Wednesday, 17 March 2010

German kitchen design, Feng Shui and wealth.

Well, what do you know. It seems that Good kitchen design practices are consistent with Feng Shui principals. It seems that the working triangle, commonly used by kitchen designers to site the sink, fridge and hob in appropriate locations in the kitchen, compliments the principals of Feng Shui. Fire water and ice when placed in the correct areas of your kitchen either indicate wealth, or perhaps can bring wealth. So have your kitchen well designed and who knows, perhaps your finances will pick up as well.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

German Kitchens, design influences.

German kitchens and kitchen design conjure the words words sleek. innovative and modern. You could take these principals and implement them in your new kitchen by following some fundamental guidelines. The following are some of the things we take into consideration when creating a modern German kitchen design for our clients.

The secret of German kitchen design lies in having a general understanding of the work of Walter Gropius who founded, in 1919, a 'house of building' or 'building school' more commonly known as Bauhaus. Gropius was an architect influenced by the modernist movement. It's core beliefs were radically simplified forms, rationality and functionality and the view that mass production was compatible with an artistic free spirit. If you look at other entries in our blog you will see that Nobilia kitchens continue with this ethos to the present day. Beautifully styled German kitchens produced in a high quality, cost effective way. So. when creating a kitchen in the German style your mindset should be firmly planted in achieving a balance between functionality, architecture and aesthetics. The successful combination of these should result in a look that is part industrial, part domestic and characterised by clean, straight lines, the use of different heights and angles.
Materials used in the kitchen design and manufacture will commonly be high gloss laquers, steel and glass.

Base colours in the kitchen will probably be neutral enhanced by a palette of complimentary, not contrasting, suitable accents. The decor for the kitchen should be there to provide the backdrop for the kitchen furniture. In German kitchen design it is the cabinetry and worktops that provide the drama and contrast unlike the more comfortable, together look that you might strive for with a farmhouse kitchen for example.

Appliances lean toward industrial steel and the use of stainless steel or glass splashbacks is common. Often the splashbacks cover the entire extent of the kitchen walls, not just the areas behind the hob and sink. Kitchen worktops also tend to have industrial undertones, we often use steel, granite or Corian in our German kitchen installations.

Functionality is a key part of the mix and, for lots of our customers, the versatlie use of space and ease of access to every kitchen cupboard or drawer is one of the biggest attractions of Nobilia German kitchens.

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Friday, 5 March 2010

Modern or traditional country cottage style kitchens from Nobilia.

Modern, high gloss or traditional kitchens - what are my choices? I thought that I should draw you attention to the more traditional, country cottage style kitchens manufactured by Nobilia and available from Kitchen Solutions Kent as most of the content posted so far has emphasised the other end of the spectrum. Not only do we have fantastic gloss and glass finished modern kitchens in exciting colours but we can offer a comprehensive range of more traditional styles.

Our country kitchens are made to the same exacting standards and have all the features of modern kitchens but with a traditional accent. So you can achieve that farmhouse or rustic look with in your kitchen and still have magic corners, hidden recycling centres, pull out pharmacist cabinets, hidden cutlery drawers and integrated appliances to name but a few of the practical design options we offer.
Teamed with granite or stone worktops our traditional kitchen ranges give as rustic look as you want to achieve but with all the mod cons you need to make your life in the kitchen easier.