Timeless Farmhouse Flair
Kohler's apron-front cast-iron sinks come in a variety of colours, including new impersonal tones Dune, a soft shade that is sandy, a dark colour that pairs well with granite countertops, and Suede. "Apron-front sinks have not gone out of style," says interior designer Christine Baumann. "They add a classic focus to any kitchen. From a practical point of view, they're deep enough to hold big pots and platters for easier cleaning — a shorter person may even profit from better accessibility to the sink." Christine notes that because of their visual weight, apron-front sinks are best suited to moderate- big kitchens or size.
This residential kitchen with commercial flair was designed in collaboration with architecture company. Functionally, the room was laid out to maximize homework space for cooking; visually, using three different forms of engineered stone for the backsplash, the countertop as well as the island topper heightened the sense of huge space. The neutral background is broken in the light fixtures — an easily changeable attribute when you're in the mood for another colour with a touch of brilliant orange.
New Colors for Quartz
Along with natural stone, quartz countertops continue to be tops. Caesarstone recently introduced a line of six neutral shades for its long-lasting quartz countertops. Revealed is the grayish-beige "Linen," whose subtle color gradation lends itself nicely to glossy contemporary designs. Nonporous and are resistant to heat, quartz countertops are also resistant to spills and scratches, making them a smart choice for families or busy cooks.
Gray is the New White
Wondering what color to paint your cabinets? The leading makers of the kitchen industry say that while white cupboards continue to be tops, gray is the color they are betting on to break the top place of white. This kitchen by Wellborn couple soft grey cupboards with richly stained wood showcasing just one more kitchen trend — blending cupboard colors is a fashionable look that's holding powerful.
Classic Black and White Palette
As styles evolve the appearance may change, but the allure of a black and white kitchen never expires. It is all around high contrast — this design from IKEA juxtaposes white lacquer cabinets (from IKEA's LIDINGÖ line) and Absolute Black granite countertops, but it also gains from the tension between state and modern. Warm rustic hardwood floorings are an effective counterpoint to sleek cupboard materials.
Fresh Hues for Sinks
Like kitchen cabinets, sinks are trending away from basic white or stainless steel. This eye catching green apron-front sink by Kohler was designed by tastemaker Jonathan Adler. A vibrant sink is an effective method to pop in a neutral kitchen in a little bit of colour or allow it to be more of a focal point by using exactly the same hue in the backsplash.
Marry the Kitchen to Your Home's Style
"Gone are the times when kitchens were only kitchens — now they are so pretty they could be any room of your home, says designer Jo Ann Alston of her French Normandy-style design. Jo Ann incorporated the appliances for mixed light fixtures with various styles and finishes and a seamless look to give the appearance of having been got over time rather than bought all at the same time. The assorted gray and brownish tones in the Chinese slate and oak flooring complement the isle's Jerusalem gold limestone countertop, offering a rich look that never strays far from a neutral color midpoint.
Opt for New Functionality.
Not only is the color of kitchen cabinets changing — hardware manufacturers, like Blum, are changing the way drawers and cabinet doors function. These hydraulic, easy-close doors fold up and out of the way together with the touch of a button making them ideal for kitchens where space is an issue.