As we are coming to the tail end of this year and exploring popular kitchen trends for 2014, we have also been reflecting on the most popular kitchen styles and colours for 2013. Over recent years, there has been a steadily increasing trend towards grey tones and muted kitchen colours, and one such tone that has stood out from the crowd is the Cashmere kitchen. The rise of the Cashmere kitchen, sought after within both gloss and matt kitchen finishes, is something we are not in the least surprised about. Much as we love the classic and ever-popular white kitchen colour, the cashmere offers a refreshing change from white, but also shares many of the same qualities that are key to the white kitchens’ success. This goes a long way towards understanding its increased popularity so brings us to the question of what exactly is it about Cashmere kitchens that have made them so appealing?
Cashmere kitchen colour tone
Like the Cashmere wool after which it is named, the Cashmere kitchen, within both colour and nature is light, warm and inviting. This is an effect easily accomplished within Cashmere, wherein it can prove challenging for other colour tones.
Cashmere is from the warm side of the colour wheel and not too far removed from the pale tones of white or cream. This is significant as white is the most popular kitchen colour and largely so because of the benefits of its colour properties. A white kitchen can make a room feel brighter and larger, which is especially important for small kitchens, but in all size and layouts, most people appreciate this effect within their homes. However, at the same time, not everyone wants a white kitchen, and this is where the Cashmere kitchen colour comes to the foreground. Cashmere’s light colour tone can produce the same space maximising effect as white kitchens. It therefore offers the same benefit of being suitable for use within any kitchen size or layout. Also like white kitchen tones, Cashmere is a neutral and accommodating tone so works well in most settings, balancing rather than dominating other colours and complimenting finishes. The added warmth of cashmere can also help tone down the starkness of white, useful for anyone who is worried a white kitchen may appear ‘clinical.’
Cashmere Kitchen Finishes and Price
LWK Kitchens offer cashmere kitchens within our gloss lacquer, gloss laminate, matt lacquer or matt laminate range of finishes. Featuring the colour within our starting range as well as those that are more exclusive, ensures this is an accessible and affordable finish, as well as being high in quality and appearance.
The Gloss Cashmere kitchen
As mentioned the cashmere tone can have the same effect as white tones in making a space feel larger and brighter, and this is especially so within a gloss finish because a gloss door surface will reflect light back across a room, for the impression of a larger space.
For this reason, the gloss cashmere kitchen is at its best in conjunction with ample lighting effects, natural or otherwise, to enhance the warm kitchen feel that the glossy colour tone creates. Whilst an inviting space, the overall look of the gloss cashmere kitchen tends to be modern and stylish. The gloss cashmere kitchen is also a practical choice of kitchen finish, easy to wipe down and maintain.
The Matt Cashmere kitchens
An entirely different effect to the gloss cashmere kitchen, the matt kitchen finish absorbs rather than reflects light. In the Cashmere colour, this brings a sophisticated elegance to the look of the kitchen whilst still enhancing the impression of space.
The matt Cashmere colour is solid yet has a calming feel to it, and its silky smooth surface is detectable in looks as well as touch. The overall impression of the matt Cashmere kitchen is one of understated luxury. This is particularly so within the cashmere door, wherein the surface of the door reflects light but without creating any reflection; The overall effect of which is a very clean, fresh kitchen look.
Two tone Cashmere kitchens
The Cashmere kitchen is attractive within its own right but another appealing quality is its versatile nature, allowing stunning kitchen designs through combining the Cashmere kitchen door with other colours and textures. An additional colour breaks up a single colour hue as well as introducing a new feature of interest to the design. Within a Cashmere two tone kitchen arrangement, this colour is most often combined with white, perfectly harmonising for a balanced and attractive kitchen effect.
But white kitchen tones are not to everyone’s preference. So if you still want a light colour contrast then Cashmere also works well combined with warm tones and textures such as a platinum oak or light acacia. Both finishes also hold appeal within the popular style of framing kitchen units, such as a cashmere satin lacquer encased in gloss platinum oak. This is a popular means for distinguishing features such as islands and shelving systems within a kitchen.
The Cashmere kitchen tone isn’t a bold or dramatic colour but for a more noticeable contrast, it works in tandem with darker tones and textures. We have installed a number of cashmere kitchens in combination with finishes such as the grey acacia, terra oak, or salento beige grey for a marked distinction. With such a warm and versatile option as the cashmere colour in either gloss or matt, the possibilities for creative two tone kitchen designs are many and wide.
The future of Cashmere kitchens?
The popularity of the cashmere kitchens is largely due to it sharing many of the qualities key to the white kitchens’ success, including its capacity to suit, or moreover, enhance the impression of any kitchen space and size. In addition to this the soft, versatile colour tone ensures Cashmere makes a sound choice as an alternative to the white kitchen, ideal for creating a warm and inviting kitchen feel within a luxurious and elegant design. With such desirable qualities the Cashmere kitchen is certainly set for continued success within 2014.
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