Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Meet the 2017 New Kitchen Collection

The kitchen is a place where we meet and connect with family, friends, and as a couple. It is a place where we cook, eat, enjoy, read, write, email, philosophise... in other words: it is where we live. This year the new collection largely revolves around the concept 'Living in the Kitchen'. The kitchens also made their first appearance at the world famous international fairs like Cologne, Maison&Objet, and the response got from the audience were “inviting” and “imaginative”. The highlights such as handle less fronts, silent drawers, and illuminated handle strips are some of the features a Nolte open plan kitchen displays and by all means turns out to be promising when it comes to versatility and flexibility.

1. Nappa/Soft Lack
Anyone who likes elegant and sophisticated, who loves exclusive materials and is looking for the special and extraordinary, will find the right choice in the combination of Nappa and Soft Lack. The Leather effect Brazilian brown on the kitchen front resembles to the colour of a chocolate brown lava cake. The Soft Lack Lava soft matt goes on the top cabinets and on the side cupboards.


2. Soft Lack
Classical black and white kitchen never goes out of style. This Soft Lack kitchen has a front in white soft matt and black soft matt.


3. Portland/Glas Tec Plus
Fashionable and elegant, the Portland kitchen island cabinet fronts and worktop are in Cement Anthracite. Along with wall cupboards in Glas Tec Plus high-gloss arctic white fonts. Cement is the new material with an authentic look and feel.


4.  Lux
White is never archaic. The Lux kitchen in white high-gloss gives it a heavenly look. You can march in and out effortlessly just like a galley kitchen does.


5. Stone/Feel
A really extraordinary and fascinating contrast is created when Feel arctic white is combined with Stone Beton concrete. The extremely authentic recreation of a concrete surface is by no means inferior to the original and is also available in copper oxide. We have significantly expanded the colour spectrum for the lacquered laminate fronts Feel and Lux. Strong colours such as Rosso or Ocean blue have also joined the collection.


6. Nova Lack/Legno
A broad spectrum of planning your kitchen is at your disposal with matching decors such as Nova Lack and Legno. For the neutral palette lovers, Nova Lack Quartz Grey high gloss with worktop in Glass quartz grey will be a quite favourite. The top cabinets are in Legno Oak Truffle front. However, less is more applies to our concealment door cabinets at first glance. Closed, like in the new colour Nova Lack quartz grey, they create a tidy living space with a sophisticated design. Opened, however, they offer a range of options and a functional workstation emerges.


7. Artwood
Your kitchen can look even more harmonious in combination with the Artwood walnut cuba and Feel papyrus grey. The worktop is in walnut cuba wood decor. Unique feature of the Artwood surface is that it creates a homely atmosphere in the kitchen.


8. Windsor lack
If you want to get a contrast look in the kitchen, Windsor is your steal.  A country house character with a touch of the modern. Black soft matt front with handles in stainless steel look.


9. Portland/Soft Lack
Chic and contemporary, the Portland and Soft Lack open plan kitchen has the island front in cement agate grey and the kitchen cabinets in soft paint black soft matt. Those who appreciate cutting-edge designs and flexibility, this is a apt kitchen for you.


Nolte Neo range of kitchens is premium and has characterful hybrid designs. It is a visionary concept that redesigns life in the kitchen. It is spontaneous, flexible, brightly-coloured, in a constant state of flux, progressive design, innovative use of space, and accommodates to individual requirements. The Neo-concepts are seen in the three kitchens: LOFT, CHALET, and SALON.

10. Neo Loft
After the 1940s, the vacant warehouses and industrial buildings in London and New York City were converted into apartments. This led to the birth of the concept loft. Neo Loft makes direct reference to the urbanity, free spur-of-the-moment design and open nature form of living.


11. Neo Chalet
“Chalet” is derived from the Latin word “cala” meaning “a safe (protected) place”. It originally meant “Alpine hut”. Neo Chalet re-interprets the style and original materials of this form of living – and translates both into the kitchen.


12. Neo Salon
Salon is not a purely spatial term. It is both a place – a large room or meeting place – and a cultural event. Neo Salon reflects both aspects and reproduces them in great detail. The kitchen as the centre of opportunity.


You may be amazed looking at our new kitchen collection, but the feeling will be richer when you personally come and drop into our stores to experience our new modular kitchen collection.

