The island is probably the most common accent piece for a kitchen but it‘s usually something that only large kitchens can accommodate. Islands go well with open floor plans so if you have the room then should definitely take advantage of it. However, the island is not the only option. A kitchen peninsula is an interesting and practical alternative for smaller spaces or for certain types of layouts. A kitchen peninsula can sometimes prove to be a better option than an island. It provides circulation on three sides while one side is usually attached to a wall and this can offer some nice advantages. A peninsula can be an extension for your kitchen cabinetry or even for a kitchen island. It can be lower than the counter and it can be used as a comfortable dining table or a breakfast nook.
In a mixed design you could have black kitchen cabinets and white open shelves for visual contrast or grey kitchen cabinets with matching shelves for a cohesive look. On the same note, two-tone kitchen cabinets can be an interesting option if you want to play with colors and to create a dynamic decor. Another way to add color to the kitchen is by filling the open shelves with all sorts of items just as cups, containers, dishes and other things that contrast with the wall behind them. But color is just one of the things you can focus on when furnishing and decorating a room. Space-efficiency is another wonderful advantage that’s linked to open kitchen shelving. Let‘s say your kitchen has an odd layout or you have some empty corners to fill. Corner kitchen cabinets are one option but if you feel like they take up too much space or they make the room feel small, use open shelves instead. They can fit in all sorts of odd spaces such as nooks between the door and the wall or above the doors and windows.
SMEG is definitely known for its colorful appliances and retro style refrigerators, however, their ranges and cooktops are just as bright and innovative. A free-standing model in bright orange enamel is a great way to add a pop to the kitchen along with a highly functional and easy-to-use range. On the shelf behind are 50‘s style small appliances that SMEG has introduced in the United States. The colors and retro style appeal to many home and apartment dwellers, whether they are serious cooks or weekend dabblers. Small kitchens can also have the latest innovations, such as this compact design from Blomberg. The company offers 24-inch ranges and very compact dishwashers, as well as integrated ventilation and lighting that makes the most of a small space. Smeg’s dishwashers come in sizes as small as 18 inches for the smallest kitchens, but all have a special system that ensures good water distribution during the washing cycles.
If you‘re looking for beautiful, durable countertops, Quartz might be a good choice. In fact, it is becoming the hot choice to add style to a kitchen. These countertops can look like natural stone but offer some benefits that stone cannot. That said, they do not have to resemble stone. Because the material is engineered, it‘s available in all sorts of colors that nature cannot provide. If you‘re shopping for countertops, you’ll want to consider not just the costs, but also the pros and cons of quartz countertops. Both quartz and quartzite are popular countertop materials that come from the same mineral: quartz. While both look the same, quartzite is a natural stone material and needs to be treated like other stone surfaces. What we are discussing here is engineered quartz. It‘s a bit of a misnomer to call engineered quartz countertops stone, because they really are not. The material is not cut from a quarry like natural countertop materials. Quartz is one of the most abundant minerals on earth that is a component of stone. If you’ve shopped for granite countertops, you will have noted mineral patterns in the stone, and one of those minerals is quartz. You might see some products touted as natural quartz. While the mineral is natural, don‘t think that the entire countertop is natural.
Open shelves, much like glass cabinet doors, open up your storage areas and put everything on display for everyone to see. When we put it like that, it doesn‘t sound that great. With glass kitchen cabinet doors things are a bit different. They suggest that the contents of the cabinets are either valuable or not necessarily meant to double as decorations or focal points. Open kitchen shelving, on the other hand, sends the message more clearly.
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