We remember the retro styles of the sixties, the cupboards with their formica/ melamine finish and doors with translucent glass centres. They were sparse in comparison to the average kitchen furniture of today and had little if any integrated appliances. They were however functional as regards providing food storage space and work top area and represented satisfaction in meeting the requirements of the average family. Strangely we see similar shape kitchens in minimalist styles today with smaller eye level cupboards and base units finished in glossy paint colours. The worktops are however can be in granite or marble and the kitchens themselves can be extremely expensive as they are now the cutting edge of latest kitchen designs and represent innovation. These kitchens are at the top end of the market as regards kitchen furniture and bear only a fleeting similarity to its predecessors of some fifty years ago.
If you need a power supply for appliances, you can run it up through a pipe or conduit up to the ceiling, or even better, run a line below the floorboards up into the kitchen island. Make sure your installation conforms to local and national regulations. You are advised to employ a qualified electrician to do this. Many islands are fitted with burners and sinks with a hot and cold water supply, but this is not essential if you already have a traditional sink and stove. There are many different designs of pot hooks or racks that can be used on or above your island. Many people fit hooks to the ceiling to hold cooking pans of different types, but that will depend on the height of your ceiling.
Whether you desire a rustic look, contemporary look, or an ultra-modern style, research online and get what you want. Cabinets come in such a variety that they cater to all kinds of kitchen needs. There are double door ones, single door ones, those with six racks, or a couple of tall shelves. There are ones with smooth wood finish, or textured to suit your personal tastes. One of the trendiest kitchen furniture pieces is wicker and wire. Place a black and white wicker and wood trash bin in a corner of your kitchen and watch the spot come alive. It looks more than a trash bin. Wood painted in black and white gives a fabulous contrast to your plain towel or linen holders. A wooden cutting board added to the kitchen top completes the look of your kitchen. If you have got a tiny kitchen where you cannot afford to place those fancy and huge counter tops, dining sets, and loud cabinets, relax. There are compact furniture pieces that not only leave more room in your kitchen, but also make it look stylish within a small space. The specially designed kitchen islands feature a narrow counter-height table, plus a pair of small stools that you can slide under the island groves to make space.
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