Mixing Style With Style
When we mention style, we are never talking about just one thing. There are such a vast amount of fields that can be judged on style and therefore it would be impossible to pigeonhole it into just one of them. In fact, with such a variety of fashion genres, wouldn’t it make more sense to merge them and create something truly modern and stylish? Designing your kitchen in the same way chef’s design a plate of food, for instance, could be a huge change in the way we view and apply a touch of style into our lives.
One of the staples of fashionable, modern cuisine is minimalism. In taking inspiration from this, your kitchen will be designed as basic and simple, with it being reduced to only its necessary elements. This has become fashionable in the world of modern cuisine as it takes all of the distractive elements of the meal away and leaves the dish with its truly quality ingredients. This same principle can easily be applied to a kitchen, giving it a fresh, genuine feel. In kitchens, much more than in plates of food, there are generally a lot of unnecessary tools, items and general clutter. Having much more of something than you actually need, such as pots, pans and cutlery, is a needless mess, which detracts and distracts from the rest of the room. Equally, having equipment displayed that is bulky and unattractive like toastie presses and griddle pans, should ideally be hidden away to achieve a much more stylish, minimalist kitchen setting.
Another principal element of modern cuisine is the combining of a sparse plate with flashes of colourful, drizzled sauces. Chefs do this, most commonly with balsamic vinegar, to add a seemingly chaotic flash of colour, but whose inclusion brightens up the entire contents of the plate. Conventional design minimalism advocates using neutral colours and being understated. Applying the ideas of modern chefs however, would allow for their brightening effect commonly seen in cuisine, adding a warm, positive feel to the simplicity of minimalism. In modern design these inclusions are called accent colours. They are used as vivid, emphasising colours, with bright reds and yellows used sparingly on large pieces of furniture to add that little bit extra to the room. In a kitchen, this technique could probably be best utilised with the kitchen table, or, in smaller kitchens, appliances like the fridge, cooker or washing machine.
In the modern world, style is becoming more and more alternative. So remember, if you want to keep up with, or set the newest trends, you’ll have to think outside the box.
Written by our guest blogger Alexandra Jackson.
Writer Alexandra Jackson is an interior design enthusiast who usually blogs for Liberty Bathrooms on topics covering all areas of home design, renovation and improvement