When designing your dream kitchen, it is best to stay within your personal comfort zone. The newest trends may not be conducive to your lifestyle and will leave you dissatisfied and uninspired. However, researching the various designs that complement the rest of your home and your personal taste will steer you in the right direction.
If you prefer clean lines and little clutter, an Asian-inspired kitchen may work for you. It’s an optimum choice if you live in tight quarters or a modern abode. Drawing inspiration from nature, favored colors include red, honey/beige, brown, turquoise and white. Materials are an eclectic mix of natural bamboo flooring and cabinets, with stainless steel countertops and frosted-glass doors. Accent an Asian kitchen with a simple bamboo plant and a few stylish necessities, such as your canisters, cutting board and fruit bowl.
Tuscan style denotes a feeling of warmth in rich surroundings that beckon family and friends to gather. Granite countertops work exceptionally well in a Tuscan-inspired kitchen, since you can find them in so many warm colors and elegant patterns. Dark wood cabinets and beige tile backsplashes continue the strong Old World influence throughout your kitchen. Red pendant lighting and nickel-finish hardware lighten the space and give it a modern flair without detracting from the village style. If your budget allows, consider adding a stone or brick wood-burning pizza oven — perfect for those large gatherings.
Romanticism at its best, an English cottage style kitchen offers a balanced mix of nostalgia and whimsy. It can best be described as a marriage of farmhouse and traditional styles. Light colors that include shades of blue to contrast with the white cabinetry are complemented even further with the addition of black countertops. A porcelain apron-front sink is a popular choice in this space, because it offers a deep basin for practicality while maintaining an aesthetically pleasing appeal. Espresso-stained wood flooring anchors this kitchen. You can hardly add too many dried and fresh flower arrangements in this particular space.
There is probably no better style to choose than one that reflects you. If you don’t like to cook and rarely use your kitchen, then less is more. This kitchen requires only mid-grade appliances, along with gadgets and cabinetry and counters that balance the rest of your home design and decor. If you entertain frequently in your kitchen, be sure to add ample seating at a large breakfast bar and kitchen table. A large work surface and an extra sink will make it easier to prepare large meals.