How To Blend Rustic And Modern In A Chic Kitchen
Country cottage is out and hip urban is in when it comes to kitchen design. Learn how to achieve the ultimate chic finish when upgrading the hub of your home.
When the New Year arrives, many of us look at our home and decide we’d like a fresh look for 2018. The kitchen is often considered the favourite room in the house for most homeowners. It’s a place to congregate with family at the beginning and end of each day, to share tales and laughter with, and it’s also a space to entertain guests in when you welcome friends into your home. It makes a lot of sense to upgrade your kitchen and give it that contemporary makeover that you long for when you’re admiring the design of various trendy bistros and urban coffee shops you frequent. Here are some ways that you can incorporate that same hipster chic into your very own kitchen design this year.
Exposing The Natural Space
Begin by stripping back the room you already have and discover what’s lurking behind your current wallpaper and paintwork. Urban chic is created by blending natural materials such as brick or stone with sleek materials such as white metro tiles or a bold coloured feature wall. Where possible expose beams for authenticity and raise your ceilings to enlarge the space and let in loads of light.
Consider Your Appliances
Stainless steel is the material of choice when it comes to hip urban kitchens. Do away with the white goods and switch to funky, modern designs – if you have the space then a silver American style fridge freezer is a must. If you’re a caffeine fan, then a great addition to your countertop is a smart wifi coffee machine.
Choosing Your Furniture
Being able to blend rustic with contemporary is one of the ways to achieve that ultra-hip look for your new kitchen. Furniture offers many opportunities to do just that. You might consider combining a traditional wooden farmhouse table mixed with acrylic dining chairs in vibrant colours to create a real impact. A pair of steel bar stools located next to a kitchen island are also a convenient way to modernise your eating ritual. Why sit at the table when you could eat breakfast at the bar and socialise with the chef?
Kitchen Unit Style
Depending on the size and layout of your room, your kitchen cupboards and units will likely take up a significant amount of space, so they are a key element to base your urban kitchen on. The twee country cottage look is out and in its place are handleless units which represent minimalism at its finest. A high-gloss finish either in white or a bolder tone such as red is a fantastic way to make a statement.
The final detail that will give your kitchen the edge over others that you may have seen is to remember to put your personal stamp on the design. Whether that be your collection of second-hand recipe books on the countertop, a wall art print of your family or your grandmother’s biscuit tin, that’s up to you. Begin by measuring up the space you have available to you, always consider an efficient working triangle when designing your layout and then take a look at sites like Pinterest to give you inspiration to create the urban kitchen of your dreams in 2018.