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5 Reasons Why Going White in Your Modern Kitchen is Right

One of the most difficult decisions that you may make when it comes to your next kitchen remodel is what color you should go with.  There are so many different designs, color combinations and styles that you can choose from that it can sometimes become difficult deciding which color is right for you. Here are five reasons why choosing to go with white in your next kitchen remodel might be a good idea.

Reason #1. Contrast. One great reason to go with white is that it provides for a great contrast to the colors and materials that you might bring into your kitchen.  From marble countertops, stainless steel appliances and other cabinetry and lighting, the white will help emphasize surfaces.

Reason #2. Create an Illusion. Lighter colors can automatically create the illusion of a larger room, so if you have a smaller kitchen space or want to create the illusion of a larger room, going white is a perfect way to accomplish this.

Reason #3. Easy to Mix-and-Match. White goes with anything!  So, when you get bored with your color scheme, you can easily change it up with a white kitchen by bringing in other colors.

Reason #4. Clean & Sleek. White is clean and can give your next contemporary kitchen remodel a very sanitary and sleek appearance, which can make your guests feel safe and right at home in your kitchen.

Reason #5. Re-sale Value. You may decide down the road to sell your home and if you ask just about any realtor, having a white kitchen will help you sell the home because of all of the reasons above and the clean canvas that it gives a prospective buyer when viewing your home.

Whether you’re thinking about going with a more modern look, or even a traditional feel, white seems to be color choice that you can’t lose!  It’s a win-win for everyone and it will bring a bright, beautiful feel to your home that will make you want to come home, cook at home and even entertain guests—over and over again!

This post is brought to you by the good folks at EuroAmerica Design.  Contact us today for more information on how we can assist you with your next kitchen, bath or wardrobe remodel.  We would love to connect with you on FacebookHouzz and Pinterest.

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Top 5 Kitchen Island Functions for Today's Modern Kitchen

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Kitchen islands are a great addition to any new modern kitchen design, provided there’s enough space to add in a kitchen island.  Kitchen islands can serve a number of purposes that can really add value and functionality to the kitchen. Here are some of the more common functions and purposes that kitchen islands serve in most households today.

  1. Added counter space.  Depending on the layout of your kitchen, you may be lacking counter space to prepare food.  Kitchen islands are a great way to add additional counter space to prepare food.
  2. Additional storage space.  Whether you need more storage space for items underneath the kitchen island countertop or you want overhead space (even for decoration, like pots, pans, wine glasses or even cabinets with clear cabinet doors to see the contents, kitchen islands are a sure way to double up your kitchen storage space.
  3. Dining table or seating area.  Large farm tables in the kitchen were previously used to add workspace.  Whether you need a breakfast nook, a place for people to gather to socialize or a spot for the kids to do homework while you’re preparing dinner, kitchen islands are a perfect choice!
  4. A second sink.  Having a second sink gives you the option to use one sink for cleaning dishes and one for preparing food.  Or, if you have more than two sets of hands helping prepare food, a second sink on a kitchen island is perfect for not making things to cramped or crowded.
  5. Stove.  If you have a kitchen with a small amount of wall space or counter space, moving your stove to the kitchen island is definitely an option worth considering.  Whether you get a more modern stove (such as a convection range or a 6-burner gas stove), kitchen islands give you the flexibility of space that you need to expand your main kitchen appliance.

These are just some of the more common functions of the kitchen island.  But, whatever function you need for your modern kitchen, you can design your own unique kitchen island to fit your family’s needs and style.

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Splish-Splash, What’s So Great About Backsplashes?

One of the most popular designs found in modern and contemporary kitchens today are unique and decorative backsplashes. The concept behind backsplashes was originally for function.  Backsplashes were intended to help protect kitchen walls from any splashes from sink water, cooking oils and other foods behind the stove or sink.  Now, many modern kitchens utilize backsplashes throughout the kitchen for decoration and ambience.  And, frankly, backsplashes can really bring some life to the kitchen!

Backsplashes can be made from a variety of materials, including:

  • Glass
  • Tile
  • Metal
  • Stainless Steel
  • Mirror
  • Granite
  • Stone
  • Tin
  • And much more!

