The majority of people tend to stick to rather plain and under developed kitchen areas in fear that any unusual designs will be looked down upon or prove unsuccessful. However, a burst of creativity within interior design is allowing people everywhere to break the mould as they are given the chance to be different.
Adding an unusual feature to a kitchen area gives it a unique element that differentiates it from the typical, generic kitchen. This could involve anything slightly quirky, from bright orange tiles to a large chandelier. When designing a potential future kitchen creativity is essential as the area should represent personality and convey an individual style.
Small but significant differences
A random pop of colour throughout the room will bring the kitchen environment to life. This could be a bright and obvious colour such as orange or yellow or a more neutral colour like lilac or pale blue. This colour could be incorporated within the counter sides or feature in a coloured retro fridge.
Keeping a central colour throughout the room creates a theme as providing this colour is the focus, and therefore the surrounding colours are light and modest, it will attract the attention to a particular area of the room. Tiling is a good way to combine and mix colours that are dotted around the room. For example, a tiled section of the wall could incorporate orange, white and blue if those are the central colours.
Glass as a central feature
A highly futuristic and more modern approach is to select glass to make up part of the kitchen area. Adding light and therefore openness to the area using glass helps create an illusion of more space making it an ideal option for smaller kitchens.
Glass paneling is a modern day phenomenon which involves installing glass within the floor boards. This can produce a very modern and sophisticated interior. Alternatively an open kitchen in which the outside walls are made just of glass giving an open and spacious feel to the room. However, a central disadvantage is the lack of privacy that comes alongside this option.
Here the glass, in addition to the light cream tones, creates an illusion of more space
A featured or printed ceiling
A patterned or coloured ceiling is the ideal way to express creativity. Designs can be personalised and artistic making the room unique and differentiated. Although raised wall paper designs appear to be decreasing in popularity as more people oft for a plain white ceiling they can offer a change from the generic choice.
However, it is crucial to take into account spacial elements as dark coloured ceilings can make the room appear much smaller and more closed in. Going for a lighter overall colour but with hints of a stronger or brighter colour can often add a spark of personalisation to the kitchen area.
The feminine ceiling design adds a touch of romance to the area
Whatever the drastic element may be the key concept is to focus on one central bold feature which the rest of the surroundings compliment. Try not to overload on patterns of large and attention grabbing features as this can create an environment that is far too busy, and consequently overwhelming.
Author: Sally Lindsey, kitchen designer at Audus Kitchens. While working on modern kitchen design projects, Sally developed a concept of personality features in the kitchen using customized paraphernalia, original arrangement and some “crazy” additions to your living space. These features are not necessary luxurious solutions anymore, many clients ask for personalized space realizing how important kitchens will be in their families’ life.