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Have you heard? 2017 is all about contemporary kitchens. Think clean lines and sleek designs, high functionality and streamlined surfaces. What’s more, it doesn’t have to be expensive to create the contemporary kitchen of your dreams. When it comes to kitchens, layout is key. You need to prioritise your activities - if you enjoy entertaining then an open-plan layout is best. Do you enjoy retreating to your kitchen with a cup of coffee? Consider a breakfast bar. It is important to take this into consideration to ensure that your kitchen becomes one of the most cherished rooms in the home. Small spaces don’t have to lack design but it is common that they lack creativity. Small contemporary kitchens benefit from a number of vertical storage solutions such as floorto ceiling cupboards. Light colours will also make a space appear bigger and sleek handleless cabinets will ensure the space flows. If space permits then an open-plan kitchen creates the illusion of space and a kitchen extension is one of the best ways to add space and value to your home. When it comes to contemporary kitchen colours, neutral and monochromatic palettes are popular but adding contrasting colours and textures will finish the room off perfectly. Copper and industrial style accessories like bottles and baskets are huge this year and look great. Wire baskets, glass bottles, exposed brick and pipes, rustic metals and minimalist furniture are all excellent ideas as well as mirrored tile splash backs, which immediately lift the mood of your kitchen. Modern kitchen design focuses on clean lines so consider lino or wooden flooring for a stylish kitchen feel. Granite continues to be the most popular kitchen worktop surface for luxury kitchens but wooden worktops are not only durable but bang on trend mixing the contemporary and Scandinavian trend nicely. Wood, stone and concrete are popular materials and a combination of the trio will create a contemporary kitchen made of dreams. Clutter free kitchen worktops are vital, as not only does it make the space seem bigger but also allows for a stressfree food-preparing zone. Hiding kitchen appliances behind cabinetry is also a great idea and if you have room, an island unit is a great style statement as well as useful extra space. The modern world is a technical one so for a true contemporary kitchen, you need technology. In 2017, the focus is on Bluetooth controlled speakers, colour changing lights and pop-up sockets giving traditional kitchens subtle modern twists. You can even get coffee machines and kettles, which are controlled from your bed via a phone – perfect for those early mornings. However, if this is too much for your budget and time, think about painting the walls and changing cabinetry doors for a quick fix look n Image Credit - 2M media/Shutterstock.com


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