Published at Monday, 02 October 2017. Kitchen. By Aubine Duclos.
Until a few years ago, modernizing a kitchen meant purchasing a new refrigerator, range, a combination sink and painting the kitchen in a bright, shiny white. We have come a long way in only a few years. The most striking aspect of the contemporary kitchen is its color. White has been displaced by more sophisticated colors. Counter space has been increased. Storage has been engineered to provide maximum use of all available space. Everything is within easy reach. Today's kitchen blends into the home. It is not a room apart, but a part of the home's living area.
On the other hand, the family room, or the social area of the great room is designed in a completely different way. Typically, a beautiful empty room is created and then it is furnished. Instead of lining all the walls with horizontal bands of built-ins (and there are exceptions to this i.e. Frank Lloyd Wright's prairie homes) the wall spaces are interrupted with vertical elements like windows and doors or focal points such as a fireplaces. The walls of the room are separated into vertical segments instead of continuous horizontal bands. At blank wall areas and in the middle of the room, eclectic pieces of furniture create seating arrangements, while the wall-hung artwork and sculptural collectibles on display determine the room's personality. But the wall, floor and ceiling colors and textures permeate between all of these vertical elements acting as the 'glue' that holds the whole design theme together.
Contemporary kitchen tiles take a modern look and style, transforming traditional tiles. There are no set rules as to what the kitchen will look like, colours can be cool neutrals and they will have an air of sophistication to them. Contemporary tiles are usually larger in size than 100 x 100mm, but this is no set rule. Style can be added through the use of scored tiles to the tile design. Warm grey, off white, ebony brown, charcoal black and sparks of colour can be incorporated into a contemporary design. There may be an understated elegance to contemporary tile design, with added stylish features such as modern border and decorative tiles.
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