Monday, 28 August 2017

A Simple Guide to Wine and Food Pairing

A wine lover will always take some time to study what kind of dish needs to be paired with what wine. On a day-to-day basis, they have several questions crossing their minds like for instance, "If I am preparing chicken for my next meal, does it matter whether it is baked, grilled, or fried when I’m deciding what wine to serve with it?’’ Practically there are few wine choices that will ruin a meal, but good choices can raise the experience of a meal making it more enjoyable. If you're a wine lover too, here is a complete list of rules you need to follow when pairing food with your favourite glass of wine.

- White wines tend to pair better with lighter foods such as green veggies, fish, and chicken.

- Red wines tend to pair better with bold flavoured meats such as red meat.

- Sparkling wine pairs with a wide variety of foods because it acts as a palate cleanser.

- Sweetness in food should be less than or equal to the sweetness in wine or else there's a chance of stripping the wine of its sweetness leaving a bitter taste.

- Like sweetness, acidity in food should be less than or equal to the acidity in wine. If it is not, the wine will taste flat and lifeless.



- Highly salty food work well with wines that have high effervescence. Salty shouldn’t compete with acidity in wine. Use sparingly as necessary to keep sharpness in the meal.

- When it comes to matching textures, think alike. Match the texture of the food with the texture of the wine. Light food is best paired with a light wine and heavy food with heavy wine.

- The wine should have the same flavour intensity as the food. Wine overall body should be equal to the food overall body. Ideally the flavours in the wine should not overpower those in the food.

- Match aromas and flavours.

- Match the wine with the sauce than with the meat.

-  Pair grilled or charred foods with wines that have been aged in oak as these foods will tame that oaky intensity and to bring out the fruit flavours of the wine instead.

- Pair fried or fatty foods with wines that are high in acid or tannin.

- Pair sweet wines with salty foods. The combination makes sweet wine taste less sweet and more fruity, and salty food taste less salty and more savoury.

- Pair foods of a particular region with wines from the same place. For instance, if you want to pair with an Indian wine, try to find one from the same region as the food.

- Avoid pairing acidic wines with creamy sauces. This combination will usually clash. You can think about it this way, if you squeezed lemon juice into a cup of milk, would it taste good?

- Avoid pairing spicy food with highly alcoholic or tannic wine. The reason is that the heat of the food will actually intensify the alcohol and the tannins in the wine, which in turn will make the dish seem even spicier. Instead, pair it with wines that have some residual sugar or off-dry, acidic white wines. Doing this will cool down spice and creates balance between the food and the wine.

- Avoid wines heavy in tannins(bitterness), but medium or mild bitter wines can be balanced with fat or sweet food.

- When in doubt, sparkling wine goes with everything. Some of its traditional favourites are caviar and soft cheeses like Brie. So trust the bubbly. It won’t be wrong with anything.

Caviar pairs well with a white or a sparkling wine.

- More often than not, White, Sparkling and Rosé wines create complementary pairings.

- Wine tannin levels should be equal to non-vegetarian food fattiness levels.

- Wine acidity levels should be equal to vegetable-based food fattiness levels.

For those of you who think that's a lot of information to digest, we recommend you to follow your personal preferences. For most rules, there’s always an exception, so experiment with different food and wine combinations to see how your taste buds respond to a particular pairing. Remember that no pairing recommendation will ever be successful unless you actually enjoy what’s in your glass!

Monday, 5 June 2017

How to Make a Small Kitchen Look Larger (Part - 2)

In our previous blog, we shared a few tips on How to Make a Small Kitchen Look Larger with the use of light colour palettes, adding more lighting to your space, replacing solid cabinet doors with glass ones, choosing glossy and shiny materials, installing mirrors, introducing reflective tiles, opting for smart storage, and going vertical. Here are few more tricks and tips to help you get a larger feeling in your small size kitchen.

Sleek and slim
Go for slim furniture and choose sleek appliances. When it comes to former, look for open table legs, translucent materials, armless chairs, small kitchen islands, narrow bar stools, tables and chairs with sleek legs and floating shelves that utilize vertical space. Together they reveal more of your space as you scan the room. When it comes to the latter, there are many high-efficiency appliances that allow people with small kitchens to have the same luxuries as those with large kitchens. All you have to do is make sure you upgrade your old, bulky appliances to a sleek, small model and get rid of an unused kitchen gadget altogether. When trying to accommodate a dining area with a small kitchen, consider positioning the table parallel to the worktop so it can act as a secondary prep space when necessary.

