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06 October 2015, 01:40

We’re now in the mid-year of 2014 and probably in a few months time, we’ll all be starting to count down for the Holidays. But before all the holiday rush, you want your home to be as pleasant as possible for all the festivities and of course your guests, don’t you?

Let’s all start off in the place where you’ll be busy preparing the dishes you’ll serve, where everyone loves to stay in aside from their bedrooms, the Kitchen. According to the website styleathome.com, this year’s kitchen trends come on strong with non-traditional lighting, black hardware and natural materials.

 

Erin Feasby of Feasby & Bleeks Design in Toronto shares her five predictions for the hottest kitchen trends in 2014, with a focus on incorporating decorative touches to an already functional space. Be prepared because, this will surely excite your artistic self, and maybe, just maybe, will make you eager for some kitchen restorations. 

 

1. SCONCE LIGHTING

 (A sconce is a type of light fixture affixed to a wall in such a way that it uses only the wall for support, and the light is usually directed upwards, but not always. It does not have a base on the ground. The word applies both to traditional forms of torch lighting, but also to modern gas and electric light sources affixed in the same way.)

 

“The ongoing trend of fewer uppercabinets in the kitchen opens up more space for decorative task lighting, like sconces,” says Erin. “It's not all about under-cabinet lighting so much anymore.” Erin points out that these fixtures are often on adjustable arms, giving the option to have the light directed where you need it most. Look for decorative task fixtures in black, iron and aged brass finishes to really make a statement in your kitchen.

 

Well I think this will give your kitchen a classier look and feel, more than the design, this will also give you a lesser cost on your electric bill, don’t you think?

 

2.SLAP BACKSPLASHES

(A backsplash is a section of material added onto the wall behind a sink or a counter, usually in a kitchen. Tiles are one of the most common types of backsplash materials. The main purpose of kitchen backsplashes is to provide an easy-to-clean surface so that messes or splashessuch as spattering cooking oil won't mark painted walls or wall paper. Backsplashes can also add great style and color to a kitchen.)

 “Again, with more open space surroundingrange hoods and sinks, there’s greater opportunity for large-scale backsplashes,” says Erin. “To really showcase the backsplash and make it a focal point in your kitchen, opt for slabs of marble and limestone – their natural veining essentially creates a work of art.”

This will totally give your kitchen the “Traditional meets Modern” look! A picture perfect vibe I see there huh? 

3. BRASS, AGED GOLD AND BLACK HARDWARE

“Chrome, nickel and stainless steel are no-longer the go-to for kitchen metals anymore,” Erin says. Instead, she suggests tryingwarm metals and shades of iron and graphite, hardware trends that are becoming increasingly more popular. “Statement hoods are also popping up in these finishes and material combinations – they look fantastic against the big slabs of marble.”

Sounds vintage, right? Everything antique and aged materials will give your home the rich and glamorous vibe, kind like Victorian so why not try? 

4.BUILT-IN CABINETRY THAT LOOKS LIKE FURNITURE

(Some cabinets stand alone while others are built into a wall or are attached to it like amedicine cabinet.)

“We often design these cabinets tall and narrow to sit right on the counters, flanking the stove or on either ends of the run of cabinetry,” says Erin. “They’re usually quite contrasting in both color and style, introducing more detail than the simple door profiles throughout.”

 

Built-in cabinets are also space saving trick for your homes, so here’s a tip; use it not just on your kitchens but to the other rooms as well. Good idea, right? 

5. NATURAL RAW MATERIALS IN PLACE OF DRYWALL

 

“There's something quite industrial, yet warm about this use of natural elements,” says Erin. “There are some terrific veneers available that give a real authenticity and structural component to newly constructed andrenovated spaces.”

It is said that Kitchens in 2014 are embracing natural, raw materials like walls of brick veneer, concrete and barn board, as well as ceilings of tongue and groove, wood planks andexposed beams.

It’s also like showing your love for mother earth, so go ahead, start the restorations and flaunt that woody kitchen of yours! Yes we’re in mid-year, but it’s never too late to renovate anyway.


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