Recipe for a perfect kitchen

Your kitchen is one of the most crucial rooms in your home, so choosing the right interior design makes all the difference. Whether you opt for the homey comfort of farmhouse, the funky flair of retro, the sleek elegance of modern, the timeless charm of classic, the earthy nature of rustic or the magic mismatch of eclectic, this is an area which should be as inspirational as it is functional. A great kitchen is sure to up the property value of your home. Plus, it’s a space that you and your family spend many hours in, so why not let your kitchen echo a style that reflects the personality’s of those who use it? AMERICAN Shutters presents three popular styles to help stimulate ideas for your own kitchen’s theme this season.
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Farmhouse kitchen style Farmhouse or country-styled kitchens are reminiscent of a time when people lead simpler lives, living off the land and preparing food from scratch, harnessing all its natural goodness. These kitchens tend to really be the heart of a home, designed to be comfortable, practical and homey. Here are the ingredients for our farmhouse kitchen recipe:

  • Freestanding cabinets
  • Open shelves to show off collectibles and to give easy access to crockery, glassware and appliances
  • Vintage accessories such as old signs, collection of recipe books and a recipe stand, old milk cans, a vintage kitchen scale etc.
  • Big welcoming table with comfortable seating to accommodate kitchen helpers and hungry tummies
  • Feel free to add personal touches such as old family photographs, area rugs, rocking chairs etc. whatever makes it home.

Karina Palmer, interior designer and AMERICAN shutters’ marketing director suggests their Decowood range of shutters in one of their standard soft neutral shades, for country-styled kitchens. “Decowood shutters are ideal for hard-working kitchens,” says Karina. “They are hard wearing, durable, and easy to clean and maintain.” Manufactured locally from engineered wood composite, they are coated in patented polyurethane to ensure they are stain-, peel-, chip- and crack-resistant.

Decowood.
Decowood.
  Contemporary kitchen style Although there are slight differences between contemporary style and modern style kitchens, they share many design principles. Both are designed to be streamlined, practical and beautiful spaces that celebrate the natural beauty of the materials used, and unlike the farmhouse kitchen, they are usually free of clutter and ornamentation. Concerned with structure and shapes, the modern kitchen has strong horizontal lines with frameless cabinet doors and draws and elegant horizontally aligned hardware. Contemporary kitchens may be more colourful than a traditional modern style kitchen and often have a mix of new and old-made-new components. Trendy and interesting features such as a unique back-splash or feature wall also suit contemporary style. Whether it’s modern or contemporary, both styles require cutting edge appliances and gadgets. There are no better suited window finishes than shutters or blinds for a modern or contemporary kitchen. “The natural geometry of shutters embody the horizontal lines modern kitchens are styled on, and their practicality and style enhance a contemporary kitchen design,” says Karina Palmer. Karina suggests Decowood shutters or AMERICAN shutters’ Normandy range for contemporary kitchens. Made from the timber of the Kiri tree, one of the world’s fastest growing tree species, Normandy shutters are eco-friendly and because Kiri wood has one of the highest strength to weight ratios, they are dimensionally stable and durable. Left in their natural state, the shutters are a beautiful light honey to blonde colour, but can also be finished in any of AMERICAN shutters’ 50 stains and colours.
Normandy.
Normandy.
  Eclectic kitchen style When it comes to eclectic style kitchens the rule is simple; there are no rules. It is a mismatch collection of eras, styles and influences thatm when creatively unified, seem to work in harmony. Travel-inspired elements can introduce a taste of Tuscany, a pinch of Paris, a sprinkle of Soho, an aroma of Africa, and the result is a delight of visual reminders that ignite the memory and the appetite. Eclectic style has a license to thrill with humour and fun. Quirky finishes, funky gadgets and cheeky art are only some of the ways you can express your individuality in an eclectically styled kitchen. “By its very definition, anything goes in an eclectic style kitchen,” says Karina. “But while you can decorate with absolute abandon and personal flair when it comes to accessories, accents and furniture, my advise is to invest wisely in the permanent finishes and features such as cabinets and window finishes. Reason being that when it comes to property valuation and reselling, not everyone may share your unique taste.” Shutters are perfect window finishes in an eclectic kitchen because they suit all interior design styles and are the ideal canvas for personal style. So when it comes to choosing your kitchen style, let your mouth water the same way it does when choosing your favourite chocolate from a big box selection, and browse AMERICAN Shutters’ gallery of kitchen shutters and blinds before making your decision. Visit: www.americanshutters.co.za

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