Italian design for the kitchen is as varied as Italy itself. It is at once simple and natural but vibrant and full of life. If there is one constant, it is color. So if you want to be a bit bold, an Italian theme might be the perfect design direction for your Chicago kitchen remodel. At The Kitchen Master, we will guide you from start to finish.
Italian style may be more a state of mind than a well-defined set of principles. However, one thing is clear: Italian design — like the Italian language and the Italian countryside — is colorful, exuberant and diverse.
More than many other design labels, Italian style is difficult to define. There is the soft and faded comfort of Tuscany, the vibrant hues and sometimes “spicy” combinations of the Mediterranean, and the earthy, artistic classic style of Italy’s interior and northern provinces. There is also strikingly modern Italian design, with an aesthetic all its own.
No matter which Italian landscape you draw inspiration from, color is the important element: Cobalt, blue, the softer blues and aquas of sky and sea, terra cotta, a variety of greens, sienna, mustard yellow and tomato red all are part of the Italian soul. In a kitchen you can mix them all as in a piece of Italian pottery, or use only one or two to add spice to a more neutral palette.
Use bright blue enamel on an island to complement wood-tone perimeter cabinetry; paint a single wall terra cotta to add interest to a kitchen filled with ivory-painted cabinets and walls the color of buttercream. Capture the appeal of traditional Italian ceramics by mixing citrusy tones of lemon, lime and orange with accents of vibrant blue — as wonderful with white-painted cabinets as with dark woods. Rein in the effect by taking inspiration from the olive groves — use grey-greens in all their variations from pale to inky darks — play them off against pale wood cabinets and black olive toned countertops. Keep the floor the color of ancient paving stones, either in the grey or reddish-brown spectrum.
Although there is no single hallmark of Italian design, that is one of the most appealing aspects of its popularity. Pick a simple slab cabinet door, a modified Shaker-style flat panel or a more formal raised panel. Paint the cabinetry; distress the wood, or select high-tech metal cabinets. Use stainless steel appliances, opt for a bright enamel finish on the range and hood, or stick with classic white or black. All can adapt to Italian decor.
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