Published at Tuesday, October 09th 2018. by Joanna Chalifour in Kitchen.
So the question is, why not create a multi-task, live-in modern open-plan kitchen/family room by furnishing it rather than installing cabinetry? Why not blend the kitchen into the family room using vertical instead of horizontal design? Why must half of the room look like a sterile laboratory, while the other half of the room is filled with the personal touches that bring you comfort?
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.
Go to shows! I've worked in the kitchen industry for years and yet, nearly every show I go to shows me some new kitchen innovation that I had never previously imagined. Many of the people we speak to talk of having viewed a kitchen showroom, picking a really nice kitchen to have installed, only to see their dream kitchen at the same or lesser price elsewhere. Shopping around and doing your research is important; new innovations appear first at shows, i.e. the Ideal Home Exhibition, 100% Design and the Grand Designs road show. When they do, it takes a while before they are widely publicised and so going to shows is the best way to find out about new kitchen innovations. This is also particularly good, because many exhibitors will sell off their display items for less than the retail price to avoid carting them back to their warehouses and many others provide discounts to people who wish to get quotes from their stands.
Determining your own kitchen style is like choosing a new dress or a new car. It is a personal choice. As a homeowner/homemaker, it is best to choose a style that provides an ambiance for cooking and dining. Of what use is the kitchen's aesthetics if it does not go well with the kitchen's functionality or your family's comfort?
Kitchen lighting fixtures nowadays often include spectacular above cupboard lighting with some great options to choose from. For our kitchen, long arm halogen lights spaced at regular intervals, were perfect, and have proved to be an essential addition, particularly when removing items towards the back of the cupboards! Under the cupboards, above each of the work spaces, we chose a number of evenly spaced halogen lights with triangle-shaped glass covers that perfectly fan out the light across the counter top area.
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