The Liquid effect is taking kitchens by storm
The past decade has seen kitchens transformed into a visual wonder and hub of the home, which is quite a change from the basic backroom it once was. The design world is making great strides when it comes to innovative appliances that make cooking a pleasure. But the real design feat is when it comes to the aesthetics. Kitchen materials are continually being pushed to have a higher visual value, but lower price tag than their predecessors. And the liquid effect is one such creation that is taking kitchen trends by storm.
The Liquid Effect – Know the Basics
The liquid effect refers to products or materials that look like they consist of swirly set paint. The substance behind the liquid style can range from wood and acrylic to cement, and a whole lot more. Coloured epoxy resin can be manipulated to produce a stunning countertop or floor, and molten metal and glass can create similar water-painted effects.
The versatility of materials used for the liquid effect means that the end product can be adjusted to suit any budget, which makes this trend one of the great marble alternatives.
Bring the Liquid Effect into your Kitchen
If you love the look of mixed paint as much as we do, you’ll want to incorporate the look into your home. Here are the best ways to add a designer splash to the kitchen:
A liquid effect floor makes the ultimate statement in any interior. Liquid effect floors can be created by using concrete or epoxy. Epoxy floors have been around for many years because they are incredibly durable and cost-effective. Keep in mind that when an epoxy floor is damaged, it will need a new coat to fix the cracks or chips.
Concrete floors can be stained or painted to create the desired liquid effect and sealed to prolong its lifespan. Be sure to hire a professional for the floor installation and avoid an oil-finished floor as these will be too slippery for a kitchen.
Liquid effect countertops are similar to floors in that they are made from epoxy or concrete. You can also revamp existing countertops with printed laminates. If you are feeling artistic, you can add the effect to your countertops or a hire a professional artist to create a swirled look with paint. Again, be sure to seal and maintain the countertops to prolong its durability.
A beautiful liquid-inspired backsplash is perfect for rentals or homeowners that don’t want to commit to one trend for too long but still want a striking design feature. Backsplashes can consist of painted tiles, a layer of resin or laminate sheets on a removable baseboard. These are the most affordable and least permanent options.
Marble has a natural swirled-paint look, which makes a small accent feature like a marble chopping board, worth the expense. These chopping boards are durable and stunning. Choose a dark marble to avoid finding a stain on an otherwise perfect chopping board.
Pots, pans, kitchen utensils and cutlery can all have a liquid effect finish in some form. Colourful swirly designed handles and glassware with molten colour are a few of the many options on the market.
Kitchen décor can be so much fun to experiment with new interior trends. Ceramics and pottery with a liquid style are perfect for pairing with fresh flowers or lively greens and will instantly uplift the kitchen. Mirror or picture frames can be dark and mysterious with a charcoal water paint look.
Be Colour Conscious
Pair your designer liquid effect kitchen with the hottest hues of the season for maximum wow. Bold colours will make the ultimate interior statement, while muted and subdued tones will let the liquid effect take centre stage.
Greens & Blues
Deep blue, turquoise and teal are still reigning favourites in many homes. The cooler tones will pair perfectly with a liquid effect design to create an oceanic atmosphere in the kitchen. This colour palette is the ideal option if you want to create a calming kitchen for your family.
Pastels give a kitchen a little bit of a retro vibe, so if you love everything about the 50’s, now is your chance to bring it home with soft pink, olive and orange. Create a unified space by keeping to a colour palette when it comes to choosing a complementary liquid element.
Charcoal has become a firm favourite, from furniture to walls to a home’s exterior. It seems that charcoal is only gaining prominence in the interior world. A charcoal kitchen is a perfect backdrop from which to exhibit your beautiful liquid effect pieces.
Deep and mysterious jewel tones are enriching homes everywhere. The deeper and bolder the colour the better, especially when it comes to a jewel kitchen. Jewel colours, like emerald, lapis, amethyst or gold against a wall grab all the attention, so any liquid effect elements will play a beautiful, but supporting role.
A Few Things to Consider
Before making any bold liquid effect kitchen decision, there are a few final things to consider:
• First, decide how much space and time you are want to invest in the new liquid trend. Trends come and go, but if you strike the perfect style balance in your home, it may become timeless.
• Always remember your budget. How much you’re willing to spend will determine how significant the change or impact can be in your kitchen.
• Where in your kitchen will the liquid effect work best and what will its function be? The function will largely govern the scale of the new addition.
• Once you’ve decided what you want and how it should function, consider how durable the finish should be to withstand what you’re going to do with it. Maintenance goes hand-in-hand with the product’s durability so be sure you know how to care for the liquid-effect item. A floor or countertop may need more maintenance than a backsplash for example.