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Archive for the ‘Kitchen Design Trends’ Category

Pedini Launch New Materika Range

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Materika by Pedini is another stunning kitchen design!

There is no doubt that one of my favourite Italian kitchen brands is Pedini.  Each kitchen range, especially in their contemporary portfolio, exudes elegance and simplicity, with unique curves a Pedini speciality.

Their newest Builder, gives designers and homeowners the choice of matt or glossy lacquered with the added beauty of natural veneers.  This really allows a contemporary kitchen become earthy and suit a range of style and homes, whether your home is city slick or you want to add a contemporary touch to an older house.

One thing I have said in previous blogs is that I love the use of wood veneer in contemporary kitchens.  Shown below is Materika in knotty oak and if you scroll down to the end you will see it in darker stained veneer too.  The natural wood veneers add a different dimension to what could be an otherwise clinical kitchen.  If you love contemporary but want a softer feel to your new kitchen, veneer may be a great option for you, or a mix of both lacquered and veneer, as shown below.

Pedini Materika Kitchen

Pedini Materika Shown in Combined Knotty Oak & Lacquered Finish

Pedini Materika Angled End Panel For a Slimline Look

Pedini Materika Angled End Panel For a Slimline Look

Pedini Materika Door Profile

Pedini Materika Door Profile

Pedini Materika in Dark Stained Veneer

Pedini Materika in Dark Stained Veneer

For more information on Materika by Pedini please visit their website at www.pedini.it.  You will also find a list of worldwide dealers on their website.

Handleless Kitchen Design Ideas in Ireland

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Handleless Kitchens offer a contemporary, streamlined look for modern living!

Here, we look at the top handleless kitchen designs available in Ireland…..

Minimalistic, Simplistic, Streamlined.  Just some of the words you might use to describe a handleless kitchen.  Certainly, they have become increasingly popular in recent years with home-owners seeking a sophisticated and stylish living space that blends seamlessly with the rest of the home, as opposed to merely serving as a working kitchen.  With todays modern open plan living spaces, a handleless kitchen may be the perfect choice for your new kitchen. Before we go further, I want to thank Ottawa fencing company who built us wonderful fence, I highly recommend them.

Let’s look at the some of the finest handleless kitchens available to Irish home-owners (Not in any particular order.  Price ranges vary.  Contact dealers for price guide).

1. Strada, by Kitchen Stori

Strada Ivory Handleless Kitchen by Kitchen Stori

Strada is a high gloss handleless kitchen by Kitchen Stori.  A very flexible kitchen range, Strada can be designed with elegant curves for a softer touch or without for a streamlined contemporary kitchen design.  The Strada kitchen is an ideal way to get an expensive German or Italian look but without the high price tag.  Strada is available from dealers all over Ireland.  To find a dealer near you please go to http://www.kitchenstori.com/where-to-buy.aspx

2. Brava, by Lube

Lube Brava Kitchen Ireland

Lube are an Italian kitchen brand serving customers in over 60 countries around the world.  This particular kitchen, Brava, is a fabulous handleless kitchen available in a wide range of colours and is shown here in Verde Oliva.  The various colour options present an ideal opportunity to mix and match and add contrast to your kitchen. This set even comes with plumbing from curl curl plumbing in Manly, they will have everything installed perfectly.  Available at selected retailers throughout Ireland, you can find a full list at http://www.lubeireland.com/showrooms.htm

3.White & Wenge Handleless Kitchen, by Glenvale Group

Glenvale Kitchens - Wenge & White Handlesless Kitchen Ireland

Just one example of a fabulous handleless kitchen from Northern Ireland based Glenvale Kitchens.  This contemporary white and wenge kitchen is airy and bright, with the wenge also adding a warm and interesting contrast.  Glenvale Kitchens are based in County Armagh and have more examples of their kitchens on their website.  Go to www.glenvalegroup.co.uk for more information.

