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Home Living : February 9th 2010
HLS - HOME LIVING: SOUTH, 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 phone 9725 2266 f. 9725 2166 e. firstname.lastname@example.org The Wardrobe Specialists Guaranteed to beat the lowest price • Lifetime guarantee •Callnowfora free measure & quote • Servicing all areas Licence Number 219462c 2093084i hlf wk32 *Discounts off R.R.P. on selected ranges only. Offer supercedes previous offers. X30322 SYDNEY BLINDS & SCREENS 9636 1555 Showroom: 26 St rt Road, Prospect. h dd d Showroom: 26 Stoddart Road Prospect p ,p(Mon--Fri & Sun) www.sydneyblinds.com.au (Mon Fri & Sun) www sydneyblinds com au () y y FREE quotes ALL suburbs 60% off Up to * THE HEAT IS ON AND WE'RE TAKING IT ALL OFF AT OUR SIZZLING SUMMER SALE! not • Stop leaking showers • New shower screens • Domestic and commercial work • All work guaranteed • 4,000 showers already regrouted • Recolour seal specialists • Tile Regrouting bbe eforre a afftter Is mould & mildew taking over? DON'T RETILE REGROUT! Free Quotes Ph: 9822 1872 Email: email@example.com BL 117017C 2049110i hls wk33 Mighty Kitchens & Bathrooms 97961500 2194789i hlc wk9
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