Kitchen Design Ideas October 22, 2017. Appliances and accessories run the gamut in Italian kitchen design, from simple stainless steel designs that can work with anything from a Tuscan design to Mediterranean style Italian kitchen, to vintage or more modern styles in bright and bold colors. In general, the more natural and earthy the overall design, the better it will pair with appliances and cooking accessories that feature a more straightforward, traditional design, as opposed to leaning more contemporary or modern.
Cabinets & Drawer October 22, 2017. Once you've decided on a style, you'll need to choose your material. Cherry wood is a very high-end choice, popular for its extreme durability and an attractive natural color, which can range from deep brown to red. Maple, oak and hickory are also high-quality wood choices. Pine can be a great choice for a rustic, country kitchen look. More exotic woods like mahogany, ebony and bamboo are much higher-priced options, but they're known for ultimate durability and a truly unique unfinished appearance.
Countertops October 22, 2017. Another durable stone option is soapstone. Available in a range of gray to black shades, your color choices are limited but soapstone has lots of pros in its favor, like heat-, stain- and bacteria-resistance. Also, unlike granite, soapstone is non porous so regular sealing isn't necessary. It can also stand up to acidic foods, like citrus, vinegar and tomatoes, which is a big bonus in any kitchen prep area.
Cabinets & Drawer October 22, 2017. A kitchen with a lot of natural light is a natural for black cabinets. If your kitchen is short on sunshine, then make sure you have a good lighting plan for it — pendant lights, under-cabinet lights, even in-cabinet lights if you decide on those metal grid inserts or glass-paneled fronts. One caveat from Jennifer: Don't put lights too close to the cabinet doors because this will create a "hot spot" where the light hits them. Even if you do have a lot of natural light, more of the man-made kind will keep the kitchen from becoming a black hole. Jennifer's other caveat is that black cabinetry may show smudges and fingerprints more easily than wood ones, so consider your cleaning style in your decision.
Kitchen Design Ideas October 22, 2017. When it comes to surfaces like floors, countertops and backsplashes, a more natural appearance is generally preferred in Italian-style kitchens—matte countertops in stone or granite, floors in terracotta tile or slate, and backsplashes in unique mosaic designs are quite common.
Kitchen Design Ideas October 22, 2017. Flooring and tile work in modern kitchens tend to follow the overall aesthetic, adhering to the clean lines and relative simplicity recognizable in the broader design. Tile floors or backsplashes of slate or granite in geometric patterns are common, as are subway tiles used for simple, elegant backsplashes.
Kitchen Design Ideas October 26, 2017. Sumptuous still-life paintings of fruits, wines and cheeses can add an elegant and artistic touch to the space, while other touches like flowing, floral patterned curtains in soft colors or elegant chair cushions in velvet or velour can help create a welcoming space filled with beautiful touches.
Kitchen Design Ideas October 22, 2017. 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.
Kitchen Design Ideas October 19, 2017. Italy is a country known for its classic and delicious cuisine as well as the hospitality of its inhabitants. Add to this mix the famously relaxed elegance of the Tuscany region, and you've got the elements for Italian kitchen design.
Kitchen Island October 22, 2017. Simply secure a solid surface to the top of a repurposed item, and turn drawers or cabinets into storage spots for kitchen items. The modern kitchen island often includes features that suit this particular style of kitchen, like a flat cooktop or a designated food preparation area.