You can choose to be very subtle in your choice of backsplash, such as adding a simple backsplash behind your sink or stove.  You can also be very dramatic about making the backsplash a focal point of your kitchen, such as adding a mosaic type of pattern and having it take up much of one wall of your kitchen.

Whatever you decide is best for you and fits your personal style, you’re sure to make a “splash” by adding a backsplash to your next kitchen remodel.

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Tips for Maximizing Your Small Kitchen Space

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small-modern-kitchen-remodeling-designs-berloni-americaNot all homes have a large kitchen and if you’ve ever had a small kitchen space, you probably have found yourself feeling frustrated and limited.  Whether you’re looking to do an entire remodel to your new kitchen or simply find some ways to upgrade your kitchen space to look bigger, here are some tips for maximizing your small kitchen space to get the most out of the space you have!

Tip #1. Go White. Lighter colors will always make a room feel larger than it is, so white may be the way to go.  If not white, then at least go light.  Look for lighter colors and you can tie in other kinds of colors into your kitchen with a variety of accessories and artwork.

Tip #2. Smart Storage. Whenever you’re working with small spaces, you need to be smart and creative about using as much space as possible. There are many ways that you can maximize the cabinet, drawer and even overhead storage space to take make sure you using as much space as possible. Be creative and remember that any open space in drawers or above your head may be an opportunity to get more out of the space you already have.

Tip #3. Lights, Lights, Lights…Did We Say Lights? Not only does white (or light) colors help make a space appear larger, but adding in lighting will as well.  Try to use as much natural light available in your home to light up your kitchen.  From larger windows that can bring in natural light, skylights and other lighting ideas in your kitchen, the brighter your space is (from lights and the colors you choose), the larger the space will feel.

Tip #4. Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall. Mirrors are a great way to make smaller spaces appear larger, because they reflect the image of the room giving the illusion of much larger space or even a second part of the room.  Try being creative with the use of mirrors and/or reflective materials to help give off the reflection of more kitchen space.

Tip #5. Dual Purpose. Find ways in your kitchen to utilize space for multiple purposes.  For example, if you’ve always wanted an island but can’t seem to figure out how that’ll work out and still allow you enough room for dining space, perhaps you’ll build an island that also serves as an eating area with bar stools or chairs.  Islands can also serve as additional storage space, ovens, stove tops, sinks and other functions.  Find out what’s right for you and what needs you have and make that island work for you—multiple times!

Your space limitations don’t have to limit all that you can do in order to have your dream kitchen.  There are so many design options and remodeling techniques available to make even the smallest workspace workable for you and your family.  Contact the kitchen remodeling and design experts at EuroAmerica Design today for more information!

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Turn Your Modern Kitchen “Green”

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environmentally-friendly-modern-kitchen-design-tipsIn today’s day and age, more and more consumers and businesses are starting to understand the benefits of “going green”.  Whether you are looking to remodel your kitchen into a newly designed modern kitchen or you are just looking for ways to do your part to contribute to taking care of Mother Nature, the good folks at Berloni America have some tips on how to be more “green” around your home to help save the environment (and possibly even some money).

Going Green Tip #1: Use Water-Smart Plumbing.  Between tankless water heaters to faucets that reduce the amount of water dispensed, find plumbing that can save your home from needlessly wasting water.  You will find your water and gas bill reduced and you will be saving some much-needed water at a time when much of the country is suffering from drought.

Going Green Tip #2: Use Natural Light.  From windows to skylights, use natural light wherever possible to reduce the need for lights during the day.  And when you do need to use lights, use energy-saving light bulbs to cut down on your energy bill.

Going Green Tip #3: Minimize Your Space.  Reduce the size of your kitchen space.  The kitchen can be one of the most energy-hogging rooms in your home.  While you don’t have to miss out on the other luxuries offered in your kitchen, you can still reduce the amount of space and energy that is used to keep your kitchen operating.

Going Green Tip #4: Buy from Local Farmers Markets.  Buy fruits, vegetables and other groceries from your local farmers markets.  This will help support your local commerce and farmers, but it also helps ensure that your foods are without harsh chemicals and other preservatives needed to ship from outside of the area to your major grocery chains.

