Between cooking weeknight dinners, Sunday meal prep, and hosting friends and family, we tend to spend a lot of time in our kitchens. It's also one of the first rooms guests see, basically, the kitchen compared to other rooms in the house, is the life of the party! For all of these reasons, keeping our kitchens trendy, snazzy, and functional is perhaps more important than any other room in the house. But kitchen design trends move fast. To keep up, check out of the top 5 hottest trends in 2019 as well as what’s outdated.
1.Hotty: Bold & Tall
Kitchen backsplashes will make an even bigger statement in 2019, as designers are extending the tile all the way up to the ceiling. Rather than a pop of tile above the counter, stylish kitchen are featuring an entire wall of tile. This look adds texture and visual interest to any kitchen, as demonstrated in the flawless kitchen above.
2.Hotty: Less is More
We will continue to see integrated appliances. We have hoods that are slim and turn on automatically that are stronger than some of the industrial ones we have seen in the past and without a doubt look almost a thousand times more appealing. You no longer need to see appliances sticking out everywhere anymore, the new face of luxury is almost invisible.
3. Hotty: Darksome is the new Handsome
Matte black will continue to be a ruling finish for kitchens; however, other dark colors are making a big comeback in 2019. Clients are starting to lean away from the trending grey of the past years and into the navy palette, especially paired with gold hardware and fixtures In addition to navy, black and forest green will also be trendy kitchen paint colors in 2019. Check out the beautiful kitchen above.
4. Notty: All White Everything
As designers move toward moodier hues and pops of colour in the kitchen, the all-white-everything trend will become less popular in 2019."Kitchens are leaning toward a warmer feel, and people aren't afraid of color right now so white is tending to lose its moment. But I think white still works if you add warm elements to it, like wood hardware.
5. Notty: Keeping it Open
Open Shelving Open shelving in the kitchen is out! It has finally been around long enough to convince everyone of its aesthetic appeals and its life-practicality fail. While open shelving will continue to look picture-perfect in 2019, this impractical design will become less popular in the year to come, 2019 will be the year of "Being Real," design trends that look good but don't function well won't make the cut this year.
A kitchen island adds versatility and beauty to a kitchen. A highly practical addition, a well-made kitchen island can add needed workspace, dining space, and make the overall cooking process more organized. Many kitchen design plans include islands as a part of their initial design due to their desirability with property owners and residents.A kitchen island adds versatility and beauty to a kitchen. A highly practical addition, a well-made kitchen island can add needed workspace, dining space, and make the overall cooking process more organized. Many kitchen design plans include islands as a part of their initial design due to their desirability with property owners and residents.
An island is a versatile addition and can be designed to fit in smaller kitchens. Kitchen islands can be designed to have reduced depths or with wheels. Also, alternative options such as bar carts are an available alternative to the ‘traditional’ kitchen island. Overall the size of the kitchen itself is rarely an issue and how space is used, the number of residents and the overall shape of the kitchen area are far more important.
There is more to an island then the overall size of just the island itself, clearance is a key part of proper island installation and placement. A clearance zone refers to the space between the island and the kitchen’s base cabinets (generally 3 feet or 1 meter). When installing an island make sure nearby cabinets can open completely and applicants, such as the dishwasher, have enough clearance space. You don’t want your island getting in the way of existing structures, appliances, or bumping into doors when they are opened.
When adding an island to a smaller kitchen, or one that doesn't have extra-space to spare, room is at a premium. So the island has to be practical and multifaceted in its use. A well-designed island can combine surface area, a cooktop, wine fridge, seating areas, and storage for pots and pans. Another good scenario is an island that houses both the sink and dishwasher, in addition to ample storage.
In terms of measurements, the recommended size for a fixed island is 40 by 40 inches or 1 by 1 meter with 31.5 inches (88 millimeters) of clearance. In small kitchens, even a well-placed island can be a bit snug when being used by two people for cooking (but not impossible) and perfectly usable for one person.
