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Sep

26

Contemporary kitchen cabinets

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Contemporary kitchen cabinets

Contemporary kitchen cabinets

Contemporary kitchen cabinets

are generally composed of minimal ornamentation and flat surfaces. The style is intentionally non-traditional. Contemporary kitchen designs date from the 1940s to the present, and trace many of their stylistic origins in Europe.

Elements of Style: For a clean and spacious look, contemporary kitchen design avoids excess ornamentation. Crown molding, wood carvings, and raised panel door styles are almost never used. Small spaces can be made to feel bigger if there is less visual stimulation. Therefore the relatively flat surfaces found in contemporary kitchens can be of benefit to smaller modern homes.

Materials: Most materials in contemporary kitchen designs are man-made, including metal, plastic, concrete, glass, and recycled goods. While these man-made materials can often feel cold and sterile, many designers like to incorporate natural elements such as wood veneer and natural stone to bring some warmth back into the room. Simple decorations such as a potted plant or a bowl of fruit can also give your kitchen a more natural ambiance.

Kitchen Design Photos: Below are some pictures of kitchens featuring contemporary cabinets. If you enjoy the beauty and simplicity of these kitchens, be sure to take a look at our galleries of European, Asian, and Modern kitchens as well.

Sep

26

Asian Kitchen Design

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

 Asian Kitchens: With a beautiful array of materials and color palettes to choose from, an Asian kitchen design can bring a fresh look to both contemporary and traditional homes. Kitchen cabinet styles featuring Asian-inspired designs are growing in popularity throughout the United States.

Asian Influences: For over 100 years, Chinese and Japanese styles have influenced Western woodworking. The Arts and Crafts movement, for example, borrowed heavily from the Asian style elements of geometric lines, heavy proportions, and slight curves. Whether traditional or modern, the elegance and symmetry of a Chinese or Japanese style kitchen harmonizes well with many Western styles, including Craftsman, Shaker, Mission, Contemporary, and Modern.

Materials and Colors: Asian kitchen design relies on a spendid assortment of colors and materials. Popular Asian colors include red, black, white, silver, honey/gold, and dark brown. Popular materials include stainless steel, chrome, bamboo, and silk. Bamboo kitchen cabinets, while still rare, are growing in popularity almost as quickly as the fast-growing bamboo plant itself. Black painted cabinets in a Shaker style make for a contemporary Asian look. Maple is also a very popular choice among my clients for its clean and subdued appearance.

Asian Decor: The final details are important for completing the look of your Asian style kitchen. You can use small or large stalks of bamboo as plant decorations. For wall decorations, Asian themed art or beautifully printed silk can enliven the room. Ornate wood carvings from China can bring a sense of history and tradition to your space. Bamboo placemats, asian dishes, and chopsticks can be left on display as place settings on your breakfast bar, island, or sitting area.

Pictures of Kitchens: Below are some pictures of kitchens featuring Asian inspired designs. If you enjoy the beauty and simplicity of these Asian kitchens, be sure to take a look at the Modern, Contemporary, Arts and Crafts, Shaker, and Craftsman kitchen styles as well.

Sep

24

Mission Style Kitchen Cabinets

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Mission style kitchen cabinets are one of the very few styles that are both beautiful and timeless.

If you’ve been in the market to renovate your home, especially where you prepare food, then the odds are that you’ve seen the term mission style kitchen cabinets pop up at one time or another.  This is because this is a style of cabinetry that is becoming exceptionally popular, just like modern or country kitchen cabinets

They offer a type of style that easily complements many other kinds of decorating, so that you can replace the cupboards and drawers without necessarily needing to change the countertops or décor of the entire room.  They typically have very sleek, clean lines in square or rectangular shapes, especially on the frames of the doors.  In terms of color, they are wood shades from medium to dark for a  much warmer final result.  They also include inlays to give their overall design a bit more flair.  Depending on your preference, you can choose them with or without leaded-glass inserts, as well.

Mission style kitchen cabinets date back to the early-to-mid twentieth century and has never once gone out of style since their creation.  They are often paralleled as an American version of the Arts and Crafts movement which occurred in the United Kingdom.  Though the style had been seen as quite basic, classic, and straight forward for quite some time, it was then used through the art-deco period in order to create its own crisper sleek appearance.