Go sleek and slim

Open shelves
Incorporate open shelving. Open shelves reduce the visual weight and lend the illusion of a more expansive space. For an even sleeker look, choose floating shelves over models with brackets. Open shelving keeps the space light and airy. Open shelves are extremely functional and make it so much easier to access dishes and glasses. These shelves obviously create the illusion of a spacious room far better than closed ones. Try replacing the closed shelves with open designs wherever possible. You can even go a step further and add minimal-style floating shelves, which further usher in an airy appeal.

Open shelves lend the illusion of more psace

Maximise your worktop
When planning the layout of a small kitchen, one of the most important aspects to consider is surface space. Sections of the uninterrupted worktop help to create the illusion of a larger kitchen, as well as providing practical prep space for cooking. Try to keep your cook top and oven in the same area to save valuable counter space. Have microwaves built into the cabinetry and keep all small appliances stored in either an appliance garage or a pantry to maintain a clutter-free workspace. Countertops often become crowded with cookware, collectibles, and appliances that overwhelm a small kitchen and make it look cramp. Eliminate clutter by clearing counters and cabinet tops. The more organized your kitchen is, the larger it will appear.

Maintain a clutter-free work space

Keep it simple
Simplicity is a key element in designing small spaces, and a minimal approach helps you to achieve this with ease. If your kitchen is truly tiny, it’s wise to keep the design simple, as you’re likely to have a lot going on in a compact area. Stick to one or two colours and choose similar shades for cabinets and walls. Display simple items that don't create a feel of clutter. Having too many displays will cause the kitchen to look much smaller, but the right amount can add to the warmth and provide an illusion of a larger space. Your smaller rooms can’t absorb the extra clutter that larger ones can. Get rid of any clutter that’s making the room look messy. Simply tidying up a small room can make it look substantially larger.

Handle-less
Handles on every cabinet door can be too busy for a small kitchen. Consider fitting them only to the base cabinet drawers, and opt for a handle-less feature on the upper cabinetry.

Handless cabinets makes it look less busy

Reduce traffic
Work with your kitchen traffic patterns. Try installing space saving and slender furniture and appliances. Try to winnow down and not crowd counters, shelves and cabinets with clutter. Choose furnishings with a small footprint. Select petite islands, slim chairs, lightweight stools, tables and chairs, foldable chairs, streamlined or stackable stools and narrow tables that don't eat up valuable floor space. Avoid chunky furniture legs or thick bases, which add visual bulk. Buy furniture with clean lines so that your eye is not distracted and the furniture piece allows you to see the floor and walls beyond, making the room feel larger. Think about the particular function of every piece of furniture in your kitchen, and how it contributes to the room. If it’s not going to be used, get rid of it.

Employ geometry
Geometry, a well-known fashion trick can guide your kitchen décor as well. Horizontal stripes make a person appear wider, and a room too. Pick broad striped flooring that runs horizontally to stretch the floor space. You can get the same effect with a huge striped rug or by painting wooden flooring the same way. Just as clothing with horizontal stripes can make a person look wider, striped flooring that runs from side to side, rather than following the length of a room, will stretch the apparent floor space. These broad stripes were created by alternating light- and medium-tone laminate floor tiles. Achieve a similar effect by painting existing wood or vinyl flooring or by covering the floor with a large striped rug. Choose geometric and striped walls and floors that draw the eye lengthwise or vertically and make the room appear longer or taller than it actually is. If you can't change the floor itself, add a patterned runner that will add the same effect. Symmetry is an important aspect of designing small spaces. Repeated patterns, textures and colours give the room a more spacious and appealing look.

Start with a thoughtful plan, steal these make-your-kitchen-look-bigger hacks and give them a shot. We hope we have inspired you and helped you in making your small kitchen feel larger with these simple, hassle-free tips.

How to Make a Small Kitchen Look Larger (Part - 1)

Imagine being in a small kitchen bumping into each other, searching for oven gloves, or reaching for pots and pans in the deep storage. If you think that the size of the kitchen is the source of all your woes, and going bigger is the only answer, do not despair. We have some tricks and tips that ought to make your kitchen feel a lot bigger.

