The property market in Australia is in rude health at the present time and this is encouraging homeowners to invest in new and creative ideas when it comes to kitchen design.
Here is a look at what is trending right now with a look at some bold ideas and tips that you might want to consider using for you home.
Big and Bold
A strong trend in kitchen design for 2014 is big and bold gestures. This doesn’t mean loud and bright colours are going to overwhelm your kitchen space, what it means is that the general trend is for exploring your ideas and not being afraid to experiment.
The trick is to achieve an understated or even minimalist look but with a stunning combination of ideas like a large-statement central island or splash-backs that really stand out against slightly plainer surroundings.
You could also consider making your kitchen island a statement piece in itself that is perhaps not made from the same cabinetry as the rest of the kitchen furniture, the key being unique and individualistic, so don’t be worried about letting your creative juices flow.
The trend for kitchen flooring at the moment is leaning heavily towards oversized floorboards and certainly not about considering your choice of flooring as an afterthought when you have completed the rest of your kitchen design.
There is a wide range of Australian timber flooring options to consider and oversized herringbone timber floorboards is just one of the ideas that is certainly proving popular with kitchen designers at the moment.
The trend for splash-back’s in 2014 is leaning more towards materials and gestures rather than relying on colour to make the required statement.
Tiling that reaches all the way to the ceiling and oversized tiling is certainly being used to achieve this aim. Intricate inlaid borders and functional tiling have been replaced with big ideas to make your splash-back more of a feature and emphasise the space that you have in your kitchen.
Ditch the clutter
The trend for kitchens in 2014 is definitely about trying to de-clutter your kitchen as much as possible, so that you are left with as clean and open a space as is possible to achieve.
This trend still applies even if your kitchen is not exactly classified as contemporary and the thinking behind this design movement is that having less stuff on display and breaking up clean lines, will allow you to pursue a more adventurous kitchen design overall.
Your choice of lighting has the potential to transform any living space and your kitchen is no exception in this regard.
Lighting should never be an afterthought anyway, but the trend in 2014 is for sculptural lighting in the kitchen. Consider all your lighting requirements so your workspaces and preparation areas are well covered and then look to complete the look with some ambient lighting and maybe some sconce lighting too.
The overriding trend for kitchen designs in 2014 is for big stand-out statements through your flooring and tiling options and not being afraid to go with your ideas and mix up materials if that is what you want to do.
GUEST BLOGGER: Bradley Lucas loves his work as an interior designer. After years of innovation and practical design, he greatly enjoys blogging about the basic foundations and current trends in home design.