Kitchen Critique

colombini cucineThere are many things about this picture that I like and there are some I dislike.

I like the open feel and the contemporary hood. 

I like the deep chocolate color on the walls although I think I might like it more as an accent color on the right wall with a different color on the back wall.

I like the tall pantry cabinets for their ample storage and sleek, hardware-free fronts.

I don’t like the low wall cabinets.  As you can see by the picture only a few books will fit under them.  I also dislike the white end panels on the base cabinets.  I’d rather see the wall cabinets either hung higher or sitting all the countertop.  I’d remove the white end panels and run the countertop over the sides to the floor.  If the wall cabinets are to sit on the countertop prefer the countertop not to match the cabinets so closely.  I think a white marble would look better. 

The sole beam across the ceiling also bothers me.  I don’t mind the white on white but I think the ceiling would be more interesting if faux beams were added to create a nice visual rhythm. 

This kitchen would also probably be very dark at night.  Additional lighting should be added at the sink and at least one prep area.

What do you think on the T-shape kitchen?  I think it might make more sense if there were a table and chairs located on the right side to create an eat-in kitchen.  They might have been removed for the photograph to show off the cabinetry.  The corner of the sofa may have been moved into the frame to keep the space from looking too empty.

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Minimalistic Kitchens On Stands Now

I’m like most people when I say I like to look through magazines to see beautiful kitchens.  This month I found two minimalistic kitchens that are quite striking and very opposite from each other.

This pristine kitchen is featured in Canadian House & Home.  Designer Anna Simone creates an airy kitchen by removing a wall, utilizing glass shelving instead of traditional upper wall cabinets and adding a ladder to taller cabinets for maximum accessibility to storage.

White Kitchen Photo 2

This second minimalistic kitchen is featured in House Beautiful. Owner Eldon Wong says his goal was to make the space look more like a family room than a kitchen.  Check out the magazine to read how Eldon incorporated drafting tables into the island.

Wong Kitchen Photo 2