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Rustic Kitchen Design Ideas

Home owners can apply excellent interior design ideas to their kitchens. Kitchens can be given a more retro or a completely utopian design, whichever suits the owner’s personality and preferences. Every home owner wants their kitchen to look like the one they see in the interior design magazines and templates. That dream is not difficult to achieve. A home owner can even have a kitchen that looks better than pictured demos with careful planning.

The first step is to select the kitchen cabinets. Kitchen cabinets are more than a storage space as they deliver a strong personal statement of style & taste of the home owner. Kitchen cabinets are no longer limited by design and color. There are high quality wood, fiber and various modular designs available. Cabinet design is dependent on the kitchen decor style, material, colors, door style and accessories.

The backsplash is the most prominent and exposed part of the kitchen, and can get dirty very easily. The backsplash is important and it fuses the design of the kitchen making it more prominent. When applying the rustic design, it is very crucial to choose a proper color and design in the backsplash.

Rustic Kitchen Design Ideas

The rustic design by definition is bringing together country style furniture and modern kitchen decor. It’s a perfect merger of style by bringing together modern technology with classic subtlety. People will feel inside a rural environment accompanied by latest technology giving it the innovative rustic feeling.

Furniture

When choosing a rustic kitchen design, wood is the definitive choice to give the kitchen a rustic style. The kitchen design must have unity in all its elements including wooden table, rustic shade cabinets, and open wooden shelves with vintage kitchen accessories giving it the perfect rustic interior design. Rustic kitchen design ideas can be simplified but the theme should austerely be rustic.

Colors

The color scheme makes or breaks an interior design. Rustic kitchen signature color schemes are comprised of shades of red, orange and gold. Orange color is said to be the appetite stimulant and comfort maker. The floor should be distinguished with hard wood and metallic copper shades to give it a Mediterranean feel. Wall painting must illustrate the rustic design feeling.Home owners can try orange, red, shades of gold, olive green and darkest shades of Tuscan style furniture.

It’s good to be bold and experimental when deploying the rustic design to your kitchen. Different color schemes like cobalt blue, burnt orange, tomato red, olive green and sunflower yellow give it a unique and personalized look. A rustic environment requires stucco walls, Venetian plasters and rough looking walls giving it an innovated vintage design. Other design schemes include iron wall decoration, iron wall grills and iron cabinets that become the focal point of every observer upon entering the kitchen.

Home Interiors – Clients Guide No1 – Interior Designer / Interior Decorator – What’s the Difference?

“Do you do Curtains & Cushions?” As a professional Interior Designer that’s the phone call we dread to receive!

It happens more than you may think; I then have to go on to explain (without sounding patronising) what this person really needs is an Interior Decorator, this will then no doubt follow-on with me having to further explain what the differences are between the two disciplines and try to steer them in an appropriate direction.

I don’t blame these people for getting the two mixed up; the general public have been feed hours and hour of TV “instant” make-over programmes and continuous glossy magazine features all under the misleading label of Interior Design. Also this has prompted those in the Interior Decoration and Soft Furnishing business to elevate their tile to Interior Designers; again I don’t blame them for doing this, it makes good business sense to up sell yourself. But the lines have become blurred as to what these two very different services offer – there is a market for the two approaches, but where confusion resides with the customer this has to be a bad thing!

So here with this Home Interiors – Client’s Guide – series of articles I will address the key aspects for client’s that have a Interior Design project in mind as to how they should go about searching for a Designer, what to look for, how they work and charge, how to get the best out of them and how a project gets off the ground to become a finished built reality.

ABOUT HOME INTERIOR DESIGN

Home Interior Design is not to be confused with Home Interior Decoration, as this tends to be only a skin-deep treatment to give a style change or “make-over” to a property. Home/Residential/Domestic Interior Design (whatever one may call it) is a much more fundamental approach to the way you live in a property and how a building can be made to work for the individual owners needs. This will not be just a coat of paint (some new curtains and cushions) it is likely to start with a in-depth rethink at how the property is planned and may involve some considerable changes put in place before one even thinks of decorations.

Interior Designers who specialize in Home Design can be viewed as Interior Architects, and their abilities should cover all aspects of building and architectural work to a property included minor/major structural alterations and building extensions etc. They will go on to cover all the “decoration” elements such as colours, finishes and furnishings, but this is not necessarily the starting point for a project. Kitchens, Bathrooms, Staircases etc are some of the core planning elements that can structurally and technically change a buildings layout; the flow and shape of a property can change dramatically when approaching these areas.

All the technical services that make up an Interior Design project will be undertaken by the Designer; Electrics, Lighting, Plumbing, Heating and Ventilation etc, all are fundamental that need to be design-in at the early stages of a scheme, even if it is just the principles of how these may work. It is becoming even more important these days with the opportunity for client to add-in to their project energy efficiency solutions for the whole building.

Many Clients only have a very basic idea or framework of what they wish from a project; it is however the Designers role to gain that information and drawer out of the Client the full details of their requirements, this then forming the project brief. This can be a very personal experience with the Designer asking questions on how you live now and changes you wish to make to your life style. Be as open as you can as this forms an important foundation for any new design, remember that the Designer is designing for you and not for them, so they need to know how YOU tick!

