Great design features striking forms and seamless function. Kitchen hardware has evolved beyond purely functional elements. Hardware now contributes to the ergonomics or flow of your space; adds design elements to your room; creates storage solutions; and improves the organisation of your kitchen. This is the mechanics behind your design.
Explore the latest hardware trends to create your ultimate kitchen renovation.
If you’re designing in a tight space, consider pull-out pantries as an ergonomic option. They provide easy access to all shelves and offer divided storage systems for greater organization. Corner cupboards become more accessible when including a modern take on the traditional lazy-susan. Cupboards can benefit from side pull-out caddies for greater convenience and partitioned drawer systems will separate kitchen items of different shapes and sizes.
Storage solutions have also progressed in the once grubby area of waste management. Systems now offer more dividers to separate waste; options of metal cabinet lids to minimize odours; greater frame strength for increased stability; and the convenience of push-to-open doors, for hands-free access.
Kitchens have evolved beyond the latest appliances, to include electronics within the mechanics of your design. Streamlined systems are now available to create more efficient preparation areas and offer fast access to your storage zones.
Consider the powered drive of drawers that open automatically to a light touch, giving you ready access when your hands are full. Apply the same principle to your waste cupboard for clean, mess-free kitchen doors and handles. Then take it one step further to integrate an in-cupboard vacuum system! A covered duct sits in your kickboard, simply push with your foot to open and activate, dirt is swept close to the open duct and whoosh, it’s sucked away. Clean, fast, efficient.
Lighting in all its shapes and forms, continues to be used as a design feature throughout our homes. The kitchen space is no different; whether it is used to create ambience, is purely functional, or acts as a display element; the focus on lighting is everywhere.
Lighting is used within drawers and cabinets to illuminate dark spaces and create more efficient work zones. Use it to highlight display shelves, to backlight glass splashbacks or frosted glass cabinets. You may choose to be functional or purely decorative; create a silhouette or make a statement with lighting.
You see, it’s not just what’s on the outside that matters; kitchen hardware has grown up. It’s now practical and innovative, with a flair all its own. Use hardware to your advantage and make the most of your next kitchen renovation.