Mission Style Kitchen Cabinets – Booming In Popularity

Today, the overall decorating style is so popular that it is not just mission style kitchen cabinets that are available, but also tables, chairs, book cases, fireplace mantles and surrounds, and even bed head- and footboards.  It is the warmth that this kind of décor brings to a room, combined with the more contemporary geometric appeal that attracts so many people to its style.

When you decide to incorporate this style into your home, you can either use it exclusively among your pieces, or simply place it in some featured places, such as in mission style kitchen cabinets, and complement it with pieces in other styles that suit the look.  You can either create the look yourself – something that is time consuming and challenging, but if you have some skill and artistic flair, you can do it – or purchase the pieces ready-made.

If you want to locate mission style kitchen cabinets, you can often find them in the same places that you’d spot country kitchen cabinets.  Home renovation stores might carry a style or two, while you can also discover options in places that sell wood furniture, especially in more traditional styles.  If you can’t find exactly the right ones, you might speak with someone from a wood furniture store to see if it is possible to have them custom made in the look you’re seeking.

Sep

24

Antique Kitchen Cabinets

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

The one thing about antique kitchen cabinets is that they have never gone out of style and likely never will, no matter what other types of décor move in and out of the current trends. 

Even with the latest in technological developments, electrical appliances, tools, gadgets, and fashionable colors, these, just like country kitchen cabinets, will always have their place in the room that is the true heart of most homes.  The difference that the older style makes is that even with all of the modern accessories, it still has charm and appeal, while never looking out of place. 

Antique kitchen cabinets can seem perfectly right even when hanging next to microwave ovens, digital coffee makers, and an electric hand mixer.  In fact, they have the ability to calm the overall stark and harsh appearance that all of these technological pieces can often bring about with their shining plastics and stainless steel. While your room still remains functional, it also keeps a comfortable overall feeling because of the border of the cupboard style.

This means that when you decide on antique kitchen cabinets, you can still design the rest of the room exactly as you’d like it to be.  Even if you choose colder elements, you can be reassured that the cupboard doors will keep the room from becoming uninviting.

Antique Kitchen Cabinets – Where To Find Them

So now that you’ve decided that antique kitchen cabinets are for you, where do you go about finding them so that you can select the precise look for your own home?  The answer to this question is multifaceted.  After all, you can buy actual pieces from times past, making sure that they have been well maintained so that you won’t be investing in problems.  Or, you can buy brand new ones that have been specially designed and “antiqued” to look as though you’ve had these cupboards since a time long ago when things were still lovingly and simply built.

Your third option is to have a look at what you currently have and decide whether you can turn those into the style of antique kitchen cabinets or antique country kitchen cabinets without actually replacing anything.  Often, all you need is a stain in a dark color and the right kind of hardware such as hinges, knobs, and drawer pulls. 

If staining isn’t the look you’re going for, then distressing can also give that feeling of a piece that has gracefully aged throughout the years.  This has to do with sanding down wooden country kitchen cabinets instead of adding color to the wood that you then fade out.  There are many techniques for doing this.  If you aren’t certain how, you can look up helpful guides online or talk to someone at a home renovation store who may be able to show you how.

Sep

8

Kitchen design ‘becoming more customisable’

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Kitchen design ‘becoming more customisable’

The last century has seen kitchen design evolve to the extent that it is now much more customisable than at the start of the 1900s.

This is according to Museum of Modern Art curator Juliet Kinchin, who told the New York Times that kitchen design underwent a particular sea change during World War I.

She cited the example of Margarete Schutte-Lihotzky’s Frankfurt kitchen, which the architect designed in the 1920s as part of a project to build more affordable housing in Frankfurt.

The kitchen featured storage bins for sugar and flour, as well as a pull-down ironing board, a chopping board work surface close to the window and a right-hand drawer for scraps.

“Since then, the kitchen seems to have gone from a modular, efficient place to one customised to various tastes, outfitted with computers, TVs and non-ergonomic tools,” Ms Kinchin remarked.

Alexandra Lange of the School of Visual Arts recently noted in a post for the New York Times’s Opinionator blog that kitchen design has also changed over the years to become more efficient, as seen in contemporary kitchens utilising integrated cabinets, worktops and appliances.

