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“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 and concepts that will inform any contemporary decorating scheme for the kitchen: The touchstone for the contemporary kitchen is handling the chaotic stress of modern life.
Appearances aren’t quite so deceiving Though it should go without saying that different people are often attracted to different types of kitchen design, many people like to have a kitchen that is aesthetically pleasing while still reflecting the unique and immediately recognisable character of the 21st century.
Where to go and what to buy So, now that you have decided that you would like to splash out on a new kitchen of contemporary design, the natural next step should involve finding a suitable retailer of such kitchens, carefully perusing that retailer’s most likely generous range of designs, and then, finally, choosing a kitchen to buy. There are certain pieces of advice that we can give you that should substantially assist you in your plight.
To begin with, you should be highly discerning concerning what retailer you opt for. As you will be spending a substantial amount of money on a kitchen, you do not want to run a great risk of feeling disappointed with the kitchen that you receive. For this reason, turning to a long-established, reputable and relevant retailer like Magnet would be a wise and reliable move.
Secondly, you should carefully study images of your considered kitchens to ensure that their designs not only satisfy your own unique preferences but also effectively complement the visual character of the rest of your residence. The right modern kitchen for you will suit your budget while also wooing guests and offering plenty of 21st century functionality.
How to Design a Contemporary Kitchen
The kitchen triangle (sink, refrigerator, oven range) is still widely observed and accepted as a central component of kitchen design, but the parameters of these work stations are loosening considerably. While a tight-knit work triangle may be best for cooking large family dinners and entertaining, more isolated kitchen stations can also facilitate hectic morning routines. Coffee nooks, built-in wall ovens, and more open kitchen spaces are now more common and more prevalent elements in contemporary kitchen design.
Different Styles of the Contemporary Kitchen
The ambiguous meaning of contemporary also lends itself to subcategories of the decorating style. This mixing and matching of styles can help you understand the kitchen that’s right for you.
- Urban Contemporary: Focuses on materials found in the urban setting. A mix of metal, concrete, and glass gives this kitchen a stark, sleek look. Traditional “warmth” is sacrificed for chic style and no nonsense access.
- Casual Contemporary: Uses softer lines but maintains a streamlined design. Wood and color return without being ornate or formal. Often, the island kitchen works well with this decorating scheme.
- European Contemporary: Employs bolder colors and patterns. These patterns, however, stray from more traditional kitchens with larger contours. Instead of small linoleum tiles, this kitchen will use large stone tiles for floors.
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, and easily accessible.
Get rid of all unnecessary clutter because it attracts stagnant chi. You should only have items in the kitchen that are used regularly and do not get in the way. This means that not only will you have easier access to the things you use often, but you’ll probably have more counter and storage space to work with, which will make preparing food and cleaning up easier. Certainly, you don’t have to throw away items that aren’t used often, but if you have an ice cream maker that you only use part of the year taking up valuable cabinet space, it might be a good idea to find a more suitable place to store it.
Things You Must Avoid :
- Avoid placing kitchen near front door of home.
- Avoid a kitchen at center of home.
- Never have a kitchen under a toilet.
- Avoid kitchen directly under a bedroom.
- Avoid keeping soiled utensils and platform overnight.
- Never have a kitchen in North-West of home; if there’s no option then paint the kitchen in blue or black color or change the floor tiles to black color.
- Never place the stove directly in front of kitchen’s entrance door.
- Never ever in any case keep gas stove/burner in North-West of kitchen.
- Avoid kitchen door facing a bedroom, toilet or main door of your home; if there’s no option then place a partition or a sort of screen such that the stove isn’t visible from other doors.
- Always avoid keeping gas stove under a beam; if there’s no option then make a false ceiling to solve this defect. Another – simpler and cost effective – remedy is to place or hang images of clouds, flying birds or a rising hot air balloon on the beam.
- Make sure that the cook doesn’t have his/her back towards the door of kitchen; if there’s no option then place a mirror in such a way that the cook can see the kitchen’s door while cooking. However, make sure that the stove’s flames aren’t reflected in that mirror.
- Make sure not to place kitchen’s entrance in any corners.
- Never face west while cooking in kitchen; this may – and in many cases has – lead to severe health problems to the cook.
- If the cook faces south while cooking then the family faces monetary losses.
Things You Must Follow :
- Try to place the kitchen towards back door of the home.
- Keep the kitchen clean and uncluttered at all times.
- Keep the kitchen well lit and ventilated.
- Face east while cooking in kitchen.
- You can have windows in East or West walls of kitchen.
- Make sure to keep light weight things in East and North of kitchen.
- You can have a sink in North or North-East of kitchen.
- Keep the gas stove/burner a few inches away from wall.
- Keep at least 1-2 feet distance between stove/burner and kitchen sink. If there’s no option then place small plants (Available in Amazon US, IN & CA), pot of herbs or something in green color between stove and sink. You can also place a green color decorative glass panel between stove and sink.
- Point 9 applies for refrigerators too; you must keep 1-2 feet distance between stove and refrigerator in kitchen.
- Repair all leaking taps and faucets in kitchen (or anywhere in your home) else that’ll drain away all money and wealth from the house.
- You can place a dining table in North-West or West of kitchen (if your kitchen is huge).
- Use yellow, orange, rose, chocolate or red as floor and wall colors of kitchen.
These were all the general guidelines that you must follow to have a feng shui compliant kitchen in your home.