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East Meets West – Asian Kitchen Design

Asian kitchens are truly elegant and symmetrical in nature because of the fine attention to finish and detail. If you’re eying on getting the same clean and chic style, make sure you know the right colors to use, the decors and the materials. Consistency and symmetry are two of the most important qualities of an Asian kitchen. Here are a few guidelines for yours.

The Materials

Bamboo immediately creates a wonderful Asian feel to your kitchen. You can use bamboo independently as a plant decoration. However, other more creative ideas would be to split it then line your cupboards, one part of the wall or chairs. You can also line the lower areas of your island counter or sink. Smaller bamboo stalks with leaves can be glued on to cabinet doors and areas over the sink for a Japanese feel.

Silk is very versatile and adds some Chinese influence into your Asian kitchen. You can buy silk with beautiful prints and hang them on the wall. Other silks preferably dark red, orange and pink can be made into table cloths, mats and coasters. Install a wooden frame over the island counter and hang white silk on it together with pots, pans and utensils.

Chrome is very popular among Asians. Choose chrome silver or gold pans, pots and utensils. You can select your refrigerator, oven, stoves and sinks in this manner too. Accessorize drawer pulls and knobs with by choosing chrome ones. The gleam of this material will help add to the sleekness and symmetry that you are trying to create.

Asian Colors and Decors

Popular Asian colors are red, white, black and dark brown. To add an oriental feel, use some gold on red or black with red. Silver also provides a cooling accent. Chrome kitchen utensils, pots and pans will give a nice contrast. Use 3 to 4 main colors at most. You may want to use plants as well to neutralize everything. A single flower on a vase is stylish enough. Assorted fruits in a large bowl or dish also look great.

Setting chopsticks, Thai toothpicks and other native pieces will compliment your overall theme. Utilitarian rice chests are very aesthetic and useful. Hand-forged ironware are very bold as well so you may want to use one or two only at most. You can store condiments in them when not in use. Feel free to add or mix furniture with different Asian influences. Japanese cabinets will still provide a warm effect beside exotic woodworks from Korea.

Update Your Kitchen Design

When it comes to your kitchen, its easy to keep the same design for years without changing it. At first, you probably didn’t have the money to change it when you first moved in and then later on, you found a way to decorate it with simplicity and style that pleased you. Did you know that your kitchen should not only look good but it should also be functional as well?

There are several different things to consider when creating the right kitchen design; countertops, cabinets, floors, and the overall main structure of the kitchen.

Cabinets

Your kitchen cabinets are important because it stores your dishes as well as your food, cooking equipment, and more. Your cabinets are somewhat personal because you set them up the way that is most functional to you. The modern kitchen cabinets use cherry or maple wood and are designed with cabinet doors that hide everything. The cabinet doors can be decorated by painting them, staining them or stenciling on them.

Countertops

The countertops are important as well. Homeowners have a variety of options to choose from when it comes to countertops. You can upgrade your counter to a heavy quartz or granite countertop that will improve the look and feel of the countertop instantly. You can get them in a variety of colors and shades so you can match them accordingly.

Floors

When it comes to floors, you want them to shine. You want your floors to be easy to clean so you can focus on what matters the most in your kitchen. Wood flooring is a common type of floor used in kitchens today and has always been popular. The most common woods include oak and cherry.

When selecting your flooring, you need to select it based on the shade, the tone, and the texture. You want the flooring to match the hardware on the cabinets. You can complete your look by placing colorful rugs down on the floor like red rugs, yellow rugs, or blue rugs to bring color to a wood floor. These rugs are also replaceable and can be used in other rooms whenever you get tired of the same look.

Main Structure

The main structure of your kitchen may need to be adjusted in order to make your kitchen 100% functional for you. This may cost you some money so make sure that you plan for that before you begin the project. Draw out the kitchen to see how it would be the most functional for you before you make any permanent changes.

You will need to hire a contractor that will be able to come out and give you an estimate. This estimate will also help you budget better and save up the money so you can have the work done at one time. Be open to suggestions on the countertops, cabinets, and flooring used to create a new look for your kitchen. Sometimes the most simple suggestions are the most effective in creating a new kitchen design.