4. Artesio, by Poggenpohl

Poggenpohl Kitchen Artesio

German kitchen brand Poggenpohl is seen as one of the trend setters in contemporary kitchen design.  To kitchens what Versace is to fashion, their designs are usually centred around open plan living and the theory that the kitchen is a piece of high end furniture to be enjoyed as a centre piece of the home, which is why every single item from any kitchen should be delivered by a special furniture courier that will take care of them.  This particular model, Artesio, is one of many handleless models available from Poggenpohl.  With power assisted doors and drawers along with LED lighting activated when doors and drawers are opened and the best thing is thatkey fob replacement is totally free, Artesio is a kitchen abreast with modern technology.  Poggenpohl kitchens are available through Design House in Ireland.  For more information visit www.designhousedublin.com

5. Gala, by Schuller

Schuller Gala Kitchen

Schuller are a highly recognisable German kitchen brand and produce designer kitchens at affordable prices.  Shown here in Truffle Brown High Gloss, Gala is a handleless kitchen with finger rails for opening.  All Schuller kitchens are available in a large selection of colours to ensure you find the perfect colour for your new kitchen.  Schuller kitchens are available from select retailers throughout Ireland.  To find a dealer near you contact Schuller at www.schueller.de/en/kontakt.htm or search for Schuller Kitchens in your preferred search engine.

6. Largo-FG/Largo L-G/Avance-LG, by Leicht

Leicht Largo-FG - Avance-LG Ireland

This stunning kitchen by Leicht serves as a divider between kitchen and living space whilst drawing them both together.  The open shelving acts as storage within the kitchen and as living room furniture on the living room side.  This kitchen really does have the WOW factor with the high quality German manufacturing to go with it.  Available through a small number of carefully selected retailers in Ireland.  For a list of those retailers go to the Leicht website at Leicht Dealers Ireland

7. Remo, by Second Nature Kitchen Collection

Second Nature Kitchen Collection Ireland - Remo

Remo, shown here in gloss Dove Grey, is a contemporary handleless kitchen by UK kitchen brand Second Nature.  Available with various curved doors and end panels, this kitchen is extremely flexible when it comes to having your dream kitchen designed.  Also available in white, beige and alabaster, Remo can be designed with curves or as a linear streamlined kitchen.  Available throughout Ireland, you will find a list of Northern Ireland based dealers at www.sncollection.co.uk/showrooms/ireland.html or by searching for Second Nature Kitchens Ireland in your search engine.

8. Steel Blue High Gloss, by Hacker

Hacker Steel Blue High Gloss Handleless Kitchen Ireland

This Steel Blue handleless kitchen by German brand Hacker exudes coolness and style.  Coupled with dark veneer, this acrylic kitchen is again a great kitchen for open plan living but can easily be designed into any space.  Sections of open shelving with blue led lights add to the ambience of this kitchen.  Hacker are a well know brand throughout Europe and are available through selected retailers.  A quick Google search will help you find retailers throughout Ireland or alternatively take a look at the Hacker website at www.haecker-kuechen.de

9. Proline, by Pronorm

Pronorm Proline Gloss White Handleless Kitchen Ireland

Proline, a handleless kitchen by German brand Pronorm, is a highly versatile kitchen available in various styles.  This design, shown in high gloss white, is designed with wonderful soft flowing curves while the black transparent glass cabinets overhead create a beautiful contrast.  To see more of this kitchen and the rest of the Pronorm kitchen range, visit their website at www.pronorm.de.  You will also be able to request a list of dealers in Ireland.  Alternatively, do a Google search for Pronorm Kitchens Ireland.

10. Living, by Warrendorf (Formally Miele Kuchen)

Warrendorf Living Kitchen

Warrendorf Kitchen are a German kitchen brand formally known as Miele Kuchen.  The very name Miele is synonymous with quality and design, and the Warrendorf Kitchens are no different.  This fantastic design, Living, is shown here in Sweet Gum Tree Veneer and Matt White is bound to create a show-stopping focal point in any home.  Slim contour end panels and subtle lighting finish off this elegant kitchen.  Available in Ireland exclusively from Arena Kitchens in Dublin.  You can see more on their website at http://www.arenakitchens.com/index.htm

The 10 kitchens above are a flavour of the wonderful handleless kitchens available in Ireland.  This is our selection and while not exhaustive I hope it guides you in your quest for a show-stopping kitchen for your home.  Please feel free to leave any comments or ask us any questions about the above kitchens.  Find here the best house cleaning maid company.

German Kitchen Trends: What’s hot in Germany?

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Want to know what kitchen trends are popular in Germany right now?

