How to choose furniture for the kitchen?
Those days when the assortment of furniture stores were killing the desire of housewives — standard kitchen sets, standard sizes and meager color range have sunk into oblivion. Now your imagination is absolutely unlimited and, having decided to change the kitchen furniture, you simply do not know where to start. This article is for you.
Kitchen for a modern person has become something more than a place to eat. People gather here as a family, have conversations over a cup of coffee or tea, and make close friends. And if for residents of Western countries a kitchen is needed for storage and quick cooking of convenience foods, the Slavs do not want to give up real home-made food. Therefore, kitchen furniture involves the presence of all kinds of household appliances and appliances that accelerate and make the cooking process convenient.
Define the goals.
If you ask the hostess how she sees her kitchen, she will most likely answer: beautiful and comfortable. Therefore, manufacturers of kitchen furniture offer such a wide range of products that can satisfy any request. How to understand what kind of kitchen do you need?
So, think about why you need furniture in the kitchen. If only for beauty and you are not so much a fan of cooking, your option is minimalism (few lockers, only for the most basic). If you are a business woman and try to spend as little time as possible in the kitchen, try to carefully consider the placement of household appliances (more on this below) in order to save “every step”. If you have a huge family, you need the most roomy and functional furniture.
What will the kitchen look like? Possible options are a kitchen-studio (combined with a living room, most often with a bar), a kitchen exclusively for cooking, a kitchen-dining room. You may need to place additional household appliances in the kitchen, such as a washing machine. Immediately think about what kind of kitchen appliances you need – built-in or conventional.
Decide what color furniture you want. We recommend that you make repairs before changing the kitchen. But, first of all, you should present the color scheme of the whole room – whether it will be in one color or involves a combination of different shades. To do this, you can invite a professional designer (not cheap) or search on the Internet or in design magazines for something similar to the kitchen of your dreams. And when you decide, keep in mind that the color (texture) of the wallpaper, and the shade of the tile in the work area (special wall panels), and the tone of the laminate, and even the curtains on the window (blinds, Roman curtains) should harmonize with each other, create a single melody, rather than crumble into notes. Ideally, you have decided on goals and desires, and now we will go through the specifics.
Color and style.
Get ready for the fact that you will run your eyes from variations and combinations of colors and styles. But we are not afraid of difficulties and leisurely choose. Let’s start with the styles:
Timeless and never out of style classic. Wood furniture, heavy, carved, beautiful, as natural as possible. It goes without saying that not everyone can afford a tree. But if your kitchen has high ceilings, large windows, then the classic is your style. The calm and solid atmosphere of such a kitchen will make it a favorite place in your apartment.
One of the most popular styles. The main thing in such a kitchen is convenience. All details are thought out to the smallest detail, the mass of conveniently placed integrated household appliances and the absolute absence of unnecessary details. Art Nouveau kitchens are not bright, they are open and bright. Sometimes it seems that in such a kitchen there are no corners, they are all gently smooth. Modern and not flashy, calm and functional interior.
Also a popular style, one might say, “rural”. Everything is natural here: wooden facades and wicker furniture, all around are bunches of onions and flowers in clay pots. You can save money and make furniture from MDF, which is cheaper than wood, but imitates it perfectly. Household appliances are hidden or decorated with brass (such is commercially available). A country-style kitchen is cozy and simple by definition, but at the same time comfortable and functional.
The exact opposite of country. This is the style in which metal and glass reign. Chrome, painted facades and cutting-edge appliances and accessories are the main thing. Try not to clutter up the space, “cute little things” are strictly prohibited. It is beautiful and cozy, bright and spacious.
Style is no doubt important, but its choice is only half the battle. There is a lot in the design of furniture for the kitchen – color plays. Blue color brings peace and freshness; green – calm and harmony; yellow and orange improve mood and create a cozy atmosphere; red is annoying, so it does not suit many, it is better to choose a burgundy or pink color.
Color affects not only your mood, but also your natural desire for food. For example, a bright blue color can suppress appetite, while red, yellow and orange, on the contrary, strengthen it.