Studio Italia’s top 2020 design trends

Studio Italia design manager Joanna Hoeft reveals the latest kitchen design trends that are sure to make an impression.

What’s one of your top design trends for 2020?

I love glossy lacquers for doors – which we haven’t seen much in the last few years. This refined finish combined with textured and organic timbers is a timeless combination that will suit most architectural styles.

What changes are you seeing in kitchen design?

Irregular shapes are now being used for the barstool area – think elliptical timber elements and round or oval tables. This creates a more fluid design and a friendlier space for socialising.

When should you go for gloss cabinetry and when should you opt for matte?

Whether you pick glossy or matte cabinets really comes down to personal preference. However, we would generally only recommend light to mid tones in the glossy finish, as darker colours become too reflective. Black cabinetry in a matte nano technology laminate such as Fenix will provide the most durable finish in the darker colours.

What’s new in technology in kitchen design?

The biggest changes we’re seeing in kitchen technology are around the appliances – for example, we’re just loving the new induction cooktops with integrated downdraft extractions systems. Great examples are available from Miele and Boma. Not so new but now included in almost every kitchen we design are the ‘all-in-one’ kitchen taps that provide boiling, chilled, sparkling and normal hot and cold water.

7 lessons on how to style the perfect coffee table

What’s on your coffee table right now? Top tips on how to style your coffee table to lift the entire room.

When it comes to ideas on how to style your coffee table, think big impact with little effort. Considering it’s a small surface in the scheme of things, styling your coffee table can greatly complement your living space. Consider these 7 tips:

Maintain balance

Nothing makes for a cluttered surface faster than a large collection of small knick-knacks. Contrastingly, displaying only large items can look heavy and cumbersome. To keep your coffee table balanced, vary the scale of display items and stack or group like objects together.

Isabel Ettedgui Apartment – Chester Square

Composition is key

This is probably the most tricky thing to get the hang of. The key is to think about how all the items in a vignette work together as a whole. Sometimes they’ll connect through colour, sometimes style, sometimes shape, and sometimes theme. Once complete the entire display will read as one unit, with each item fitting together with those around it.

Joris van Apers – Ghent House

Layer it

Books, a tray, coasters and maybe a beautiful ornament that you’ve picked up on your travels can all assist with creating layers on your table which can create a sense of interest. Similar textures can look flat so if you’re finding you’re lacking contrast try mixing materials such as a natural woven basket, concrete decorative piece or a glass vase to add some different elements to your table.

Look to the larger room

Coffee table displays don’t exist in isolation. They need to work with the other items in the room. Keep this in mind when selecting the perfect table and the items you place on it.

Keep it low

As a general rule, when creating a coffee table display you should never have anything so tall that it obstructs the view of people sitting on either side of the table.

Consider all angles

When it comes to coffee table styling remember to take a 360 approach. A coffee table is often placed in a central area of a room, so people can see it from all angles. Try to avoid using things that don’t look good from all sides. For instance, if you put a picture frame on a coffee table someone will have to look at the back of it.

That one special piece

Include a focal piece that you will ‘build’ your design around. It could be an unusual item that sparks conversation, something that’s got a unique shape, or something much brighter than the other items.

Remember, that styling is a way to express your personality, which serves as a perfect foundation for finding the theme for your coffee table.

For more inspiration visit the MiNDFOOD online shop, you may be able to pick up an interesting coffee table item, or two.