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Kitchen Trends for 2011

The Kitchenindex.ie Guide to What's Hot in Kitchen Design for 2011

If you are planning a new kitchen in 2011, then doing some research on kitchen design trends is the key to making sure you will be the envy and trend setter for all your friends and family.

Of course, there are different kitchen trends based on the style of kitchen you like, but whether your style is contemporary, modern, classical or traditional, a few key trends remain the same.

"When planning for a new kitchen in 2011, the key areas to focus on are door design, colour, texture, shape and materials"

Door Design: In the past few years, kitchen door designs have become much more simplistic.  For contemporary kitchens, the trend has moved towards flat panel doors with no detail.  An extension of this is the move towards handless doors, and this is going to continue in 2011 with many more homeowners choosing handless kitchens.  Even with classical or traditional kitchen styles, the door designs are more simple than before, with many designers using shaker style doors, even with in-frame kitchens.  This gives off a very classic bespoke look.

Tavola Flat Slab Kitchen Door Style by Kitchen Stori   Shaker Door Style   Iona Shaker In-Frame Door Style
Flat Slab Style Door   Simple Shaker Style Door   Shaker Door In-Frame

What about colour?  Well what we are seeing is that the range of colours now being offered in kitchens has grown hugely over the last year.  Designers and homeowners are becoming more adventurous when choosing cabinet colours with many now opting for subtle colours, especially in contemporary and modern designs.  Subtle colours could be in the way of gloss or matt doors in a modern kitchen or even warm wood textures.  Of course, mixing both paint colours and wood textures is a massive trend at the moment and is only going to gain in popularity.  For classical and traditional kitchen styles, off white painted kitchens are still popular but other bolder colours are coming through, especially when mixed with softer colours.  For solid wood kitchens, oak and walnut are still going to be as popular as ever.

Pronorm Black Brown Pine
This Black Brown Pine kitchen from German manufacturer Pronorm is a perfect example of this years trend for warm colours and textures.  Mixing these wood colours with a handless design creates a contemporary look but with a cosy feel
Mixed two tone kitchen by Leicht
A mix of wood and painted cabinets, like in this kitchen by Leicht, proves very popular with homeowners.  Expect this trend to continue in 2011 as the warmer mixed look becomes more popular in all types of kitchen styles

Depending on the style of kitchen you choose, the texture of the kitchen finish will come in to play.  Let's say your choice is a contemporary kitchen, then you will have the choice between a high gloss or matt finish.  High gloss kitchens are still very popular, but expect to see more matt finishes in 2011.  High gloss kitchens are easy to clean but can show up marks and finger prints quite easily.  Matt finishes are easy to keep but don't show up marks as much as high gloss.

Shape:  What we really mean here is the use of curves or straight lines in kitchen design.  Curves are most significant in classical and traditional kitchens, where softer edges is the key trend.  Curves are also popular in modern style kitchens while for a contemporary look, sleek sharp lines will stay in vogue.  Contemporary kitchens need sharp lines to distinguish themselves from even modern kitchens, with slimline worktops and end panels adding that finishing touch.

Materials:  As we all know, there has been a significant move towards eco friendly and reclaimed materials in recent years.  Expect to see reclaimed wood being used as a feature, especially in high end kitchens, even creeping in to modern and contemporary kitchens to add an earthy feel.

When it comes to worktops, there is a major shift towards eco friendly materials, with quartz and recycled glass being used to create wonderful effects.

Key Trends by Style

Contemporary   Modern
  • Straight Lines
  • Slimline Worktops and End Panels
  • Flat Panel Handless Doors
  • Matt or Gloss Painted Finish Mixed With Wood Grain
  • Curved Ends or Straight Lines Depending on Taste
  • Matt or Gloss Finish Mixed With Wood Grain
  • Flat Panel or Shaker Style Door Designs
  • Curved Ends For a Softer Look
  • Painted Kitchens Popular or Mix of Paint & Solid Wood
  • Two Tone Kitchens - Subtle Paint Colour Mixed With Splash of Bolder Paint or Wood in Items Such as Island Unit or Dresser
  • Simpler Doors Styles
  • In-Frame Doors Popular in Higher End Kitchens
  • Mixing Paint With Solid Wood
  • For Solid Woods, Try Walnut or Oak
  • For Painted Kitchens, Try Subtle Paints Mixed With a Stonger Colour

Hopefully this guide will help you achieve your dream kitchen in 2011!  We have mentioned some kitchen companies in this guide, and shown some of their kitchens, so if you want more information on their kitchen ranges then please follow the links below.

Kitchen Stori - www.kitchenstori.com
Leicht - www.leicht.de
Pronorm - www.pronorm.de
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