It’s one of the most occupied rooms in the home and a place where both memories and mess are made. Kitchens need to be both practical and stylish. So, let’s take a look at the latest trends.
Laminates and chipboards have well and truly had their day. Natural products are now leading the way for bench tops. Quartz, granite and marble are still the go to options. These stone products provide a wide variety of colours, patterns, grains and designs.
The durability and very nature of stone assures you, that your home has its own visual appeal and unique identity. Caesarstone benchtops are also a popular choice. Caesarstone is a manmade product, created from natural quartz aggregates, organic pigments and enhanced polymer resins, Caesarstone provides a surface with exceptional properties of heat, stain, scratch and chip resistance.
In years past you would only find a double oven in a high-end kitchen where money was no object, not anymore, costs have come down and they are now within range for the ordinary consumers. In fact, they are now becoming a new kitchen must have.
You certainly don’t need to have a spacious kitchen to incorporate a double oven, since there are models that are the exact same size as a single oven.
If you enjoy entertaining on a regular basis, you will love the versatility of owning a double oven. You can be baking your main meal in one oven while you are heating up appetizers in the other oven, how good is this. Having the ability to cook various dishes at different temperatures simultaneously is a dramatic upgrade to the cooking experience.
Double ovens save you time, create more counter space, enhance your social gatherings, and ultimately transform your cooking experience.
Pop-up power point
The days of searching for the perfect power solution are gone. Having an island bench is great in any kitchen. It creates a central hub for people to gather around and it also creates a big empty work space for you.
Pop-up power points are an excellent way to incorporate power in your island. They sit flush with your benchtop when you are not using them and easily pop up out of the bench when you want to plug something in.
They are available with varying amounts of power points, and some are even available with USB points, so you can plug your iPad in to read your recipes when you are cooking. Incorporating power points into your island bench is a great way to optimise the functionality of your island. This will allow you to plug in items such as mixers and blenders at your island, making for a more practical workspace.
Drawers, Drawers, Drawers
The biggest request I get from my clients when we discuss their ‘wish list’ for their new kitchen is drawers, drawers, drawers. They’re tired of losing things at the back of deep cupboards and of straining their backs bending down to lift heavy items out from underneath the bench. Having kitchen drawers instead of cabinets also allows you to make your storage a lot more compartmentalised, so you can locate items more readily.
LED lights are both eco-friendly and cost-efficient. Lasting up to 100 times longer than old-school incandescent globes, LEDs also use less electricity than most other globes on the market and come minus the mercury, which is always a good thing. LED lighting may cost you a bit more in the short-term, but you will actually save money in the long-term as they don’t need to be replaced very often.
After all, the kitchen is often one of the most used rooms in the home, so you want it to be an inviting hub of activity.