Published at Thursday, November 23rd 2017. by Orlene in Kitchen.
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.
Since, you work inside your kitchen daily, you know what kind of furniture is needed. If your kitchen is occupied by outdated pieces of furniture, then transfer those to another room. By doing this, there will be enough room to accommodate your new and classy looking kitchen furniture. Make a list of the furniture items that you require. They may include - wine racks, spice racks, cupboards, sideboards and so on. Once you prepare this list, go ahead and collect as much information as you can. This will help you in making a wise decision on the day you step into a furniture showroom. The internet is an ocean full of information which can be put into best use.
A kitchen island is not a new concept, since they were known back in the medieval days when knights were bold. They are assuming increasing popularity in todays kitchens, particularly in larger homes where the kitchen is more than just a small cooking area compressed into an area somewhere between the dining room and the garden shed! Even in smaller kitchens people are examining the possibilities that could arise by clearing away the traditional kitchen cabinets, and replacing them with kitchen islands that offer the same amount of walking space if not more. Here are some ideas for a kitchen island that is not plumbed in to serve a sink, but that offers a great deal of storage space and can effectively make your kitchen appear larger.
On the other hand we can scrutinise the austerity of solid wood kitchen furniture and see that it is cheaper to buy than the new retro styles and provides better value for money. Bespoke kitchen furniture can be both extravagant and austere depending on what the customer wants. If we associate austerity with lack lustre looks and minimal quality and design then we are looking at cheap kitchen furniture, however in modern design we can have a combination of plain looks with top end materials and fully integrated equipment with all the mod cons. Many associate extravagance with what is beyond the normal requirements in any kitchen. There is a way however of achieving this apparent dichotomy. By installing individually chosen kitchen units you can design and create your own bespoke kitchen furniture being as extravagant or as austere as you wish. This method achieves a mixture of both extremes and can be very effective in providing kitchen furniture that bridges the divide between extravagance and austerity.
Kitchen islands can also be considered in the class of furniture because many people use the island to double as a breakfast bar. If you have the opportunity to design your island, then try to get the counter top to extend out farther than the cabinet underneath so the counter is comfortable to sit at. In addition, try to have the outer edge of the counter sit higher than the rest of the island surface. This is to make sure that there is no cross contamination between prepared and unprepared foods. The seating at a breakfast bar will most likely be stools. Stools with backs are more comfortable, but heavier so you need to weigh those options before selecting. Another helpful hint is to make sure there is enough room between the top of the stool seat and the bottom of the counter so that people are not squished in between.
When you renovate your house to give a modish look, ensure that you give a touch up to your furniture pieces as well. Having old and dull looking furniture inside a chic looking house looks definitely out of place. The importance of kitchen furniture is a well known factor among women. Owning a modern looking kitchen definitely motivates you to cook well. If you are a person who is very conscious about cleanliness and maintenance, then there is no harm in purchasing expensive furniture, provided you have sufficient funds in your bank account. Rather than spending your savings on a single piece of kitchen furniture, be smart and invest in two or three pieces of utility furnishings.