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perfect harmony," said Hoppen. "If you can't relax in the privacy of your
own bathroom, where can you?"
English Kitchen Style
European-style (AKA flat-panel) cabinetry is becoming more popular
in the U.S. as the contemporary look gains more traction, but transitional is
arguably the most desired design style for kitchens. Gray and white kitchens are still all the rage in the U.S., as well as kitchens open to other living
spaces in the house, which are similar trends seen in England. According
to Jamie Telford, director of Roundhouse in London, U.S.-style fridge/freezers are popular there as well.
He cited these additional popular kitchen trends in England:
* Mixing materials and textures is a big story, e.g., burnished metallic
finishes used with limed and painted rough-sawn oak and textured
timber with polished concrete.
* Kitchen pantries (larders) are big news following Prime Minister
David Cameron's kitchen larder being seen in the press. Pantries
can offer hidden storage with pocket doors that include spice and
bottle racks, deep drawers for cereal packets and plenty of shelving
for dry goods.
* With the trend toward open-plan living, kitchens are becoming more
furniture like with built-in shelving for books and large islands used as
social hubs for family and friends.
* Gray is a lead color here too, but it is often offset by the use of an
interesting wood veneer to warm up the scheme.
"People spend so much time in the kitchen, it shouldn't just be functional but needs to be accessorized and styled in a way that harmonizes
with the rest of your home," said Hoppen, who believes that the shape
of the kitchen is becoming more important than the embellishment of
the finish. In terms of color - just like in the U.S. - white is a very popular
kitchen choice in England, and in terms of texture, matte appears to be
"I love to make kitchens very high tech," said Hoppen, adding that
popular additions include wine coolers, massive refrigerators, functional
ovens and - if you can fit them in - pizza ovens. "I love massive electric
appliances that make your life easy," she added.
Italian Kitchen Style
According to Larry Allen, North America CEO and managing director
of Gessi, "Because the exterior architecture in Italian cities is so ornate
with history and classic architecture, the interiors are more polished and
streamlined." Clients in Italy seek the sleek lines and low profiles that are
associated with a more modern style.
Niki Serras, owner of the Scavolini Chicago and Detroit stores, says
many kitchens designed by Scavolini Italy are about finding a compromise
between form and function in a way that can be warm and approachable - while still satisfying the modern aesthetic.
Here are more trends Serras says are prevalent in Italy's kitchens today:
* It's all about unusual or idealized materials in a soft, organic color
* Handle-less applications are prevalent in kitchen cabinetry.
* Mixing "earthy" materials like a textured melamine door or a porcelain door with a sleek matte glass is really popular right now.
Roundhouse's Fulham Pantry has been featured in The Times as an example
of the cavernous, hidden storage a pantry can provide with pocket doors
that include spice and bottle racks; a marble shelf; deep drawers for cereal
packets, larger items and vegetables; and plenty of shelving for dry goods.
Image provided by Roundhouse.
* The classic, modern kitchen of "all white everything" is something
that will never go out of style, but I think that the Italians really showcase colors in a way that we in America are just learning to love.
* The Italians right now are all about a neutral palette and are also
moving away from glossy finishes to using matte.
* Black is back! It is being woven into designs to bring depth to all
the earth tones being used. It's a really sharp contrast to all the soft
colors and textures we are using.
* Must-have appliances include counter-depth, integrated refrigeration units and paneled dishwashers. We see clients wanting to 'hide'
as many of the appliances as possible.
Bagnos in Italy
In terms of bathrooms, Serras says people are spending more time
and money than ever in this room. "That means two things. First, the design must be in line with the look in the rest of the home, and the bathroom must function effortlessly for our daily rituals."
More Italian bathroom trends cited by Serras include:
* There is a trend toward a spa-like getaway experience with a bigger
emphasis on the personalization of the space rather than the obvious "spa" design choices in terms of colors or materials.
* The bathrooms often match styles with the kitchen as well as the rest
of the home's design.
* Soft neutrals play especially well in the bathroom.
* The two most important elements in the bathroom are the tile and
* A good soaking tub is often included in a bathroom that has ample
space to make that kind of visual impact.
* While suspended bath cabinets have been around for a few years,
they are still fresh and modern. n
- By Chelsie Butler
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KBB - October 2015
Show Director’s Note
People & Places
Great Gatsby Baths
Making an Entrance
Readers’ Choice Award Winners
KBIS Countdown to Design & Construction Week®
KBB - October 2015 - Intro
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KBB - October 2015 - Contents
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KBB - October 2015 - Online Contents
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KBB - October 2015 - Editor’s Note
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KBB - October 2015 - Show Director’s Note
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KBB - October 2015 - People & Places
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KBB - October 2015 - Better Business
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KBB - October 2015 - Solutions
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KBB - October 2015 - All Abroad
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KBB - October 2015 - Design Features
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KBB - October 2015 - Making an Entrance
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KBB - October 2015 - Readers’ Choice Award Winners
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