Kitchen cupboards are usually the largest furnishings in the kitchen and as such are significant design elements that set the tone for entire kitchen. Today’s cabinetry is available in an array of materials, styles and finishes, and the sky is truly the limit when it comes to your design alternatives. In broad terms, the traditional/rustic kitchens have more decorative elements and the cupboards typically include raised panels and /or ornamental detail. There is an emphasis on warm materials and therefore the majority of the kitchen cupboards are made from wood or wood-like materials. The modern kitchens on the other hand have a clean and clutter-free design and their cupboards often have a smooth surfaces. Many don’t have handles, and if they do, they are bare and minimalistic. The modern kitchens also tend to use colder materials such are glass or metal. If wood is used, its design is more streamlined and linear.
In order to make it easier for you to design your kitchen, Caesarstone has created a special software called the Visualiser that enables you to play around with the different elements in the kitchen. The Visualizer lets you change the colour of the cabinets, walls, countertops, islands and floor until you find the perfect combination.
Below is a classic transitional kitchen taken from the Visualizer. The kitchen cabinets are made from dark oak wood and have raised panels which add decoration. The top cabinets include frosted glass lightening the look of the cabinets and providing further textual depth. The countertops and backsplash are made using Caesarstone’s Calacatta Nuvo. The Calacatta Nuvo has a timeless marble-like design. It has a soothing off-white tone and wide grey veins running through it. The wall is painted dark grey- a more modern decorative concept that delineates the kitchen and offers added chic. Lastly, the floor is made using Caesarstone’s Bianco Drift. This model works exceptionally well in the kitchen because it has a predominately off-white tone which adds light to the space. Additionally, it has delicate grey and brown veins that complement the colour of the cabinetry and wall.
The Visualiser also has a modern kitchen that is customizable. The kitchen below uses a contemporary palette of greys and whites combined with metallic fixtures. The cabinets have a deep grey tone that grounds the kitchen. They do not have any handles or ornamentation but rather a smooth finish that makes them appear like a single block. The counter is made using Caesarstone’s 4003 Sleek Concrete – an ultra-modern pattern that provides the kitchen a sleek and sophisticated look. Spread throughout the kitchen are metallic elements – the sink and faucet are made from stainless steel as are the stove and utensil bar. To bring light into the room, the floors are made using Caesarstone’s 2141 Blizzard- a design with a distinct white tone that has tiny speckles of grey. Additionally, the wall was painted in white and the large glass windows let the natural sunlight right in.
If you love colour, then bright countertops can add vitality and pizzazz to your kitchen. Using the Visualizer, the surfaces of the kitchen can be changed and the result is a vibrant modern kitchen. The countertop is fire-engine red and the surrounding white surfaces draw attention to the counters. The white countertops are made using Caesarstone’s 1141 Pure White and the backsplash is made using Caesarstone’s White Quartz. The White Quartz has a unique texture since it is made from a semi-precious stone. Backlights can be added to the backsplash which will further extenuate the detail within the surface.
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