Organic, clean, warm, open, functional and, above all, with all the utilities and ambiance of a work area that is also social.
These are the six elements basically that 2018 brought to the design and decoration of the kitchen, which in the last decade ceased to be an isolated space that was destined only for cooking and to locate an auxiliary dining room to eat daily food in a family union.
“The current lifestyle has made the kitchen an open space, which is the heart of the home, where the family gathers to cook, talk and socialize with friends and relatives when they have their guests or events,” says the interior designer Carlos Antonio Flores, owner of Carlos Antonio Desing, a design company based in Los Angeles, California.
“That is why, nowadays, families seek more than anything a kitchen designed and decorated in a multifunctional way, instead of just looking pretty, because what they want is to be efficient at the time of cooking; as well as being able to socialize with their guests at the same time as they attend them, “adds the 37-year-old designer.
And making clear the concept of the current kitchen, the native of El Salvador goes on to describe the decorative trends that this year brought to this place in the home.
The design and decoration of the 2018 kitchen are more versatile and flexible. They incorporate spaces in such a way that they can work with efficient movements to avoid wasting time and include a bar or a central island that is used as a table, either as a work table, study and social interaction zone.…
The trend this year when remodeling a new home is to create a space that looks broad and clean with a slightly elongated design and the use of organic materials, such as marble and wood, for decoration.
Marble is what defines the kitchen of 2018. Its slabs are being used in the countertops of the central island and the mesons, to give the visual illusion of more breadth; as well as in the “backsplash” and the walls, but in the form of tiles (tile) that can be square, rectangular, round, triangular or hexagonal, according to the decoration.
“Marble is an immaculate stone that contributes to the decoration structure and a very organic atmosphere,” highlights Carlos Antonio. “And the good thing is that now some companies are creating a material that looks like this, but is much more resistant, less porous and very easy to maintain.”
With neutral colors
The kitchen 2018 is defined by furniture and cabinets in white or gray or made of wood.
“These colors are being used because, like marble, they give amplitude and clearly outline the architectural design of the kitchen,” explains the interior designer, who has several awards and recognition for his creations.
As the goal is to create a visually ample space, light plays a vital role in the design.
“The modern kitchen has LED lights, direct and indirect, that are more efficient in luminosity and energy consumption and come today with a warm luminosity,” details the design professional. “And it also combines a [but of a large dimension], two or three hanging lamps on the central island, if you have one.”
Silver and gold accents
As it has been used in the decoration of a few years ago, the appliances, the dishwasher and the kitchen accessories are used in stainless steel or a copper tone, as well as in the so-called “pink gold,” which is very close to this year.