“Contemporary” is one of the slipperiest terms in home improvement. It can mean the latest fad or it can represent the decorating themes of the 1950s when the term was first used. Even in the 1950s the term seemed to be an offshoot of space exploration and was dominated by the then futuristic-looking linoleum. For many people, a kitchen is far more than just a place in which food is made, pots and cutlery are washed and pets are fed. To such people, a kitchen can also serve as a reflection of their own individuality and hence a place where, even while busy with chores, they feel truly at home. If you, too, happen to fall into this category, then you should already be aware of the importance of a kitchen’s design in helping to cultivate this area of the house as a warm and welcoming place.
How to Decorate the Contemporary Kitchen
Contemporary kitchen design isn’t a strict philosophy for kitchen decorating. There is no manual or set of rules to follow that will allow you to call your kitchen authentically “contemporary.” There, however, common scenarios
We sometimes find that people are surprised at the cost of installing an open air kitchen. The fact is that it is a substantial investment — for good reason. If you look at an outside kitchen, you will realize that installing one is every bit as much of an investment as replacing your indoor kitchen — sometimes more, if you are including a roof or other structural elements.
Adding an outside kitchen is really adding an addition to your home. Expect to budget at least $10,000 for a good basic kitchen for your outdoors. Of course, if you have the budget and the imagination, the sky’s the limit from there.
Much depends upon your taste and your expectations; for example a high-end grill unit can cost $10-15,000 by itself. However, if you love spending a lot of time outside and it enhances your lifestyle, it’s worth the expense!
Focus on Function
A small kitchen cannot accommodate homework, mail storage, laundry duties and recipe hunting. Unless you don’t cook at all, the small kitchen’s main chore is meal prep. So focus first on function, making sure you have the appliances and work areas you need. You may be able to save a bit of space by using scaled-down or innovative appliances, including refrigerator and freezer drawers and pint-sized microwaves, stoves (some with just two burners) and single sinks. If workspace is at a premium, consider a small-scale island or a counter-topped cart that can be rolled into a closet when not in use.
Go for Glass
One of the easiest ways to visually expand a kitchen is to incorporate glass. Try a glass counter or tabletop, tile, door cabinets or kitchen doors that lead to the outside world or to the next room. Mirrors, in a backsplash or strategically placed around a room, or pass-through windows into the next room, also lighten up the look.
Visually Expand With Lighting
A small kitchen requires a combination of task and atmospheric lighting. To counteract
Kitchen Feng Shui is considered to be extremely important as kitchens are one of the most important gathering places for family and friends. If you’ve been considering a kitchen remodel investment, taking a look at some of the guidelines for a Feng Shui kitchen might give you some interesting ideas for your home.
Materials for Kitchen Feng Shui
A Feng Shui ordered kitchen also deals with the actual materials that are found there. Where modern construction and decorating often uses hard corners and metal or synthetic materials, Feng Shui is characterized by rounded edges and natural materials that have been used for hundreds (even thousands) of years. If you are building from scratch, Feng Shui also has suggestions on where doors and running water should be placed.
Kitchen Feng Shui Tips for Organization
Though when most people think of Feng Shui, they imagine adding plants, mirrors, and the like, a lot of the discipline focuses not on adding to what you have, but improving the quality of what is already there. A clean environment is a harmonious environment, which is why Feng Shui teachings recommend that kitchen cabinets be spring-cleaned regularly, and should be well-organized, uncluttered,
Dining rooms are an invaluable part of your home. Whether you’re throwing a party and hosting a business gathering, having a more formal dining area gives your home a much-needed space for elegance and prestige.
Kitchen Nook Design and Placement
For convenience, kitchen nooks are the best choice for placing a nook in your home. Family dining too frequently leads to arguments and grumbling about setting and clearing the table. There’s no guarantee your teenage son or daughter is going to suddenly become cooperative, but the shorter the distance from the kitchen nook to the kitchen sink the easier the dining chores become.
If you don’t have the room directly in your kitchen, chances are you have a place near your kitchen that will accommodate a dining nook and will still give you the benefits of keeping your family dining area separate from your dining room. Many homes have open spaces near the kitchen that aren’t confined by a narrow doorway. Near your bay window can be the perfect place for a dining nook. The angles of the window may cause a traditional kitchen nook to look awkward. A more rounded bench that still approximates
The kitchen is the most used room in the house. At parties, guests seem almost magnetically drawn to the kitchen. That’s where the food and drinks are, so this makes sense. But before they arrive, when you’re cooking, is your work triangle like the Bermuda Triangle? The work triangle refers to the triangle created between the stove, refrigerator and the sink. Of course all of these areas would be useless without a countertop to work on but still.