Going Green Tip #5: Fix Your Plumbing.  This one is very simple.  If you have a leak, fix it.  Even one faucet from one home leaking at one drop per minute will waste an estimated 34 gallons of water per year.  If you add more faucets or a faster dripping faucet, you can do the math.  That’s a lot of needlessly wasted water each year and unnecessary money spent on your water bills.

Going Green Tip #6: Recycle-Reduce-Reuse.  Dedicate an area in your home that will be used to recycle paper and plastic.  Use re-usable bags whenever possible and find ways to use re-usable dishes, glassware and other containers that will do not need to be tossed away after one use. You will be saving the environment and saving on having to buy replacement items.

Going Green Tip #7: Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products.  If you have ever picked up one of your cleaning supply bottles and looked at the ingredients, you might have noticed the warning about swallowing the hazardous materials or calling your local poison control center if ingested.  Just reading the ingredients to the materials, you will be rendered unable to pronounce much of them and they are harsh chemicals used to disinfect, clean and loosen up dirt and oil.  When you use these products to clean your home, you have to also remember that you may rinse off these chemicals and that water will end up somewhere—a place where animals may dwell and people may be.  Find eco-friendly cleaning products that are safe for the environment. 

Going Green Tip #8: Proper Ventilation.  Having proper ventilation in your kitchen will help ensure better air quality and will help keep your energy bill down.  Having proper ventilation in the bathroom will help keep things dry and avoid mildew and mold buildup.

Going Green Tip #9: Filter Your Water.  Whenever possible, filter your water for cooking and drinking water.  Many people purchase plastic water bottles, but with an estimated 1,500 plastic water bottles every second being consumed in America, you can do the math and figure that 80% of those bottles end up in a landfill somewhere.  Eliminate your plastic footprint by simply choosing to get a water filtration system, whether you choose to get one that attaches directly to your tap or a portable system like Brita water filters.

In addition to these great tips for eco-friendly habits around your house, you can also use products and actually build your kitchen with these environmentally friendly goals in mind by picking a company that makes preserving the environment a priority.  The good folks at Berloni have committed themselves and their efforts to taking care of the environment by ensuring eco-friendly products that meet the strictest of European environmental standards.

This post is brought to you by the good folks at EuroAmerica Design.  Contact us today for more information on how we can assist you with your next kitchen, bath or wardrobe remodel.  We would love to connect with you on FacebookHouzz and Pinterest.

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Light the Way: Contemporary Kitchen Lighting Tips

contemporary-kitchen-lighting-designs-berloni-americaThe lighting in any room can make a big difference in the overall look, feel, and design of the room.  This holds true even more for the kitchen, which typically—anything from the floors, counter tops, appliances, and cabinets—has a number of reflective surfaces for light to bounce off and create an entirely unique look. Here are some lighting tips for your next contemporary kitchen.

Kitchen Lighting Tip #1: The Perfect Blend There are four layers of lighting that has been noted to be the most effective for the kitchen.  This includes task lighting, ambient lighting, accent lighting and decorative lighting.  Combining and blending these four layers of lighting results in a warm and inviting room that not only makes it practical to work and cook in, but also a place to host events and entertain guests.  The most common mistake that in the kitchen is lighting their entire kitchen with a single light fixture centered in the ceiling.  It is too overpowering and typically does not allow enough light once fixtures, decorations and appliances are put into place.

Kitchen Lighting Tip #2: Focus on Location, Location, Location! When it comes to lighting, location is everything—especially when you’re looking to blend the four types of lighting into one room.  Task lighting is typically used for an area designated for food preparation.  So, typically, task lighting would make the most sense underneath overhead cabinets and over an island, as well as underneath a stove hood.  Another location for task lighting is inside the pantry.  This focused lighting will make working and finding things you need easier.

Kitchen Lighting Tip #3: Don’t Overlook Ambient Lighting Ambient lighting is an important layer for the kitchen that is typically overlooked.  Ambient lighting is indirect lighting that is known for softening lines and shadows on people’s faces and creates a warm and inviting glow in the room.  With the kitchen now becoming the go-to room for entertaining, this is a key layer of lighting you won’t want to miss. Ambient lighting fixtures typically include flush-mounted ceiling fixtures, pendant lights hanging over the island or even adjustable track lighting.