Colour
The good thing about light colours is that they help to visually expand the space. The trick is to switch from dark colours to light on walls, cabinet fronts, furnishings, and floors. Doing this will make the kitchen look light, airy, and large. Stick to a few colours from the light colour palette as these will reflect light and make the space feel bigger. You can paint cabinets the same colour as the walls as these erase visual boundaries that might stop the eye and glide over surfaces without a break. This works like an optical illusion. This movement deceives the mind into thinking that the room is bigger than it actually is. Another trick is to use white on cabinetry, countertops, walls, and the ceiling. This trick aids in creating a seamless space without edges or boundaries and reflects light, enhancing the sense of space and making the walls recede. These simple visual tricks will give a smart and coherent look to your kitchen and in the interim usher an effect of serenity and expansiveness.

Light colours visually expand the space

Lighting
Choosing lights for your kitchen can get really tricky. Wherever there’s space for lighting make sure you use this occasion to the maximum. Use down-light with decorative fixtures over the island and prep station, use flush or recessed fixtures, use under-cabinet lighting, pendant lights add ambiance to meals served on an island or peninsula, and a mix of focused and recessed lighting as much as possible. Introducing these lights will help your kitchen look larger. Make sure your chandelier or pendant light is not too low or large, as it can obscure views out the window or of your fellow diners. Natural light makes any space appear larger and brighter. If you don't have large windows to let the sunlight in, keep the window embellishments and treatments minimal. For privacy, try window treatments in ultra-light hues or an opaque shade that allows light in.  Plus, adequate lighting improves functionality. Combine form and functionality by adding several layers of lighting.

Natural or artificial, lights help your kitchen look larger. 

Glass
If you are open to drastic changes in your kitchen, then you can replace solid cabinet doors with glass ones. Glass fronts lighten the look of the cabinets and tricks the eye by allowing it to travel past the cabinet frames, into the depths of the cabinets, so the walls feel farther away and helps the kitchen seem more expansive. Having a glass cabinet is not sufficient, ensure your cabinet is clutter-free and colour-coordinated from the inside and out as well. You need not always open the doors to see exactly what lies inside, and their transparent nature might even tempt you to keep your cabinets cleaner and more organized than normal. Glass cabinet doors are available in various styles that range from those with a classic wood frame to the trendy translucent ones.

Glass tricks your eyes

Glossy and shiny
When choosing materials, gloss finishes will help bounce light around the room, creating the illusion of space. Reflective surfaces, such as ceramic tile, marble countertops, stainless steel appliances, glossy floors, satin paint, and glass tiles, subtly amplify the effects of natural and artificial light, thereby making small kitchens seem larger. Glossy finishes and polished shelves are a great addition to a small kitchen. Reflective surfaces further accentuate the lighting in your small kitchen and give it a lively, dynamic vibe.

Mirror
Mirrors are especially useful when there is no, or minimal, natural light in the kitchen. They can help to open the space up and bounce light around. A great design trick is to use mirrors to reflect spaces where the room opens up, like a doorway, alcove or window. Reflecting these spaces gives the illusion of extending the small space, making it look bigger.

Tile
Light-coloured tile, metallics, or glass tiles can almost serve as mini-mirrors and help increase the light in the room. These tiles act as a reflection and shine and bounce light. Try not to break up the visual flow of the floor; long lines and large tiles are better than small grids. Ceramic tiles are an example of reflective surface which amplifies the effects of natural light, thus making your kitchen appear larger.

Storage
Nothing makes a room feel smaller than when it is short on storage space so therefore, look for all the areas that could provide useful storage. When space is limited, you need sleek, effective storage that you can pack with everything from plates to pasta. Find creative storage solutions or go for deep drawers, recessed shelves, or sliding pantries that make the items more accessible and are a more space-efficient option than a standard cupboard. Changing cabinet doors to pullout drawers can give you access to dramatically more space.

Vertical cabinets make the kitchen look spacious


Vertical
Vertical lines are a fabulous addition to the small kitchen, and by drawing your eyes upwards, they actually help make the room appear far more spacious and relaxed. A striped pattern with a mix of dark and white tones often does the trick. A simple brick wall or a tile backsplash can also work brilliantly when done right. Keep cabinets long and leaner, rather than square to lead the eye upwards and emphasise the height of the room. Choose patterns and visual elements on walls and ceiling that help to guide the gaze towards the ceiling giving the impression of greater height. Just like the other tricks, this is another edition to the optical illusion.

Continue to read How to Make a Small Kitchen Look Larger (Part - 2) for more tips. 

