Increasingly white marble countertops are the surfaces of choice in most kitchens and these work beautifully when combined with an island in blue. Islands in darker shades of blue steal the spotlight in traditional and coastal kitchens while those clad in lighter, chic bluish-gray shades feel at home in modern and refined spaces. Combine these with kitchen cabinets in white and you have a dashing, cheerful kitchen.
The need to bring the outdoors in to represent this style means the space will include natural materials on the floors, in the cabinetry and with furnishings. You might see marble, brick, stone and even wood on the backsplash, for example, Broerman adds, and other materials and surfaces that give the space a handcrafted look.
One of the important features of these kitchens is the style of the cabinets used. The cabinet doors are sleek, often sport a layer of shiny lacquered finish and tend to feature handles that disappear into the doors with ease. There is no ornate framing or presence of raised-panels and mixed door style that is seen in other kitchens.
This summer, bring a dash of freshness to the kitchen with colors that go beyond the mundane. Instead of the regular red, blue, green and yellow, consider a splurge of vivacious fuchsia, spunky orange or even upbeat purple for a captivating kitchen island that steals the show. Then there is option of a multi-colored island that combines several different hues to create a collage of effervescent brilliance!
Large metallic pendant lights, giant wooden tables and open cabinets that showcase the glassware are all an integral part of this style. Obviously some of the more brilliant designers have successfully managed to create a fusion between the industrial and the minimal or even the Scandinavian themes! But if you are just getting started, then it is best to stick to the simple basics.
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