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September 28, 2010

Eastern Suburbs Reporter

THE latest generation of kitchen trends combine functionality with sophistication while remaining within reach of many homebuyers, says interior designer Brian Haftka. The Switch Homes for Living interior designer said among the most popular and useful trends emerging in kitchens were open-plan layouts with hidden sculleries, plus outdoor kitchens. Butlers pantries or sculleries are the hottest things in kitchen design spurred by the open-plan living trend, Mr Haftka said. These allow you to keep all the mess away from the area where you gather and entertain and can be as simple or as complex as you like from an extra bench with sink to a complete fit-out with oven, fridge and dishwasher. More and more clients are requesting big open kitchen spaces to work from and they will usually incorporate the breakfast bar as part of their workspace surface that results in a long uncluttered island bench. Mr Haftka said there were so many options during the planning process, and provided the following design tips for styling your modern dream kitchen. 1. Engineered stone benchtops come in a great range of colours and various finishes and are a more durable option for families as they are easy to maintain and protect with their non-porous, stain and scratch resistant properties. 2. Granite benches have a natural beauty and elegance that adds depth and character to your home. Marble stone also has its own unique beauty and no two pieces will ever be the same. 3.Under the bench tops, create modern, clean lines with function as a priority and discrete, single dishwashers in drawers either side of the sink situated under bench height is a stylish choice. 4. Consider the new phenomenon in soft-closing drawers combined with push and release cupboards for an increasingly popular no handle look. 5.Glass fronted wine and bar fridges are becoming very fashionable, and they are practical and look fabulous. 6. Wood grain finishes add warmth and sophistication to any kitchen design at any budget. 7.Try combining a plain accent tone on a set of drawers or overhead cupboards to break up the grain and complement the look. 8. Glass splash backs are a relatively inexpensive option that can enhance the look of a kitchen and are available in a huge range of colours. The use of a metallic paint creates a stunning effect, especially if you have overhead cupboards fitted with down lights. 9. For a real conversation starter, try a slab of marble in place of a splashback that makes for a very impressive design feature.

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