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Finishing, renovation and decor in High-tech style

Ceiling

The ceiling does not need complicated design. You may just align it and paint in white.

Suspended or false ceiling is the most common ceiling finishing in hi-tech style. The only minus here is that you will lose 4-5 inches of height.

When you choose suspended ceiling, give preference to PVC films, instead of fabric linen. The glossy ceiling reflects the light better and adds more volume to the space.

Ceiling

Unlike the other styles, high-tech has two-level ceiling structures, cuts and niches for built-in lighting, which fit the style perfectly. In the kitchen-studio combined with living room, such ceiling masks the wiring and zones the space.

Walls

The walls design is neutral as most. The surface is smooth, flat, solid. Color palette includes all shades of white, beige, and gray.

Accent wall can be dark, as it will add the depth to the kitchen. In addition, 3D panels of MDF, plaster or polyurethane look impressive.

Walls

The best choice for walls is latex paint and decorative plaster in imitation of concrete or stone.

Plaster with slight pearl effect visually makes small kitchen larger, and makes lighter a poorly lit room.

Interesting information about simular styles - kitchen decoration in scandinavian style and in Mediterranean kitchen.

When you choose wallpaper, you would better buy solid colored or paintable one. The gluing wallpaper with light texture is a cheap replacement of decorative plaster.

Floor

The best choice here is matte or polished porcelain and ceramic tiles in imitation of stone, concrete or metal.

The floor looks well with moisture resistant laminate in imitation of stone or tile. Look close at this finishing if you want to make the same floor in both kitchen and living room. However, heterogeneous flooring in small studio-flat will only break up the space.

Floor

Self-leveling floors (plain or matching concrete and stone) will perfectly fit the high-tech style.

If you want to soften technologically advanced kitchen-living room design, than lay engineering/parquet boards or a good laminate on the floor. You can use granite wood in the kitchen working area.

Kitchen "backsplash”

The backsplash design in high-tech kitchen is strict and minimalistic.

The wallboard is perfectly flat, smooth and empty: no rails and small kitchen utensils.

Backsplash made of tempered glass looks great. You would better choose transparent glass or painted in a neutral color matching your interior.

Kitchen "backsplash”

The most practical option is thin porcelain tiles or ceramic tiles: smooth, textured, embossed, mosaic.

The cheapest backsplash is made of MDF with plastic finishing: it can imitate wood, stone and concrete.

A metal mosaic or stainless steel panel adds stylish brutality in the tech interior.

You may also do "concrete" backsplash of plaster (look for the cover Art-concrete").

Lighting and lamps

Led strip (LED backlight) is almost mandatory element of kitchen-living room in high-tech style. You can change color by your mood: the kitchen will look completely different.

This photo is an example of how the colored light transforms white kitchen in high-tech style with countertop and built-in hood:

Lamps in hi-tech style are easily distinguished by their unusual form, "cosmic" design and materials — glass and metal.

Lighting and lamps

For general lighting of kitchen and living room, you may use spotlights (flush or surface mounted), lights on the roof tires and ceiling soffits.

Instead of cozy wall lamps you may use wall light with techno design.

Do not forget to hang a ceiling chandelier or a couple of pendant lamps above the dining table.

Curtains

Curtains design is the most simple, discreet and concise. The design of the window in high-tech interior should not be evident.

The most important thing when you choose curtains is their functionality. They should not have any drapes, valances and tie backs.

Best suited invisible blinds or horizontal blinds (aluminum, plastic or wood).

Laconic Roman blinds will fit the kitchen interior well.

Severity of high-tech style in the kitchen-studio combined with living room may be soften by Roman blinds, straight curtains, thread-curtains, or smooth tulle-veil.

Choose fabrics for curtains that do not give lush folds: linen, faux silk, modern blended fabrics with protective Teflon impregnation.

The fabric is definitely smooth, without any pattern. The colors should match tone of the walls, floors or kitchen set facades: white, black, grey, beige, metallic.

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Decor

Interior design in hi-tech style involves minimum accessories or absolute lack thereof. If you do not like bare walls, you may hang abstract painting, black and white photo, simple poster or a watch with a technological design above the dining table. Place a stylish set of knives or a juicer with futuristic design on the countertop; put vase for fruits, stylish saltshaker or pepper mill on the table.

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Kitchen in high-tech style — top tips from professionals for a stylish interior

All the details of kitchen design in high-tech style - guide for the choice of furniture, finishing and décor with designer hints and photos of real high-tech kitchens for your inspiration.

Interior design in high-tech style is ideal for tiny kitchen or small studio apartment. It does not overload the space, there is a lot of light and air, and all the necessary may be placed even in the small area.

