Kitchen / June 19, 2018 / Emile Georgette.
Although the idea of an open-plan layout is to merge different rooms, you don’t want to be confused about which zone ends where. As there’s no wall to distinguish the start of the kitchen, it’s up to other, more subtle ways to separate the different areas.
For a really special kitchen aesthetic, the finishing touches need to be really beautiful. A statement tap here, some fabulous cabinet handles there and suddenly, a pretty new kitchen is transformed into a pretty unforgettable space. Even something as simple as gorgeous splashback tiles will add a whole new dimension of class and style to a room, so having a little contingency in the budget for fancy finishing touches is a brilliant idea.
Kitchen makeovers are fun and allow for a lot of personal expression but one aspect that shouldn't be underestimated is lighting. A multi-layered approach to illumination is critical, with bright main lighting offering a workable arena and then some subtle additions creating the right ambience. Under cabinet lighting is a good idea when countertops will be in the shadows and pendent lamps, above a breakfast bar, are so on-trend right now.
Storage is still crucial, but remember that the country kitchen (unlike its modern- and contemporary counterparts) doesn’t hide the majority of elements away. A lot of pieces (from tea towels to crockery) are put on display in country kitchens, helping to ensure a lived-in look that is much homier.
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