If you’re renovating or building a new kitchen in 2014 , we’ve got some fantastic tips on how to create your dream kitchen thanks to Caesarstone! A succesful kitchen designer creates an artwork, a balancing act between design and colour, functionality and of course, personal touch. Do you like structured, contemporary, clean lines or more of an organic look and feel? It’s a good idea to measure how certain spaces make you feel and then identify the elements that stand out for you to achieve a similar design and style!
1. Monotones are here to stay
You can never go wrong with whites and neutrals. Monotone colours and whites offer the most versatility as a base colour as they don’t demand visual attention in the way that bright colours do, nor do they overstimulate the eyes.
A shabby chic kitchen design featuring Ash Caesarstone by Tarryn Naude of Cole’s Kitchens
A luxury contemporary kitchen design featuring Shitake Caesarstone by Beth Gillitt of Kitchen Classics
2. Keep Calm And Add A Splash of Colour
An eccentric kitchen has an exceptionally short novelty period. Resist the urge to express your mid-life crisis in colour and rather add colour to kitchen elements that are inexpensive to update, such as glass items, small appliances, display pieces or wallpaper. There’s nothing worse than sitting with a red kitchen for twenty years – even if you are adventurous!
Featuring Pure White Caesarstone – a kitchen by Marita Smuts and Heidi Arenstein of Future Classics, winners of the Judges’ Choice Award in the Caesarstone Kitchen Designers 2013 competition
3. Back to the Future: A New Old-World Look
This year homeowners and designers will break free from the shackles of one-style-fits-all thinking. Contemporary, country, farm style, shabby chic or industrial – Every style is happening this year! What is cropping up again is the inclusion of old-world metals such as copper, rose gold and brass. These gorgeous yet expensive materials can be incorporated into your kitchen as accessories. Think light fittings, cookware, or other kitchen odds and ends. The fifties and sixties fascination that continues to grip some industries has certainly left its mark on our homes. A cursory look at SMEG appliances reveals this.
4. Keep it Classy: Incorporate Natural Materials
All things copper and brass are on-trend in 2014. Featuring the Caesarstone Kitchen Designer 2011 finalist design from blu_line’s Phillip Richards
Being surrounded by nature has been proven to be good for our mental and physical health and even reduces stress levels so it’s no wonder that city dwellers have begun to incorporate elements of nature into the home. Timber, stone, glass and metal each have an elemental look and feel to them that remind us of the great outdoors and intrinsically bring a sense authenticity into any space. Why not try stone countertops in a natural colour and design, glass splashbacks and textured wooden open shelving. And flowers in the kitchen are always great!
5. Integrate Technology
This kitchen features a number of 2014 trends – can you spot them? Caesarstone Kitchen Designer 2012 winning design, featuring Caesarstone Pure White by Beth Gillitt of Kitchen Classics
2014 is the year to make life simpler by incorporating kitchen technological advances. Ask your designer to ensure a power docking system, affectionately known as a ‘power tower’ amongst designers, is included in your island design. This nifty feature is a cylinder of plug points that can be pulled out of the island countertop when power points are needed and then slid back down and out of sight when you are finished. The kitchen is also a great place to install an iPod docking station so you can pump your favorite beats! Refrigerators, microwaves and dishwashers can become invisible and even integrated into the cupboard system.
6. Underslung Sinks Stick it Out
The power docking system is featured in this kitchen island – conveniently stored in the kitchen island. A Snow White Caesarstone Kitchen Designers 2012 finalist design, by Rian Steenkamp of Easylife Kitchens, Tygervalley
The underslung sink isn’t going anywhere this year. This gravity-defying design trend is the sidekick to a gorgeous kitchen countertop and frankly just makes sense. Why would you cover a beautiful surface with a ghastly stainless steel double sink and drainboard when you can hide the less attractive, but very functional element out of sight? Surfacing amongst country-style kitchens is the farmhouse sink – this very large porcelain sink. Although not technically underslung as they rest on a support structure, these sinks are a feature of modern farm-style kitchens too. For an uber-luxury finish it’s possible to create a sink out of your countertop material. Even Caesarstone is experimenting with offering such an option to hopeful kitchen designers and homeowners alike. Watch this space!
A Reto Kitchens kitchen in the luxury Morgenrood development in Cape Town featuring Shitake Caesarstone surfaces
7. Too Hot to Handle
A Snow White Caesarstone kitchen countertop with an underslung sink
From what we can see, there isn’t a major move towards fingergrips instead of handles in the kitchen, rather ‘to handle or not to handle’ is very much dependent on your overall design style. Push-touch technology means you don’t actually physically need handles, but you will pay dearly to forego the ancient tradition of using handles on doors and drawers. The prediction is that this look will eventually become quite dated in contemporary kitchens – it all depends on your personal taste.
A contemporary kitchen design can be created with push-touch technology and handleless cabinets. Featuring Alaska Caesarstone in a kitchen design by Lara Myerson of Lara Myerson Design and Haydn Ellis of Ellis & Associates Architects
8. Island Style
Antique style handles add to the old-world feel of this Shitake Caesarstone kitchen by Reto Kitchens in the Morgenrood development in Cape Town.
Immensely popular at the moment is the Caesarstone “waterfall leg extension” island where the crust of the kitchen island is made from Caesarstone or other engineered stone surfaces. This trend beautifully shows off your countertop surface material, so it’s best to select a top material if you’re going to go for this very contemporary design. This kitchen island design will also limit your storage capabilities on either end of your island, so be sure of your storage needs before opting for beauty over functionality.
A White Star Caesarstone kitchen by Kim Hansen of Kitchen Classics
Another pretty and functional trend is to incorporate a type of dining island onto the main kitchen island….Here, kids can do their homework while your cook, or your mates can enjoy a glass of wine with you and keep you company while you prepare the evening’s feast.
The dining island kitchen design trend for 2014. Featuring Caesarstone Ash and Pure White in a kitchen by Beth Gillitt of Kitchen Classics in Durban
Even traditionally styled kitchens do well with islands – so there’s no style where it won’t work really.
9. The Yuppiechef Movement
A finalist design in the Caesarstone Kitchen Designers 2013 competition by Izelle Janse van Rensburg, Easylife Kitchens, Port Elizabeth, featuring Nougat Caesarstone kitchen countertops
Although Yuppiechef is the name of a quirky online luxury kitchen tool retailer, it also perfectly epitomises the foodie trend that is still taking the world by storm. The birth and wild popularity of cooking shows like Masterchef and Jamie Oliver’s The Naked Chef reveal just how deep our love for beautiful and tasty food goes and how luxury food preparation has become an international hobby. We want to make fancy, creative dishes ourselves – at home. The foodie trend has opened a gateway for the likes of Le Creuset, KitchenAid and other kitchen tool brands that have brought professional tools into the homes of aspiring amateurs. Paired with the hipster obsession with growing your own herbs and vegetables, 2014 is the year to design a kitchen that makes your foodie heart sing!
10. You Are Your Kitchen
A gorgeous meringue creation on a marble-inspired Frosty Carrina Caesarstone kitchen surface
The way we dress, the way we speak, the way we do our hair and make-up, and the homes we create are all expressions of our personal brands. So your style preferences and design choices will contribute to or detract from the experience of you. We are moving away from the mass markets and are becoming more creative. Make it your space.
Beth Gillitt of Kitchen Classics poses in her finalist design for the Caesarstone Kitchen Designers 2012 competition