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Nolte Kitchen: The highlight at the IMM Cologne 2017

When we say flexibility, living comfort and quality living, we’re referring to around 700 square metres of floor space taken over by Nolte Küchen (Nolte Kitchen) booth at Living kitchen (part of IMM Cologne 2017) in Germany. Living Kitchen which concluded recently is the core of IMM Cologne 2017 international design event and a worldwide event in the realm of kitchen industry.  Just as hundreds of brands presented their new collection and design, Nolte was happy to be part of it too exploring the undiluted kitchen lifestyle. For those of you who missed the event, here’s what Nolte came out with.

Nolte Booth at Living Kitchen

An attractive stand, enthusiastic visitors, keen media attention is what one would've noticed at the booth. Feedbacks from the visitors include “inviting” and “imaginative” and visitors acknowledging a successful presentation true to the motto “Living in the kitchen”. Showcasing the versatility and flexibility of the range in the various styles was one of Nolte’s declared aims at the fair. The intention for both trade visitors and end consumers was to take home with them one thing above all: inspiration and the sense of having all the options open to them to design individual kitchens as a living space – and to achieve this independent of budget.



This year no less than twelve kitchen designs were spread across the booth floor which also proves extreme versatility with a never-seen-before continuity and a feel of atmospheric open-plan stand.  One of the main themes of the stand is the interpretation of conceptual product line Nolte Neo. The modular approach results in fresh ideas for individual kitchen designs that, while making a statement, remains totally affordable. Moreover, due to systematic additions the Nolte core range has reached an unprecedented level of continuity and versatility.



Characterful hybrid designs with Nolte Neo

The Neo series from Nolte gives the kitchen an interesting metropolitan vibe, featuring designs with polished and mirrored surfaces complemented by classical and bohemian accents. The designs are focused on simplicity and the sensual contrasts between different materials, finishes, textures and forms. One of the main themes of the stand is the interpretation of conceptual product line Nolte Neo which includes Loft, Chalet, and Salon. The Neo kitchens give a new meaning to the idea of cohesion, the series being more focused on harmonious contrasts and similarities. With Nolte Neo, kitchen designers will experience a great planning freedom and new options. Regardless of the customer’s respective environment: By integrating neo-modules into core range designs experts will be able to realise characterful kitchens on a mid-price level also.



More flexibility in the core range

Further designs show the many facets of the Nolte Kitchen core range itself. The exhibition booth in Cologne will make it clear that there is no need for customers to trade off design and comfort for price when keeping an eye on the budget. Not only does this freedom of choice involve the colour and material trends of the new season, the consistently extended range of units also adds to the options. The 900mm base unit height for example was showcased in various ways, with the new drawer variants thrown in for good measure.



Smart life in the kitchen

Design freedom, with all the little pieces fitting together, makes Nolte Kitchen an ideal partner in the area of ‘Smart Home’. Nolte presented innovative conceptual approaches in the area of Smart Living, bringing together technology and living space design which was showcased with its cooperation with Sony Mobile on the occasion of the fair. The exclusive presentation of the Xperia Projector received a lot of attention and put an emphasis on “Living in the kitchen”.  In addition, as a highlight during the public visiting days, Nolte Kitchen brand ambassador Eva Brenner was also present.



New features

Quite exciting and revolutionary this year, was the induction worktop of Nolte kitchens. Nolte showcased an innovative ceramic worktop with invisibly integrated induction hob, which has been newly added to the product range for 2017. This compelling solution was used live at the fair for catering purposes and was met with keen interest from all sides. The work surface in the kitchen becomes the demand of hot plate, which works on the principle of induction.



The open-plan kitchens are getting more popular combining kitchen and dining space, Nolte is well versed in this area with its wide collection of open plan kitchens.



Style Perfection with Nolte kitchens

The Nolte kitchens revive the country style and give it a modern twist. The country style of today is infused with contemporary details and aims to create inviting decors with pleasant and relaxed atmospheres. The designs featured in this series transform the kitchen into a natural center of the home. The Nolte kitchens are simple and with a profound timeless character resulted from a blend of styles. Simple and clean lines and angles are complemented by unexpected touches of color or intriguing accent details. Glass-front cabinets bring nostalgic flavour into the kitchen, reviving a trend specific to country designs and traditional spaces. The elegance and familiarity of subway tile backsplashes is revisited and given a modern twist.



The experience

CEO Eckhard Wefing delighted with the successful presentation: “Nolte Küchen received a lot of attention at the fair and our visitors felt comfortable throughout. The stand got to the heart of what our range is capable of, which our retail business partners confirmed. For the team this was of course very motivating; the atmosphere was great.”