Kitchen Lighting Tip #4: Add Accents Accent lightning is the least common layer used in the kitchen, but it is becoming more common since the kitchen has become the more popular room for entertaining.  Types of accent lighting include track lighting, up-lighters, directional lights that draw attention to a fixture or piece of artwork, wall scones and much more.  You can use hang your favorite piece of art along the wall or behind a table and use accent lighting to draw attention to these pieces.  Accent lighting is also used in combination with tile backsplashes and in glass cabinets to illuminate vases, china and other glassware.

Kitchen Lighting Tip #5: Decorative Lighting to Add Zing to Your Kitchen! Decorative light are things like chandeliers, hanging pendants and other eye-catching type of light fixtures that are more for decoration than anything else.  However, be careful.  Decorative lighting should be used in proportion to the size of your kitchen.  If you have a small kitchen space, a chandelier may not be practical or advised, so be sure that you scale the fixtures to fit the kitchen space that you’re working with.

Kitchen Lighting Tip #6: Use Technology to Make the Layers Work Together The best way to layer these four lighting designs is to have the flexibility to vary the amount of light of each item based on the task and function going on in the kitchen.  You don’t want one simple flip of the light switch to turn on all of these lights all at once at their brightest levels, so invest in different dimmers and switches for each kind of light to ensure the best coordination between the levels.  There are even systems that you can set a variety of scenes, pre-set lighting levels for different functions such as “Breakfast”, “Daytime”, “Food Prep”, “Dinner” and “Evening Hosting”.

So, as you can see, choosing the lighting for your kitchen may not be quite as simple as picking out that ceiling fan or centered light fixture to light up the entire kitchen.  If you’re going to take the time and expense to upgrade and remodel your kitchen, don’t cut out the time and expense involved to properly light your new kitchen.  Proper lighting of your kitchen can make a big difference at the end of the day.

This post is brought to you by the good folks at Berloni America—leaders in modern Italian kitchen remodeling.  The designers at Berloni America can help you design your next kitchen with storage and organization in mind. Contact us today for more information on how we can assist you with your next kitchen remodel.  We would love to connect with you on Facebook.

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The Three C’s of a Modern Italian Kitchen Island

Modern Italian Kitchen Island The modern Italian kitchen resembles restaurant kitchens in many respects.  For example, stainless steel is often used, and the designs are minimalist and sleek.  The island is the hub where all parts of the kitchen’s working zone are accessible at any time.

Islands work well in both large and small kitchens.  Well-designed modern Italian kitchens are so beautiful, that they often look amazing even when combined with a living and/or dining room.

When selecting the island for your modern Italian kitchen, consider these three C’s:

Convenience- How you will use your island in your kitchen once it is remodeled?  While all parts of the kitchen’s working zone can be placed within the island, you may only select a few elements based on your family’s preferences and lifestyle.

For example, if you love the fact that your kitchen sink is currently under a window, you may want to omit it from the island; especially since rearranging pipes and plumbing can be costly.  If you have young children at home, you may refrain from placing the stovetop within the island for fear that they may reach over from a stool and burn themselves.

For most people, the working zone is the center of the kitchen so it is ideal to contain the oven, a sink and even a chest of drawers within the island.

Color- A design trend of recent years has been to select an island’s finishes that are different than the rest of the kitchen’s cabinetry.  While the color and finishes of the island can be different than the rest of the kitchen, they should complement each other.

A contrasting combination between colors, for example white and blue, or black and red, has become very popular.  The use of light colors in the contrasting combination will create an airy sense of freshness.  The use of warm colors will prevent the space from appearing cold and dreary.

Community- The island will be a place where family and friends gather often, so make it comfortable.  Choose bar stools with high backs on them for maximum comfort.

Many of today’s islands look like stunning furnishings in kitchens large and small.  They offer conveniences that will make preparing meals easier than ever.

