Do not be too caught up on using all that space under the island countertop to tuck in a plethora of cabinets. There are times when a couple of open shelves can make a big difference to the kitchen island. These sleek shelves not only alter the aesthetics of the island itself and offer a break from the visual monotony, but also allow you to craft a stunning display that adds to the ambiance of your open plan living. Couple these open shelves with beautiful LED lighting and you have a kitchen island that is both functional and stunning.
Contemporary kitchen islands come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and finishes and those on display today epitomize the very best of 2016 both in terms of new-age technology and innovative design. From those with brilliant marble countertops to ones that open up to reveal a wide range of shelves and secret compartments, these kitchen islands surely do not disappoint!
When your backsplash spans the entire length of the countertops, you have the ability to make a strong statement in silver. Let’s take a look at some modern spaces that successfully incorporate stainless steel backsplashes. Stainless steel is the perfect counterpart to white. Note the clean feel of the kitchen below, which is amplified by open shelving with neatly stacked white dishes! Instead of glossy white backsplash and cream cabinets, consider glossy white cabinets and cream backsplash. Your kitchen will feel unique and modern which will flow with the rest of your home.
It is generally the ‘summer colors’ that agree with this style, but stronger hues also seem at home when used with restraint. Remember that whether it is pattern or color, moderation is a mantra that you need to stick to when it comes to the classic Scandinavian look. Cabinets in gentle green or light aqua along with matching chairs in the adjacent dining space take the appeal to a whole new level!
There are some color combinations that never go out of style and look as relevant today as they did several decades ago. The classic duo of yellow and blue fits this billing perfectly, as this is a color scheme that seems to blend in with a wide variety of styles and works equally well in both large and small spaces. It is barely a wonder that kids’ rooms draped in blue and yellow look absolutely fabulous when done right. Part of nature’s vibrant canopy, this pairing reminds us of the clear sky on a lovely day, a field of sunflowers at dawn or even a dreamy beach setting at dusk; yellow and blue blend refreshing brightness with soothing charm!
A kitchen that does more with less – that is the idea behind Snaidero’s latest kitchen Look crafted with class by Michele Marcon Design. While Snaidero does offer other sensational series of kitchens that are both contemporary and ergonomic, none of them come close to the minimal style and aesthetic quality of Look. If your love minimalism and everything that comes attached with it, then this is definitely the kitchen of your dreams as it fuses amazing modularity with smart functionality and cutting-edge design without ever moving away from the minimalist theme.
A kitchen in bluish-gray leads the pack here with other lighter hues of gray following closely behind. When choosing gray as the principle color in the contemporary kitchen, it is best to pick a cooler and lighter shade as it give the space an inviting, light-filled and upbeat vibe. Add in white countertops, bar stools, backsplash or other accent features to create visual interest and contrast.
Adding color to your Scandinavian kitchen is a lot simpler than in the case of living rooms or bedrooms that adopt the same style. Chic kitchenware with flower patterns, pastel hues that also usher in a breezy summer charm, and pops of bright yellow or green that stand out thanks to the neutral backdrop are the most preferred options. If you have an all-white subway tiled backsplash, then think of another section in the kitchen where you can add colorful geometric tiles or even some wallpaper to break the monotony.
The single-wall kitchen has come a long from its more simple origins and some of today’s exceptional designs seem like as much a work of art as they feel like an extension of the posh living space. Once again, do not be constrained by the classic definition of the one-wall kitchen and work with what your specific needs are. Some might not really need a giant fridge in the kitchen while others could do with a minimal and unassuming prep zone. Even a traditional single-wall kitchen frees up space for a more spacious dining room next to it by eliminating the unnecessary island and ensures your small living space feels even roomier.
The three compositions below epitomize the classic appeal of the single-wall kitchen and yet each one has a style of its own. The first tends to combine farmhouse aesthetics and warmth of wood with appliances and counters in white. The second presents a completely contrasting picture with its dark, modern appeal and the last kitchen leans heavily towards an industrial look enhanced by brick and metal. Yet all the three kitchens blend ergonomics of the one-wall kitchen with their respective styles in a fluid and fascinating manner.