Adolphus Hartmann. Kitchen. September 24th , 2017.
The small window seat can also provide a welcome break from the wall of shelves and cabinets in the kitchen, ushering in some much needed contrast. The throw pillows, cushions and fabric of the window seat also bring textural change to a space that is otherwise dominated by wood, tile and metallics. Whether you use it as a after-school hangout for your kids (as you keep an eye on them) or as a wonderful conversation nook, the small window seat in the kitchen comes in mighty handy. The window seat is not all about functionality alone and you can use one to elevate the style quotient of your kitchen as well. Since most contemporary kitchens seem to be draped in neutral hues along with plenty of white, the window seat can usher in bright seasonal colors with ease. Everything from the seat cover and cushions to lighting above the window seat can be easily changed with changing seasons and trends to give your kitchen a fresh overhaul. Cost-effective and convenient, this kitchen redecorating idea is definitely one of the easiest to work with!
In modern home where the kitchen is increasingly acting as the transition zone between the interior and outdoors, a concrete floor makes for a sensible choice. It can visually connect the interior with the patio outside, can stand the test of elements along with direct sunlight and is also pretty cost-effective. It goes unsaid that concrete floors and industrial kitchen spaces are a match made in design haven. If you have exposed brick walls, duct pipes and wooden shelves in your industrial kitchen, then concrete floors are a great way to complete the look. Apart from the textural contrast they bring, these floors also store heat during the day and release it slowly after sundown. This helps in passive heating and cooling of the house and cuts back on your power bill as well. Of course, adding a rug or two to this space makes the hard concrete floors safer and also lends visual warmth!
Red as a color gets plenty of bad rap when it comes to home decorating because it can seem far too overpowering when used excessively. But a red island coupled with a neutral backdrop can make a big visual impact in both contemporary and traditional kitchens alike. Red combines well with black in modern kitchens while a red island at the heart of a Mediterranean kitchen can instantly bring brightness to an otherwise mellow and inviting space. Finding the right color for your kitchen island is far simpler than you think. This first step is to settle on both the style and the color scheme of the kitchen itself. Once you have this sorted, most of the work is done and your choices are instantly narrowed down. A kitchen with too many colors looks cluttered and hence it is best to pick a color for the island that is repeated elsewhere. Of course, a left-field choice is always welcome in an eclectic kitchen, but it does not work in most other kitchens. Whether it is stunning teal island in a polished contemporary kitchen or one in sunny yellow at the heart of a traditional kitchen, keeping the cabinets and the backdrop as neutral as possible helps immensely as well.
Planning for the perfect kitchen is an exercise that often involves maximizing space without compromising on form. It is a delicate balance between the two that really brings to life your dream kitchen. A pantry plays a huge role in it all. Whether you cook ever so rarely or love to regularly serve up sumptuous meals for your family and friends, there is always a pantry out there that perfectly serves your needs. And unsurprisingly, it is often shelf space, lighting, storage room and placement of the pantry that we tend to focus on. But even the most space-savvy pantries need to be aesthetic as well! In the modern kitchen, the pantry can be used to usher in both visual and textural contrast. With contemporary kitchens becoming an extension of the living area, a small pantry that offers something unique and different does make a striking impact. Today, we flip through 10 such stylishly inimitable pantry ideas which rely on everything ranging from brick and wood to glass and chalkboard in an attempt to freshen up your kitchen ambiance.
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