Kitchen Trends

On Trend Kitchens

With summer’s departure we are powering down the grill and returning to the kitchen. These design tips, courtesy of AyA Kitchens and Baths, are sure to create a space that’s hot, hot, hot.

Mix Cabinetry

A mix of cabinet materials creates a dynamic setting for cooking and entertaining. “We’re seeing wood become prevalent in the home for the upcoming season because of it’s warm, natural and timeless esthetic. Wood also complements white kitchens very well,” says Dave Marcus, President, AyA Kitchens and Baths.

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Soften Traditional

Traditional interiors continue to benefit from the addition of a couple of well-placed contemporary elements. In this handsome kitchen, the upholstered barstools contrast the light cabinetry. Notice the slimmer countertop profile—something we’ll see more of in the next few years. We also installed a single handle pulldown kitchen faucet which everyone loves because it makes doing dishes so much easier.

Dabble Savvy: The darker the floor, the more formal the space.

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Rustic Roast

Industrial elements  such as stainless steel and metal are softened and enhanced by contrasting with raw wood.  The yin and yang keep the look fresh.

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Classic Cool

Classic doesn’t mean stale. Iconic furnishings and fixtures have staying power—you’ll love them for years.

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Cooking with Colour

White may be the most popular choice for kitchen cabinets but it’s far from the only choice. Why not cut loose and show some real personality with a bold choice like this red?

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Hidden Function

When the in-laws come over, keep them guessing? Does she even own a toaster oven?
Dabble Savvy: Have a professional electrician install all appliances and outlets. Those hidden from view often require additional shut off valves for safety.

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About AyA Kitchens and Baths

AyA Kitchens and Baths is the ultimate cabinetry resource, offering diversity and quality, mass customization and high design. Every AyA kitchen is designed and made-to-order, resulting in a local, tailor-made product at a competitive price. AyA offers a selection of more than 2,000 cabinetry variations, ranging from urban to classic. There are showroom locations across North America to help create the ultimate living space.

Visit AyA Kitchens and Baths for more information.

 

Snow White Kitchen

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We love this all white kitchen designed by LA’s Erinn Valencich. The curvy counter and mirrored mosaics are a playful counterpoint to the handsome lines of the cabinetry and sliding doors.

Question: Does an all-white kitchen work in climates where there’s snow on the ground for 4-6 months of the year?

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Spanish Eyes

  • Wrought iron balusters grace the foyer’s tiled staircase.
  • Various objet d’art and collectibles rest on surfaces throughout the spacious living room. A formidable and eclectic art collection adorns the room’s walls.
  • LEFT: The coffee table has a balustrade base and its top is edged in marble which surrounds a terra cotta field. RIGHT: At the bar, crystal glasses rest on a chest decorated with marquetry.
  • The panelled study enjoys uninterrupted views to the foyer and into the dining room. Its coffered ceiling creates cozy intimacy in the warm setting.
  • In the dining room, a two-tiered crystal chandelier with acanthus leaves at the crown and antique bronze fittings softly illuminates the oval table. The table is surrounded by leather-clad dining chairs with tapestry backs.
  • Looking outside to the courtyard, dinner guests catch sight of the leafy lemon trees that are poised to flower and release their delicate scent.
  • A large candle chandelier floats above the kitchen island. When the temperature heats up, family and guests move into the shade of the adjoining patio.
  • From the kitchen, doors open onto a charming patio beneath an ivy-covered archway.

Marci Valner’s Spanish Colonial style home circa 1929 is minutes from UCLA in the urban suburb of Westwood. Jockeying for a parking spot is de rigueur in this neighbourhood. We see one, grab it and remember to hang the coveted permit from the rear view mirror or—ouch—a $64 ticket is sure to be waiting upon our return.

Although the home is formally designed it’s clearly well-loved and used frequently for entertaining. Patterned chairs and serviceable sofas invite lingering in the living room. Aubusson tapestry and vintage leaf patterns adorn pillows on the velvet sofa. An antique trestle side table sits next to the William Birch arm chair with its vintage palm leaf upholstery.

In the kitchen, cool-to-the-touch terra cotta floors offer a respite from the day’s heat. White adobe plaster walls and rustic wood beams on the ceiling add to the 1920’s mood.

We are in no hurry to rush back to our parking spot and take a moment to rest on the patio’s cool tile steps.