Published at Wednesday, May 24th 2017. by Enriqua Buendia in kitchen.
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.
The beauty of adding wooden surfaces to the modern kitchen goes beyond mere textural contrast. It allows you to blend two different styles and add a hint of rustic, farmhouse, traditional or even industrial panache to the stylish, contemporary kitchen. While wood does a great job of lending that natural, rustic appeal, marble acts as a balancing element by elevating the ‘sophistication‘ of the kitchen with its polished finish.
Gone are the days when the kitchen was filled with just polished plastic surfaces and design that was typical of the 90‘s ‘cubicle‘ trend. Modern kitchens are once again going down the classic route and textural contrast is back in style, big time! With that mind, designers are turning towards both wood and natural stone to provide the necessary contrast even while keeping the ergonomics refined and cutting-edge. Apart from the warmth of wood, it is the exquisite elegance of marble that seems to be the preferred choice as cutting-edge kitchen compositions are being selectively draped in marble.
There is definitely more creative freedom in the large kitchen with a fabulous central island while designing the breakfast bar. Instead of the usual design where the breakfast bar is just a few inches above the island countertop, opt for one that is a few inches below to vary the dynamic of the kitchen. Make sure though that you pick bar stools according to the height of the counter to avoid any future dining hassles.
If you feel that breakfast bars are an idea for only the spacious kitchen, then you could not be more wrong. In fact, it is the small, urban home that benefits the most from a kitchen island that also features a breakfast bar. In the small city apartment where every inch of space matter, the breakfast bar also doubles as the dining area and saves precious square footage. Just add one to your kitchen worktop or tiny island and throw in a couple of stools and you are good to go!
Thinking of ways in which you can extend the living room aesthetic into the kitchen without actually changing too much? LED strip lighting is a fun and chic option which does precisely that without trying too hard. Just use matching lights for the living room shelves, entertainment unit, dining space backdrop, kitchen cabinets and island, to create a homogeneous lighting scheme. It is not so much about using loads of LED lighting as it is about smartly highlighting the right architectural features and establishing visual connectivity.