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Streamlined, Simple And Stylish Or Rustic, Vintage And Homely???

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Stylish feature pieces in natural materials will be taking centre stage in Kitchen design for 2014

The beauty of nature will feature heavily this year in kitchens, focusing on natural materials, such as wood, granite and stone. Adding natural elements and mixing natural textures together will bring an industrial, yet warm feeling to the kitchen.
The fashion in cooker hoods is falling into two distinct camps. Statement cooker hoods are going to be bigger and better this year, adding interest with lighting, and creating an impressive focal point in the kitchen. The alternative is a sleek downdraft hood which disappears into the work surface when not in use, allowing the use of interesting light fittings, for an added wow factor.

Chrome and stainless steel, the finishes of choice for the last decade or so may be on the way out, with brass and aged gold making a comeback. Brass will feature on taps, cookware, light fittings and elegant kitchen accessories. Where usually seen in traditional Victorian properties, these will now be seen in modern kitchens, adding warmth and timeless class.

Splash backs will continue to be seen on a large scale, in colourful bright patterns. The use of imagery and even family photographs behind glass are now a possibility giving a totally personal and individual look to the kitchen. Keeping the rest of the kitchen fairly neutral will highlight the splash back, making it a real focal point of the kitchen.

Open shelving is already a big trend, but will feature more this year in kitchen design.
Not only is it practical for storage, it also creates a display feature for cute crockery and vintage jam jars. Floral country china, gives kitchens a warm and inviting feel, which works perfectly with the rustic, country décor.

Subway tiles, in all different sizes, colours and textures will be a popular trend in kitchens this year. Adding new tiles will refresh and revive any tired looking kitchen. The single colour subway tiles add a clean and simple look, while different coloured patterned tiles add a modern arty focal point to a kitchen.

Black counter tops have been named as the top trend for kitchens in 2014, mixing them with white cabinets to bring a Scandinavian feel into the kitchen area. This look is both, classic, elegant and timeless.

The colour palette for kitchens this year will feature different shades of blue, from dark denim blues through to turquoise shades. This colour works really well with raw materials, such as stone, wood and exposed brickwork.
Contrasting coloured cupboards is a very big trend, mixing coloured frontages with plain ones, adds a modern look with colour. The use of one bright colour with neutrals creates a feature without it being too over the top.

Kitchen islands will continue to be popular in kitchen design, due to their practicality and social aspects, people now use them the same way as they would their dining table, eating and talking around them and using them to work on.

All things rustic and vintage are still a big trend in 2014, with painted furniture and upcycled furniture being popular. Quaint country patterned fabric against wooden furniture and cream appliances look atheistically pleasing together and have an inviting feel, Whether a totally new kitchen project or a revamp, which kitchen trend will you be adopting this year?