High-tech style follows the main principles of minimalism: there is nothing superfluous in the kitchen interior, and each thing has its own place.

All the details of kitchen design in high-tech style

6 features of high tech style

  • minimalism, strict geometry and simple shapes
  • neutral colors and stylish contrasts
  • technological ultramodern materials, lots of plastics, metal, glass, artificial stone
  • smart appliances and accessories
  • lots of smooth surfaces, minimal decor, lack of unnecessary details
  • accented lighting is an important design element

We recommend to read kitchen interior in minimalism and design secrets of scandinavian style.

6 features of high tech style

Color palette

High-tech style prefers neutral colors: white, gray, black, beige, brown and their multiple shades.

The kitchen interior is usually solid or based on the contrast of dark/light shades. Bright colors are used as accents and are usually very dosed.

Color palette

You may use various textures to avoid boring and simple interior: matte and glossy coatings, glass, textiles, stone, wood and materials with 3D effect.

Which styles it is friendly with

Best company for high-tech style is minimalism and loft. Technologically advanced kitchen-living room will work well with elements of modernity, pop art and modern Art Deco. The interior of soft high-tech with elements of eco-style is a good solution for city apartments.

Furniture in high-tech style

Kitchen set

Kitchen in high-tech style has strict design, clean lines and smooth facades. Kitchen set should be ordered to match individual measurements of the room, like a dress made by good tailor. Order your fronts precisely matching the walls and the kitchen will dissolve in the space.

Great idea for the modern kitchen-studio is spacious built-in block of tall cupboards.

High-tech kitchen often looks “aseptic”, as it is characteristic feature of the style. Kitchen set equipped with neon LED lighting looks like a space object or laboratory from the future.

Kitchen set

Standalone modules may be suspended. In addition, LED lighting will enhance the floating effect.

The facades are usually deaf. If the budget for the kitchen set is limited and you want to save money, you may order kitchen facades made of wood chipboard. Kitchen sets from MDF are more expensive, but more environmentally friendly and serve longer.

High-tech loves the shine, so the kitchen in this style often has glossy facades. The kitchens from MDF in the plastic/PVC film or models made of wood chipboard in the same plastic are cheaper. Enamel and acrylic shine stronger, but such kitchens are significantly more expensive.

Facades of stainless steel with protective covering "Antipolutions" are also appropriate.

See also finishing and renovation in mediterranean kitchen.

Kitchens with curved facades look great in high-tech interiors. However, such models are the most expensive in all the furniture shops.

Furniture jalousie is a good solution for a small kitchen. They do not require any space for opening as opposed to swing doors, and their technological view is what high-tech actually needs.

Furniture jalousie

It is impossible to imagine hi-tech kitchen without smart accessories: lifts, door closers, drawers, baskets and dividers.

Kitchen set in the style of hi-tech often has no handles. The facades are opened by click by means of special fittings. If you do not like this choice, you would better buy handle-profiles or order a set with hidden handles.  You can put concise pen-rails on the heavy drawers.

Table and chairs

Traditional dining table in high-tech style is the glass table with metal legs. Table with the top made of plastic or of artificial stone is a good choice as well. Wooden table will fit the interior in case of the kitchen with elements of high-tech and eco-style.

Table and chairs

Counter-table made of MDF or of artificial stone in a small studio flat may replace dining table and zone the space.

You can often meet the countertop, which smoothly “flows” into dining table or the bar-counter.

Chairs are modern, laconic. They are made from plastic/leather and metal. For small kitchen, perfect solution is transparent plastic chairs.

If you value comfort, place the kitchen sofa covered with leather in the dining area.

Household appliances and plumbing

Home appliances should be built-in only, and the models are the most advanced. You would better choose smart appliances with touch control, LED screens and a stylish design.

The most popular color is metallic. However, if you like black and white or colored models, use them with no doubt.

It is good if the appliances combine several functions: for example, oven with microwave oven and grill functions. This method saves space in the kitchen and meets the canons of high-tech.

Sink should be made from artificial granite or stainless steel.

Modern mixing drainage with advanced design will perfectly fit kitchen in this style. For example, tactile, with indicators of water temperature or with slide out drainage.

Household appliances and plumbing

High-tech hood is always high visible. You may buy original model of hood, and it will decorate the kitchen and play the role of adornment.

Countertop

For low-cost high-tech kitchen, you may purchase a plastic top with particleboard base. You have wide selection of decors: plain, fancy, stone, metal, and concrete.

Countertop

Countertop made of artificial stone will be more expensive but it has a lot of advantages. For example, you can order the countertop of any unusual shape, and get the chance to restore scratches and chips in the future.

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