Most of us tend to stay away from black because we feel it takes away from the visual spaciousness and lightness of the kitchen. Since the kitchen is already an area of the home filled with shelves, cabinets, appliances and a whole lot more, a white backdrop is generally preferred in favor of something deeper and darker. But careful use of black in the kitchen along with right lighting can turn a seemingly ordinary space into a refined setting that is both posh and practical. A dark, tiled backsplash, cabinets clad in black or even a central island in polished black marble can usher in elegance without feeling overwhelming.
Yes, a large window seat that allows you to lazily catch up on a midday nap does sound great, but not all of us have enough space in the kitchen to spare for such an extravagant addition! For those short on both space and resources, a small window seat with built-in cabinets underneath is the perfect option. Not only does it give you a comfortable resting spot in the kitchen, but also helps you with tucking away additional kitchenware that you normally do not use. It can also be used as a cool homework zone or even a small breakfast nook with the addition of a small table.
Not every kitchen can handle a splash of gray and there are times when both local weather and natural lighting of the room demand a lighters and more cheerful backdrop. This is precisely where white can play the protagonist and gray can be used to delineate space, add depth to various features of the kitchen and to give the shelves and cabinets a modern makeover. White and gray kitchens seem visually larger than they really are and in small urban homes, this becomes an invaluable asset.
Gray has undoubtedly been the hottest neutral for several years now and what was initially pegged as a fleeting trend has now become a definitive style statement in the world of interior design. From being a simple neutral, gray has evolved to play lead role in many a sensational kitchen. Here is a look at 45 awesome gray and white kitchens from leading kitchen makers across the globe –
Danish company Reform specialises in hacking and redesigning IKEA kitchens. Offering a number of smart designs, Reform collaborates with Danish and internationally acclaimed architects and designers, to ‘reform‘ the fronts and countertops of IKEA‘s various kitchen models. Architect and design studios include BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), Norm, Chris Liljenberg Halstrøm and Henning Larsen. Reform‘s focus on minimalism, aesthetic presentation, functionality and longevity, works to ensure its IKEA kitchen hacks will endure.
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