For most Clients they really enjoy this consultation, as this may be the first time that they have truly thought about their life style and what they really need from the project, apart from a floor, walls and ceiling. A good Designer will have the talents of a “pick pocket”, you will not know that so much information has been taken from you until you see the first concept design, and then you will realise that the smallest details have been included that reflects you and your life style.

HOW DO YOU FIND A GOOD DESIGNER

Personal recommendations are always good, but remember, the Designer has designed for the person who gave you the recommendation, so even if their project is not to your taste this does not necessarily mean that the Designer cannot design to your taste. If they were satisfied that the Designer produced a sound creative solution that matched their brief, then this Designer would more than likely be able to satisfy your project requirements.

Web Sites are a good way of looking at a Designers portfolio of work without making direct contact. Use the search engines and directories to track Designers that are within the broad area to where you live. It is no good having a Designer from Scotland if you live in London, and vice a verse, so aim relatively local of around a 50 mile search radius! Also be aware of companies that call themselves Interior Designers, but are really Home Furnishing companies and they are only really interested in selling from their shop or showroom. Offers of “free design service” will always have a sales agenda behind it. A true Design Consultant will be totally independent of any affiliated retail business and will use the global market to source what is right for your project, no commission or incentives involved.

Professional Bodies such as The Chartered Society of Designers have registers of designers in your area and can be contacted for a list. They also have a web site at you could visit. The Chartered Society of Designers is a body that vets individual designers to make sure they meet a professional standard, it starts with a student quantification “Diploma Member” and then “Member” (MCSD), and the highest level is “Fellow” (FCSD) and you should look for these qualifications or similar from your Designer.

I hope this has given you an insight into the world of Home Interior Design and if you are considering employing a designer is of help as to how to start to make a selection. Part of that selection process will be that first (no obligation) meeting with them; what can you expect to come out of this? Look out for the next article in this series by Chris Page.

Kitchen Design Tips – Planning For The Future

Unless you plan to spend the rest of your life in your current home if you are planning a kitchen makeover then best advice is not only to think about the design that may be appealing to you, but also to consider what would be appealing to the next owner too.

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that one of the most important rooms in any house is the kitchen. In fact there are so many people who look to the kitchen first when they’re buying a home that failing to ensure that is up together and functional could put a real dampener on a successful sale if your property is on the market.

Whilst all homeowners will have a good idea about what may be right for them there are certain traditional aspects to kitchen design that if followed will help to increase your property value, or at the very least make it more attractive to potential buyers.

It’s Got To Be Functional And Warm

One of the first ideas that people need to grow accustomed to is the fact that the kitchen needs to be both functional and warm. You’ll often find that professional designers suggest the use a lot of materials that evoke warm feelings such as wood, stone and laminate in both your choice of flooring and kitchen worktops.

Whilst stone and solid wood can prove expensive good quality laminate flooring can achieve the desired effect and is both practicable and affordable too, and given the diverse range of styles you’ll not be limited for choice.

One of the other places that you want to look for style and elegance are the kitchen worktops. Although many people suggest that stone is best, granite worktops are often out of reach budget wise to many home owners but fortunately there are other synthetics that can mimic this such as composite stone for example.

Another popular choice here is laminate worktops as they are available in an awe inspiring range of colours these days, so you will be hard pressed not to find one that will fail to compliment even the most bizarre of colour schemes.

When it comes down to the cabinetry, the experts suggest that hand painted and natural finishes add a great touch and homely feeling to your kitchen, but more modern designs of both kitchen units and kitchen doors can be a bit garish so it is best to choose wisely if you only plan to be in your current home for just a few years.

That said, there are generally some styles that people have warmed to and can be good neutral designs particularly if you a planning on selling in the near future.

Contemporary Kitchen Design

Many people are familiar with a contemporary kitchen design even though they might not know the proper name for it. It is generally characterized by high style and things like stainless steel appliances and granite marble countertops or outstanding laminates.

This modern kitchen style is often criticized as being cold and not as warm as some of the older more traditional kitchen designs but these are by far the most functional.

The French Kitchen Design

Another one of the more popular layouts is called the French kitchen design. This kind is where you’ll find available workspace is at a premium because French kitchens as well as many other types are designed to allow several people to work in a confined space at the same time.

People involved with modern kitchen design stress the fact that any modern kitchen you choose to work on should have at least one wall-mounted kitchen worktop and an island to satisfy the requirements of these kinds of workspaces.

One of the elements of the French kitchen design that has is a unique characteristic are the storage capabilities. Here’s where you’ll find a variety of different storage ideas from shelving to pot racks. This is the blueprint that incorporates the methods of decorative elements and practical storage all in one.

Of course one of the most important elements of any kitchen design is the kind of work tops that you choose. More and more people are choosing laminate worktops because they look great and stands up to the rigors of daily use. By all accounts this material is best for a glossy effect that works well in many different kitchen designs, but do be aware that a gloss finish is best for a low use kitchen if it is to maintain its glossiness over time.