If 2011 is going to be the year in which you finally do something about your tired, outdated kitchen, you couldn’t have chosen a better time. Whether you want to refurbish an existing kitchen, or plan to create a completely new one, there are more choices available to you now than ever before.
Today’s kitchens are all about great design: combining practical innovations with stunning good looks. The trick is to mix and match essential labour-saving features that will make working in your kitchen a joy, with those optional extras that reflect your personality and enhance your lifestyle. If you’ve always wanted a French farmhouse kitchen, a futuristic spaceship galley, or you love the distressed, shabby chic look – that’s fine. You can have any style you like, as long as it’s not boring Here are some ideas to get you started:
A big kitchen
Why struggle in a tiny kitchen when a few alterations could provide you with a comfortable, spacious room? Investigate the possibilities of opening out your kitchen into an adjoining living or dining room to make an open plan kitchen/ family room that will become the heart of your home. Alternatively, you might be able to enlarge your kitchen by building on an extension. Then, instead of closing your kitchen door when guests arrive, you can invite them into your new entertaining area.
Forget plastics and other man-made materials. All the best kitchens in 2011 will be using natural materials including stone, solid wood and bamboo. Each of these materials comes in many varieties and finishes to suit any décor, but appearance is only part of the appeal. They are also extremely durable and easy to maintain.