Cabinets & Drawer October 22, 2017. Next, you could consider the true DIY route and build your own cabinets. This may seem daunting, but cabinets are in the range of "medium difficulty" when it comes to carpentry and construction. There are many online resources and books available for reference should you choose this route.
Kitchen Design Ideas October 22, 2017. Whereas traditional kitchen styles often focus more of their design on natural materials for cabinets, countertops, floors and furniture, modern kitchen designs depart from this aesthetic fairly frequently, often featuring man-made materials like laminate, ceramics and molded plastics.
Cabinets & Drawer October 22, 2017. In her own kitchen, Jennifer is using black cabinetry to set off a wood island of Macassar ebony, which has a distinctive linear grain of black mixed with brown and gold tones. "I didn't want too much of the patterned wood grain, so I added black as a complementary color," says Jennifer. Whether you choose to go black all the way or merely toss it in on a kitchen island, there are some things to keep in mind when you go over to the dark side of cabinetry.
Kitchen Design Ideas October 22, 2017. Lighting can also be a hugely important facet of Victorian kitchen design, with many homeowners who opt for this style choosing to incorporate dramatic, striking chandeliers, which can hang over dining tables or a kitchen island, and provide both illumination and elegance.
Kitchen Design Ideas October 22, 2017. When it comes to materials, Mediterranean kitchens tend toward natural ones, or at least natural-looking synthetics. Hardwood floors are common, usually in lighter shades to continue a light, bright and welcoming feel. Cabinets are often constructed from high-quality woods like cherry; they can be left in their natural state, stained or painted to add a colorful element to the design. Backsplashes may be terracotta or mosaic tile, and present a great opportunity to add color, visual interest and even an artistic element to the kitchen design. In particular, mosaics may show off intricate designs displaying scenes redolent of the cultures of the Mediterranean, with seascapes, fishing scenes or sea life often depicted.
Kitchen Floor October 12, 2017. Choose from two types of hardwood: solid or engineered. Both are suitable for the kitchen and offer benefits. Solid Hardwood is milled from a single piece of wood. The typical choice for wood "purists," this type of floor can be sanded and refinished repeatedly. Because it's susceptible to humidity, it can't be installed in damp spaces—so keep that in mind if your kitchen is particularly prone to water spills.
Kitchen Island October 22, 2017. Looking to add vintage flair to your kitchen island? One of the simplest ways is to repurpose a piece of vintage furniture—think a paint-peeling desk, a well-worn dresser or a flea-market find. Adding vintage character to the salvaged piece can be as simple as sanding and re-staining, or as elaborate as retrofitting the island with new shelves and fabric-insert cabinet doors.
Cabinets & Drawer October 22, 2017. However you achieve it, black cabinetry enhances any kitchen style, be it rustic, traditional or modern, says Jennifer Gilmer of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Chevy Chase, Md., who is using black cabinetry in her own contemporary Asian-style kitchen. And although it's been an option in contemporary kitchens for a while — especially in European cabinetry, says Jennifer — it's now showing up in all styles. It's a flashback of sorts for more traditional designs.