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Stylish Kitchen Designs: from Minimalism to Classics

Thursday, 07 January 2010

stylish kitchen designsStylish kitchen set is a very broad concept that may refer to various, sometimes incompatible, designs. The kitchen set design greatly depends on the kitchen function. Is the kitchen the least frequented room in the house, used only for morning coffee and evening tea, or is it the hub of family life and a place for meetings with friends? Or is it an area for cooking gourmet food? Different functions mean different kitchen layouts, and different kitchen set design, as above all the design reflects the lifestyle of the master. So when choosing a major kitchen remodel you have why not think about going for a more modern kitchen design that will easily accommodate all your family's needs and daily routines?

If you prefer eating out, the dominant design will be minimalist. We're very lucky that this design style is going to be fashionable for years to come. Minimalist designs are practical and convenient, with clean lines and enough storage to eliminate the clutter normally associated with kitchens. This design will provide your kitchen a new, fresh and modern look to it.

To remodel your kitchen in this style, you need only basic set of kitchen appliances, but the fridge can be quite small (there are fridge models which can be fitted into a kitchen cabinet), as you need it mainly for freezing ice and storing a pair of a one or two sandwiches (you're dining out, remember?)

The size and position of the stove are also relevant. The classical way to distribute the basic kitchen appliances around cabinets is: refrigerator, space, oven, space, kitchen sink with dishwasher. This traditional way of lineup keeps the heat of the oven away from the fridge and still allows room to have the close enough. Obviously, it is up to you and the space you have at your home to find the best distribution. We have to highlight the minimalist design favors tiles that imitate the metal surface. Also use dark wood counter tops in order to enhance the lightness of the wood in your kitchen and accent it with stainless steel and chrome accents. Why not make sure that all your appliances are either chrome or stainless steel to further enhance the modern and minimalist look of your kitchen?

However, the above kitchen design is only good if you're living alone. This option is hardly suitable for a family, especially if there are children. «Family»-oriented kitchen design styles can be amazingly diverse: from hi-tech, when the kitchen resembles an illustration to the science-fiction novel (shiny chrome surfaces, the up-to-date kitchenware, «transparent» design solutions) to classical «family» style, with wooden kitchen cabinets and matching counter tops, massive, with a hint of sentimentality and vintage flair.

Following recent trends in the kitchen design, kitchen, apart from its main function - cooking and dining space - serves as an entertainment center. For example, SieMatic S1 kitchen, a winner of the «Red Dot Design Award 2008» in the «Kitchen Design» category, includes not only oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, and other typical kitchen appliances, but also a DVD- and media player, Internet access, MP3 or iPod station, and much more. Characterized by minimalist aesthetics, the 1cm thick worktop top cupboards are fronted by unadorned, natural panels in light or dark finishes. The Smartboard makes the kitchen something really special controlling the kitchen's entertainment system including a flat screen TV and a hi-fi is easy with this central system (remote control operation is also included). To complete the ambiance of the S1 kitchen are the many lighting options, each individually controlled so you can set the mood you want, highlighting corners or features.

Another noteworthy trend is the use of «haute polish» technology, previously reserved to automobile industry. To create a glossy surface, like that of the car surface, several layers of polish are applied, and the kitchen surfaces begin to shine. However, this feature comes for a price.

Decorating kitchen cabinets with Swarovski crystals is another trendy option. Swarovski-bejeweled kitchen cabinets are unique and custom-made; the entire interior design is done on an exclusive project. In this case, the prices may soar up to 200 000 euros.

Aerography is another feature that cars share with the kitchen design. The purpose of the original artwork is to support the chosen design solution. Any artwork can be «aerographed», be it a tribal or other ethnic symbol, «Louis XIV boudoir» or Italian villa styling elements, high-tech or minimalism highlights. Aerography can be incorporated into virtually any design option, only with different artwork.

A street lamp, a bench, and heavy cast-iron utensils - these are the highlights of another trendy kitchen design. The presence of a couple of things «from the street» in the kitchen makes it's the hit of «kitchen» fashion.

Traditionally, the best kitchens designs come from Italian and Germany who are considered to be the trend-setters in the area. Italian kitchen designs are known for their elegance bordering on pretentiousness, while German designs are recognized for their durability and functionality.

The choice of different options is huge, and the main thing is to determine the purpose of the kitchen, in order to find a stylish design depending on our lifestyle, desires and habits.

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