Sep

8

Black ‘can be a great colour for kitchen design’

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Black could be a good colour to use when fitting and decorating a new kitchen, according to one expert.

Writing for the Deseret News, interior decorator and HGTV host Candice Olson notes that many people tend not to think of black when considering new kitchens.

“Used properly, however, it can provide a great anchor in a large room and bring a sense of sophistication and style to any space,” she remarks.

Ms Olson gives the example of one property where she fitted black kitchen worktops to begin with, creating an “immediate” change.

She then set off the contemporary feel created by the black worktops with an aluminium backsplash and a black and burnt cream area rug in the dining part of the kitchen.

Last month, Helen Green of the Terry’s Fabrics blog claimed that black kitchens are proving particularly popular at the moment and may be “here to stay”.

She recommended using black high gloss kitchen units and balancing the dark colour with shades of white and grey to create the perfect black kitchen.

Sep

8

Start early when planning a new kitchen for Xmas

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Consumers looking at new kitchens with a view to making over this part of their property in time for Christmas may need to start planning now.

Speaking to the Detroit News, Wayne Weintraub of US firm Kurtis Kitchen and Bath Centers says it is important to begin thinking about a new kitchen design as soon as possible – especially if it is likely that things like cabinets will need to be specially ordered.

He also recommends sticking to a particular kitchen design once it has been drawn up, rather than making changes to it later on and risking delaying the completion of the project.

“People think if they decide to change from a single-bowl sink to a double sink that it won’t affect the timeframes, but that little change impacts the plumbing and countertops,” Mr Weintraub notes.

Rachael Liska of Fresh Home magazine recently advised in a Minneapolis Star Tribune article that consumers should give careful thought to the layout and storage options associated with their new kitchen.

They may also want to consider the availability of power points in the locations where appliances will go and the adequacy of the lighting they have chosen.

Sep

2

A Tuscan Kitchen Design

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

In Tuscan kitchen design, there are particular elements that you can incorporate into achieving your Italian style kitchen. Tuscan kitchens often have a separate area for baking. It is in a bit of its own area, but is still a part of the space. Other tips are visible spices on display. This flaunts the love of cooking, and openness to any Tuscan style kitchen.

Some specific areas of decor that will make a difference are:

a. Tuscan Flooring
b. Cabinetry
c. Furnishings
d. Tuscan Accessories
e. Faucets and Sinks
f. Counter Tops
g. Wall Color

Italian style kitchen cabinets typically are open. The cabinets in your Tuscan home can be either with or without doors. The open look and feel of the cabinets allow beautiful Italian pieces to be displayed. This not only assists in bringing out additional colors in your Tuscany kitchen, but it also serves its main purpose of providing adequate storage. In a Tuscany kitchen, often, cabinetry typically is not wall-to-wall of the like. Cabinets in a Tuscan villa typically look mis-matched; almost as if they can be moved about in the space.

Tips for achieving an Old World feeling in your Tuscan kitchen design can involve inexpensively upgrading kitchen cabinets with faux painting and decorative wooden pieces. I recommend when choosing colors for cabinets, wooden cabinets such as cherry cabinets use light cool colors on the walls. If you have white cabinets, use warmer colors on the walls like warm sand or roasted almond for your Tuscan kitchen design.

Choosing dining tables for a Tuscany kitchen depends on your taste. Many options include large wooden farmhouse tables. Old, distressed wood is perfect for this type of space. Either painted in distressed white or simple black color works very well. Farm chairs fit the scheme well. Additionally, you can get creative by painting vines of grapes or olives on the chairs or table top to bring out the color choices in your color palette you have decided upon. Also, broken Tuscan tiles applied to a table top is an attractive addition to your decor. You can also make a matching tile back splash as well. This can be done inexpensively with tile found from a thrift shop or yard sale. Add some grout, let it dry, and you are good to go!

A large center island for working and entertaining in your Italian villa kitchen can add a great focal point. You can achieve this by placing a large wooden or stone table in the center of the room. Old wooden tables add charm and gives the room a rustic feel. Creating a large island provides space for cutting and preparation of food. It also serves as a gathering place for friends and family.

The “flooring of choice” in a Tuscan style kitchen typically is that of stone, marble, mosaic tile, Terra cotta, and slate. Natural hard wood also fits well with the design of your Tuscan kitchen design.