An island, on average, is 3 by 6.5 feet (or 1 by 2 meters) and has a clearance of roughly 40 inches or 1 meter. The distance around the island determines its size. It's important to consider these proportions because even in a very large kitchen, an island can take up too much room if it's too large or improperly placed. It can also be a hassle to use as you have to walk around it, reach across it, and it may not be centrally located near other surfaces or cooking equipment.
There is more than one way to add an island into your kitchen. A kitchen peninsula is three sided and attached to a wall at one end. This creates the additional features an island provides while taking up less room in the process and also requiring less clearance. Fittingly, peninsula means ‘almost an island’ in Latin. A peninsula is ideal if your kitchen is small and every foot has to be used in the most efficient way possible.
The kitchen is the heart of the home and is the place where food is being prepared. Because of that, we could say that it is the busiest part of the house since we consume food every day. But in order to work well, the kitchen should be well-designed and should fit the needs of the one who use it. It should fit the cook’s flow of work as well as cooking processes. Good traffic flow needs to be observed in the kitchen so that it will be useful and functional and be ready to serve its purpose.
Some homes require more than one kitchen island and would also need to come in different layouts. That all depends on the preferences of the owner. When it comes to kitchen layout, the owner has to be consulted because he is the one who use the area. For some, two kitchen islands are needed in order to perform their cooking tasks well.
If you love to cook and to prepare food, you need to make work area which will be big enough to provide you unobstructed and easy work. The working area in the kitchen have big impact to the functionality of the kitchen as the other elements. If you have enough space in your kitchen you can install kitchen island. It is the most functional solutions for small kitchens, where you don’t have enough working space and storage space.
It will make your everyday work easier, your kitchen will always be neatly organized. There are so many creative designs of the kitchen island, you can find it in every style, shape and form. If your free space allows, you can set a couple of chairs and make area for hanging out with a glass of wine with your friends. Kitchen island is the most practical and multifunctional piece of furniture which will make your everyday work easier.
With regards to the title of this articles post most people have already got their favorite. That's an excellent position to be in, but given that you are here reading this post we will assume that you are undecided. Gloss or Matt Kitchen? What one is the best? Well, put quite simply, it all boils down to 'Personal Choice'.
The popularity of matt or gloss changes over the years. Six or seven years ago there was a real move towards a matt finish being the most sought after. Gloss had a few years 'of fame' in between then and now ... however, in 2018, we can quite confidently say that matt kitchens are by far the most popular. We would predict that the popularity of a matt finish will continue into 2019 and even 2020.
The key to achieving the right look in both styles is by choosing a quality product and installation. Matt and gloss kitchens can form the basis of a visually stunning design that is timeless in appearance, easy to maintain, and very durable. But if you compromise on quality, then you risk having a kitchen that lets you down in the years ahead.We have now established that a high-quality product is essential for a successful gloss or matt kitchen; however, the problem still remains on how to choose between a gloss or matt kitchen!
The quality of installation is essential to your kitchen’s appearance, but it is also important to realize that gloss kitchen colours can look slightly different in appearance under different light settings. Eye level units will, in general, reflect more light but you can also reflect other colours. It might be worth considering the installation of LED lights which will alter the visual appearance of the doors. This is something that we have done on many occasion and can work really well in both matt and gloss kitchens but especially well with the reflective properties of a gloss door. The effect of light in the space is an elegant look, but an added bonus is that reflected light also creates the impression of a larger area, particularly within lighter gloss kitchen colours. Ideal for some smaller kitchen spaces. The smoother the surface and lighter the colour, the more light is reflected, and the bigger and brighter a kitchen space will appear. High Gloss white can really help maximize the space.
Gloss kitchens are easy to wipe clean making them a stylish and practical choice for families, amateur cooks, or pet owners. Gloss kitchen finishes are widely accessible in a range of materials, colours and prices too.
