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What are the new kitchen design trends of 2018?

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Whether your kitchen appears run down or you are just bored with the way it looks, when it’s time to renovate it, getting yourself acquainted with the latest trends will help you to design an efficient and stylish space that you will enjoy working in and your guests will admire. Today, we take you through the newest trends in kitchen design and provide you with tips on the elements that your kitchen can’t do without.

Unless you are a professional kitchen planner or interior designer, it’s impossible to be aware of every trend. We try to make it easier for you by highlighting the best colours, materials, appliances and features that you can adopt.

Which colours will make your kitchen pop?

Ajay & Yogita's apartment in Sobha dream Acres,Varthur,Bangalore: minimalistic Kitchen by Asense
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Ajay & Yogita's apartment in Sobha dream Acres,Varthur,Bangalore

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Bold colours are the new trend this year. However, personalization is vital. Rather than opting for a shade just because it’s trendy, choose a colour that you like. After all, you will have to use the space for years to come! It’s advisable to mix bold colours with lighter or neutral tones so that the effect is cheerful and not overpowering. If you aren’t ready to take the leap towards using a bold colour, pastels are a subtler option to create a pleasant contrast that breaks the monotony of white and neutrals.

Blue, which was earlier avoided in kitchens and dining rooms as the colour was believed to suppress the appetite, is a hot colour of 2018. You can use a dark shade such as navy blue to create a contrast with other neutral tones. Alternatively, consider using shades of blue on various elements, so that they come together to create an eye-catching design.

Gold is another trending colour for interiors. You can introduce it through pendants or lampshades, hardware such as handles and taps or even on kitchen appliances. If you consider gold to be over the top, you can try brass or other mixed metals to bring a unique element to your space. 

Consult an interior designer to get the perfect colour combinations for your kitchen.

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Mr.Ashutosh Project by Blue Interiors

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Blue, which was earlier avoided in kitchens and dining rooms as the colour was believed to suppress the appetite, is a hot colour of 2018. You can use a dark shade such as navy blue to create a contrast with other neutral tones. Alternatively, consider using shades of blue on various elements, so that they come together to create an eye-catching design.

Gold is another trending colour for interiors. You can introduce it through pendants or lampshades, hardware such as handles and taps or even on kitchen appliances. If you consider gold to be over the top, you can try brass or other mixed metals to bring a unique element to your space.

Kitchen islands to bring out your inner chef

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If you are a fan of kitchen islands and have always wanted one in your home, this is the year to go ahead and get one. Islands have gained popularity over the years as they are multifunctional. They are hardworking spaces that can be used for storage, meal preparation and eating. Don't hesitate to design one that fits your kitchen. Roll-out islands are an option for small kitchens as they can provide additional counter space, so don’t rule out an island if you have a tiny home.

What are the must-have appliances for a modern kitchen?

While there hasn’t been a major change in the popular appliances used in Indian kitchens, the latest trend is to have multiple appliances of the same kind. With busy lifestyles, homeowners no longer have a lot of time to prepare meals, so having more than one appliance, whether it’s ovens or dishwashers, makes sense. If you love to entertain, then having more than one dishwasher is a must. Similarly, instead of installing a built-in microwave with a grill function, consider getting an extra oven so that you can reheat and bake simultaneously.

You might think that multiple appliances are only possible in large kitchens, but by choosing smaller models and planning the space well, they can be accommodated even in a small kitchen.

Get inspired by these fantastic ideas for small kitchens.

What innovative storage ideas can be used to declutter the kitchen?

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Full storage and island kitchen

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Since space is limited in modern kitchens, using clever solutions that combine good looks with functionality is the best option when you design your kitchen. Instead of closed cabinets, open shelves are a new trend in modern kitchens. They not only improve visibility and accessibility, but also serve as a decorative feature in the room as colourful accessories or plants can be placed on them to add style to the space. Don’t waste the space above the windows in the kitchen. Installing a shelf can help to store utensils that aren’t used regularly.

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Similarly, plate racks can be fitted to the wall, and rails with hooks can be installed on a blank wall to hang pots and pans artistically. Bins or baskets can be used to store smaller items on the shelf so that it doesn’t look cluttered.

If you don’t have room in your home for a separate pantry, then a pull-out drawer is an excellent alternative for storing dry foods such as grains. Another idea for keeping the clutter hidden away is to design storage behind doors or shutters. For a kitchen with insufficient work space, consider designing a slide out counter or cutting board. 

In the eating area of the kitchen, using space-saving furniture that can be stored out of the way is a convenient option. Swing stools, folding chairs or multi-functional furniture such as a chair-cum-step ladder are some ideas for this.

Get ideas for practical storage for your kitchen.

What are the must-have kitchen products you should get?

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European style Kitchen

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The kitchen is primarily a work area, so you should have products that simplify the process of cooking or meal preparation. Among the most important items you should have in your kitchen are a chef’s knife, measuring spoons and cups, vegetable peeler, can opener, whisk, grater, masher, colander and mixing bowls. Depending upon the type of food you cook, you might also need a salad spinner, garlic press, shears, julienne slicer, mandolin slicer and a bread knife. Remember that every new product you get needs to be stored, so don’t go overboard with buying things.

Similarly, when it comes to pots, pans and other utensils, it’s easy to get carried away and get one just because you watched your favourite chef use it on a show. Before you buy it, think of how often you will use it and whether you have space to store it in your kitchen.

How do you save money by designing a sustainable kitchen that minimises consumption of resources?

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RESIDENCE SINGLE FAMILY PROJECT BY MAD DESIGN

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In a kitchen, sustainability goes way beyond just eating green. The appliances used to prepare food should be energy-efficient. Equipment, cabinets and other elements should be made from sustainable materials that are free from toxic chemicals.

When you buy utensils, choose materials that last, so that you won’t have to throw them away frequently. Stainless steel and cast iron are good options. Additionally, avoid non-stick coated pans as food cooked in them could affect your health.

Worldwide, there is a movement towards electric induction stoves replacing gas ones, as their electromagnetic energy provides the maximum efficiency. However, there is a debate about their sustainability, since not every source of electricity is green as many power plants burn coal to produce energy. Natural gas is a fossil fuel, and stoves that use gas are much easier to operate as they heat up instantly and don't waste much heat once you switch off the stove. In India, the shortage of electricity results in power outages during the summer months in many of the urban areas and metropolises. Therefore, gas is a more dependable option for cooking.

For appliances, check their energy star rating before you buy. The higher the rating, the more energy efficient they are. Remember the bigger the appliance, the more energy it uses. Therefore, whether it’s an oven or a refrigerator think small and get one that is just right for your needs.

Before you remodel your kitchen, assess the old one to see what all you can salvage by reusing or recycling. Additionally, look at using reclaimed or renewable materials such as bamboo and cork, which have the minimal environmental impact. Don’t forget about making the kitchen lighting energy efficient by using LED bulbs and lights as far as possible as they significantly reduce electricity consumption.

Top kitchen designers will advise you on the various materials you can use to make your kitchen more sustainable. Additionally, they are aware of the latest trends and can work with you to create a beautiful and efficient kitchen that is customized to your needs.

Which of these points do you consider the most important? Leave your answer in the comments.
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