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Home Living : August 3rd 2010
HLW - HOME LIVING: WEST, Tuesday, August 3, 2010 1 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? wardrobe specialists Guaranteed to beat any price Life time guarantee. Call now for a FREE measure & quote. We service all areas Eftpos available 2066725i hls wk3 9725 2266 f. 9725 2166 e. firstname.lastname@example.org Unit 4/94 Hassall St, Wetherill Park from $389 FREE QUOTES ALL AREAS Unit 4/7 Enterprise Circuit Prestons NSW 2170 PHONE 02 9607 2440 www.solarbright.com.au •Huge Government Rebates •Reduce or Eliminate your Electricity Bill • Protect the Environment • Package Deal Available GET FREE HOT WATER FROM THE SUN Solar Hot Water Solar Power 2270214i hls wk51 From **$37 p/week No Interest Ever From *$49 p/week No Deposit No Interest Ever *Based on 1.5kw system-RECs value deducted-18 months plan-STD installation-cond. apply. **Based on 305L direct system-RECs value deducted-18 months plan-std installation-cond. apply. Prices, rebates & incentives subject to change without notice. For rebates and incentives please refer to www.environment.nsw.gov.au / www.environment.gov.au/solarhotwater GET FREE ELECTRICITY FROM THE SUN MANUFACTURER DIRECT QUALITY PRODUCTS AT TRADE PRICES • 10 Year Written Warranty • Fast Professional Installation By Qualified Tradesman • Reduce Heating & Cooling Bills • Deter Burglars • Reduce Noise • Storm Protection ROLLER SHUTTERS 2/52 Alfred Rd, Chipping Norton (Opp. Mack Trucks) CALL TODAY 1300 302 822 www.maverickrollerproducts.com.au 2052578i hlc wk2 *To approved customers only. Terms, conditions, fees and charges apply. See in-store for details. Finance provided by Once Credit Pty Limited. ACN 112 319 632 t/a MyBuy. FINANCE AVAILABLE* INTEREST FREE NO DEPOSIT! APPLY NOW! FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Lic No 196633
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