German kitchens are so popular right now with Irish and UK homeowners, probably because Germany is seen as the trend setter when it comes to kitchen design.  We love German kitchens here at Kitchenindex.ie, so we wanted to be able to tell our readers what styles, layouts and colours are popular in Germany right now.  If it’s a hot trend in Germany, you’ll see it on the market for kitchens in Ireland and the UK too.

We wanted to get it straight from the horses mouth, so we decided to interview one of the biggest kitchen retailers in Germany, Küche&Co to find out what trends are currently popular in the German kitchen market.

Kitchenindex.ie: What kitchen styles are most popular with German homeowners right now?

Küche&Co: Modern and contemporary kitchens are most popular although we still design and fit classic and country styles for certain customers.  High gloss kitchens are our biggest seller with handleless door styles growing in demand.

(Examples of German handleless kitchens.  Notice the use of soft colours)

High Gloss Handleless White Kitchen

Cubanit Gloss - Soft tones on a handleless kitchen

Kitchenindex.ie: What colours would you say are the biggest seller for Küche&Co?

Küche&Co: We tend to get asked a lot for soft colours such as white, ivory, stone, grey, sand and cashmere.  But white is definitely the most popular colour for kitchens in Germany.  What a lot of homeowners are opting for is two tone or colour blocking.  This might be in the form of choosing a different colour for your tall cabinet or for a niche shelving area.  It could also be a different colour on the wall cabinets than that of the floor cabinets.  Colour blocking can give the WOW factor to a simple kitchen design, so we design a lot of this in to our kitchens, the design includes the latest appliances like ovens or a vacuum sealer land which are popular now a days.

(Some examples of soft tones, two tone kitchens and colour blocking)

German kitchen with colour blocking

Two tone German kitchen

Kitchenindex.ie: In terms of kitchen layouts, is it large open plan living areas that are popular or smaller kitchen spaces that are closed off from the rest of the house?

Küche&Co: Most definitely it is open plan living spaces that incorporate the kitchen, dining area and living room.  I think this is the same all over the world.  People want space around them and want the kitchen to be very much a social hub within the home.

(Open Plan German Kitchen –  Kitchen is finished in Sand Gloss Lacquer with Virginia Oak)

Open Plan German Kitchen -  Kitchen is finished in Sand Gloss Lacquer with Virginia Oak

Kitchenindex.ie: You mentioned that classic and country style kitchens are still being requested by your customers.  What colours are popular among these style of kitchens?

Küche&Co: Even though you might think that classic and country style kitchens are traditional looking, they really aren’t so much anymore.  Our designs are quite simple in terms of door styles and colours.  Our two most popular styles from our classic and country style kitchens are the Oak Terra and the Oak Platinum.  The Oak Terra is beautiful dark coloured kitchen and the Oak Platinum is a lighter more subtle colour.

Oak Terra Classic Style German Kitchen

Oak Platinum German Kitchen

About Küche&Co:  Küche&Co are one of Germany’s largest kitchen retailers with about 100 kitchen showrooms and over 300 design consultants in Germany.  You can see their full range at http://www.exclusivkitchens.com.au/kitchen-designer-showrooms-brisbane

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German Kitchen Showcase: Part 2: Pronorm Kitchens

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

In the next part of our feature on German Kitchens, we are taking a look at the range of kitchens from Pronorm.

Pronorm are well known for their contemporary kitchen designs with that typical German look.  Clean lines, functional design and high quality manufacturing have seen Pronorm grow to be one of the big players in the middle to high end kitchen market.  Pronorm have a rich history in furniture manufacturing, having begun production back in 1945.  The name Pronorm was introduced in 1972 and their kitchens can now be found all over the world.

So let’s take a look at some of the Pronorm range:

Pronorm Y-Line

Pronorm Y-Line

The Y-line by Pronorm, shown here in white gloss, is a handle-less kitchen with sleek lines that fits beautifully with contemporary living.  What I love about this kitchen is the sense of tranquility you get from it and how it blends in rather than take over the room.  For anyone with a small or dark kitchen, consider a kitchen like the Y-line in white gloss.  It will give a more spacious feel to the room by blending in and allowing light (whether natural or artificial) to bounce off it.  The Y-line also comes with thick end panels which frame the doors and streamline the look.  This range from Pronorm is also available in vanilla, cubanit, anthracite and black.

