The team at Kitchen Art Design shows us how to incorporate the latest kitchen trends.
Trends in kitchen design are always evolving, offering new ways to delight and inspire. The trick is, knowing how to incorporate them into your dream kitchen design, in a way that marries beauty and function. The experts at Kitchen Art Design—who have 30 years of experience strategically designing kitchens and locally manufacturing custom cabinetry—wanted to share a few ideas, looks and tips to inspire a timeless, form-meets-function kitchen that works for you and your whole family.
It’s a more dramatic style choice, but it’s gaining serious ground. And that’s partly because black, like white, is also a neutral, which means it blends nicely with any style, from traditional to modern. In this space, photographed in Kitchen Art Design’s new Coquitlam showroom, sleek black cabinets and black matte countertops create a streamlined look. To complement the black, Kitchen Art Design paired it with walnut cabinets. When applied horizontally, the walnut’s distinct linear grain actually accentuates the length of the kitchen.
How to make black work in the kitchen? The answer is proper lighting and lots of it. White and lighter surfaces reflect light, while black absorbs it. The finishes used in this display are also matte, making it not too reflective or distracting. Mixing finishes and textures will add plenty of warmth and light to a dark kitchen.
Concealing built-in appliances with custom cabinetry is a major trend, because it creates that clean, streamlined minimalist look, devoid of visual interruptions. In this look, you can’t even spot the all-the-bells-whistles Thermador coffee maker. A mix of soft neutrals, like the rift-cut base cabinets in white oak and the white painted aluminum glass uppers makes this kitchen as interesting as it is inviting. A flexible tape light of low-profile LEDs is the perfect modern touch.
The big trend in the countertop industry has definitely been the industrial look; using heavy construction materials, like cement or concrete. You can see how a soft, neutral-mix palette like this can really add warmth to the Caesarstone Rugged Concrete countertop.
The past year has seen a growing emergence of the two-toned kitchen, and it’s not going anywhere. In this Kitchen Art Design showroom display, you can see how the team added contrast with colour diversity, combining two shades of grey. To add a rustic, contemporary feel, they integrated wood panelling and matte black hardware. The addition of open shelving gives a fresh, modern vibe to the space.
In most two-toned kitchens you’ll find that upper and lower cabinets fit within the same colour palette, usually darker shades on the lower cabinets and lighter shades on the uppers. Another popular choice is to offset the kitchen island in a different material and colour to create a contrasting, eye-catching focal point.
New: The Kitchen Art Design Studio
In their new full-service design centre in Coquitlam, Kitchen Art Design built an entire design studio to create a comfortable space where interior designers, general contractors and homeowners could plan their new kitchens. Kitchen Art Design’s experienced in-house designers will help you visualize all the options, including cabinetry finishes and hardware to create your dream space. From the beginning to end, in-house designers ensure that every detail is considered. And Kitchen Art Design understands that the design process is not just about making a space look good, it’s about planning strategically, finding the right products and having a knowledgeable designer to help you pull it all together.
For more kitchen ideas and expert advice, visit kitchenartdesign.com.