As with gloss kitchens, the quality of product and skill set is one of the primary requirements for getting the best possible looking kitchen, and the matt kitchen is one of the most stunning possible looks for a kitchen.
As suggested by its name, it is different from the gloss kitchen because it has a non-reflective surface for a more subtle look.The matt kitchen has a more solid base of colour than a gloss kitchen as it doesn't rely on a light source to maintain its colour.
The matt kitchen can be described as one of understated class and elegance and convey a feeling of pure luxury.
The matt kitchen, like the gloss kitchen, is durable, scratch resistant and also easy to clean, but with the added benefit of fingerprint and smudge marks being less noticeable. As with gloss kitchens, white doors will give the impression of a bigger space, but to a lesser degree due to the lack of reflection. However, graphite or charcoal grey is proving to be extremely popular... and looks absolutely stunning.
So is a gloss or matt kitchen best? Ultimately, it's still about personal preference, so it’s actually not about what is best, it's about what is right for you. At Weizter we have plenty of examples of both, and we would be happy to meet up to show you samples in person so that you can make a proper comparison. Above all, we suggest that you recognize that high quality is the key; even if it's not the lowest in price, the quality of your kitchen is what will remain when the 'price tag' has long been forgotten!
Contrast is an art design principle that can also be applied to the design of your kitchen. Basically, it’s the placement of opposite elements, like light and dark or smooth and textured, to create interest or drama in a space. Creating contrast is the perfect way to add a striking statement to your space. Add contrast to your own kitchen with these five simple ideas from Weizter.Contrast is an art design principle that can also be applied to the design of your kitchen. Basically, it’s the placement of opposite elements, like light and dark or smooth and textured, to create interest or drama in a space. Creating contrast is the perfect way to add a striking statement to your space. Add contrast to your own kitchen with these five simple ideas from Weizter.
1. Balance dark-colored kitchen cabinets with lighter countertops.
Black and white is one of the most popular forms of contrast you’ll find. It’s a classic pairing that will add timeless style to your kitchen. Create this contrast by installing dark color kitchen cabinets.
2. Pair light-colored cabinets with dark hardware.
Changing out your cabinet pulls and knobs is a simple and budget-friendly way to add contrast in your kitchen. Weizter has a wide selection of kitchen hardware, making it easy to find just what you’re looking for. Pair dark cabinet pulls and knobs with white or light-colored cabinets to really make them pop.
3. Try white cabinets with a black kitchen island.
Another place to add contrast is the kitchen island. Create a focal point in the kitchen with a black or dark color kitchen island surrounded by white or lighter-colored kitchen cabinets, or try a white island with darker color cabinets. The island is also a great place to add a pop of color if you’re feeling adventurous.
4. Balance dark color kitchen cabinets with a lighter backsplash.
Make dark color kitchen cabinets stand out by installing backsplash tiles in a lighter color.
5. Add wood to create contrast.
Contrast isn’t just about light and dark, it’s about texture too. Wood’s natural texture is great for creating contrast in the kitchen. Try wooden countertops, a butcher block island, or wooden cabinets to create a warm and inviting vibe in the kitchen.
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Kitchen extractor fans is one of the most imported parts when it comes to adding beautiful aesthetics to your kitchen, it can be the same as usual or you can wow it with something different.
Mostly used lately but with it own style is the Glass extractor fan. Elegant but practical.
Integrated extractor fan. Hidden but usefull.
Latest trend is ceiling extractor fans, for places like islans were you don't want something in your eye view.
Or the new technology Downdraft extractor fan, simply a stunning picture when hidden.
Color match your extractor fan to blend in with the rest.
Angled wall mount extractor fans are also bocoming fasionable and stylish in the modern kitchen.
When re-doing or installing a new kitchen always look at making it as comfortable and accessible as possible. There are so many ideas and ways to do this with simple added inserts that are available on the market and doing it without killing your budget, a simple must have....
Lazy Susan. Simple, but makes that corner so easy to use
Bin units. Hide it but keep it close to your work area. The latest trends are recycling, put two!
