Published at Thursday, October 26th 2017. by Wiatt Lambert in Kitchen Design Ideas.
Flooring made from substantial, dark wood planks also creates contrast with the preferred color schemes in Victorian kitchens, which may feature accents in light blues, yellows and rose pinks, building on the romantic feel. Speaking of romance, another way to add to the whimsical, rapturous feel of a Victorian kitchen is through artwork.
That's not to say that modern kitchens can't, shouldn't or don't feature man-made materials—they almost always do, and often to great effect. Granite countertops, sleek hardwood floors and expertly designed wooden furniture featuring the signature curves and angles of modern design can often be found in modern kitchens.
Accessories and other design flourishes can build on a modern kitchen theme. Cabinet doors may be replaced with frosted glass or a sleek laminate or wood veneer to create a modern look. Mixers, blenders, coffee makers and other accessories are available in bold colors and unique designs that seem positively science fictional. Cookware, utensils and flatware are all available with a modern twist, both in terms of design aesthetic and bold, up-to-date colors.
Open U-shaped and L-shaped designs are common, with a kitchen island (a common inclusion in many Victorian kitchen designs) providing extra space for food preparation and storage. Classic farm-style sinks, great for food preparation or cleanup after large meals, are also a stylish element often featured in Victorian kitchens. Furniture is often antique or antique-looking, to match the casual but still Old-World feel.
As with Tuscan kitchen design, one of the most important features of any Mediterranean kitchen design is color. Bold, teal blues and greens reflect the spectacular colors of the Mediterranean waters and are common for walls, accents or even larger elements like cabinets or kitchen islands. Walls, countertops and floors often feature beach-like sandy tans and beiges, setting the stage for the design to be infused with more impactful colors elsewhere. Pops of red, yellow and green can be added using smaller design elements like rugs, curtains, storage containers and glassware.
Cabinets may also feature open shelving or glass doors in order to better show off favorite collections of dishware or glassware. Countertops and floors in Victorian kitchens can often provide a bit of contrast to what might otherwise be a romantically soft, light and bright design. Whereas antique cabinetry might be painted white, beige or light yellow, countertops in black granite, whether matte or glossy, can provide a great opportunity to add contrast.