Kitchen Trends in 2012

As the new approaches, I have put together a list of a few kitchen remodeling trends that are in store for 2012. Let’s see the design, appliances, colors and lighting I think will be popular next year!

Design – A recent survey done by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has shown that what clients really are looking for is “a multi-functional space, which reflects their individual style. One component of this trend is the integration and concealment of appliances, which opens the kitchen floor plan, embracing adjoining areas of the home, rather than becoming an intrusion into them. The economy continues to encourage homeowners to consider products and designs that are affordable and deliver long-term value.” Continue reading →

34 Well-designed Kitchens

Here are more than just a few (more than 30, to be exact) kitchen designs – very different in style and size, but all are gorgeous and well-designed. All of them are deservedly the heart of these homes.

Probably your kitchen is far from many of the ones here (mine is, for sure!), but you can get plenty of inspiration from these photos. I’ve grouped them into 4: The Rustics show you the perfect countryside kitchen. The Farm kitchens have less bling, they are more sane but nonetheless lovely. Traditionally Elegant is just that: timeless elegance, subtlety and lots of great details. Finally, the Modernos: sleek, clean lines and glossy surfaces for you modern-lovers.

 

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Popular Kitchen Lighting Questions – the most common errors

So from today, I start a new series on kitchen planning topics: let’s collect the knowledge, pepper it with a few ideas. Here are the things you should consider – first, when planning your kitchen lighting.

What are the most common kitchen lighting errors made when planning the lighting?

  1. The most common lighting error is trying to light all your kitchen with one hanging lamp in the middle of your room. Not only does the single light  become a source of glare any time you look into the kitchen (from the dark to the light.. you planned to use a biiig light, yep?). You also won’t get the needed light on your countertops. Every time you try doing any work you are working in your own shadow. Continue reading →

Blue Kitchen

This gorgeous cottage kitchen wasn’t always this stylish and functional. With no room to cook, cramped counter space, its owners knew they needed to renovate the kitchen of their 1935 cottage in upstate New York.

So where did they start? From scratch! Since any upgrades would be a waste of money unless the quite bad layout was replanned, they began discussing the kitchen layout. The first step was to alter the floor plan in the 8×10-foot galley kitchen to add the space they needed. Continue reading →

IT-IS Kitchens from Euromobil

Euromobil’s new IT-IS kitchen furniture line embodies the urban kitchen for the modern home. Made in Italy, the kitchens come in different colors and configurations to suit any scheme from the  playful to the elegant or even sharp.

The look is quite unique and very urban. What they all have in common are confident, flowing lines, exquisitely rounded corners finely crafted details and state of the art technologies. (however, I’m a bit worried about cleaning those rounded parts…)  The drawer fronts have an oblique edge for easy grip, patented by Euromobil themselves. They are built functionally and strongly and they look amazing. What a joy it would be to work in such a kitchen. Learn more at Euromobil.

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Yellow Kitchens

Yellow might be an unusual color for a kitchen, but if you want something punchy and vibrant, there are few other colors that stand out like it. Below are just a few examples for your inspiration.

Italian kitchen manufacturer Snaidero has recently released their striking new kitchen concept Venus that will give your kitchen a bold, modern look. Based on the Yellow Venus installation in Long Island, this kitchen offers  several vibrant hues that are very alive and eye catching.


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Innovative Kitchen Sinks

Whether it is washing your hands or washing your dishes, the humble sink is thought of as utilitarian rather than attractive, eye catching or even innovative! Sinks have reinvented themselves and the materials, shapes, and even the way water flows in and out of them now could even enhance your room.

If you are trying to add interest to your home, look what eye catching sinks will do for yours.

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Futuristic kitchen from Electrolux

Futuristic kitchen

Kitchen is a place where you spend many hours cooking different, tasty meals. The design of the kitchen becomes important if you want to save time and be comfortable yet efficient at the same time. Marcello Zuffo designed a futuristic kitchen for the 2008 Electrolux Design Awards. Although the furniture and the kitchen equipment seem to have their own place normally, in this design you will find all them in one place. It’s not entirely obvious at the first sight, but this kitchen is quite compact too – You do not need to move yourself away while you are cooking, so you will save more time for your own personal interest and move faster. Continue reading →

Kitchen remodeling in a down economy – part 2.

In the next part of the series, I show you four more ideas to refresh your kitchen on a budget.

Replace the kitchen floor

Besides the countertop and the cabinets, the floor is the third element which determines the look of your kitchen. You need to be careful on floor choice though – kitchen floors need to be durable to resist to the tear and wear you will subject it to. If you don’t have a ton of money to spend, you can choose stone (again, local sourcing will help you), tiles or vinyl. If you like wood better, get laminate or engineered hardwood floor. Probably hardwood is   better, as laminate does not really like water that much.

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Kitchen remodeling in a down economy – part 1.

As house values are down across the board and loans / mortgages are harder to get, homeowners are finding few easy-money options for grand remodels. But hey, you probably should not do that anyway! Instead, why not go after projects that cost less, or even garner practical savings and keep their value much better when it comes time to sell.

This is very true for kitchens: usually oneof the (if not THE) most expensive room in your home, a remodel can even cost anything upwards of $50.000 – which can be as much as 10% of the value of your home.  Instead of spending a ton of money, let’s see a few options on modest, practical, recessionproof improvements that build a home’s long-term value while conserving energy or just allow you to rest and enjoy your kitchen.

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