Magic corner. Don't leave voids or unused spaces utilise them.
Small inserts for hiding the everday used but sight for sore eyes.
Pull out larder. Make organising and access simple and easy.
Storage baskets. Not only built for veggies, you can utilise them in many ways.
So how can we know what a typical future kitchen will look like? We simply need to look at technological trends that are likely to stick. These trends may give us valuable insight into what we can expect from our kitchens of tomorrow. Let’s break down some of the more important kitchen tech trends shaking up the world of kitchen design.
Interactive Cooking Surfaces
Say goodbye to burners. The future of stove cooking, undoubtedly, lies in interactive induction hobs. Induction heating uses magnetic components hidden underneath the cooktop to heat pots and pans. But instead of just heating the bottom of the pot, induction heating heats the entire pot – meaning food is cooked faster and more evenly. Pots and pans can be placed anywhere on the cooking surface, not on one particular heating area. And the tech doesn’t end there either. Overhead, a projector will beam recipes, cooking information and other handy notes straight onto the counter top.
Some designers and suggest that fridges as we know them will disappear completely in future kitchens. In its place, inductive cooling containers will sit on induction shelves to cool your goods. Simply set the container on an induction cooling table, and food will be chilled in an instant.
Green Sinks and DishwashersIf there’s one future kitchen focus that will have the most impact, it’s the emphases on wasting less. The future of sustainable kitchens are looking bright. Discarded water from sinks and dishwashers, for example, won’t be flushed immediately, but divided into safe and unsafe water to be used to feed plants. Food waste will be composted, and devices of the future will have more functionality in smaller packages.
Porcelain and Quartz Countertops
Most homeowners have very strong opinions when it comes to countertops. And for good reason. Quality surfaces not only look good, but is better to work on and easier to clean. Granite and marble have always been popular kitchen counter choices, but it’s the rise of porcelain and quartz stone tops that might give us a clue how kitchens of the future might look.
Why oh why would anyone not want wall cabinets in their kitchen? Why oh why would anyone not want wall cabinets in their kitchen? Something interesting is happening in the world of designer kitchens and we’re excited about it! No wall cabinets seems to be a trend that’s gaining more and more traction. What is it about this style that makes these kitchens so damn attractive? It must be staged for the photo shoot? Its not practical, where would I keep all my must have cooking items?
Let’s understand what it is about this style that draws us in.For starters, it’s easy on the eyes and clutter free, with its clean lines and simple appeal, taking us back to stylish Parisian kitchens which make us think we’re movie stars sipping on an espresso and munching on a pain au chocolat, reading the morning news on the sidewalk of some little café. But where would I keep my novelty mugs and my collection of pots and pans accumulated over the last 20 years? Good point?
Well, the truth is that we usually have more than we need and over many years become numb to the fact that our kitchens and cabinets become overrun with clutter and unnecessary knick-knacks.Think about it! When you take your family of four away for the weekend to a self catering resort, what do they supply you with? Do you manage? Are you able to cook and survive on the bare essentials? Of course you miss your Kitchen Aid mixers and your Le Creuset pots and pans, but what stopping you from decluttering and offloading some of those items that you haven’t used in over 6 months? That doughnut maker that sits at the back of your not so easy to reach corner unit or the million and one mix match Tupperware containers that nearly always fall out of your cupboards when you need that special one at the bottom of the pile.
This style is in no way a style for everyone, but would it not be better to come home to a neat, clean de-cluttered space with a sleek low level quartz splashback or a full wall of subway tiles and just stand in awe of the beauty that is simply breath taking? More is less?
Okay, so not everyone is happy to do away with wall units…enter the open floating shelf. Dust trap! Yes, it looks pretty, but is it practical? Surely your ugly, yet essential, pots and pans wouldn’t be an attractive sight, but ask yourself the same question…how much of this stuff do I actually use frequently. If you’re honest enough with yourself, I think you will find that you could actually make it work and at the same time offload some of your older items to people that may find better use for them.
