Design is in the details. And those details, in design, are often found in the finishing touches.
The finishing touches in an interior are central for tying a kitchen’s design together and making the space live-in ready and complete.
Sandrine Vasilakos of Urbana Kitchens has the inside scoop on the latest finishings for kitchens.
There is a distinct movement toward simplicity, both in terms of design and materials. Designers are using tools like colour blocking and materials to create visually clean lines with both contemporary and traditional design aesthetics.
There is a movement away from glossy to matte finishes, both in cabinetry and countertop surfaces.
We’re increasingly seeing cabinetry finishes that have lovely muted tones and a soft velvet touch. In order to be leading edge, technology always plays a significant role in kitchen design. As an example, some supermatte finish options have advanced technological attributes such as thermal self-healing properties where heat can be applied to remove scratches.
Homeowners are choosing ground down smooth, flat, consistent countertop surfaces, with a non-reflective, matte finish that creates a softer feel. These make for countertops that feel buttery smooth to the touch and reduce glare.
We’re seeing a move toward darker tones for cabinetry finishes such as navy, charcoal, black, with subtle application of metallics and accentuated colour with details, adding nuanced drama to the design. Echoing the desire to gently heighten dramatic appeal is the use of a spectrum of brushed and muted (vintage) brass and (champagne) bronze hardware tones.
Organic Tones and Materials
Designers are increasingly integrating organic tones and materials. For example, the use of natural stone such as soapstone and marble surfaces and wood accents. Organic materials and soft natural hues work create serene spaces that feel welcoming and are timeless.
Traditional materials incorporated in non-traditional ways
Designers are reimagining classics in surprising new ways. For example, porcelain for countertops, which afford sleek shallow profiles and a multitude of aesthetic styles. They’re also layering materials to add dimension and warmth to sleek, modern spaces.
Ever Popular Neutrals
As much as homeowners experiment with new colours, neutrals are always in style and continue to be some of the most popular displays as they resonate with everyone.
Hand-crafted finish details
Details within details help make a home unique. For example, using custom glazes and cabinetry and tile finishes with more traditional designs. These artisan details help refine a design and reflect the personality of the homeowner within historic architecture.