By selecting the right one, you will experience joy not only when passing your favorite recipes down from generation to generation, but just by sharing a conversation and cocktail with a dear friend.

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Contemporary Euro-Design Tips for Creating Your Dream Bathroom

Berloni America Bathroom product - Integrali+ Tired of your old bathroom and want to give it a more modern look, inspired by European design? Bathrooms today are not just utility spaces for personal hygiene; they’re private spas where the mind and body can relax after a challenging day. Amid the soft sound of water and the peaceful aroma of your favorite bubble bath, this is where dreams are born.

There’s nothing quite like the experience of stepping into the serenity of a European inspired bathroom, especially when it’s part of your home. Here are some amazing bathroom designs inspired by contemporary European design and timeless style.

Sleek bathroom showers and tubs 

Your bathroom design starts with an overhaul of your current bathtub and shower. European bathing areas are formed from simple lines, in rich stones, marble and tile. From ceilings to floors, your contemporary bathroom takes on a seamless look that makes this space feel larger than life. The addition of water-saving, rain showerheads and steam-free glass doors provide a beautiful finished look.

Light infused cabinets and counters

The hallmark of contemporary European design in the bathroom are sleek, light countertops, bathroom cabinets and closets that glide easily. You’ll find many styles that provide over-sized storage and an ease of care in your bathroom. Add overhead lighting or bring in natural sunshine for a clean look that lasts years.

Chrome and glass bathroom fixtures 

Along with cabinets and counters that bring more light into contemporary bathrooms, the fixtures used in your new space should also blend in well. Use modern chrome faucets and handles, with shelving made of recycled glass and chrome. You’ll find many ways excuses to keep them looking shiny and new.

Out of the ordinary vanities and sinks 

One of the best features of the contemporary European bathroom design is the wide range of beautiful vanities and sinks available. From clear glass to deep natural shades in glass and ceramic bowls and basins, sinks can be matched to your personal style. Vanities are suspended on walls and accompanied by oversized mirrors to create a dreamy look.

Modern sitting and dressing areas

Contemporary designs in today’s bathrooms are lending towards an extension of the bedroom instead of a separate space. Therefore, crafting a bathroom allows you to add in a modern sitting area that includes soft seating and generous closet space. Dressing areas, complete with technology enhancements, such as built in flat screens and Wi-Fi are the perfect accompaniment for the individual on the go.

Bright patterns and contemporary colors

The bathroom doesn’t have to be a dull environment. Instead, modern bathroom design incorporates dashes of bold colors and patterns that inspire one aesthetically. Using artwork and bathroom linens, your dream bathroom can be personalized to your style and your budget.

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The Top 7 Mistakes People Make in Kitchen Design

Creating a masterful design for a kitchen often comes from the minds of homeowners who envision something better. The kitchen is the center of most homes and therefore it can add a tremendous amount of value to give it an update. Popular television shows and magazines make it seem so easy to redesign a kitchen, with the latest in kitchen appliances, kitchen building and décor materials. Yet, very often things go terribly wrong when an inexperienced homeowner attempts to design a new kitchen. Here is a list of the top kitchen design mistakes that people make, that can ruin a good kitchen, with advice on how to avoid them.

Lack of a design layout – One of the biggest problems with re-doing your own kitchen is not understanding the golden rule of kitchen design  - the triangle layout. Each kitchen is comprised of three important elements that include the sink, stove and refrigerator, which should be positioned with the least amount of obstruction. Unfortunately, too many homeowners focus on their counters and cabinets and forget about where they plan to have these appliances, turning their kitchen into chaos.

Covering up structural faults – As part of any kitchen design process, most people will start tearing out certain elements of their kitchen. In doing so, they may discover problems with the walls, the floors, electrical wiring, plumbing, and other structural features of their kitchen. An inexperienced home designer will just cover them up, which can be a big mistake that can cause damage later on. A quality home designer will recommend repair of these items before laying the foundation of a new kitchen.

Forgetting traffic flow of the kitchen – Depending on your lifestyle, the kitchen can be the hub of activity for your family and friends. Being able to walk through the kitchen and get to the activities needed is critical to the best contemporary kitchen design. A mistake often made is forgetting to map out the traffic areas when planning a new kitchen design; an oversight that causes years of frustration.

