It is no secret that kitchens have come a long way over the decades. The kitchen has always been an integral part of the home, but, as technology and families have evolved, so the functionality of the kitchen has done the same. Prior to the 1940’s kitchens were primarily wood. They were most likely built by the homeowner himself and consisted of a wooden table or free standing counter and a wooden basin for washing up. They were a far cry from glamorous, but met the daily needs of growing families.
In the 40’s and 50’s we saw the introduction of prefabricated cabinets, as well as an awareness of kitchen aesthetics. With people becoming more intrigued by how their kitchens looked, so their kitchens became predominately colourful. This era came along with a whole new world of appliances such as refrigerators, gas cookers and stainless steel sinks, changing not only the face of kitchens but the way that they function as well. The 60’s and 70’s bore the roots of modern kitchen design as the kitchen island came into play along with the element of entertainment.
From there, kitchen fitters started to mix colours as we discovered how using various colours and materials could compliment the kitchen. Contrasting cabinets and countertops came about along with the introduction of granite. This theory has carried through as we continue to bring various colours and materials into our kitchens, creating a unique ambiance and a space that is specific to each client. Today, there is a much bigger picture that is taken into account when choosing kitchen colours. Since the kitchen is no longer an isolated room, we now look at colours that are really going to accentuate and compliment the entirety of the clients home.
Where kitchens were once closed off as a completely separate part of the home, we now see the architecture has changed as modern homes integrate the kitchen as part of the living space. Where families once gathered in a separate dining room for meals, we now integrate breakfasts nooks and open plan dining areas that feed directly off of our kitchen space. We have realised that much of life happens in the kitchen, families gather, plan, celebrate and mingle in the kitchen, it is important that both the architecture and the functionality of the space can accommodate this.
Today blu_line kitchens are built using a wide variety of materials and textures. In terms of colours, our focus has always and will continue to be on neutral tones as this creates a timeless space and a calm and inviting environment. Over the years we have introduced more textures into the kitchen creating contrasts with ‘warm-touch’ materials that bring character to the space. Stone, glass and aluminum are some of the materials we are combining with the base lacquered and timber finishes to achieve this.