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Querida Lorraine Kitchens August 29th 2018, 20:42:50
Do you still have fluorescent lighting in your kitchen - well if you want the latest in kitchen design - and to know what is hot, what is not - fluorescent lighting is definitely not. One long globe casting a harsh light over the kitchen was never an idea that combined style with utility - it‘s not something you use because it‘s beautiful - it‘s simply utilitarian. The latest in kitchen design is LED‘s (light-emitting diodes) which use less than half the electricity of fluorescents and can last 10 times as long. As for what is hot in kitchen design - the newest buzz is on ‘accent lighting‘, and layered kitchen lighting. Chandeliers and pendants are as in as you can get for task lighting, along with lighting for cabinets. These do the job, and add style and ambiance to your kitchen. When it comes to lighting, fluorescents are so last century!
Modern Kitchen Design: Sleek and slick are the buzzwords behind modern and ultra-modern kitchen design these days. One of the most common and popular design themes for kitchens these days is the industrial look. This style presents a cold and professional look that means business. Within many modern designs stainless steel appliances and cooking utensils dominate, and both countertops and floors are made from stone. Concrete and slate are most popular for floors, while granite tends to dominate modern countertops.
The entire modern kitchen design aesthetic elevates utility and function above all else. All the materials involved in modern designs are highly resistant to staining and damages, which makes them easy to clean and to maintain. By elevating utilitarian designs to an art form, the modern kitchen is both highly attractive and highly functional- even if it can be a bit intimidating at first glance.
Another tip for Kitchen Design with Timeless Design appeal is to focus on good quality appliances which will last. Instead of buying gimmick items, go for appliances which are functional, hard-working, reliable, and durable. Your custom kitchen will, if it‘s well designed, feature special nooks for your fridge, stove, washing machine, dryer etc. Every inch of space in a well designed custom kitchen needs to be optimally used, so if you have to keep changing appliances, there is always a chance that the new machine may be a fraction larger than the old one - a disaster if the space has been crafted for an exact fit. It‘s a good idea to make allowance for this when you are in the planning stages. That‘s the advantage of custom kitchens - you can allow for all these considerations, as well as your own design aesthetic.
Accessorises: Do not forget the accessories. Whether you choose artwork or prints for the walls, or funky utensils to place in and around the kitchen, thinking about accessories is crucial for the overall look and feel of the kitchen. Using colours or shapes, you can make the kitchen feel very dramatic, or soft depending upon the look you are after. You will also want to consider what type of lighting you need. You can choose from so many different lights, bulbs and so on. Look at how much natural light your kitchen area gets. If it is very dark or alternatively gets a lot of sun light, then the lighting installed will need to be adjusted accordingly.