Published at Tuesday, 13 February 2018. Kitchen. By Joanna Chalifour.
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.
Rustic or country style kitchens use tiles to complete the overall look and feel of the room. Rustic tiles tend to be matt, neutral colours. Matt tiles have a more natural feel to them, as they absorb light in the room like stone in the natural world does. The edges of tiles may be rounded or wavy. Rustic charm encourages wholesome feelings and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. A combination of tile colours can add to the feeling of the room, such as warm orange, muted gold, beige, almond, olive and sage greens and cappuccino brown. Rustic tiles will match kitchen cupboards that are white or cream panelled or wooden, work tops that are butchers block would also suit a country style.
When designing with furniture, spaces must be created between each piece that allow the 3-D character (3-D in that furniture is made with at least 3 finished sides) of each piece to be appreciated. These spaces are most important as they allow the design theme of the adjacent room to continue uninterrupted into the kitchen. The spaces allow the wall, ceiling and floor coverings (the architectural finishes) to instantly meld the kitchen and family room into one homogeneous space in a way that is impossible to do with horizontally designed cabinetry. The spaces define the room's personality and allow the furniture to become more eclectic as well, emulating the same design techniques used in the design of the family room. No longer must the kitchen have just one color of wood, or one door style or one countertop material. The spaces allow all of these elements to change more readily. For a clear example, think of an open-plan log home where all the interior walls are exposed logs. A furnished kitchen allows the logs to be seen between each piece, which helps to unify the open-plan room whereas a horizontally designed cabinetry filled kitchen covers up all the logs. In an open-plan loft design where the kitchen is always seen, a furnished kitchen can blend seamlessly into the other casual seating groupings by allowing all the architectural finishes to meander between all the pieces and hold everything together.
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