The kitchen is often the hub of the home and it is a space that everyone enjoys spending time in. Kitchens today are being defined as “the new family rooms” and often incorporate the dining room and/or sitting room in a unified open floor plan. When we think of kitchen designs, we want some kind of assurance with respect to reliability and durability. Will the new kitchen face issues? How durable will the cabinets, countertops and wall panelling be? What materials are being incorporated? Will the colours and textures match? At Caesarstone, all your woes are taken care of. We are confident that our modern kitchen design ideas that incorporate the use of our materials are safe and effective ideas that will allow for the most diverse and practical kitchen applications. The following kitchen design ideas will demonstrate the pros and cons of each, helping you to choose better.
- Composite Quartz-Fitting a Broad Spectrum of Sensibilities
Quartz countertops, which some classify as natural stone countertops, are actually a composite material made from both quartz and resin. Despite this fact, quartz makes up at least 90% of the finished solid surface giving it extreme durability and glimmering beauty. Quartz comes in an amazing array of colours which makes it a bit more appealing for those seeking a customized look. By providing our customers with composite quartz that has an extensive colour range that goes from fine-grained salt and pepper to coarse-grained colour blends, we help create spaces that fit a broad spectrum of senses and sensibilities. Your ideas combined with quality materials equal a long term investment with a value beyond price.
- More Durable Than Granite
- Typically Scratch Resistant
- More Heat Resistant Than Granite
- Large Colour Selection
Resin in countertop may show scratches.
Sections may be manufactured at set sizes meaning more seams during installation depending on your countertop’s span.
- White doesn’t have to be boring
Everybody wants a white kitchen. Why?
They’re pure, clean, and great-looking in any style, whether modern or traditional.
White is the most versatile colour.
A white kitchen can be super-chic, if the flooring is darker to add a bit of contrast to the space. Bamboo, wood and terracotta are some of the flooring options that will go well with your white cabinets and countertops.
White is soothing to the eye and also helps the space looks larger than it is
- Concrete Countertops
Concrete countertops are simply cool looking which has led to its increasingly growing popularity. Concrete countertops perfectly compliment the purpose of an industrial look and so, they have also found their way into softer designs. Concrete countertops can be incorporated into many designs and styles and they are an excellent choice for a modern setting or can be colour tinted to give them some Old World appeal for a more rustic approach.
Concrete, although visually stunning, does require continued maintenance. Despite this, it can be easily personalized with subtle textures or inset adornments and is built on-site in custom shapes, sizes and thicknesses
- High-end appearance
- Heat Resistant
- DIY Installation
- Cost – concrete labour charges can make the final cost as high or higherthan granite installation
- Porosity-may stain if not sealed regularly
- Susceptible to knife marks
- Messy and labour intensive installation which may span over a week until fully completed
- Requires continued maintenance
- Granite Countertops
Granite countertops are cut from slabs of naturally occurring stone. These slabs are priced via a grading system based on the overall uniqueness and rareness of the stone in colour and pattern variance as well as surface finish. However, granite of lower grades may be a bit more porous.
- Visually stunning
- Scratch Resistant
- Cuts from large slabs may equal one-piece installation meaning no seams
- Porosity-may stain if not sealed
- Heat mayleave a mark
- Heavy items dropped may chip or crack the surface
- Metallic Design on the Rise
Kitchens with a strong metallic design are gaining momentum and popularity in the modern kitchen designing world. The most popular colouring for these kitchens is of course silver and chrome, but yellow metals are also making headway.
- The island
Introduced in the 1970s, islands became a popular place for guests to congregate and provided extra counter space for meal preparation and entertaining. Its clean sophistication is a statement by itself. The relatively airy elements that surround the island such as a ‘floating’ stairs and finalistic furnishings make it a balanced kitchen design idea.
- It provides added space
- In-built cabinetry for storage
- Islands also can be customized according to a homeowner’s needs
- May interfere with walking space
- Time for construction
- Kitchens with metallic look
Metal countertops aren’t new. There is a growing trend towards kitchens with a metallic look. This trend is also related to the ‘industrial style’ which primarily blends stainless steel appliances and accessories. The kitchen below is a prime example of the metallic style.
It has a metallic backsplash. Families also prefer copper and zinc countertops.
- Eye catching patterns can be included on stainless steel.
- Depending on your tastes you can have some “built-in” patinas with your copper countertops coupled with copper cabinets.
- You’re not limited to a simple edge with metal countertops. With softer metals, you can have your own design.
Caesarstone’s 2003 concrete surfacewas chosen to compliment metal innovation. Its deep grey tone perfectly blends with the stainless steel and adds to textural depth to the kitchen. Dark green cupboards were chosen to add an element of warmth to the kitchen. Although they have metallic strips, their warm tone adds vibrancy to the kitchen.
Kitchen design innovations are taking a more futuristic approach this decade. Infusion of primary elements like quartz, granite and concrete in kitchen designs has become more accessible to us. Use of diverse metals coupled with innovative designs will ensure that every moment with the family is precious.