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Modern and Stylish Kitchen Ideas from the Covers of Vogue

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Modern and Stylish Kitchen Ideas

Modern and Stylish Kitchen Ideas from the Covers of Vogue

Over the last couple of decades, people have started paying more attention to the design of their kitchens. Today, home owners invest a lot of money into this part of the house because they know that it represents their lifestyle and speaks volumes about their taste. However, aside from stressing the importance of kitchen style, more and more people are opting for smart solutions and are searching for the most practical options. So, if you want your kitchen to be one that deserves to appear on the covers of Vogue, you must follow the latest trends and make it both stylish and practical. Let’s take a look at some interesting ideas and get inspired.

Modern and Stylish Kitchen Ideas From The Covers of Vogue

Smart Kitchens

With the advancement of technology, our life habits changed as well. Nowadays we are surrounded by smart gadgets that can perform various tasks on our behalf and thus significantly make our lives easier. The same goes for appliances that are the main part of our kitchen. Therefore, if you want to have a modern and stylish kitchen that resembles those seen in Vogue, make sure to opt for high-tech appliances like smart refrigerators. They can perform numerous cool actions for you including writing shopping lists and even playing your favourite songs. On top of that, many of them are equipped with sensors that can alert you if some of your groceries are running low. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it!? Finally, don’t hesitate to invest in smart faucets that have motion sensors which turn on the flow automatically.

Green Kitchens

You simply can’t consider your kitchen to be modern if it’s not green. So, it’s high time you switched your old appliances for Energy Star ones which can significantly reduce the amount of energy you use on a monthly basis. Not only will this affect your bills, but it will be beneficial to the environment as well. Furthermore, once you have chosen a brand that sells high-quality and energy-efficient appliances, it is essential that you try to stick to it. If you, let’s say, opt for popular Bosch appliances and equip your whole kitchen with them, in case one of them breaks, you’ll know whom to call immediately. Finally, aside from buying green appliances, you should make sure to be a responsible user as well. After all, no matter how energy-efficient your refrigerator is, if you leave it open for 10 minutes every day when you’re cooking your lunch, everything will be in vain.

Modern and Stylish Kitchen Ideas From The Covers of Vogue Clever Storage Ideas

Clever Storage Ideas

Another important aspect of every kitchen design is its storage space, since we all need to store our cups, spices, pots and pans without turning the kitchen into a complete mess. Therefore, it’s essential to find a creative solution which is both practical and won’t disrupt the overall sophisticated atmosphere that you’re trying to achieve. For example, home improvement magazines are putting a lot of faith into vertical storage space. They are usually advising readers to install shelves instead of cupboards since they occupy much less space but can store a significant amount of items. On top of that, you can fill them with beautiful small woven boxes labelled with paper tags so that you always know which one to reach for. Finally, another great and stylish idea would be to hang a plate rack on the wall where you can display your valuable china collection.

Go Vintage, But Keep Your Pipes New

Another super-popular trend is vintage kitchen design. You can start by opting for rustic kitchen faucets that will create that warm, inviting atmosphere which will remind you of the weekends spent at your grandparents’. However, in order to make sure that they are properly installed, we advise you to contact a reliable plumbing service. Additionally, these professionals will make sure to check your plumbing system and do pipe relining if necessary in order to prevent any possible damage caused by moisture and mildew. Furthermore, vintage decor can be achieved by a fresh coat of pink or green paint, which will completely transform your place and add that final touch to it. Lastly, feel free to express your creativity and choose some beautiful vintage home accessories that will definitely tie the whole space together.

As you can see, turning your average-looking kitchen into the one seen on the covers of Vogue is not that hard after all. You just need to keep up with the latest trends and discover the most practical solutions in order to make your kitchen truly functional. Finally, if you feel that you can’t do all of this on your own, don’t shy away from contacting professionals. They will make sure that everything will run smoothly, so you’ll be able to relax and fully enjoy your new kitchen.

About the author:

Tracey Clayton is a working mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home décor, and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”

Guest Contributor, Tracery Clayton

 

Looking For A New Kitchen Style?

Rona Regan

Traditional Kitchen

Looking For a New Kitchen Style?

Think about your home, which rooms gets the most traffic and activity? Really think about this.

Probably the kitchen, right? You might have said bedroom, because you sleep in there for endless hours, but you’re not awake, so you’re not really doing anything constructive.

The kitchen isn’t just a room where you cook food and move away from it, it’s a room where you prepare your meals, you store your food and drinks, it’s a place where you may eat together, it’s a place where you talk, it’s where you find the coffee in the mornings! Yes, the kitchen is important if we have a great stone worktop!

For that reason it is important to get your kitchen style bang on right from the get-go, and if you are thinking about mixing it up and changing things around, you need to get your styling correct in the planning stage, to give you the best chance of creating your perfect kitchen.

Think About The Architecture of Your Home

What sort of home design do you have? Do you have a new build, and therefore a modern style? Or do you have a more Medieval or Victorian style? This is the basis of what your kitchen is going to be, because it’s no good going against the style of your building – it all needs to tie in.

If you have an old fashioned style of home, then a traditional kitchen will look fantastic, and if you have a modern, new house, then a more minimalist, modern style is for you.

