Published at Wednesday, May 24th 2017. by Gertrud Bierschbach in kitchen.
While it is easy to add pops of yellow, red or green to a kitchen in white and gray, colorful accents definitely seem like a thing of the past. Instead of color, think of other ways in which you can create contrast without altering the overall appeal of the lovely kitchen draped in neutral hues. Wood is undoubtedly a fine choice as it is both hip and brings a hint of natural effervescence to a contemporary setting dominated by man-made materials. Wooden cabinets and breakfast bars seem to be the popular option here followed by bar stools and floating shelves.
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.
A kitchen in bluish-gray leads the pack here with other lighter hues of gray following closely behind. When choosing gray as the principle color in the contemporary kitchen, it is best to pick a cooler and lighter shade as it give the space an inviting, light-filled and upbeat vibe. Add in white countertops, bar stools, backsplash or other accent features to create visual interest and contrast.
Do not limit yourself to strip lights alone when shopping for kitchen lighting fixtures. Apart from the usual dose of pendants that occupy prime position above the kitchen counter, consider LED recessed lights to create a dashing and energy-efficient modern kitchen. All LED lighting fixtures are inherently more planet-friendly than traditional CFLs and are sure to cut back on your home‘s power consumption significantly. So why wait to get on the LED bandwagon?
There are plenty of homes these days where the dining table is a smart extension of the kitchen island. It is barely a surprise then that the breakfast bar can go down the same route. In the larger kitchen, this space can also double as a great party zone where additional counter space can be used in multiple ways both while prepping and hosting. What makes a breakfast bar truly special though is the way it brings together your entirely family after a long, hard day or even during few fleeting seconds each morning as you rush out. Beyond all the aesthetic and ergonomic advantage, this is the true charm of that dashing breakfast bar!
A corner in the open plan living is the perfect space for a single-wall kitchen. This might not fit into the traditional definition of the one-wall kitchen, but it sure helps in maximizing space. The corner kitchen is typically L-shaped, but you can use just one wall for the kitchen sink, refrigerator and prep zone. It is the second wall in the corner that can hold storage units and additional cabinets. Strictly speaking, this is not the one-wall kitchen, but it still brings the same functionality but with even more cooking and storage space.