Published at Wednesday, 07 November 2018. Kitchen. By Fleurette Guertin.
On the other hand, the family room, or the social area of the great room is designed in a completely different way. Typically, a beautiful empty room is created and then it is furnished. Instead of lining all the walls with horizontal bands of built-ins (and there are exceptions to this i.e. Frank Lloyd Wright's prairie homes) the wall spaces are interrupted with vertical elements like windows and doors or focal points such as a fireplaces. The walls of the room are separated into vertical segments instead of continuous horizontal bands. At blank wall areas and in the middle of the room, eclectic pieces of furniture create seating arrangements, while the wall-hung artwork and sculptural collectibles on display determine the room's personality. But the wall, floor and ceiling colors and textures permeate between all of these vertical elements acting as the 'glue' that holds the whole design theme together.
Contemporary kitchen tiles take a modern look and style, transforming traditional tiles. There are no set rules as to what the kitchen will look like, colours can be cool neutrals and they will have an air of sophistication to them. Contemporary tiles are usually larger in size than 100 x 100mm, but this is no set rule. Style can be added through the use of scored tiles to the tile design. Warm grey, off white, ebony brown, charcoal black and sparks of colour can be incorporated into a contemporary design. There may be an understated elegance to contemporary tile design, with added stylish features such as modern border and decorative tiles.
In the days before electricity changed everything in our lives, family kitchens in modestly sized homes were large but simply appointed rooms. They contained a solid fuel heat source for cooking (a fireplace or a coal or wood stove) and a built-in sink, with or without running water. Everything else was a piece of furniture. The icebox was elegantly made of wood, as were the central dining/work table, cupboards, pie safes and pantries. The family kitchen was the central work/social place of the home too where family members, sometimes in the company of friends performed most domestic chores and socialized with each other.
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