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Kitchen trends for 2013 veer towards splashes of bold colour and textures
For 2013 kitchens are taking on a fresher look with accents of colour, textured surfaces and clever designs accommodating the kitchen as a major living area, according to Kitchens International. As one of the top independent kitchen designers and retailers in the UK and based across Scotland, Kitchens International is seeing customers becoming bolder in their choices yet retaining style and quality.
The muted conservatism of recent years is giving way to more bold designs with high tech fixtures, clever designs and the use of more natural materials, especially glass.
Colour is back in small doses with accented coloured units for certain areas and combined with greys, whites and blacks. These are often finished in silk rather than gloss so it isn't overpowering.
Wood veneer and heavy textured furniture is also in and creates a very tactile and softer look which blends well with furnishings and the interiors of the rest of the house.
Kitchens International award winning Designer Kieron Bell says: "Favoured designs for 2013 will still be for the more minimalist look with a huge array of handleless units available as well as linear designs. The traditional base and wall units are fading with designs evolving into the living areas and floating units, open shelving and more 'living' type furniture becoming the norm. Dining tables or seating areas are being incorporated into the actual kitchen design allowing kitchen designers to have a greater influence on the whole living area design.
"Kitchens evolve in terms of design rather than dramatic change but the trend is for a bolder look as the cautious conservatism is being slowly left behind."
As lighter, open plan designs evolve, glass is playing a major part in kitchens for 2013. Gardens are being blended with the interiors with walls of glass doors so that there is a clear flow between the kitchen and the outside. Glass also features heavily in splashbacks, cupolas and even worktops or doors. Reflective light provides another dimension of light when times are gloomy.
For traditional kitchens the look for 2013 is of a combination of painted and timber finishes again lightening the look and avoiding over-fussy designs. Wood, as a natural and sustainable material, provides a relaxed and calm interior.
Worktops are veering away from granite and reconstituted finishes such as Silestone and ECO by Cosetine are becoming far more available.
"No one kitchen is ever the same but Kitchens International is at the forefront of designing the kitchens of their clients' dreams across the UK," says the company.
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23rd November 2012