Determine the Dimensions
To make the most of your triangle, separate your work stations with the least amount of steps, but with the proper amount of work space. That means the distance between any two appliances should be no less than 3 feet and no more than 7 feet. Total sides of the kitchen work triangle measure no less than 12 feet.
Consider a Galley Layout
In a galley kitchen layout, food is taken from the refrigerator, prepared by the sink and then moved to the range or microwave area for cooking. The aisle in a galley kitchen should measure no less than 4 feet and no more than 6 feet. The dining area is
Kitchen islands are an incredible addition to many homes and allow homeowners to get the most from large kitchen spaces. However, given that there are as many kinds of kitchen islands out there as there are kitchens, you need to plan how you’re going to design and use your kitchen island. Here are some great kitchen island ideas to get you thinking about how your kitchen island will work for you.
Everyone Loves an Island
Kitchen fads come and go (remember trashmashers?) but customers will always want an island in their kitchen.
The kitchen island is the perfect place to balance congregation and separation, ensuring that hosts can cook and clean while they socialize with their guests. And they can be a great place for kids to do homework under the parents’ watchful eyes.
”Why would you want to prep food with a wall or a cabinet door a few inches from your nose, or eyes for that matter?” says Johnny Grey, renowned Bristish kitchen designer. “An island that faces into the center of the room is the place for prepping and cooking. Sociability is not possible without eye contact.”
Color Adds Variety and Focus
Are you looking for some upscale kitchen designs that can add a modern feel to your kitchen, being useful at the same time? If yes, then you’re in luck! We have picked out some of the most useful yet trendy kitchen additions which will not only enhance the beauty of your kitchen but will amp up the functionality as well.
IN-WALL MICROWAVE OVEN
People are often found pondering over a question that, ‘what’s so special in an oven installed in a wall? Well, those who make several dishes at a time can easily understand the importance of an in-wall oven. There is no use placing an oven at a spot that is not easily accessible to the cook. This is where a wall oven comes in! An in-wall microwave not only provides quick access to the cook but it also makes more space on the countertops, reducing the clutter and maintaining the beauty of your kitchen. There’s also something to be said for the extra elbow room that comes with having a range located away from the oven if you plan on preparing several foods at once. Another bonus: Wall ovens with
In older homes, a room makeover is often necessary not just to improve appearances but to increase functionality as well. A room makeover can spruce up the look of a dingy den, but it could also make a living room or study more technology friendly. In no place in the home, however, does a room makeover make more sense than in a kitchen. Older kitchens often lack the space and storage that the modern kitchen requires, not to mention the amenities that many new homeowners take for granted.
Kitchen Makeovers for Appearance
When you already have all the things you want and need in your kitchen, a skin-deep change is often all that’s necessary.
Countertops are one place where a kitchen makeover can have a very noticeable effect, without the need to pull anything up or tear anything down. After years of use, countertops can look pretty sad; getting stained, stabbed, and sliced for decades can really take its toll. Many different countertop materials can be installed directly over the existing countertop in an hour or two. The measurements are taken, the material is decided upon, then the new counter is fashioned to slide right
Along with getting a great return on your investment, making the space work for your needs is important when considering a kitchen remodel. The most beautiful kitchen will only create stress for a homeowner if it isn’t designed properly. Consider these tips for a kitchen remodel that will simplify your daily routines.
Probably the busiest room in the house, a kitchen can serve a multitude of functions these days: cooking, eating, entertaining, and family gathering place.
1. Remodel by the work triangle.
Designers have been using the kitchen work triangle to create efficient kitchens for many decades. The work triangle refers to the arrangement of the three basic work areas: the refrigerator, sink, and stove. You don’t want these to be too far apart or you will spend a good deal of time running back and forth. Click this link to read more about work triangles.
2. Don’t waste space.
Install cabinets that go all the way up to the ceiling add baskets and shelving inside to maximize storage space. Add a hanging rack for pots and pans to free up some cabinet space.
3. Consolidate kitchen contents with a pantry.