The use of Tuscan accessories in your space adds color and beauty to any Tuscan kitchen design. Accessories in the likes of decorative Tuscan dinnerware displayed on your table work very well. Bringing out color by way of table fabrics and window treatments is an effective way of introducing spice to your decor. Italian style jars with grapes and olives add flavor and represent great tradition.

Be sure to have your color choices for your wall compliment your cabinetry. Remember, the color in the kitchen will actually be brought out through the fabric of linens on tables and curtains, surfaces like tile and granite, and in accessories that are on display. It is wise to start with neutrals. The earth tones are what will give you the Tuscan feel that you are looking for.

Faucets for the Tuscan kitchen sink commonly are the use of bronze or brass or antique copper. Bridge faucets are my favorite. This style is timeless and looks great with large farmhouse apron sinks. White ceramic is often the top choice of many designers. The particular style of faucet and sink selection depends upon your own favorite style. There are many that will look great and get you the Old World charm.

Material for counter tops follow the same line as all other Tuscan design ideas. Use of hard, natural, sturdy stones are ideal choices. Solid surface or tile counter tops are definitely the way to go. Color and design patterns within the surface can bring out color and tie in nicely with your accessories and fabrics. Also tile, including mosaic tile is often found on the wall as a back splash in a Tuscan style kitchen.

Sep

2

Tips on creating a Tuscan kitchen design

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Tuscan kitchen design immediately conjures images of Italy and sunlight and warmth. In fact these kinds of images are just what you need to think of when coming up with the perfect Tuscan kitchen design.

Tuscany a region in north central Italy is known as a warm place almost year round an Tuscan kitchen design should reflect this. Tuscan kitchen designs are defined by colors such as siena, terra, and sepia. Tuscan Kitchen design uses a lot of soft warm colors and textures.

Windows in the kitchen should provide as much natural sunlight as possible. The Tuscan style has evolved through the centuries, influenced by Etruscan metal craft and pottery as well as the Italian Renaissance. The Tuscan style can be seen in mosiac tiles, wrought iron gates, bridges and architecture. Tuscan kitchen design and décor can enhance the look and feel of any kitchen.

You can add a big wooden table, open cupboards, along with ceramics, pots, pans and Tuscan-inspired dinnerware. These items can also make great decorations when you are not using them. Kitchen island design in the Tuscan kitchen design style has its origins from ancient Roman times. This is the origins of the nice ornaments you will find with all tuscan kitchen design.

The Tuscan kitchen island is usually of a dark color painted on oak. Sometimes the islands are given one coat of white paint. Scratches are added to give the wood a more antique look. In Tuscany families tend to eat and cook together. A good Tuscan kitchen design should provide for adequate room for you and your family to more around the kitchen freely. The Tuscan kitchen design style is very popular now. One reason is that this design style be quite affordable while be stylish and providing more comfortable kitchen.

The Tuscan kitchen design style accessories include pottery, jars, and hand crafted tiles depicting grapevines and vineyards as well as grapes, tomatos, and olives. Having these design elements just naturally goes with Tuscan meals. Walls – Wall should be painted in a rich Tuscan color such as rich reds, intense yellows, or strong yellows. Consider a wall treatment such as molding, or murals to create a more Tuscan feel to the walls.

Floors – Use Terra cotta or clay tiles, glazed ceramic and marble inlay in intricate patterns. Wooden floors can be left plain with natural color and finish with a Persian rug.

Furniture – For a Tuscan kitchen design use sturdy pieces of furniture that is also strong and functional. Kitchen tables and chairs should also be well-built and strong.

Cabinetry – Cabinetry should feature open shelves for displaying your ceramics, as well as baskets, and cooking utensils

Sink – Kitchen sink should be white ceramic to be more compatible with your Tuscan kitchen design. You might also consider a large rectangular marble sink. As for other Tuscan kitchen design ideas you can add racks to display copper pans.

Also wrought iron pull for drawers, and wrought iron light fixtures. You might even want to add a brick-fired oven just like the type found in large Italian farmhouse kitchens. By designing your kitchen with the Tuscan design style and bring in the look of old Tuscany your kitchen and home will never be quite the same.