Kitchen Design Ideas August 08, 2017. Lighting for Italian kitchens tends to reflect a bright and airy design, with lots of natural light often featured. Other natural features are often common, as well, from flowers and plants strategically placed in windows, on counters or tables, to artwork featuring rustic scenes or flora and fauna. Exposed wood ceiling beams are a common sight in Italian kitchens, as are cabinets made from high-quality natural woods.
Kitchen Design Ideas August 15, 2017. Cooking supplies and implements are often featured prominently, whether in containers on countertops or hanging from antique racks. A common theme is relaxed elegance and lived-in luxury—Italian kitchens feel like spaces you'd be happy to spend long stretches of time in, as opposed to rushing in and out on the way to your next appointment.
Kitchen Island October 22, 2017. Bistro-style kitchens are more contemporary in feel; the overall effect is generally more striking and dramatic than a French country kitchen, which is all about comfort and a worn-over-time appeal.
Kitchen Floor August 07, 2017. Width. Wide planks (more than three inches) lend rustic style to country kitchens. Strips (less than three inches) offer sleeker style for contemporary spaces. Decorative parquet floors are a distinctive addition to more formal kitchens.
Kitchen Design Ideas August 18, 2017. That said, why is this important decorative feature often the last detail planned in a kitchen design? Probably because there are so many choices. To make the process easier, we asked designers to provide some guidelines for choosing tile backsplash. Consider these points before you make your selection.
Countertops August 19, 2017. "We're seeing a new trend in natural stone countertops that combines different textures," says kitchen designer Lindsay Davis, of Naples, Fla. To get this exciting look, designers use stone with two different finishes, one sandblasted to a matte finish, the other polished to a smooth gloss. Lindsay says that a typical application might be to use one finish for an island or raised snack bar area and the other for the rest of the kitchen countertops.
Cabinets & Drawer August 13, 2017. There are also many other options for spicing up your kitchen cabinet doors, starting with the door itself. With a little extra budget, you can explore custom cabinet doors with recessed or cutout designs, or, for an economical option, add molding to flat doors for a custom look that's less expensive. Antique hardware is a popular option—it can add a feeling of history to cabinets that might otherwise seem a bit staid. And "antique" doesn't mean it has to come from the manor of a wealthy dowager—there are many faux-aged options offered by home improvement and design stores.
Countertops August 04, 2017. Wood adds a warmth and beauty to kitchens that no other material can match. So it's no surprise that more and more homeowners are opting for wood countertops over hard, cold stone. Exotic woods like teak, tigerwood and Brazilian cherry are popular choices, as is arranging the wood in an eye-catching checkerboard pattern.