Also in the Y-line range:

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Proline 128

Pronorm Proline Kitchen

The Proline range, as you can see from the photo, can be fitted with handles or without.  If planning without handles, a touch opening system would be used instead of a finger rail.  Again, the main part of this kitchen is white, but the island shown is in black gloss.  The reason for showing this particular photograph of the Proline range is to highlight the open shelving design on the main kitchen run.  The beauty of this design is that it takes away that heavy kitchen look and lends itself perfectly towards an open plan living area.

Also in the Proline 128 range:

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Classicline

Pronorm Classic LinePronorm img_classic_hn_01

The Classicline range from Pronorm is an extremely flexible range.  The idea is that homeowners can choose a modern or classic look for their kitchen depending on their preferred look.  The kitchen above left, is a mix of both titanium and teak, with the teak warming up what might otherwise be a cold looking kitchen.  As we have said before, mixing and matching is a key trend at the moment.  The kitchen to the right is a more classic or traditional kitchen.  The doors centre panel is v-grooved to give a country look with the vanilla colour being warm and inviting.

Also in the Classicline range:

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To find out more about Pronorm kitchens, visit their website at www.pronorm.de.

To find a dealer of Pronorm kitchens on Kitchenindex.ie go to http://www.kitchenindex.ie/retail/category-1/Fitted-Kitchens-and-Bedrooms.aspx/page-1/perpage-10/county-no/brand-Pronorm

A Touch Of Glass With These Trendy Kitchen Splashbacks

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Sometimes the smallest detail can turn your average kitchen into the WOW factor that everybody wants.  One increasingly popular way of adding an interesting twist to your kitchen is by adding a glass splashback ranging from a plain single colour to an elaborate and funky design.

Choosing a splashback that really livens up the room and creates a focal point will mean your kitchen will be the subject of envious comments from your friends and family.

Floral Glass SplashbackFlower Glass Splashback

Flower Glass SplashbackFlower Glass Splashback

 

The glass splashbacks above show how creative you can get.  All four of these floral themes are from Splashbacks.ie and can be made in a huge range of designs and colours.  If you are a little bit daring, a floral pattern might just be what your kitchen has been crying out for.

 

Zebra Print Splashback by CP GroupPink Glass Splashback by CP Group

 

Or maybe you want to release the animal in you.  If so, how about this zebra print glass splashback from CP Group in the UK.  They also have this really trendy pink design on black glass for a little bit more of a feminine touch.

 

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You could however play it a little safer if you prefer and choose a plain coloured splashback.  Most splashback manufacturers work off RAL colour charts so the choice of colour is endless.  The two glass splashbacks above are in blue and green shades and are from Mirror and Glassworx in Limerick.  You can see from the photographs that the plain colours are much more subtle, especially if you plan on using glass on a full wall as opposed to just behind your hob or cooker.

The beauty of using glass for your splashback is the endless designs and colours available.  If you are looking to give your existing or new kitchen a real lift and add a splash of colour, the you should seriously consider using glass.

Results of our Poll on “Favourite Style of Kitchen”

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

“Our Survey Says………..”

Modern Kitchens are your Favourite!!!!

Tavola Black Brown Ferrara by Kitchen Stori

We ran a quick and short survey on Kitchenindex.ie to determine our readers favourite style of kitchen.  We asked the question:  What is your favourite style of kitchen design? Our readers had to pick from four possible answers, and here are the results:

  • 33% said they preferred Modern Style Kitchens
  • 25% said they preferred Contemporary Style Kitchens
  • 24% said they preferred Traditional Style Kitchens
  • 18% said they preferred Classic Style Kitchens

If we take this survey as an indicator of homeowners preferences towards kitchen styles, it suggests that most people still prefer modern and contemporary kitchens.  Classic style kitchens came out bottom of the survey but I would imagine that not everyone is as familiar with classic style kitchens as they are with the rest of the options they had.

This little survey give an insight into homeowners preferences and hopefully you’ll all agree makes for interesting reading.

German Kitchen Showcase: Part 1: Nolte Kitchens

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

In the first part of our focus on German kitchens, we are taking a look at a kitchen manufacturer that has grown over the last 50 years to become a recognisable brand in Europe and around the world.

