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Kitchens have a long-standing tradition of being the heart of the home, reflecting and extending on the style of other spaces in the house. With the rise of working and schooling from home, kitchens are getting more use than ever, often doubling as work and study spaces, as well as fulfilling their main purpose as a place to prepare meals. If you’re looking for ways to lift your kitchen game this year, read on for the hottest 2021 kitchen trends with our expert style tips and drool-worthy photo inspiration.
No Longer “Just a Place to Cook”
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If your kitchen is becoming a catch-all space for cooking, eating meals, working, and studying, you’ll want to make sure that it is both functional and stylish. Because kitchens regularly open onto living spaces, it’s a good idea to think of them as such, making them feel just as chic and lived in as other areas of your house. One way to revamp your kitchen is to add pops of colour to your cabinets - and you don’t need to be afraid of bright colours! However, if you do change up your kitchen colour scheme, just make sure that wall colours remain the same as surrounding spaces - good style is all about consistency.
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The other thing to consider is integration. While this isn’t as easy as it sounds, it’s becoming more and more popular for kitchens to blend seamlessly with other parts of the house, especially in open plan homes. Some creative design means that refrigerators and dishwashers can now be made to look like joinery, and range hoods can be disguised under custom plasterwork. You can check out our latest kitchen design here, currently under construction. It boasts integrated appliances, Calcutta Borghini marble and French Industrial design elements *swoon*.
Embrace Your Artistic Side
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While kitchens are often thought of as neutral spaces, there’s no reason your kitchen shouldn’t reflect your personality, just like the other rooms in your house. Gone are the days of displaying a single cook book or a large glass bowl on the kitchen bench. Instead, opt for an oil painting on a kitchen wall, or even something sculptural. There’s no reason your artwork has to be limited to the living room or bedroom.
Design: Bria Hammel Interiors | Photography: Spacecrafting
For benchtop decor, a large vessel with some patina can be an artistic way to house wooden spoons, and help bridge the gap between modern aesthetics and old world charm. The goal here is not to clutter up the space too much (we want to be able to use those benches, remember!), but mix a touch of creativity into your storage and display options.
Design: Brad Krefman/BK Interior Design | Photography: Mike Schwartz | Via Chairish
Speaking of patina, let’s talk about benchtops! While we understand that not everyone can live like this, try not to be too precious with your stone benches. We’ve long fallen into the wabi-sabi camp - the imperfect is totally perfect. If you’re going for a natural stone, try to choose something with lots of markings. And, whilst you should avoid lemon juice and other harsh chemicals, little knicks and stains will help tell the story of your home and create your own personal patina.
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The other thing to keep in mind is that your benches don’t have to be super thick. Whilst 40mm benchtops used to be the standard, that’s no longer the case. Thinner benchtops are fast becoming the norm, being both stylish and easier on the wallet! If you’re installing new benchtops, shoot for 20mm thickness - you’ll find plenty of stone options on the market in a style you’re sure to love.
It’s All About Tapware
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Just like the stylish gold and brass finishes that stood out in bathrooms last year, sophisticated tapware can really make or break a kitchen look. When done right, these easily switched-out fixtures make the world of difference in a kitchen, adding a great amount of character and style to your space. Our tip is to let your tapware be the crowning jewel, and your other hardware be the jewellery.
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We recommend splurging a little on your tapware to really make it ‘pop’. Brass isn’t going anywhere, so spending some extra cash here is a great option because you know it’s not a passing trend. Another great choice is chrome and black, which has a more modern look, and you get bonus points for mixing metals. Whichever way you go, try to keep each metal at the same eye level, for example brass pendants, black hardware, and a chrome tap.
Is 2021 the year you’re going to renovate your kitchen? Give me a call to discuss your needs (hint, we have custom design packages starting at $40,000 for design AND install - win!).
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