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l ighting know-how
Kitchens and bathrooms are used for
tasks (cooking in the kitchen and eyebrow
sculpting in the bathroom), so they require
flexible solutions. But don't think well-
positioned recessed lights, think designer
pendants over benches and hidden lighting
under cabinetry. It's not all about hard work,
though. Add some accent lighting to highlight
architecture, a n artwork or furniture. It's also
a great trick to draw the eye away from the
utilitarian elements of a wet room. La stly, treat
your lighting like furniture: there a re some
beautiful fittings out there that ca n add a design
element to your space. And don't u nderestimate
the practicality of the dimmer. e upshot is
kitchen and bathroom lighting is no longer just
for practicality, you can use it to add mood a nd
have fun with statement pieces.
3. the new kitchen gadget...
... the television that can be integrated into your
splashback. " ere are a few types that we can
do," says Vayios Koudoumakis of House of Sma rts.
"With an integrated high-definition LCD set in
your splashback, you can have recipes loaded on
there from your computer, or you can be watching
Foxtel on it," he says. And they don't have to stand
out: "We have a television that when it is turned off,
goes to a complete mirror finish, so it's popular in
both kitchens and bathrooms."
5. colour is back
Turquoise has been named the colour of
2010 by leading colour forecaster Pantone.
Luckily, this hue has watery overtones, so
it's perfect for wet rooms, particularly the
bathroom (use it on a mosaic shower wall
for a resort-style feel). Or go for glitz with
gold-leaf Sicis tiles from Myaree Ceramics
(as seen here). Yes, anything gold is also a
hot trend for 2010/11. In the kitchen, make
a statement with a bright spla shback; glass
specialist WA Glasskote has a huge range of
colours. If you're not ready to commit to a big
statement, use this colour in a nearby area of
your home to soften the impact. Prefer a
pared-back look? Choose several different
tones of the same colour -- neutrals suit this
application and are a trend colour, too.
UPSHOT: use shades of the one tone
for a sophisticated look, or splashes of
bold colour for a sense of fun.
from House of Smarts.
Quirky, but striking, Beat
pendants from Mondoluce.
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