Marketing Director Axel Brinkmann: “The world is changing under the influence of digitisation that affects all areas of life. This of course doesn’t stop at kitchens. Leading the way with innovative concepts we at Nolte Kitchen actively proceed with this subject matter also. At the fair we demonstrated how tomorrow’s future can be practically experienced already today.”

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A beautiful experience as it was, we can’t wait for what’s in store next year. See you at IMM Cologne 2018.

Smart, Innovative, and Sustainable Kitchen Designs at IMM Cologne 2017

The design enthusiasts, renowned interior designers and architects who are always on their feet in search of new trends couldn’t resist what the first design fair of the year had in store for them. IMM Cologne 2017, one of the most important furniture and decoration platforms worldwide, concluded recently. Parallel to the furniture fair and a topic of much interest to us, the kitchen event - 'Living Kitchen 2017' also took place which happens every two years in Cologne. The kitchen trade fair this year ran by the adage: “Inspiration and innovation”.  'Living Kitchen 2017', a worldwide central meeting point for the kitchen industry, had around 200 exhibitors from more than 20 countries this year. Like every other year, the fair showcases the very latest kitchen designs and features and this year too a vast range of new products and innovations were unveiled.

Image Credits: LivingKitchen

The kitchen, long considered far more than simply a place to eat, has become the focal point for communication and self-expression in today’s homes.  It is quite clear that technology and design went hand in hand, smart homes were big, clever devices were designed and manufactured.

The technology:

Innovation in technology is predominant when it came to kitchen features. Smart homes with Smartphone driven kitchens peaked with technology offering to preheat the oven from the mobile phone, controlling heating and light, to access cooking recipes with video instructions or to view the list of ingredients for different dishes and serving sizes. The number of features easily controlled with the aid of a smartphone or tablet is endless.

Raised appliances have become standard issue. They enable even amateur cooks safe and convenient access to foods prepared in the oven. Intuitive stove and oven controls simplify handling. Modern ovens usually feature a pyrolysis capability. This high-temperature self-cleaning process is bound to become the standard for every oven. Ovens with integrated microwaves or steam cookers continue to rise in popularity. The demand here seems to tend towards speed and convenience. When it comes to low-temperature food preparation however, there is a clear trend towards healthy, vitamin-conserving cooking.

Image Credits: LivingKitchen

Another new feature consists of LED lighting, integrated into the oven or the extractor hood. This mood lighting exemplifies the importance of a comfortable, cosy kitchen. Entirely new are sound systems that can turn every kitchen into a concert hall or party. These concealed electronics turn virtually every surface, whether it is stone, glass, wood or wood-based material, into an exceptional resonating body. The sound emanates directly from the wall or floor unit, the countertop or the table. No additional speakers are required –a feature not only for technology enthusiasts. After all, contamination by grease vapours, for instances, is eliminated, and when it comes to protection against theft, the speaker systems are entirely invisible. Light and sound can easily be controlled remotely, quickly comfortable and flexibly via one’s own smartphone or tablet.

Image Credits: Home Connect

Integrated, flush-mount induction hobs will be standard. This ensures both energy savings and vitamin preservation. Induction hobs without separate fields are still gaining popularity and will be standard issue in modern kitchens. The concept of energy efficiency and energy savings has become generally accepted in the market. Electricity and water consumption is optimally reduced. LED lighting technology is employed for modern kitchen lighting. White goods are already divided into clearly delineated energy efficiency categories. The most energy-efficient products have, and they have a clear positive influence on the customer’s purchase decision. The bottom-line being, modern kitchens are steadily becoming user-friendly and making user’s life easier by integrating all the electrical appliances to be able to be controlled via smart terminals. Apps for tablets and smartphones is something widely seen across all platforms.

Image Credits: LivingKitchen

Materials:


Natural materials such as solid wood was seen everywhere. It flared with a combinations such as wood with metal or stone, dark, high-grade woods with glass and stainless steel, smooth white drawer and door fronts with open shelving units in warm wood tones.
Even metal is huge and shares the same highlight as wood in terms of appearance, but in a way more understated and matte than before.
The current product range of kitchen furniture employs mostly varnished fronts. Both matte varnishes as well as varnished laminate are popular. High-gloss varnish is decreasing in popularity; wood and wood look are maintaining their popularity. Especially favoured are combinations of a matte single stage varnish and real wood veneer or matte single stage varnished laminate and wood imitation. Solid wood kitchens are preferred among highly health-conscious target groups, but are far from being mainstream products.

