Kitchen Style September 21, 2017. Modern kitchen design is sometimes broadly categorized as any style that's less traditional and more contemporary—but in fact, all modern design has specific roots in terms of its time period, style and inspirations.
Kitchen Style September 22, 2017. The disadvantage of galley or L-shaped kitchens in comparison to U-shaped kitchens, of course, comes down to space. U-shaped kitchens by their nature generally are larger and provide more space for cooking, cleaning, food preparation and storage. In most U-shaped kitchens, these elements are separated into distinct zones.
Kitchen Style September 21, 2017. Galley kitchen design features a few traditional components; first and foremost amongst them is the layout—galley kitchens generally feature a narrow passage between two parallel walls. Usually, one wall features cooking components like the stove and microwave as well as storage elements. The other wall generally houses the sink and any other cleaning implements, plus more storage. Larger galley kitchens may feature an island in between the two sides, offering more storage and a convenient area for food preparation.
Kitchen Floor September 21, 2017. Cork flooring, which is made from the bark of cork oak trees, is a harvested resource and therefore also eco-friendly. Available in sheets and tile, cork is soft and warm underfoot and is extremely quiet. Properly sealed, cork can withstand moisture and can be vacuumed and damp mopped. Minor dents seem to pop out; however, deep scratches will permanently damage the floor.
Countertops September 22, 2017. Tile is a hard surface formed from firing clays and minerals. Tile for countertops should be a Class 3 hardness rating on the Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) scale. Standard countertop tile thickness is 5/16 inch, though a quarter inch is also used. Two types of tile are most popular. Ceramic is the most common and least expensive option, ceramic tile is crafted from pressed clays and finished with a glaze. The glaze is what gives the porous material protection from water and stains. Porcelain is composed of clays and minerals fired at higher temperatures, porcelain is a durable surface. It is pricier and more difficult to install than ceramic.
Countertops October 04, 2017. Engineered from a combination of crushed quartz (about 93 percent) and resins and pigments (about 7 percent), quartz countertops are produced in a wide variety of colors; in general, the color palette depends on how coarsely the material is crushed.
Kitchen Style September 22, 2017. Finally, when it's time to choose cabinets for your coastal kitchen, you'll have many options—from modern and contemporary styles in sleek hardwood or laminate, to traditional designs in cherry, oak and maple. There are no hard-and-fast rules for which type of cabinets can work in a coastal kitchen design, though many homeowners will take inspiration from the rest of the home's design style.
Kitchen Style September 21, 2017. When considering color schemes for your galley kitchen, remember that light colors generally expand a space, while dark colors create a more cozy, confined feel. Speaking of light and dark, a lighting scheme that employs recessed or under-mounted lighting can be a great low-profile addition to a galley kitchen design.