As the kitchen continues to evolve from a room with a merely utilitarian purpose to becoming the heart and soul of the home, designers strive to re-imagine and improve upon this ever more important gathering space. The new dual function of the kitchen – preparing food as well as encouraging family interaction and entertaining guests – lends itself to several key design features that continue to enhance both aesthetics and functionality of the new social hub of the home.
1. Reinventing The Sink
The Galley workstation is a super-functional convenient and stylish hub that accommodates the social nature of meal preparation, serving, entertaining and clean up. Multiple sizes and flexible configurations can be ordered depending on the homeowner’s needs. Available at Astro.
Social corner by Julien is another innovative solution that fosters efficient usage of the sink by multiple people, improves circulation between kitchen zones and optimizes countertop surface. Available at Astro.
2. Gray Is The New White
White kitchen is an undisputed classic; however, in the recent years, there has been a resurgence of other neutral looks. From cool gray to soft taupe to bold charcoal, leading industry manufacturers are offering novel alternatives that challenge white kitchen’s popularity. Downsview Custom Cabinetry via Astro Design Centre.
3. Mixed Counters
Mixing countertop materials and heights adds visual interest and helps to designate different zones and functionalities – ie. breakfast bar versus work surface. Downsview Kitchen Cabinetry via Astro - Designer Nathan Kyle.
4. Optimal Functionality
Today’s kitchen manufacturers are offering a wide range of options for the most efficient and functional kitchen storage solutions, as well as enhanced features such as soft-close hardware for doors and drawers and dust seals to block dust from seeping into the cabinets. Astro’s House Brand kitchen cabinetry.
5. Open Shelving
Open shelving injects the homeowner’s unique style and personality and adds character to any kitchen, whether very traditional or ultra contemporary. Suspended steel and butcher block shelving provides a stylish storage solution. Astro designer, Nathan Kyle.
6. Statement Lighting
Make a design statement and wow your guests with a unique attention-grabbing light fixture. Belden linear pendant by Visual Comfort, available at Astro. (Design by Astro's Dean Large)
7. Metal Hood Range
Metal has taken over in 2016 as a more dominant role in kitchen aesthetics and replacing wood as the range hood of choice. A metal hood can introduce a burst of contrast into your kitchen like this copper hood fan featured in a Aster Cucine Kitchen.
8. Quartz Countertops
Quartz is a go-to countertop choice for many designers due to its uncompromising performance: durability, stain-resistance, heat-resistance, impenetrable surface and ability to maintain its beauty, free of maintenance. Statuario Maximum by Ceasarstone, available through Astro.
9. Innovative Cabinetry Materials
With a multitude of cabinet finishes on the market, sky is the limit for the designers’ imagination. Concrete-look door fronts give an industrial edge to this contemporary kitchen. Aster Cucine Kitchen Cabinetry via Astro - Designer Julia Enriquez.
10. Apron Sink For Added Luxe in The Kitchen
Traditional apron-front sink adds effortless country charm to this bright Downsview kitchen. Cabinetry via Astro - Designer Dean Large.
Fira fireclay sink from Julien – contemporary version of classic farmhouse style sink. Available at Astro.
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