift" worktop section, which rises to reveal a concealed lower level surface with space for an appliance like a food processor, increasing the available surface area.
The vibrant green cabinet colour incorporates bold colour blocking and brings the outdoors in - key trends in contemporary interior design, not just for kitchens. With this in mind, the design also underpins the trend of "natural authenticity", and achieves a visually balanced yet stimulating space with the designers pairing this vibrant hue with a neutral backsplash and countertop."
2. Rough textures
Cassidy Davis, senior designer at Hacker Kitchens, says textured finishes such as oxidised metal is a new look for kitchens...
"We have seen a move towards rough, textured cabinets, with a new generation discovering the aesthetic appeal of concrete - with its fine pores and shades of grey it's perfectly suited to an industrial-style urban interior. Taking inspiration from this modern trend, the Oxide Meteor kitchen, above, carries the aesthetic of rough textures, particularly weathered metal, yet in a smooth, stylish and liveable way.
Dark kitchens like this can handle bold colour, demonstrated by the strong accent wall painted plum and dark furniture. In addition, in the UAE we tend to live in properties with lots of light, which prevents a dark kitchen from looking gloomy and dull. Atmospheric down-lighting is the perfect finishing touch."
3. Modern vintage
Cook up '80s glamour in the kitchen says Luiza Jodziewicz, regional manager at IKEA...
"The current vintage trend brings '80s glamour and luxury to the kitchen and home. Taking inspiration from the movie stars and sets of that era, it incorporates brass, chrome and gold touches, as well as mirrors and polished textures. These are paired alongside wood elements, with contrasting colours such as burgundy, yellow, green and purple that really bring the effect to life.
This look is ideal for bringing a touch of sophistication and fun to kitchen spaces. A simple way to incorporate this trend into a kitchen is to select key pieces that have a vintage look, such as a set of chairs, retro appliances, or a marble or terrazzo countertop, and apply them into your current design. This helps ensure each classic piece stands out, while subtly infusing vintage style into your home."
4. Bespoke beauties
Keep the client at the centre of the design process, advises Saverio Lagana, general manager at Officine Gullo Middle East...
"It is important to put the client at the centre of the design process, so the final product is the result of a conversation between the design team, the client and the interior designers. The clients' requirements, ambitions and preferences on style and colour, to achieve the kitchen of their dreams, should always be the driver when creating handcrafted masterpieces. In the case of our Pigeon Blue Kitchen, seen above, the client wanted a poolside barbecue area that was out-of-the-ordinary, a spectacular facility for their family and guests, able to cater for a large number of people for events in the garden - a popular pastime for residents in the UAE.
One-of-a-kind kitchens like this should be a statement of classic and everlasting design. While there is an unlimited choice of colours, mixing bright blue with chrome finishes and teak wood, plus informal bar stools, creates a contemporary kitchen that will remain the highlight of the garden for many years to come."
5. Colour blocking
Fabiana Scavolini, CEO of Scavolini, says colour can create movement across a kitchen...
"A current trend is for the kitchen and the living environment to be close together, often designed within a single space that is able to perform multiple functions. In the Tetrix kitchen, seen above, the low elements, typical of a living room, meet this new need. The name of the kitchen comes from a famous videogame popular in the '80s, Tetris, which has inspired the way the colours of Tetrix are combined together to give rise to unusual and personalised combinations. Here, teal and red work well together, however neutral colours - white, beige, grey, light brown - remain popular. Combine strong, bold shades with lighter tones to create motion in the furniture."
6. Industrial design
Industrial-style spaces remains popular, says Miriam Llano, marketing manager at Cosentino Middle East...
"On trend for kitchens this year is the industrial look achieved through design elements like exposed brickwork and steel beams, industrial-style pendant lighting, chrome fittings and raw construction material for wall cladding, backsplashes and kitchen countertops. Masterfully replicating the look and feel of grey cement, Brooklyn, from the Silestone Loft Series (seen above), is a choice material for countertops in a modern, industrial-style kitchen. In addition to its tactile, pock-marked look, which complements the pared-back interiors, the surface is engineered quartz by Cosentino with low liquid absorption and high resistance to stains, impact and scratching. Textured parquet flooring and white cabinets add a welcome break to the otherwise stark look of this kitchen."
7. Black is back
Black is the new white, says Laura Bielecki, senior interior design manager at Ellington Properties...
"In our fast-paced lives, more and more the kitchen is becoming the hub where many things that matter to us happen: laughter, conversations, important decisions, dreams and plans, family bonding, and so forth. With that in mind, Teka strives to develop appliances that aim to be at the heart of the kitchen and the sleek iKnob IT 6450 induction hob, seen above, was developed to give users absolute control and precision.
Automatic pan recognition and optimisation provides heat precisely where needed, a security lock offers extra safety and prevents accidental use, and functions for quick-boil and warming offer precision control for the ultimate in intuitive cooking."
The writer is a interior designer
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