You know how they say that cooking is art? We all know that artists work better when they have a space or items around them which motivates and spurs their creativity. A boring traditional kitchens design will most often lead to making equally boring culinary items such as,plain boiled white potato dishes. You may wonder how can you design a kitchen that will encourage you to do better and take more risks? It all starts with the right hues and tones and other items that you incorporate into your kitchen design. When you are planning your kitchen remodel , you should be aware of clever kitchen design styles that help spark creativity. Here are a few kitchen design ideas that might help you out, and if they don’t improve your culinary skills, at least all your guests will admire your kitchen.
Gray is the new white – if you do it right
White is often the go-to color for kitchens, especially if they are small and you want to create an illusion of spaciousness. However, you shouldn’t underestimate the versatility and style of other neutral shades, especially gray, which has become a leading color of choice for a classic choice for kitchens. Gray does remarkably well when you are looking for contemporary style kitchen. Depending on the tone and undertones of the gray you choose, you can create a beachy, glamorous or modern feel.
Minimalism – Scandinavian style
Scandinavian kitchens present the perfect blend of style and functionality. Although minimalism is the main characteristic of this design approach, it still reflects a warm and inviting ambiance. Some of the basic guidelines you should follow if you want to design a Nordic-inspired kitchen are light and white hues on the walls, cabinets and appliances, a hint of color (usually pastel), pendant lights, natural materials (wood and stone), high contrasts (black vs. white) and metallic accents.
Who says cooking can’t be glamorous? You just need to treat your kitchen with pops of metallic. Warmer tones like copper and brass would work better than silver metallic. If you want to add a bit of whimsical feeling to the space, you can also introduce faux fur. Finally, glass and mirrors will make the space visually larger.
A Pop of Color makes everything better
A pop of color makes a beautiful statement and turns every minute you spend in your kitchen into a joy instead of a chore. Depending on the shade of your appliances and the design of the rest of your home, you can add bold or soft colors in kitchen cabinets or as a paint color on the walls. A few popular colors are bright greens, soft greens, taupe- greens, vintage pastel pink, vibrant reds, bold yellows, and sot blues. These colors also make excellent options for accent colors for a paint remodel project. Always choose colors that you love and that will inspire you. The last thing that you want is to have a bold accent color on a wall or a cabinet that does not bring joy when you walk into your new kitchen.
The power of invisibility
One of the newest kitchen trends are secret or invisible kitchens. This goes hand in hand with minimalistic décor and requirements of tiny homes and urban dwellings. Invisible kitchens have to be made with a lot of fold-able items or items that can be hidden behind sliding doors. The dining area needs to be equipped with stylish custom dining tables and chairs that can be put aside when you are done with eating.
High-contrasts for high-style
Serene and cohesive kitchens really look fabulous, but introducing contrasts can make them more interesting and incredibly stylish. Just don’t go overboard with different colors. The best way to include contrast into a kitchen is to choose a single focus element, such as a kitchen island, and make it stand out.
Mother Nature inspiration
In the last couple of years, we’ve seen a lot of interior designers turning to natural, organic and raw materials to bring a breath of nature into one’s home. Kitchens with exposed wooden beams, natural (not lacquered) wooden finishes, stone countertops, cork walls and other natural elements leave the observers spellbound. The best element to introduce into a kitchen designed with Mother Nature in mind is a vertical garden, to grow your herbs and additionally green up the space.
Functionality is the most important characteristic of a well-designed kitchen. This doesn’t mean that aesthetics doesn’t play a huge role in the way you will feel while spending time in your kitchen. These seven ideas can be helpful as you transform your kitchen with a kitchen remodel, and make it pleasant both appearance- and functionality-wise.
About The Author: Amelia B. Atkins – Amelia Atkins is a featured contributor and author for several lifestyle blogs. She is a student of Architecture and Design. She has a passion for architecture and design and this is a trait runs deep in her family.