Published at Friday, May 26th 2017. by Nancsi Tirpak in kitchen.
If there is one hot trend in interior design that is shaping the kitchens of today and tomorrow, then it is undoubtedly the idea of a ‘social kitchen‘. Evolving beyond just a place to prepare meals, the kitchen of this decade brings back the nostalgic charm of those retro kitchens that were built to host friends and family with ease. Of course, the aesthetics are largely different with state-of-the-art appliances, polished finishes and contemporary sparkle. But the kitchen has once again become a social setting thanks to open plan living spaces and innovative design. At the heart of this interactive space is the coffee shop style breakfast bar.
The timeless appeal of a beautiful kitchen in white and trendy panache of gray at its brilliant best – it is a combination that is bound to turn heads even while exuding understated elegance. Gray and white kitchens are set to top trends charts for a while now and if you already have a kitchen in white, then adding a dash of gray to it is all you need to jump in on this cool bandwagon. Easily adapting to different diverse styles, a gray and white color scheme brings an air of modernity to even farmhouse and rustic kitchens! Gray has undoubtedly been the hottest neutral for several years now and what was initially pegged as a fleeting trend has now become a definitive style statement in the world of interior design. From being a simple neutral, gray has evolved to play lead role in many a sensational kitchen.
Kitchen storage units are some of the first things we settle on while planning for a new kitchen. Wall-mounted kitchen cabinets with modular ease can transform your kitchen in an instant. But taking this to next level is under-cabinet LED strip lighting that allows you to easily place these custom cabinets just above the kitchen countertop in a small kitchen. For those short on vertical space or even looking for ways in which they can bring better task lighting to the kitchen counter, LED strip lights offer a convenient and cost-effect option.
Embracing a dash of darkness before you take a bigger plunge is a smart choice when it comes to altering your kitchen‘s color scheme. Instead of a full-fledged paint job or even a retiling of the backsplash, start off small by trying out black accents, a gray cabinet door or two or even dark pendant lights above the kitchen counter. Combine the light and dark elements to paint a picture of contrasting synergy that leaves friends and family captivated. White countertops coupled with dark island base, gray bar stools or even just a few black vases on the floating shelves – think small before you settle on the final look.
Time to swap out your boring kitchen island with one that is far more efficient and undoubtedly eye-catching! Marble island countertops coupled with a block of wood that can either serve as prep area or even the breakfast bar is a trendy choice indeed. Another nifty way to blend wood and marble is with an island that has a complete marble countertop but a wooden base and storage units with wooden doors. Matching bar stools and pendant lighting can complete a delightful kitchen that turns heads instantly.
Despite its reputation as a color that lends itself favorably to polished, contemporary interiors, gray works equally well with a variety of other styles. All you need to do is choose the right shade and combine it with different materials and textures to get the desired look. Darker tones of charcoal gray along with white fit into industrial kitchens when combined with exposed brick walls and metallic finishes. Wood takes over as the third element in rustic and farmhouse kitchens while stone and Corian complete modern kitchens.