Creating the right ambience in a kitchen is as important as having all the appliances, fixtures and fittings in the right places. But what exactly do you need to do to instill a room with the desired atmosphere?
All aspects of your design contribute to your kitchen’s character. But it’s the finishing touches that really make a room sing. By choosing the right lighting and worktop design, you can bring the best out of your kitchen.
Lighting plays a huge role in the way a room ends up feeling. Typically, in kitchens – in addition to maximising natural light – designers recommend fitting a combination of three types of lighting:
- Ambient – for the general light levels in a room.
- Feature – used to highlight or illuminate specific architectural qualities in a room.
- Task – fitted above food preparation areas to provide clear light to work by.
Worktops are another key element in a kitchen’s character. There are many styles of worktop available but most are made from either granite or quartz – granite is a naturally occurring material, whereas quartz worktops are man-made from crushed granite set in a resin.
With the help of a vast array of granite and quartz worktops, creating the perfect ambience in your kitchen is easier today than it has ever been. Stone Italiana for example – one of the one of the many companies manufacturing quartz – offers a choice of 59 different colours and finishes.
The beauty of quartz worktops is that they need not break the bank; you can achieve the look you want with well-made cheap worktops in a range of finishes. Stone Italiana’s TuttiFrutti finish, for instance, lends itself perfectly to creating a cheerful, fun atmosphere. The basic off-white background carries tiny pale-grey and larger flecks of multiple colours, including flecks of yellow, red, green, blue and brown. This, of course, will not only add a contrasting touch to darker wood or black furnishings, it will also easily compliment glossy white panels without creating a cold, sterile look.
For a warmer ambience, the Luce Viva, a red finish with a sand-like texture and tiny sparkling flecks, will provide the perfect accompaniment to a kitchen with light wooden furniture. Again, adding glass panels of a complimentary colour – glass panels are available in a broad range of RAL and Dulux colours, making it easy to match them perfectly to worktops and other fittings – will enhance the overall effect.
For more details about Stone Italiana quartz worktops, call us on 0208 216 2041 or use our contact form here.