When it comes to designing your own home, one of the most exciting parts of the process is deciding how you want your kitchen to look. Many consider it as the most important room and a central hub in the home. Considering people typically spend $10,608 to $31,722 on kitchen renovations according to Archicentre’s cost guide, you can see that people care a lot about the design of their kitchen.
What may not be immediately obvious to everyone is that cabinetry plays an integral part of kitchen design. This is especially true when you consider that from an eye level, it tends to occupy a huge chunk of visual real estate. So when building your kitchen, you’ll want your cabinets to sport an appealing design that integrates well with the space and is appealing, characterful and functional. Here are a few cabinet trends to think about in 2016.
Shake it up
It’s hard to beat a classic. Shaker cabinets have long been used in kitchen designs and are recognisable from their squarish appearance thanks to their traditional frame and panel layout. As PBS mentions, the Shakers were a religious sect that dwelt away from mainstream society and held the mastery of their labour and craftsmanship as a core focus. Their designs and principles continue to have a place in contemporary kitchens today.
The best Shaker cabinets utilise high quality wood with rich textures that speak for itself amidst the straight-forwardness of its appearance, while being extremely efficient and functional. Be sure to speak to your home designers if you’d like to see whether it would fit well in your kitchen.
While tall drawers and cabinets are the go-to design, there is also a growing shift towards horizontally oriented designs. This allows you to reach items inside easily without having to bend over too far, which is helpful considering that 13.6 per cent of the Australian population have back issues according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Not to mention, horizontally oriented cabinetry can make your kitchen look more distinctive, modern and clean.
Space is always at a premium.
When it comes to kitchens, space is always at a premium. Be realistic in your expectations about how much storage room your kitchen will need when considering home design ideas. Rather than upsizing the kitchen, maybe all you need are innovative storage solutions.
These might come in the form of a lazy susan (rotating tray) in a corner cabinet or multi-tiered drawers that ensure no inch of space goes to waste.
You can never have too much storage, especially when it comes to the kitchen. Picking the right cabinets for your home’s design, and provides not only functionality but can also add an interesting feature to your new home.