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Home Living : February 9th 2010
HLC - HOME LIVING: CENTRAL, Tuesday, February 9, 2010 1 Dishing up trends » ADVERTISING FEATURE Each decade is defined by its style. Here are the top five trends set to make kitchens sizzle this year: Sustainability Freedom Kitchens' Susan Hasler says the overall idea is to make the kitchen ''effortlessly eco-friendly so that being green isn't a sacrifice, it's just an easy part of your everyday life''. ''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,'' she says. If you're installing a dishwasher, ask about the energy and water rating. For cooking appliances, consider ovens with quick-heat settings. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) are currently the brightest low-energy option for lights and a great alternative to halogens. Colour Vibrant tiles, glass splashbacks and painted feature walls 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,'' Ms Hasler suggests. For those tending toward more subdued tones, expect to see greys and charcoals with cool metallics keeping the look fresh and providing eye-catching contrast. Blending textures in the kitchen is a popular trend, such as combining a deep, rich walnut timber grain with high-gloss cabinets. Functionality Householders demand more than just good looks in their kitchen -- it's also got to work efficiently. Design concepts such as deeper, wider drawers save space and allow for easy access, while the metal runners and silent soft-close systems deliver added strength and durability. ''Pull-out baskets and shelves are a brilliant way to increase usable space and keep pantries organised,'' Ms Hasler says. ''Creating dedicated storage areas for spices and cleaning products help reduce clutter.'' The entertainer's kitchen Today's kitchen sees cooking, dining and chill-out zones integrated to create relaxed spaces in which to connect with family and friends. ''The kitchen is being reinvented as the second living room,'' Ms Hasler says. ''We're starting to see people choose interesting furniture pieces for their kitchen rather than worrying about the practicality of the traditional work triangle.'' Handle-free units and high-gloss cabinetry in open-plan kitchens integrate well with adjacent rooms while counter tops with different thicknesses inject a dynamic designer look into the kitchen. The chef's kitchen Cooking is on the rise thanks to television shows such as Celebrity Chef and Masterchef. ''People are spending more time in the kitchen so benchtops that can handle a lot of wear and tear need to be considered," Ms Hasler says. Details: freedomkitchens.com.au or visit a showroom. Book an obligation-free consultation on 1300 885 435. HOMELIVING ALL AREAS 9838 9090 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Lifetime Warranty www.justforyouwardrobes.com.au DESIGNED TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET Timber Coloured panel Painted Mirrored Sliding p Hinged Built-inWardrobe SPECIALISTS JUST FOR YOU WARDROBES PTY LTD Y Lic. 185684C 2174088K wk5 Unique Teak SALE EXTENDED! 25% - 50% OFF INDOOR - OUTDOOR - AH BEARD & SEALY BEDS Huge Range! While Stocks Last! Unit 1/103 Vanessa St, KINGSGROVE Ph: 9150 7760 www.uniqueteak.com.au 724 Pittwater Rd, BROOKVALE Ph: 9905 9055 800 Parramatta Rd, LEICHHARDT Ph: 9560 3780 ALUMINIUM WINDOWS & SLIDING DOORS BETA - VIEW BETA - VIEW 900x900 (3'x3') $138 1200 x 1500 (4' x 5') $202 1200 x 1800 (4' x 6') $224 1200 x 2400 (4' x 8') $328 web: www.betaview.com.au - email: firstname.lastname@example.org PRICES FOR WINDOW ONLY & INCLUDE GST AVAILABLE IN BROWN, WHITE, HAWTHORN GREEN, PALE EUCALYPT, STONE BEIGE, CLEAR ANO, PRIMROSE FREE QUOTES FOR SUPPLY & INSTALL Unit 6, 9 Kurrajong Rd, St Marys 2150288i hlc wk30 Ph:9623 5611 F:9623 5091 ABN 14 070 225 197 Master Lic No 408872083 Lic 84933c Security lic. no. 408925402 GLASS CUT TO SIZE OPEN SAT Display Kitchens Wanted!!! 70% of normal prices Kitcheners Kitchens has an impressive range of brand new clients with homes in your area to "show your new kitchen for our brochure when Call 1800 826 144 now (24hrs) for a free design and quote or visit www.kitcheners.com.au *For kitchens with cabinetry valued over $6000 (ex glass splashbacks, stone benchtops & trade works). Deposit required. Can't be used in conjunction with any other offer. +Approved applicants & selected products only. Fees charges & conditions apply. See in store for details. GE Creditline is a credit facility provided by GE Finance Australasia Pty Ltd (ABN 88 000 015 485). GO Mastercard & Buyers Edge is a credit facility provided by GE Capital Finance Australia (ABN 42 008 583 588), both trading as GE Money. Kitcheners Kitchens made just for youTM HUGE DISPLAY DISCOUNT! INTEREST FREE FINANCE AVAILABLE+ PLUS
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