By Melosa Frias. kitchen island shapes. Published at Sunday, February 17th, 2019 - 06:43:52 AM.
Working with small spaces can create significant challenges. We show you how modular designs can help ensure everything is at hand ‐ including
Heaps of style
Is it spatially challenged? In your kitchen, we mean. If so, modular systems are a great solution. They‘re not only intelligent, but they're also right on-trend, and they place you at the centre of the space, surrounded by parts that ensure flowing ergonomics. Many of the newest forms are the combined result of in‐depth research and Problem‐Solving designers who have worked hard to design compact configurations that seem effortless.
First, let‘s look at the shape of your kitchen. Is it a rectangle and are you furnishing your kitchen cabinets in a U shape or an L shape nearby the edges of the space? If so and if there‘s enough room, consider factoring in a central island that provides you to obtain kitchen utensils, tableware, or from all angles. A central island will also present extra storage space.
An innovative and inspiring example is Boxetti‘s multifunctional base island unit. The ultra‐modern kitchen system has expandable shelves and drawers, two extendable bar seats, space for a built‐in the fridge and an automatic sliding exterior that covers an integrated sink and tap. Innovative French designer Ora-Ito‘s new kitchen system for Scavolini would achieve well in small spaces, too ‐ particularly an open kitchen that connects with the living area. Named Foodshelf, the design ensures continuity between the kitchen and living areas. Moreover, it can be customised to fit your needs and the layout of your space, no matter what size.
Snaidero‘s new Board is also ideal for the compact kitchen. Attached to a sleek wall of cabinets that covers the likes of electrical appliances and keeps everything readily accessible, it features a suspended work block this holds the cooktop, food preparation area and sink. The protruding module fits much freedom to move around, while at the same time keeping the two workstations within easy reach.
Colour is especially important in the compact kitchen. To give the vision of more space, it‘s best to stick with lighter shades ‐ but a flash of bright colour can add pizzazz. This year‘s trend is for juicy citrus colours such as lime and tangerine. Kept to a minimum on, say, one set of cabinets or a worktop, this can create visual impact in a small space. Alternatively, add coloured lighting underneath cabinets.
•So the look doesn‘t get cluttered and cramped, don‘t over‐do it with lots of different types of materials or colours.
•Sufficient ventilation is essential for small spaces.
•For kitchen lighting with a difference, try the Crystal Bulb by Lee Broom. It uses the basic shape of the conventional light bulb and modifies it into a crystal cut beauty. Available at Lane Crawford.
•Storage is imperative. Opt for deep drawers with inserts that keep items neat and tidy. Multi-tiered, carousel, swivel shelving can be added into existing cupboards.
An extra essential factor to consider is surface materials. Choose those
That is super durable, with a flush-fit for optimum hygiene. Corian is an attractive choice; it‘s non-porous, stain-resistant and comes in a plethora of colours and finishes. Its Illumination series will bring the fullness of light to your surfaces. Sinks and splashbacks can also be perfectly integrated to give the illusion of a single, solid surface. Stainless steel is also a great choice as it's hardwearing and reflects light well. Team these with clear glass shelves for the illusion of extra space.
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