For a woman if cuisine is the door to a man's heart, kitchen is where you have that door. Kitchen is no more the rustic workplace where women and housewives panted for several hours while they prepared meals. Kitchen used to be a segregated room, which now is an integral part of home with almost no physical separation.
It is much brighter, wider and smarter than ever before and a place where members of the family would let their creative juices. So, welcome to the exciting world of decorated new age kitchen. Decorating Your Kitchen to Your Taste Kitchen is where you want to decorate most after your living room.
Sitting in your living room you can see the kitchen, perhaps this could be another reason for decorating it, if you forget the duration you spend there. Carefully decorated kitchen blends with the ambience of the home. Two things help give this feel to kitchen: the no-wall connection with the living room and the décor of it. If yours is a constructed home, choose a brighter color (distemper) for kitchen; for a brighter kitchen lightens up the mood and appears wide. Get the cabinets done up in plywood in its original splendor above dado but with softer look. Same pattern goes well on the lower row below the platform.
Make sure you don't leave corners uncabineted from both aesthetic and hygiene point of view. Mind you, the bottom line of upper cabinets must be well above your full standing height. Standard height for dado is 2˝' above the platform, but there is no reason why it should be so.
Take it as high as to touch the bottom of upper cabinets. This avoids the unpleasant strip of blank space between them. Next, the dado must match both upper and lower cabinets in décor. If you chose plywood for cabinets, stainless steel in mat finish would look great. While mat finish is pleasant on eyes, steel good for hygiene.
Other option is ceramic tiles. Plan crockery showcase near dining table to avoid the odd look if made in glass panes. This also adds to convenience and doesn't clutter the main kitchen area. You must have the chimney concealed within the cabinet if the cooking spot is along a wall. A hanging chimney goes well too, provided it is encased.
The best places for faucet and sink are close to the stove and along the exterior wall. If the sink is on your left, have the fridge and oven on the right, purely for convenience sake. It gives a neat look without cluttering the space. Decorating kitchen is an endless saga. And immediately you are on a mission to maintain it.
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