Kitchen Renovation Designs
Kitchen Renovation Designs


Welcome everyone, and thanks for coming along
tonight to the Smarter Kitchens Design Seminar. It was really informative. Some really great
ideas about the modern trends and things like that, and some great ideas about colour blocking
and everything. It was great. Yes, I thought it was a great value actually,
especially as you get to find out all the latest things to do with kitchens. I’ve got
them written down here. In other words, multipurpose rooms and so, and there are about seven things
that I’ve written down that I can take away with me and work on. This presentation was really interesting because
it’s quite true a corner space does, it’s dead space. It’s hard to get into. You’ll
injure yourself bending down to get into. So, I’m quite interested in those drawers
that come out, that are fitted for a corner and you pull them out, and then all of that
space is realised. I think the ability to come and have a resource
like this that gives you that kind of information and sort of opens your eyes is great. As well as that, we’re going to hear from
Venessa about the latest style and trends and so forth from EuroCucina and what is happening
in Europe It’s the biggest kitchen and bathroom fair
that’s held in Italy, in Milan. This is the first one, and this is natural
and neutrals, so what we’re seeing here is heavily grained timber veneers, with stark
contrast to flat glossy surfaces. Colour-blocking is really in, it’s in in fashion and it’s
in in design as well. Also, there’s a trend to have the kitchen
as part of the living room, so it’s multipurpose. You also see this in the great pendant light
and we’re also seeing the extensive use of natural light. So, when you’ve got something
really quite dark, natural light just as a back drop, just makes it look stunning. This is again, you’ve got your colour blocking
with your heavily grained timber, and then you can’t really see it properly, but it’s
quite industrial, the grey paneling. Now, the great use of the storage means that you
don’t really see any of the kitchen, so if you’re standing on the other side you won’t
actually get to see the kitchen. It’s again that multi-purpose trend that’s
emerging and the pendant lights, I’m not sure if that’s actually, if we’d be allowed to
do that in Australia, because, it’d be close to the cook top. However, it’s a great statement
piece. And also we’re also seeing integrated tops. So you’ve got your cooktop in it and
you’ve got your sink integrated so it’s great for cleaning. Again, neutrals and you can’t quite see it
but this is all timber veneer paneling with the shelving. Again it’s multipurpose. So,
you’ve got your kitchen area here and then everyone else can be standing out here talking,
sitting down, it’s extra storage in here. And again, everything’s hidden away. There’s
another thing that I want to point out, is you haven’t seen any handles in most of these
pitchers, handles are now the enemy. So, don’t have handles. And this is just a lighter timber veneer.
Also see how the splash back’s actually like a window, so it’s integrating the living area
and the dining area with the kitchen. And also the island or peninsula is the trend
now is to have thinner bench tops. There’s a big play on, again, that multipurpose,
the variations in the bench top heights display that, so you’ve got your table on this plane,
but I kind of like how all of the horizontal lines are actually timber veneer. You’ve also got your colour blocking again,
so you’ve got that blue, and that apple green colour, which is a bit lemony as well. And
the canopies are now becoming like pieces of furniture too, so they’re kind of sculptural, Peninsulas and Islands Okay, now this is a really, really good idea,
so you’ve got your kitchen you can move around and it’s really functional. Again, hidden storage. The colour blue is
there and stainless steel and another thing I forgot to mention too was there’s a big
shift from having the engineered stone like the Caesar stone. It’s now pushing towards
stainless steel natural styles, and your man made solid surfaces like your Corians, etc. This is again, you’ve got your colour blocking,
you’ve got your canopy as a sculpture piece. You’ve got a big feature stone top, which
actually is doubling up as a tabletop as well. And the floor is just amazing, so it ties
it all in together. Again, you’ve got your use of extensive natural light, and in Australia
we’ve got a lot of natural light, so we should really utilise it. And again, really how do
you know it’s the kitchen, cause that’s all integrated, and you’ve got a tap there and
then you’ve got your cook top there. But if you walked into that room, you wouldn’t really
realise it was a kitchen. This is a really nice feature, this angled
leg. And everything’s floating so even though that this is in the center and it’s an island,
it’s actually raised, so it still looks like it’s floating and the back cabinetry is floating
as well. And then you’ve got those feature lights again bringing the living room into
the kitchen area. This is a really cool sort of integrating
the storage unit with the kitchen and making it as one. I like the angles here, and integrated
tops again, really thin bench tops, hidden storage. You’ve got your natural stone top
and again see of the variant heights. The integrated bench and the detailing of the
cabinetry, again everything is hidden but it’s actually quite sculptural. And you’ve got, let’s just throw in a mural
and a few pendant lights, and again just around the corner you’ve got your dining room table,
and it just really works. And in all of them, the floors are actually really quite seamless.
Now this is cool. Shut all these doors and it looks like a wardrobe. Then open the doors
and the colour basically denotes that it’s a functional area, and it’s a working, usable
galley kitchen. Close it, and it just looks like part of your apartment. You can’t really see it in the side, but it’s
like textural board, and it’s really, really cool. And again, you’ve got that play of natural
versus man made. No handles again, ’cause they’re the enemy, and you’ve got the integrated
bench, which is thin. But again, if you just walked into that room you wouldn’t really
recognise it as a kitchen, it’s really slick. See this pop down kitchen,push it up and you’ve
got your party area. This is also big with colour blocking. So, again that blue is used
and your seamless timber floors which continue into the living areas. So, again it looks
like it’s one whole area, This is pretty groovy. I’m sure everyone will
want this in their house. It’s again your colour blocking and its a kind of a cost-effective
way, without using your expensive stone tops and high gloss finishes and your timber veneers
but you’re still getting a wow-factor. I’ll just go through quickly, if anyone wants
to write down the current, the emerging trends. Multipurpose room use, the kitchen is part
of the living area. Minimalistic, everything is concealed, so
it’s looking like pieces of furniture. Colour-blocking, heavily grained timber veneers
contrasting with stark, man-made glossy finishes. Utilisation of natural stone, stainless steel,
or solid surfaces for bench top which are thin profiled, and a lot of shadow lines are used too, Integrated cook top and sinks in the bench
tops, handles are the enemy so no more handles, and we’re seeing a colour explosion so there’s
no rules so, you can put green and blue together, you can put
Tangerine and purple together. It doesn’t matter, it works. Vanessa Cook Interior Designer Smarter Kitchens

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