You also need to think about the layout in terms of your kitchen too – is the rest of your house quite open plan? In that case you again need to go for something modern.

What is Your Kitchen For?

Aside from cooking, what do you do in your kitchen? Is there a dining table in there? Is your house a family home? You need to create your style and space in conjunction with what you use your kitchen for. If you go for an ultra-modern style, with stainless steel handles, then this is not really going to tie in with having children around, because they are going to become dirty quite easily!

On the other hand, do you love to cook? Do you spend a lot of time in the kitchen? In that case you maybe need to incorporate more counter space, to allow you to enjoy your cooking endeavors.

What do You Like?

Your kitchen should have a splash of your personality in it, otherwise it is cold and unfriendly! If you like bright colors then perhaps this is a route you should be going down. Maybe you like traditional designs and you’re quite a traditional person – again, that should dictate the style you go for. Think carefully about what you like, what sums you up, and try and throw in a few nods to your personality.

Talk it Through With a Professional

If aren’t sure which route to go down, or you need a little inspiration, have a chat with a professional first. You need to create the space that is best for you, and that means not rushing into anything. Employ a kitchen designer for extra oomph and advice, to help you find a style which fits in not only with your home and layout, but with your needs and personality too.

Take Your Time

We will reiterate this point – do not rush! Take your time! Creating your ideal kitchen space is not a race, it is something which is going to cost you quite a lot of money, even if you know the cost cutting tricks of the trade, so it makes perfect sense that you should really put the right amount of thought and creative effort into it. If you don’t, you will end up replacing your kitchen within a few years, and that is not only time consuming, but completely against the rules of cost effectiveness too!

Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house, if not the most important room, so every single facet of your revamp, or even simple redecoration, should be carefully thought out and planned, from materials, to appliances, colors to textures.

Guest Contributor, Florin Aldea

 

picture source: L Kae Interiors

Considering Something Different For Your Kitchen Worktop?

Rona Regan

Considering Something Different For Your Kitchen Worktop?

Not everyone wants to go down the same route as everyone else, and if you are someone who likes to try something a little different every now and again, the good news is that there are many different kitchen worktop surfaces out there for you to consider, aside from the usual suspects.

When you are redecorating a kitchen space, you will want to think about your worktop as a matter of importance, because this is one of the most expensive and biggest parts of your revamp. Of course, you have the usual natural stone from Classicquartzstone, laminate, and wood options to go for, but there are a few different ones you could consider too.

Stainless Steel Worktops

While it is likely that the first thing to come into your mind is an industrial kitchen, stainless steel doesn’t have to look industrial and professional, when it is included in a design which softens it up a little.

There are many plus points to choosing stainless steel, not least the fact that it is very easy to clean, and it is very durable too. If you want a kitchen which isn’t going to take you too long to clean, and you know you can do it effectively in the time you do have, then this is a good option to go for. Of course, stainless steel is going to experience a little wear and tear as time goes on, as it may scratch and becoming ‘dinted’ but again, this can have its upsides, because it looks retro and ‘lived in’!

Copper Worktops

Another professional kitchen choice, but one which can look warm and effective in a home kitchen, copper has the advantage of looking extremely expensive and high-end, while also offering great durability. The warm appearance of a cooper worktop looks fantastic both in traditional style schemes, as well as modern ones too. Again, copper will experience wear and tear over time, so you will need to be mindful of this, and move with the changes a little.

Concrete Worktops

Yes, you read that right! Concrete is not the cold, soulless material you might think it is, and it can actually look very stylish, when it is incorporated the right way. Provided the material is sealed and finished correctly, concrete is durable and extremely hard-wearing. The fact concentrate is also very tactile means that it can be molded into many different shapes, and there are likely to be very few joints in the surface when it has been installed. For kitchens which have a certain something else, perhaps a quirky feel, concrete is a great choice.

Ceramic Worktops

This is a fairly new development, but we know that ceramic has been around in other guises for many years; only recently however has this become a kitchen worktop material. One of the main advantages is that ceramic can withstand huge temperatures, actually up to 1000 degrees, so you don’t have to worry about hot pans making marks on your work surface! This is a very durable material too in terms of scratch resistance, and is available in many different colors and patterns. If you want to go for a copper or concrete appearance, but you don’t want the actual material, then you can use ceramic to mimic its appearance!

Put simply, ceramic is a great choice because it is also low maintenance.

Dekton Worktops

What is Dekton? You’re probably asking that question right now, but this is a very new kid on the block, so you can be forgiven for not having the first clue what it is! This is a man-made material, and it is very durable too. While being resistant to scratches, stains, and heat, Dekton is also available in many different colors and patterns, so you can make your kitchen as individual as you want it to be, perhaps with a gloss or matte finish – the choice is yours!

These are a few different types of worktop materials that you might not have heard of, or perhaps not even thought of. If you want to go down a different route to the traditional choice, check out these suggestions and see if any fit into your idea of your ideal new kitchen space.

Guest Contributor, Florin Aldea

 

Drink Your Morning Coffee In Your Dream Kitchen

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You're sitting in your kitchen drinking your morning coffee. As you look outside, the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, birds are out chirping away. How beautiful is Spring? 

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