A new year is the perfect time to start fresh and finally tackle those projects that have been piling up on your to-do list. Not only does this go for resolutions like hitting the gym; this goes for your home, too. Hone in on the one room that’s the heart of your home: the kitchen. As Grand Cayman welcomes a flood of culinary talent for its annual Cayman Cookout, we decided to give a hand in the kitchen our own way by polling the design experts. It won’t be hard to craft the kitchen of your dreams with the help of these stylish trends that are quickly creeping their way across Cayman.
Adding a bit of colour is a great place to start the redesign process. Candice Bahadur, project manager at NCB Group, one of the leading residential and commercial developers in the Cayman Islands, says that one of the easiest ways to make a small kitchen space seem bigger and brighter is with eye-catching colours. Looking for a conservative way to throw in a pop of colour? At the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show, bright sinks were one of the featured looks, making it easy for owners to swap out as trends and tastes change. As for one shade that continues to reign supreme, grey is always a good look if you’re after a clean, neutral palette. For something sure to make a statement, blues, oranges and mustard yellow are some of the most popular hues at the moment.
When it comes to the future of design, home automation continues to top designers’ lists, with an application integrating everything from appliances to lighting and temperature that homeowners can control. Across Cayman, these elements are being weaved into some of the more modern developments, such as NCB Group’s SOLARA in Crystal Harbour. Located in the Cypress Pointe North community, these 26, three-storey luxury town houses are outfitted with top-notch energy efficient, stainless steel appliances; solid wood cabinets; and quartz countertops — the new “countertop king.” Whilst granite was a long-time countertop favourite, quartz is a stylish alternative that exudes a look that’s not only more modern, but eco-friendly, too.
Steps to a Stylish Space
Sprucing up your kitchen can be as simple as knowing how to make the most use of a small space. Bahadur shares three simple tips to give your kitchen a new look — no construction required.
Know how your space is used. For example, if you’re a gourmet chef or a mother of four, your space will need to be designed around your lifestyle and your needs. Think about how you function in your space and what elements are important to you.
Be true to your style. If you prefer traditional design and décor, don’t try to design a contemporary kitchen. As the kitchen is the heart of the home and with most homes having an open floor plan, your style should flow seamlessly from the kitchen to the rest of the rooms, and there should be some harmony in the overall design.
Go green. Look to natural and green elements as design features that soften industrial styles, and play up ordinary light fixtures for a “floating garden” feel.
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Author: Lane Nieset