Marlena Kitchen, September 22nd , 2017. Kitchen-diner with a sophisticated silhouette. Choose accessories for their strong outlines, especially when it comes to large pieces, furniture and lighting that dominates the ceiling space. Far-from-boring black and white kitchen, monochrome doesn’t have to be serious, we love this fun kitchen-diner area that’s been zoned-out with black-and-white pictures and wall art.
Marlena Kitchen, September 22nd , 2017. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and scale. The trick is to surround pattern with something plain - except in the case of cushions. If you have bench seating, mix-and-match different designs for an informal feel. Take a look through our gallery to see which scheme’s the one for you!
Marlena Kitchen, September 22nd , 2017. Begin by separating your kitchen into different zones for cooking and work (food prep and washing). Your cooking zone includes your oven, hob or range cooker, an extractor fan and a microwave if you have one. Make sure this area is not in the pathway to a door or blocking the main thoroughfare through the room – handling hot cookware while people are trying to walk past you is a recipe for disaster.
Marlena Kitchen, September 22nd , 2017. An L-shaped kitchen works well in an open-plan kitchen design. A row of kitchen units runs along one side of the ‘L’, while a row of low-level units runs along the jutting out portion of the ‘L’ – an easy way to create a barrier between the kitchen prep and dining or living zones.
Marlena Bedroom, September 22nd , 2017. Add opulence, play up your bedroom’s assets, whether it’s a beautiful period mantlepiece or wide windows, and emphasise a room’s proportions with a few striking pieces. In this case an elegant chandelier anchors the space while a Venetian-style mirror adds a note of glamour. In a compact space, don’t be afraid to opt for fewer, larger pieces of furniture which will make a greater impact than smaller pieces. Provide one or two key focal points to draw the eye to the outer spaces of the room, whether a striking piece of artwork, or headboard covered in luxe fabric.
Marlena Kitchen, September 22nd , 2017. Matching shades of white across different surfaces can be tricky. For example, a wallpaper with a white background may look more like cream next to a white table, so try to keep them apart, using black accessories as punctuation. A monochrome scheme can be bold and will usually benefit from some texture and a mix of surface finishes. Gloss and matt, opaque and dense - build up layers to add extra interest and soften any harshness.
Marlena Kitchen, September 22nd , 2017. How to choose the right kitchen layout. The kitchen layout you choose will be dictated largely by space. A U-shaped kitchen is one of the most space-efficient designs, and is perfect for small kitchens. It packs maximum storage and worktop space into minimum square footage. Make sure you include corner cupboards with carousels so not an inch of storage space goes to waste.
Marlena Kitchen, September 22nd , 2017. Geometric kitchen splashback, if you love the tradtional black-and-white floor tiles, but you want something a little different, try the monochrome look with wall tiles instead. Here, the splashback is made of ceramic tiles in a zig-zag pattern, which follows the shape of the shelf, too. Industrial-chic kitchen, if you’re designing a monochrome kitchen, but are worried the effect will be too harsh, try a few black accessories teamed with bright primary colours; it really works in a utility-style kitchen like this one.
Marlena Kitchen, September 22nd , 2017. If you’re a fan of contemporary design, sleek handleless kitchen units with modern kitchen worktops in Corian or steel may be up your street. If you’re running a busy family household, painted kitchen units with hardwearing laminate worktops might be a more practical choice. The great thing about painted units is you can easily repaint them for next to no money when they get marked and scuffed.
Marlena Kitchen, September 22nd , 2017. Cream country kitchen with farmhouse table and spindle chairs. Why not opt for freestanding furniture instead of fitted kitchen units? Choose pieces such as a painted cream sideboard for storage, a dresser where you can display favourite china and glassware, and a large farmhouse table surrounded by spindle chairs for family meals. Fit shelves instead of wall cupboards for kilner jars, cookware and serving dishes - touches of copper, pink and stone bring this country kitchen scheme to life.
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