This style offers you that chefs kitchen look with an industrial flair. You dont have to just do floating shelves, open units could also be a very appealing addition to your kitchen.
The fact is, this style may not be for everyone, but it could work for everyone if we just gave our cupboards a proper clean out and stuck with the essentials. Let Weizter show you how!
Renovating your home always leaves you with the opportunity to go for something newer, more trendier and the latest in the market. With melamine boards there is always new development taking us deeper into new revolutionary colors. Kitchens with a difference from the usual "wood look", defy your bedrooms and studies with "softer feel" tones.
These stucco colors is something new and out of the ordinary. You simply have to feel them!
Give your kitchen a different look, something away from the usual.
How much easier for you to get that "wow!" factor in your kitchen with something new.
Get away from the mindset the "wood look" persists with kitchen cupboards, do a mix.
Kitchens that are small but very efficinient in color.
Aquariums have always been a beautiful centre piece of any room. Why not add one to your kitchen to create a space of peace and tranquility. Aquariums add colour, light and beauty to any space therefore in a kitchen it would make the space stand out.
Whether you go for a tropical or a marine tank, either will give a focal point to your kitchen that will make your space stand out compared to other kitchens. When planning the kitchen around an aquarium it is important to go with a monochromatic space that will allow the aquarium to stand out.
At Weizter we can plan your kitchen around your aquarium. Enquire today for a kitchen that stands out.
Two-toned kitchen cabinets is a trend that’s not going away
Not surprisingly, many kitchen renovators are opting for two-tone when it comes to choosing cabinetry. And it doesn’t take much to realise why this style is catching so many people’s attention. Whether or not you’re having your kitchen designed professionally, or doing the renovation yourself, two-toned kitchen cupboards and cabinetry add an inviting dynamic to your space.
There are many different colour combinations to choose from; but in the end, the goal is to create a cohesive space with just the right amount of contrast. Here’s how to get the look right:
Choose a focal point
The simplest way to apply the two-tone trend to your kitchen is to decide on one set of cupboards to turn into a focal point for the space. A kitchen island, for example, is an excellent starting point, because of its central position in the layout. But don’t feel limited by the arrangement of your kitchen. Before making any hard-and-fast decisions, try planning out the area to see how your choice of colour will draw the attention to various angles of the room.
After you have decided on the where to apply your focus point, it’s time to think about the colour. If you decide to go this route, remember that your choice has to be appealing to the eye. It could be a big bold shade that stands out or something a little more subtle. Some people like to opt for trendy colours like dark blues and pastel yellows.
Thinking past paint
If you are not a bold colours kind of person, don’t worry. There are plenty of other ways to get the two-tone look. Certainly one of them is to use separate materials for your cabinet design. A wood finish would be a good option for at least part of the design. That way you can combine your wood element with laminate for a stylish, contemporary look, or a glass and aluminium combo to give the kitchen an industrial feel.
If you’re planning on mixing and matching, remember that the design is always the key to success. Your starting point should be to choose your kitchen style and the materials you’d like to use. By doing so, you can ensure that the final product will exceed expectations.
Darker on the bottom
Another common way to incorporate the two-tone trend is to use a darker colour on your bottom cabinets and a lighter colour on the top. On the one hand, it’s a design that lets you make a statement by using a bold colour on the bottom to help ground the space. On the other, the lighter top cabinets will make the space to look bigger by drawing the eye upward.
If this is your chosen two-tone route, you have a choice to make. You could pair a bold shade with a lighter colour. Or, you can consider an Ombre appearance. In both instances, the key is to copy the lighter colour in other areas throughout the room.
Don’t forget coordinating elements
Whatever you decide when it comes to your kitchen cabinets, there’s one key element to bear in mind: every single one of your cabinets should have some form of coordinating detail. Consider that if you have two very different sets of cabinetry in the same space, it’s super important to include a few details that indicate that they belong together.
