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Home Living : August 3rd 2010
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, August 3, 2010 7 Trends shape future look of your kitchen HOMELIVING » ADVERTISING FEATURE Kitchens of the future will change in big ways. Pernilla Johansson, director of design at Electrolux Asia Pacific, identified latest kitchen design trends -- and those of the future -- while visiting Eurocucina in April. Eurocucina is the world's most important kitchen fair, held in the northern Italian city of Milan every two years. During this year's Eurocucina, Ms Johansson identified these important kitchen trends, which are likely to shape kitchen design in the coming years. Kitchen + living room = growing even stronger The open kitchen trend, in which the kitchen is integrated with the living space, will continue. Our fragmented world drives this trend. When there was no internet and only a few TV channels, families ate dinner together in the kitchen before gathering around the TV in the living room. Today we are all too busy with our own things: everyone has a laptop and a portable music device, meaning the only way to be together is to do different things in the same space. This evolving social structure makes it necessary to break down walls and open up our homes for more togetherness. Clean surfaces inviting you to touch them There is something very peaceful about a kitchen with nothing but clean surfaces made from tactile materials, with all appliances out of sight, and with nothing left but the execution of the interior. The craftsmanship of materials will then become the key differentiator in kitchen designs as we move forward. Though you still see all-steel kitchens, stainless steel is now more commonly used for details. Rational displayed a kitchen which used a thin black stone as a table top, aluminium profiles for the integrated handles and matte/textured white glass doors. The wall-mounted cabinets were floating above the stone floor and aligned perfectly with a freestanding island that had a very high stainless steel base with drawers that could be kicked open and closed using the foot. Hide and sink Though modern appliances can be beautiful elements in a living space, refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers and even the hood are commonly hidden in cabinets. Tomorrow's challenge is finding smart ways to hide the hob and kitchen sink. Let there be light -- smart light With the trend toward more open kitchens and cleaner surfaces, there is a growing need to improve storage of everything needed in a kitchen. Improved lighting is therefore a clear trend and LED lighting is seen everywhere both for practical and ambient purposes. Your future kitchen will be honest This year's Eurocucina also put a strong emphasis on sustainability -- recycled materials, materials that can be recycled without losing their properties and materials that can retain value for a long time. You can have any colour you like as long as it's grey What is a trend analysis without a conclusion regarding future colours? In keeping with home trends, kitchens will continue to use a more natural palette ranging from white to black and blond to ebony. The next big kitchen colour will be silver or dark grey. In any case, who really wants a living room that is also a kitchen in pink? We are a family owned company providing clients with the personal care and assistance that you would expect. Come and visit one of Sydney's largest showrooms for more in-store specials 998 Victoria Road, West Ryde (cnr Station Street) www.bathroomeffect.com.au Monday to Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm Open 6 days Licence No. 144928C Ph 9809 0852 Includes underfloor heating with every renovation 2271960i hln wk Weekly SPECIALS PARISI ENVY MKII • Close coupled back to wall • Dual Flush 4.5/3 litre • Back inlet • WELS 4 star rating was $933 NOW $660 ROCA DAMA SENSO TOILET SUITE with Soft Closing Seat • Back to wall • Box rim flushing • WELS 3 star rating was $990 NOW $790 Less $200 from Water Board - conditions apply. glassrooms conservatories garden rooms ground & 1st floor extensions BUILDER OF QUALITY EXTENSIONS MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS LICENCE NO: 66902C 1300 721 150 Designed and built for your lifestyle. Call for an obligation free in-home consultation. Showroom: 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains email@example.com www.classichomeimprovements.com.au Create an improvement that will allow your home to breath fresh living space 2150467K HLF wk45 SPLIT & DUCTED AIR CONDITIONING Authorised Dealer Licence No 215990C WINTER SPECIALS SAVEUPTO$600 ON DAIKIN DUCTED SYSTEMS SAVEUPTO$300 ON DAIKIN SPLIT SYSTEMS PHONE NOW for a FREE In-Home Quote 9737 0293 2172567i hln wk42
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