The trend towards black is still ongoing. Black is being used for electrical appliances, for fitting solutions, for interior elements and for ceramic sinks as well as for complete cabinet and refrigerator fronts. Materials employed here encompass printed glass, varnish and laminate as well as slate.
There is also a rather strong trend towards ceramic or ceramic-look countertops. Ceramic sinks are equally important and popular. Ruggedness and longevity are the main benefits of this traditional material. This year the possibility of being able to fit a fully functional, invisible induction hob below a ceramic countertop took everyone by surprise. This innovation will certainly lead to widespread adoption. It will totally change the classical kitchen arrangement, and it will certainly be a must-have for purists and neatness enthusiasts. Solid surface materials are exceptionally popular when it comes to countertops. There is also a trend towards the use of stone finishes and granite. The use of stainless steel and glass, however, is decreasing.



Colours:

Coming to the colour, whether in a high-gloss or ultra-trendy matte finish, grey is a popular base colour in all areas of interior design and it is seemingly endlessly variable. White and grey remain strong traditional choices. The grey colour gives a concrete look and is highly favoured by some target groups, yet remains a niche within the big picture. Combinations of different front colour schemes and materials are generally popular. Moreover, the kitchen manufacturers place value on the picture as a whole and offer a colour palette to support the overall harmonious design of the home. Particularly sought after at present are subtle grey tones and materials such as silver oak and concrete.
Other colours that dominated in the event include aquatic blues and greens, vibrant orange and a continued use of mustard yellow and green.

Image Credits: LivingKitchen

Ergonomics:


The average height of people keeps increasing while proportions are changing. For people who enjoy cooking, an optimized arrangement and height of countertops are of paramount importance. Therefore, in almost all cases, a free-standing counter, accessible from all sides, is preferred. This counter is often vertically adjustable in order to be used as a bar table as well. Often, the wall units are mounted along a single wall. Due to increases in storage optimization, this is sufficient in most cases. All available space is utilized and every floor unit equipped with an intelligent drawer system or, in corners, with a carousel-type system.

Especially popular are paneled walls, visually camouflaging the kitchen furniture so only their fronts can be seen. Apart from the stylish appearance, solutions of this type are exceptionally easy to clean. Ergonomic kitchen planning also encompasses the arrangement of stove and sink, if these are integrated into the kitchen unit. A distance of 90 centimetres between hob and sink facilitates an optimal workflow.



Other trends:

At Living Kitchen, you’ll find modern, minimalistic kitchens as well as more traditional country style kitchens. Combining kitchen furniture and living room furniture or vice versa is a new trend. It combines kitchen and dining spaces, adjacent to the open living room which creates a spacious living experience. The flowing transition between kitchen and living room will remain in the trend and will help even more, to transform the modern kitchen in an active and comfortable residential zone. Also trending is the emphasis on sustainability and individuality, twists in the kitchen island, writable surfaces in the kitchen, multi-depth kitchens which use all space for storage without wasting space.

Image Credits: LivingKitchen

Overall, the modern kitchen design is understood as a part and parcel of living space which not only allows appliances, work surfaces and space to be used efficiently, but which is equally welcoming as a place to linger, to chat, and prospective social life. Design has become a key driver for the trade fair: good concepts, the integration of technical and multimedia features, the use of new materials, collaborations with renowned international designers and architects – LivingKitchen this year is a true highlight in terms of smart, innovative, sustainable and modern design.


Monday, 2 January 2017

14 Recess Panelling ideas for your dream kitchen

Making your kitchen colourful not only limits to cabinet fronts, wall painting and floors, you’ll be amazed what a recess panelling can do. The nature of their practicality and the wide range of choices have made recess panelling trendier than the backsplash tiles. It allows for an individual and personalised look to your kitchen. Besides, it matches the décor of the worktops to give an overall harmonious appeal.

Choose from 14 evocative glass recess panels with optional back lighting to liven up your kitchen. It’s time to bring emotions into your kitchen.

1. Birch forest


2. Blueberry


3. Cups


4. Forks



5. Herbs


6.  Pepper



7. Lemon


8. Ice Cube


9. Espresso


10. Lavender


11. Kiwi


12. Beach


13. Tomato


14. Orange


Make your dream kitchen fun and colourful with these come alive backgrounds.