“Happiness is a small house with a big kitchen”
The kitchen is arguably the most popular gathering place in modern homes, especially in families where everyone has their own schedule (except for lunch and dinner, of course!). Today’s kitchens are definitely far from being a secret domain for just one chef. Open floor plans, large kitchen spaces, and bar stools have opened them up to every single member of the family, and kitchens have become places to gather, speak from the heart, and cook meals together. If you are thinking of renovating your own to bring it up to date, you should include at least one of the current trends in your design plan.
Nothing is more functional or appealing than a kitchen island. However, if your island is adorned with gorgeous stools and used primarily as a dining area, you may be missing another large space perfect for chopping, dicing, and whipping your meals. Two islands usually fit gracefully into an open floor plan. To make the most of this design scheme, avoid matching tables and instead opt for different hues or types of marble. If you’re into overhanging lamps, choose one set for the dining island and another for the prep island. For example, if your first set of lamps is gold, choose silver or rose gold for the second set. Don’t be afraid to use completely different materials – for example, marble for the first island and wood for the second.
If you live in a sunny zone, nothing beats an outdoor kitchen – especially if you have kids. A covered space in the garden is ideal for cooks who enjoy grilling and preparing meals with their children. Additionally, many chefs would say that nothing is quite as inspiring or comforting as cooking with a view of the countryside. For an outdoor kitchen, choose rustic, sturdy, and natural materials like brick, wood, stone, and steel. Bring some green into your workspace in the form of hanging plants, green walls and pots filled with herbs. If you are preparing meals with children in your outdoor kitchen, consider designing a dedicated cooking area with child-proof floors. They should also ideally have their own storage space where they can store child-safe cooking essentials such as child-safe knives, small rolling pins, as well as their aprons and gloves.
The biophilic design trend, aiming to unite indoor spaces and the great outdoors, is hitting the design industry with great success, with trendy homes and offices bringing the magic of nature into their living spaces in unprecedented ways. It’s about choosing natural materials, tearing down walls to flood spaces like the kitchen with natural light, and choosing nature’s colors (especially green) to bring a sense of calm and relaxation to common spaces. Nature’s ideal materials for your kitchen include vibrantly veined green marble, hardwood or stone floors, and natural stone and wood countertops.
Kitchens are arguably the most sociable parts of a home. With so many people gathering in kitchens and eating together, prioritizing design is a great way to encourage unity. Two-island, outdoor, and biophilic kitchens are just a few that are catching the attention of design lovers around the world.