Freedom Kitchens Unveils Its Top Five Kitchen Design Trends for 2010
February 2010 — Each decade is defined by its style. As we head in to 2010, leading kitchen design company, Freedom Kitchens forecasts the top five trends that are set to make kitchens sizzle this year.
As Australian’s become more environmentally aware, companies are increasingly offering cost-effective, eco-friendly alternatives.
“There are many simple and affordable options consumers should consider in the kitchen to help reduce their impact on the environment,” says Susan Hasler, Freedom Kitchens. “Adding a bin system with a built-in recycling compartment or selecting taps with flip handles to reduce water wastage are simple tips that make a difference.”
If you’re installing a dishwasher, ask about the energy and water rating system to ensure you’re getting the most efficient machine. For cooking appliances, consider ovens with quick heat settings to further reduce energy usage. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) are currently the brightest low-energy option for lighting and are a great alternative to halogens.
Freedom Kitchens recently introduced the Greenfirst kitchen which uses only products that have been independently certified by Good Environmental Choice Australia and incorporates energy and water efficient appliances. With an extensive range of colours and finishes available, there’s no need for compromise when it comes to quality, design and sustainability.
Vibrant tiles, glass splashbacks and painted feature walls create energy and add a focal point in the kitchen. This year deep colours like violet are cutting-edge and look stunning when paired with stainless steel and glass finishes. “Combine with white walls and sleek white cabinetry for a sophisticated designer kitchen,” suggests Susan.
For those tending toward more subdued tones, expect to see greys and charcoals replacing the brown earthy colours of the past decade, with cool metallics keeping the look fresh and providing eye-catching contrast.
Blending textures in the kitchen is a popular trend this year, for example, combining a deep rich Walnut timber grain with high gloss cabinets. Frosted glass cabinets also provide a smart alternate finish.
Consumers today demand more than just good looks in their kitchen; it’s got to work efficiently to make life easier. “Consumers want everyday items at their fingertips,” says Susan.
Design concepts such as deeper, wider drawers save space and allow for easy access to hard to reach pots and pans, whilst the metal runners and silent soft close system deliver added strength and durability.
“Pull out baskets and shelves are a brilliant way to increase usable space and keep pantries organised. Creating dedicated storage areas for spices and cleaning products help reduce clutter in the cupboards.”
4. The Entertainer’s Kitchen
Today’s kitchen is the hub of the household with cooking, dining and chill-out zones integrating to create relaxed spaces to connect with family and friends. “The kitchen is being reinvented as the second living room and creating a seamless flow between the two areas is more important than ever. We’re starting to see people choose interesting furniture pieces for their kitchen rather than worrying about the practicality of the traditional work triangle,” Susan comments.
Handle-free units and high-gloss cabinetry in open-plan kitchens integrate well with adjacent rooms and according to Susan, counter tops with different thicknesses inject a dynamic designer look into the kitchen. “This is a modern take on the island bench with preparation and eating areas being more clearly defined.”
Devices such as roller shutters remain popular for hiding appliances, however many consumers are now tending toward deep drawers for storing these items, keeping bench tops clear and kitchen clutter to a minimum.
5. The Chef’s Kitchen
Cooking is sweeping the nation thanks to the rise of the celebrity Chef and shows like Masterchef, and innovations designed to enhance healthy food preparation are more in demand than ever before.
“People are spending more time in the kitchen so bench tops that can handle a lot of wear and tear need to be considered along with materials that are durable and easy to clean,” says Susan.
Freedom Kitchens carries a line of new solid surface bench tops that are non-porous making them hygienic for food preparation. “They are very easy to clean and a cost effective alternative to engineered stone.”
Freedom Kitchens is renknowed for delivering stunning designs with superb functionality. To view the very latest in Freedom Kitchen designs – from contemporary to traditional and classic, go to www.freedomkitchens.com.au or visit a Freedom Kitchens showroom today. To book an obligation free design consultation, phone 1800 113 733.