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Kitchen ripe for renovation? Be inspired by these kitchen trends for 2020, featuring statement stone, accent colours and new ways to use wood.



a kitchen with a sink and a mirror: Modern kitchen design ideas for 2020 and beyond. Inspiration for making a stylish statement, including the kitchen trends to know now, from marble islands to reclaimed materials.


© Tom Fallon
Modern kitchen design ideas for 2020 and beyond. Inspiration for making a stylish statement, including the kitchen trends to know now, from marble islands to reclaimed materials.

Kitchen ripe for renovation? Take heed of these inventive ideas that use statement stone, accent colours and glorious wood, showcased in a host of creative guises. Inspiration starts here…

PAVE THE WAY

A floor treatment that’s more commonly seen in exterior spaces, crazy paving is the latest eye-catching surface to be reclaimed by interior designers and architects, and not only for its practical, hard-wearing properties. In this project by Studio Esteta, irregularly shaped slabs of slate inject subtle texture and movement – the perfect foil to the smooth swathes of oak and polished blue-grey stone above it – and lead the eye from the monolithic island to the matching marble-wrapped nook on the rear wall. studioesteta.com.au



a room filled with furniture and vase on a table: kitchen design ideas marble island and crazy paving slate floor


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kitchen design ideas marble island and crazy paving slate floor

ON THE GRID

From metro-style to mosaics, tiles are an eternal favourite in the kitchen for obvious reasons. The most current shape and size for making a statement is the unassuming rectangle, but take heed of the all-important rule; for impact and loftier-looking ceilings, vertical orientation is a must. There’s no limit to the creativity that can be conjured from these brick-like blocks. Multidisciplinary studio H+O’s Mondrian-esque scheme applies them to walls, floor and built-in sideboard, creating a precise, graphic look. hpluso.design



graphic metro tiled kitchen by Studio H+O


© GIORGIO POSSENTI
graphic metro tiled kitchen by Studio H+O

CURVE BALL

Tasked with creating a kitchen in a space blessed with palatial proportions and an abundance of original features, London-based design outfit Sella Concept steered clear of trying to reproduce something of the period. Instead, they opted for a contrasting contemporary scheme that echoes the building’s arched windows;

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Kitchen ripe for renovation? Take heed of these kitchen trends for 2020, featuring statement stone, accent colours and new ways to use glorious wood.



a kitchen with a sink and a mirror: Modern kitchen design ideas for 2020 and beyond. Inspiration for making a stylish statement, including the kitchen trends to know now, from marble islands to reclaimed materials.


© Tom Fallon
Modern kitchen design ideas for 2020 and beyond. Inspiration for making a stylish statement, including the kitchen trends to know now, from marble islands to reclaimed materials.

Kitchen ripe for renovation? Take heed of these inventive ideas that use statement stone, accent colours and glorious wood, showcased in a host of creative guises. Inspiration starts here…

PAVE THE WAY

A floor treatment that’s more commonly seen in exterior spaces, crazy paving is the latest eye-catching surface to be reclaimed by interior designers and architects, and not only for its practical, hard-wearing properties. In this project by Studio Esteta, irregularly shaped slabs of slate inject subtle texture and movement – the perfect foil to the smooth swathes of oak and polished blue-grey stone above it – and lead the eye from the monolithic island to the matching marble-wrapped nook on the rear wall. studioesteta.com.au



a room filled with furniture and vase on a table: kitchen design ideas marble island and crazy paving slate floor


© Sean Fennessy
kitchen design ideas marble island and crazy paving slate floor

ON THE GRID

From metro-style to mosaics, tiles are an eternal favourite in the kitchen for obvious reasons. The most current shape and size for making a statement is the unassuming rectangle, but take heed of the all-important rule; for impact and loftier-looking ceilings, vertical orientation is a must. There’s no limit to the creativity that can be conjured from these brick-like blocks. Multidisciplinary studio H+O’s Mondrian-esque scheme applies them to walls, floor and built-in sideboard, creating a precise, graphic look. hpluso.design



graphic metro tiled kitchen by Studio H+O


© GIORGIO POSSENTI
graphic metro tiled kitchen by Studio H+O

CENTRE POINT

To treat a kitchen island as a simple extension of an existing scheme is to lose out on its transformative potential. Try mixing materials, introducing curves and sacrificing some of the storage below for a bold, sculptural structure.



