Posts Tagged ‘kitchen trends’

Kitchen’s I don’t envy

May 18, 2011

Lately I have been doing a great deal of rating, but very little slating. I’m afraid the time has come for me to cast my judging eye over some of the not-so-fabulous kitchen designs I’ve come across on Apartment Therapy and Design*Sponge.

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Springy bar stools don't past the test

I know a lot of people love their island benches but there are some shockers out there! I say the chunkier the worse, especially when fussy brackets are needed to prop up the edges. And no to the bar stools too, my tip is to steer clear of anything too gimmicky or novelty, it’s guaranteed to date faster than that fondue set you got for Christmas. Or maybe at exactly the same rate…

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More bar stools...tres blah

Another chunky island bench, I think I detect a theme. Don’t get me wrong, I love a black kitchen, but black and beige? Or is this one chocolate brown? I can’t even be sure. And to add to the list of rules for island benches – not too high!

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Too much wood, not enough good

Maybe it’s the photography, but we’ve got a serious overload of sickly rich caramel wood here. And another chunky island. Chunky islands mean chunky extractor hoods, and that can’t be good for your feng shui, surely. Also, where are the windows?

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Simplicity FTW

Aahhh, that’s better. A window and natural light cannot be beaten. I love the simple white cabinets and rustic styling. It just goes to show that money does not buy style!

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Eclectic and homely

Exhibit B. Yes, maybe I am playing favourites with white here, but it’s not just that. Open shelving to display kitchen knick knacks and pared back design really help to create a kitchen that is timeless, unpretentious, cosy and yet stylish.

Alright, let me have it! Defend your island benches and tell me white is boring, or join me in the slating!

What’s hot for 2010!!

December 29, 2009

Sttttttttoooooooooooooooooooooooop!! Before you revamp your bathroom, get stuck into a new kitchen, or transform your colour scheme, check out these trend videos.

I’ve been busy quizzing the experts for their top trends for the new year (aren’t I nosey!) and they were happy to share their inside knowledge … they even let slip a couple of style tips!!

Moben‘s kitchenista, Terry Watson reveals the hottest kitchen trends for the new year.

Dolphin Bathrooms‘ guru, Geoff Wells gives us a sneak peak into what’s hot in the bathroom for 2010.

Crown colour expert Judy Smith spills the inside scoop on the sexiest shades to start off a new decade.

Hot new lemon kitchen from Moben

December 22, 2009

If you are physically able to move on Boxing Day (I know i’ll be weighed down by mincepies, but it’s worth a shot) then head to your nearest Moben for their half-price January sales … or just to have a look at their super-sexy brand new modern kitchen design for 2010. (I’ve sneaked a copy of the images to give you an idea!)

The Geneva kitchen‘s zingy lemon is great for adding a splash of sunshine to those gruelling mornings, combine it with either their city-chic anthracite, or their chalk finishes for a kitchen to make even the most swanky of pad’s mouths water!!

What’s more, it fits perfectly with one of the top kitchen trends for 2010 – high impact colour. I’ve been busy quizzing the experts for kitchen, bathroom and colour trends for the new decade – but don’t worry, I got it alllllll on camera!

I’ll let you know when it’s up!

roomenvy - mellow yellow accents kitchen

roomenvy - mellow yellow accents kitchen

I admit, it’s a bit modern for my taste, (a country-style fanatic), but I think it’s super sleek and has oodles of designer style (minus the price tag!)

roomenvy - city chic kitchen with a splash of sunshine

roomenvy - city chic kitchen with a splash of sunshine

Glossy black bar stools + super-sleek island unit = funky breakfast bar (mine’s an espresso!)

roomenvy - kitchen multimedia station

roomenvy - kitchen multimedia station

Country-style lover or not, this unit MUST go in my kitchen!