You can go about tying your cabinets together in a number of ways. You can, for example, try using two different shades of the same colour as an equaliser. But if you’d rather include 2 distinct hues, you should seriously consider using the same hardware throughout the space to run a thread through the whole look.
The two-toned kitchen cupboard design trend is here, and it looks like it’s going to be around for quite a while. Use the ideas above as your design inspiration to create a look that suits your style and taste. With a few little tweaks, you can create an on-trend look you’ll love for years to come.
Looking for ideas on how to style open shelves? Open shelves are the perfect place to display your family treasures and add some seasonal color to a space. Rearranging your shelves can be a fun winter project, but it may take some playing around with to create a design you love. Look throughout your house for objects you already have. You’ll be surprised how something hidden in a kitchen cabinet might look beautiful on an open shelf. Here are some tips to get you started.Looking for ideas on how to style open shelves? Open shelves are the perfect place to display your family treasures and add some seasonal color to a space. Rearranging your shelves can be a fun winter project, but it may take some playing around with to create a design you love. Look throughout your house for objects you already have. You’ll be surprised how something hidden in a kitchen cabinet might look beautiful on an open shelf. Here are some tips to get you started.
1. DeclutterThe first thing you want to do is remove everything from the shelves. Start by giving away anything you don’t absolutely love. When you put things back in, you will want to leave some air space between items. Maybe even place one object by itself in the center of the shelf to keep things uncluttered.
2. Layer ItemsMix the proportions if you have items that are different sizes. Tall and short accessories make things interesting. Books can be placed vertically and horizontally. If you stack them, try placing a small object on top of the book stack.
3. Mix MaterialsTexture makes any room come alive. Try mixing glass, wood, metal, and pottery. Add something funny or unexpected to show your personality. I love the way the giraffe looks next to the stack of books in the photo above on the white wall unit.
4. Add ColorLook at the colors in the rest of the space and add some accessories or books in the same hues to balance the room. Include a little seasonal color too. A silver vase with red flowers and greenery will bring some holiday cheer.
It’s often the most daunting task when faced with the question on which handle you would like in your kitchen. This could be due to the fact that there are literally thousands of different handles to choose between all with some difference in colour, texture, shape and size yet when looking through samples, these all become distorted as they tend to look as though most of them would work with your design...but they wont.
I like to refer to your handles as the jewellery of your kitchen, little bits of bling that accentuate that beautifully designed kitchen and don’t detract from it but rather add to the overall design.
Having said this, it is imperative that we take note that when it comes to handles, form should not take preference over function and that these two elements need to work seamlessly together to form a coherent bond between aesthetics and functionality.
It is key, that your handle selection looks good, but it also needs to feel good, comfortable on the grip, after all, this is the actual part of the kitchen that receives the most contact other than your work surfaces.
One could select a handle that emphasizes the length or width of a cabinet door.
In contemporary kitchens, this is usually the case where longer sleeker handles are used to accentuate certain features.
Concealed handles are also important in this regard because they allow for one to really focus on the linear lines of the kitchen and don’t detract from the overall design. Although, these do tend to become dust traps and one often finds that it can be confusing as to which side the door is hinged and you’re not always certain on which side to pull open from.
In some instances, it is worth considering no handles if you only want to focus on aesthetics. However, the same problem with hinging presides and its worth mentioning that the push open mechanisms usually cost a pretty penny.
In more traditional designs, one may consider a combination of two different types of hanldes and dont forget, knobs.
Knobs have evolved somewhat from your grand mothers kitchen and now come in an array of finishes from pewuter, bronze, copper, rose gold, glass and even crystal. One could match up to three different handle types in one space as is the case in the image below.
Whatever it is that tickles your fancy, just remember that your Weizter Designer is there to assist you and guide you. They’ve done this before and have extensive knowledge on what works and what doesn’t work. Ultimately, the choice is always yours.