a room with a wood floor: Custom bar in Paonazzo marble with walnut cabinetry, price on application, Studio 34 South; for similar tap, try ‘Purist’ by Kohler in ‘Matt Black’, £887, Tap Warehouse; ‘Cherner Bar Stool’ in ‘Classic Walnut’, £871, Aram Store


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Custom bar in Paonazzo marble with

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Karl Lohnes: Home design trends to look forward to in 2021

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After almost a year of spending the majority of my time at home, I’m ready for some changes in 2021. The new year, although still a couple of months away, will bring new decorating opportunities, and now’s the time to plan out what changes you want to prioritize to make your home look fabulous and function better for how you use it now.

Ready for a new look? Nothing can freshen your space faster than incorporating a few new trends. So, if you’re like me and ready to say goodbye to 2020, then say hello to these three big 2021 trends.

Industrial surfaces

To add a sense of earthy comfort, look for rustic and natural finishes for surfaces like bathroom shower walls, kitchen counters and fireplace mantels. This week, quartz surface manufacturer Silestone launched the Loft Collection, with five new colours inspired by industrial design and features found in raw loft interiors.

A fave of mine is Seaport; a dark, worn cement look. It would be a chic way to add a casual, industrial vibe to a modern farmhouse kitchen. Or you could clad a fireplace wall with it for a touch of industrial chic in a modern condo. While real concrete tends to require a lot of maintenance (and can crack over time), a solid quartz surface is virtually maintenance free and ultra durable.

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Urban flight means home improvement trends will become a sustained shift

People walk into a house for sale in Floral Park, Nassau County, New York, the United States, on Sept. 6, 2020. Home buyers eying for cozy backyards and more office space are staging bidding wars in the suburbs surrounding New York City amid the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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As some Americans flee cities and move into suburban or rural areas during the coronavirus pandemic, some analysts are predicting home projects and repairs will shift from a trend to long-term habit.

That could add up to more sales for Home Depot, Lowe’s and other retailers with a wide variety of home improvement items, from paint and tools to kitchen appliances, according to a Wells Fargo Securities research note. Those retailers have already seen strong sales and growing profits during the pandemic, as Americans spend more time in their homes and dollars they would have otherwise doled out for restaurant bills or summer vacations.

The suburban shift could also benefit auto-focused retailers, such as Carvana, AutoZone, O’Reilly Automotive and Advance Auto Parts, according to the note.

In the research note, Wells Fargo senior equity analyst Zachary Fadem spelled out factors that have driven some people out of cities. Among them, he said, about 65% of early Covid-19 cases were concentrated in dense cities. People have sought out more space as they work and learn at home and as aspects of city life from public transit to high-end restaurants are unavailable or unappealing.

He pointed to recent earnings reports by retailers that soared past Wall Street expectations, citing de-urbanization as one of the causes.

A survey of about 1,000 consumers by the Wells Fargo analysts found that more than 88% planned to increase their retail spending in the second half of the year

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Technology trends remodeling the motor insurance sector in India

The business ecosystem is changing with the rapid emergence of new-age technology such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

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The Indian insurance sector is experiencing a technological shift. Technology in the insurance sector is transforming the ecosystem not just in scale but also in fundamental aspects. The digital-first business model is the result of companies using data and technology more than ever, testing new business models and revenue streams fueled by new technology. Advanced insurance technology is now already an integral part of the industry, for both insurer and insured.

Today’s consumers have more complex needs and are more knowledgeable and aware of their choices than ever before. They want personalized offerings and tailored communications which leads to insurers digitizing their services and optimizing all interactions.

The business ecosystem is changing with the rapid emergence of new-age technology such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), and the incumbents of the market are strategizing to enable their businesses to transform digitally. The implementation of any emerging technology is a top-down exercise for the industry, from evaluating the acceptance of new-age technology to shifts in customer behavior, the insurance company has to run the show and usher in the digital transformation.

The insurance industry in India has adapted to numerous developments, amendments and trends such as:

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Consumers are always looking for personalized experiences, especially when purchasing something as important as insurance. AI offers insurers the ability to create these unique experiences, meeting the high-speed demands of modern consumers.

With AI, insurers can improve claims turnaround cycles and fundamentally change the underwriting process. AI also helps insurers to access data faster and cutting out the human element that leads to more accurate reporting in shorter periods of time.

Machine Learning

Machine learning

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