DESIGNER INTERPRETATION: "Colour palettes are moving away from dark colours and paneling to medium and light to lighter finishes and veneers. To achieve this lighter, more contemporary look, details are being simplified, materials are getting pared-down, colours are lighter and brighter, and textures are softer," says Céline.
"Now that technology has enabled us to have composite counter tops in white (without the fear of stains), you'll see countertop materials extending to the backsplash. Dark, polished and sparkly granite – be gone!" says Céline.
Frosted-glass cabinets will glow from within, while china displays will be highlighted through clear glass, thanks to today's next-generation, longer-lasting, lower-profile, LED strip, puck, and recessed lighting, says Céline. Improved performance and energy efficiency mean more people will be lighting up.
TREND: Wall murals
DESIGNER INTERPRETATION: "Photo mural wallpapers are coming back," says Debbie. "I used them a lot on my TV shows, but they used to be rather expensive to order. They're great as a small focus wall between cabinets," or behind a breakfast nook, she suggests.
A giant fork or massive daisy would be lovely in a kitchen, suggests Debbie, who recommends checking online for contemporary styled photo murals featuring strong, graphic elements blown up onto easy-to-apply wallpaper panels.
TREND: Nostalgic prints
DESIGNER INTERPRETATION: "Nostalgic prints and patterns are appearing a lot in dinnerware and bake ware. You'll be seeing polka dots, cottage florals and gingham patterns," on the on-trend table or breakfast bar, says Debbie. They're not just for melamine picnic ware, anymore.
These prints look fantastic paired with the bright colours popping up in the 2012 kitchen, she adds.
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