Nolte Kitchens have dealers all over the world, with a selection based here in Ireland.  Though they produce classic and country style kitchens, it is with their modern and contemporary kitchens where they have really made their mark. 

Lets take a look at a selection of kitchens from the Nolte range:

 

Nolte Chicago High Gloss Purple

 

The Nolte Chicago in high gloss purple, as shown above, is a lovely example of what Nolte are all about.  A contemporary design while mixing and matching colours is a key trend in current kitchen design and style.  This is something I love about Nolte.  They seem to effortlessly blend and match colours and wood textures to create inviting and elegant kitchens.  You will also notice the use of lift up wall cabinet doors and open illuminated shelves that break up what could be a monotonous run of wall cabinets.  The illuminated shelves also gives extra light in the kitchen.

 

Nolte High Gloss Magnolia

 

In the Nolte High Gloss Magnolia, you can again see the common theme of mixing and matching.  This time Nolte have match the bright hue of magnolia with a darker wood grain to create contrast.  The t-shaped island unit creates plenty of work space while still managing to fit a breakfast bar for 3 people.  The breakfast bar is a key feature of Nolte designs, emphasising the fact that the kitchen is now the social hub of the home.

 

Nolte-NOVA-BRILLANT-29W_49L_gr_07Nolte Nova Basic

Nolte Toscana in Pear WoodNolte High Wood Boston Cherry

 

Some of the photographs above show the wide choice available with Nolte Kitchens.  The Toscana in Pear Wood has a warm hue to it with the High Wood in Boston Cherry offering a darker and richer alternative.  Whether it is a contemporary or modern kitchen you want, or a classic or country style, Nolte might have an option to suit you.  You can be guaranteed that your new kitchen will have the efficiency and ease of use that is typical of German manufacturing.

To find out more about Nolte Kitchens and to find a dealer in your area visit the Nolte website at:

http://www.nolte-kuechen.de

Kitchen Trends – Guide For 2011

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Kitchen Design Trends 2011

What are the key trends in 2011 when it comes to kitchen design?

This is a question you need to ask before embarking on a new kitchen fit out or kitchen remodel.  Doing some research before you get your project underway will ensure you are up to date on the key kitchen trends for 2011 and will make sure your new kitchen is the envy of all your friends and family.

At Kitchenindex.ie, we have put together a quick guide that will arm you with the key trends in kitchen design this year and no matter whether your style is contemporary, modern, classical or traditional, we have it covered.

Read Our Guide To Kitchen Design Trends For 2011 Here!

Traditional & Classical English Style by Mereway Kitchens

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Sometimes when we think of traditional kitchens, an image flashes in to our head of the typical English country home look.  Askitchen design has moved on over the years, the love of this kitchen style has remained constant, with homeowners loving a warm and cozy kitchen that awaits them after a long day.

Mereway Kitchens, with agents all over Ireland and the UK, have focused on this English style kitchen with their ranges they called “English Revival” and “Wentworth”.

Both range of kitchens come in solid wood and painted finishes with a mix of wood and paint being a popular style, however the English Revival range focuses more on upmarket In-Frame kitchens.

English Revival Shaker Design by Mereway Kitchens – Mixing Woodgrain Painted Finish

Mereway Kitchens – New England White – A Traditional Painted Kitchen

Again a Mix of Wood & Paint – This Time Solid Oak & Soft Green Painted Finish

These beautiful traditional and classical kitchens by Mereway Kitchens are available from Chris Keating House of Design.

For more information about Chris Keating House of Design visit their profile page here on Kitchenindex.ie by going to:

http://www.kitchenindex.ie/retail/category-1/Fitted-Kitchens-and-Bedrooms.aspx/listing-2877/Chris-Keating-House-of-Design

Visit Chris Keatings website at www.chriskeatinghouseofdesign.com

Pedini Kitchens at the Eurocucina Show

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Pedini, one of Italy’s finest kitchen producers and innovators, were at the Eurocucina show in Milan this year to showcase their fabulous kitchens.

The Eurocucina show is one of the worlds biggest and best kitchen shows which opens to the trade every two years.  Unfortunately this year I couldn’t attend but I have been there before and it is truly amazing.

I came across this video of the Pedini stand at the show and thought it might offer inspiration to all those planning a new kitchen, especially those looking at a contemporary european design.  Hope you enjoy!