Top Kitchen Trends of the Year
Do you feel like it’s time for a facelift for your kitchen? Are you stuck for ideas when it comes to how to bring new life to your cooking area? If so, check out these top five kitchen trends for inspiration:
1. Granite work surfaces
If you inherited a plywood fitted kitchen, why not treat yourself to some new granite worktops? Granite is not only luxurious and easy to clean, it simply screams top of the class. Combine it with granite undermount sinks or stainless steel undermount sinks, and you have a well concealed sink area, and a whole lot of extra workspace, so it’s practical too!
If you have the space – show it! Having a table as an island in your kitchen is a great way to give you more usable work area, and looks stylish too. It’s even better if you can get the island wired up with outlets for all of your counter top appliances – mixers, warmers and the like.
3. Dual fuel ranges
This isn’t an option for everyone, but if your home has gas then having gas hobs combined with an electric oven is a good compromise. Electric is more efficient than gas for heating an oven, but electric hobs take a long time to heat up and cool down, making gas a better choice for hobs.
Stainless steel is hardwearing, easy to clean, and stylish looking. It looks great as a facia for appliances, and it’s also nice for some surfaces too – just like you can get granite undermount sinks, there are stainless steel undermount sinks too. If you like your sinks unobtrusive, but easily accessible, this is a great way to do it.
All this talk of hidden appliances and duel fuel is great, but there’s one thing that domestic gods and goddesses will always put first, and that’s practicality. While you may dream of a pizza oven or a concealed fridge, if there just isn’t the space for one of those in your kitchen, don’t try to force one in. It’s better to have everything fit, and work well, than it is to sacrifice functionality for looks.
When you’re shopping for your kitchen, be sure to measure everything up carefully. If you’re thinking of investing in granite undermount sinks, then remember that you’ll need to have plenty of room around them for the mounting to be secure. Don’t waste your money on granite undermount sinks that are almost as deep as your worktop – you risk damage to the counter, or the sink, if the mounting goes wrong.
Some stainless steel undermount sinks are marketed as being suitable for top mounting and under-mounting. Generally, it’s better if you buy stainless steel undermount sinks that are designed specifically for this purpose. Actually, that’s true with any appliance or fitting. If something says it’s designed for use in more than one way, then what are you sacrificing for that flexibility? Remember the old saying, “jack of all trades, master of none” – it has a lot of truth here.
Written on behalf of the Kitchen Appliance Centre