The wrong storage approach – In many homes, particularly those that are small, the kitchen is also not roomy enough for storing necessities. A mistake that do-it-yourselfers often make is just trying to add some more shelves to a random wall or building a standalone pantry. This doesn’t fit in well with any kitchen, and could put a strain on the walls of the kitchen. Instead, consult with a kitchen design firm to build cabinets and storage for your kitchen that is beautiful and functional.

Using poor quality materials  - Designing a kitchen can be a costly venture for most, but it’s worth the investment as it can raise a home’s value by as much as 20 percent when handled by a contemporary kitchen design firm. However, if you try to cut corners by using cheap materials, the kitchen will look bad and your home’s value will drop. Use durable kitchen materials that are sustainable and will make your home look great.

Inadequate countertops – Every kitchen needs to have enough countertops to provide ample cooking and entertaining space. Most kitchens in older homes and apartments don’t have enough countertops, therefore the homeowner may just add new ones overtop the old counters. But this doesn’t make the kitchen better, it just perpetuates a bad experience in the kitchen. Instead, have a kitchen designer create an island countertop to expand the usable space for your kitchen.

Lack of lighting options – Kitchens of today are spaces where both natural and electric light shine, creating a focal point for the home. Many homeowners forget this, and opt for tiny ceiling lights instead of opening up the space and using natural lighting and enhanced surface lights. Hire a professional kitchen designer to provide contemporary lighting styles that will make your kitchen more illuminated.

As you begin to plan for the redesign of your modern kitchen, be sure to call on the professionals at Berloni America for support.

 

Tiny, but Never Insignificant - A Modern Approach to Apartment Kitchen Design

Life in an apartment or condo can be both comforting and cramped at times, but there’s nothing like having the freedom of expression in your own little piece of real estate. Modern apartment kitchen design offers the chance to open up the space in your apartment with simple lines, eye-popping colors, and amazing contemporary furnishings inspired by European designers. Using a more modern approach to apartment kitchen design may seem a little unusual for such a small space, yet it works well for most flats. In some cases, your apartment may be filled to the brink with mix and match pieces, and outdated kitchen looks. The kitchen is the center stage of your apartment, so this is the best place to get started with a redesign that will create added value, for entertaining or just everyday life.

Get started by determining how you like to use your apartment kitchen, and what needs to be improved. For many apartment dwellers, who have busy schedules, having conveniences like a beverage center, well-lit food prep areas, easy-care appliances, and comfortable seating areas are important. Starting with a drawn out idea of your contemporary kitchen will help you decide where to begin planning the kitchen of your dreams.

Kitchen cabinets and countertops are often a good place to start, when designing a modern kitchen space. Removing old cupboard doors and replacing them with sleek European cabinet doors and handles can give your apartment kitchen a brand new look very economically. Increase kitchen and pantry storage by adding extra interior shelves and special wall racks for storing contemporary dinnerware and cooking elements. Adding stainless steel or granite cabinet tops can improve the look and function of your kitchen, while giving it a modern Italian look for less.

In a small kitchen, having the ability to prepare meals and entertain guests are the elements of a modern lifestyle. More families are choosing to dine in or have guests over than ever before, so you’ll want to make your kitchen seem bigger than life with contemporary elements. Choose overhead lighting made from recycled glass pendants to illuminate your breakfast bar or kitchen island. Add a clever wine rack to the end of a cabinet to create a mini-bar. Create an instant café by adding a simple tray and your espresso machine to a table, for a modern Italian kitchen experience.

In the modern apartment kitchen, you’ll also want to make a statement by choosing contemporary art pieces, displayed on walls and surfaces. Use an oversized print to draw the eye to your modern dining room table and Italianate chairs. Hang a unique chandelier overhead, and use modern lighting in all the room corners to give the illusion of a larger dine-in kitchen. As often as possible, buy artwork from local sources to give your kitchen more charm.

The idea with a modern kitchen design is to create an environment where you can spend memorable time at home in your apartment, with friends or family. Contemporary design elements are very popular for apartments because they are simple to achieve more with less clutter. Using simple lines and arrangements, as well as light-enhancing colors, your apartment kitchen can provide you with years of enjoyment.

