Kitchen Ideas / March 18, 2018 / .
Think carefully about colour. A dark colour and dark units may close a small kitchen down, but will add immense drama to a larger kitchen. Dark colours are great for evening dining and entertaining, but if you are trying to maximise light it will be swallowed up by gloomy shades. Gloss cupboard doors are really popular at the moment, and they do add a real sense of chic and prestige to your kitchen. Think about textures and finishes at the same time as you consider light to make the best use of what you have. By keeping tall cabinets the same colour you can add a sense of height to a kitchen with a low ceiling. Using white wall cabinets on the walls and more brightly coloured base units gives a sense of space too. Another favourite trick that designers use is installing units which are on legs, giving the illusion of more floor space. Add a shiny floor surface and the effect is increased.
The number you should keep in mind is 42 inches -that is the minimum amount of space you must have between the unit and any surrounding objects. Here is the place to consider what your countertop island will be used for – will it be a space for preparing meals, or for casual dining. You, of course, can combine both; the design could include a 36-inch-high work countertop for food preparation and a 42-inch-high bar for the meals. And also you can have multiple islands and each can be devoted to a different set of activities.
For casual seating at your island, you may want bar stools or pub-style seating that will fit your kitchen island design. Measure carefully the height of the island top by considering the distance from the floor to the underside of the surface – that will help you to ensure that there is enough room for proper leg movement before determining the style of the seating that will work best for you.
Essential for the final outlook of the space is also the material for the surface of the island countertop. It may vary from a classical, rustic, wooden style to ultra-modern stainless steel appearance. When choosing the design and material for the countertop you should keep in mind some particularities of the different surfaces. The marble is always gorgeous but can be easily stained. If intensive cooking and chopping is planned- reconsider wood- it can be easily harmed. Solid material that can withstand any cooking activity is granite –it’s dark with specific appearance but always can be balanced with appropriate design solutions. Stainless steel and aluminum are always apt choice for contemporary kitchen islands designs.