Top 10 Home Design Trends & Movements for 2011: Tiered Proportion

We considered our own insights, researched and talked with North American Interior Designers & industry professionals to bring you the Top 10 Home Design Trends & Movements for 2011. This week we’re talking about the idea of tiers in design.

#7 Trend – Tiered Proportion

Mmmm, CAKE! One elegant tier stacked on top of another to build and beautiful cake. Oops, we mean tiers in relation to kitchen design; although cakes are made in kitchens, so maybe this could still work.

While cake decorating and other baking shows are popular on TLC, tiered kitchen counters and asymmetrical cabinetry are now a trend in home design.

Counter-tops are being built at various levels to accommodate unique spaces and/or needs. A higher counter-top could be built to allow for more storage below or when adding additional dining space at the end of an island (see below), while a lower counter-top is more functional for baking needs, perhaps baking a cake? Okay, enough already with the cake references; the holidays must be getting to us!

Tiers in any application provide a great finish to a space, even laundry or bathrooms can benefit nicely from this trend.

The result can also be seen in cabinetry of different heights (see picture at right). Choosing to only feature some cabinets flush with the ceiling provides for an asymmetrical balance and a great focal point in your kitchen.