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Contemporary Design Elements for an Organized Kitchen

A functional kitchen is an organized kitchen. A hot idea for this year’s contemporary kitchen design is the addition of new organization systems. By making the kitchen more functional, home owners can enjoy the freedom to use their kitchens knowing all dinnerware, cookware, and other kitchen elements are in the proper place. For a smaller kitchen, this can be a plus because it opens up the kitchen space for other purposes like entertaining and spending time with family. Some of the contemporary kitchen designs include organizational systems that fit neatly into kitchen drawers and cabinets. By using customized and adjustable organization trays, racks, and shelves; the kitchen is more convenient to use. Learn more about Berloni organization solutions for your contemporary home.

  • Drawer organization solutions. In the kitchen, drawers can quickly become overfilled with a variety of cooking tools and accessories. To get control of the clutter, it’s important to install drawer organizers that are right for each individual use. Choose from eco-friendly wood drawer organizers that are shaped to fit utensils and silverware. For deeper drawers, plate racks and adjustable organizers can create more space for plates and cookware.
  • Cabinet organization shelves and racks. As part of a kitchen upgrade, you may decide to make your cabinets and shelves more spacious with custom racks. Use them to hold plates, glasses, barware, pottery, and various types of cookware for fast access to the things you need to make each meal complete. Shelves can be built to suit any type of cabinet, providing an extra layer of storage and organization in your contemporary home.
  • Custom container organization. In order to keep foods, condiments and spices fresh, you may choose modern in-drawer storage solutions that use customized kitchen containers. These containers fit neatly into kitchen drawers, in cabinets, and on shelves where you need them. They are stackable and come in a variety of contemporary European inspired designs and colors. Use labels or special color combinations to maintain order in your kitchen.
  • Wall and pantry organization options. The pantry can be a good place for storing anything from food staples to extra cooking tools, therefore having access to organization can maximize this space in the kitchen. Organization solutions can include stainless steel and quality reclaimed wood racks built into cabinets or shelves that provide ample space for anything you need to stow away.

As part of our kitchen update, you can experience more by adding new kitchen drawers and cabinets that make the most of your space. Putting things within reach and ease of use is what makes the modern kitchen appealing to today’s savvy home owner.

 

 

Considerations for Modern Kitchen Designs

Let’s face it—kitchens take a beating. Children come home from school and throw their shoes on the floor as they run to get to the television set before one another; older children come home from high school or college and drop their bags on the table as they hit the refrigerator for something to eat. Adults come home from work and basically do what they want. The point is the kitchen is the hub of the home and where we all share and help each other with problems, and communicate with our family. Modern kitchen designs therefore need to be perfect, or at least perfect for the individual family as it is perhaps the most important room in the home. Contemporary kitchen designs should allow each family to relax in the kitchen, allow them to enjoy food here, and embrace one another’s company. Kitchen designs give the opportunity for each family to have their own family time, and whether you like your dream kitchen to be formal or informal, you may want to consider incorporating a comfy sofa or breakfast bar.

Designing the kitchen of our dreams can be a big project and getting this project correct will be important to the family setting. Berloni America offers some great modern Italian kitchen designs that can be tailored to your individual taste. If you would like to create and design your own kitchen, however, Berloni’s professional and helpful staff is willing to advise you on what is best for your kitchen no matter what size and shape you desire.

You may not need nor want full kitchen designs; instead, you may just want to buy some new accessories to brighten up your kitchen or perhaps add high-end kitchen cabinets. Whatever you need—whether big or small—Berloni America has an array of choices for you.

If you are environmentally sensitive, contemporary European kitchen designs now offer a green option, which allows you to look after the environment with simple solutions such as recycling, using eco-materials, energy efficient appliances and many more. This option of kitchen designs allow you to really make the best out of the natural resources your kitchen has on offer, making it a cheaper alternative in the long run.

Kitchen remodel projects can make an old home feel like a new one. Indeed, even the smallest transformations that are adapted to your individual needs within your kitchen will make a big difference to your family setting.

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