Monday, 11 December 2006

Decorating A Large Kitchen

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LOTS of people dream of having a big kitchen complete with a table big enough for family gatherings.
Unfortunately, big can sometimes mean cold rather than cosy and clinical rather than personal.
But with the right kind of kind of accessories, you can have both a large and cosy kitchen all in one.
One thing you’ll want to do is fill in all the extra space with some great furniture and collectables which will add interest to the room. A large table with tablecloth and floral centrepiece will instantly make the room look more inviting. Kitchen knick-knacks strategically placed will break up large expanses of worktops. Stick to one "theme" and buy accordingly. You may want to achieve to a country, farmhouse feel with egg baskets and bright canisters, or you might want to go for the streamlined contemporary look with stainless steel and clean lines.
Accessories can help make a large kitchen more homey. Potted plants (either silk or real) are a possibility - a large kitchen can take larger big plants easily.
You can also use larger decorative pieces such as urns, wall hangings and perhaps some architectural pieces it matches your décor.
A dresser or a modern sideboard will instantly make the room cosier.
The kitchen is also a great place to show off your collections and they don’t have to be comprised of kitchen related items. Shelves or wall units can be used to show off your collection and make for a unique conversation piece in the kitchen.
It is important to consider the scale of your furniture when decorating a large kitchen. A tiny café table will look out of place so you’ll want a large substantial piece for your table set. You can also include some baker's racks or other storage pieces depending on how large your kitchen is. If the kitchen is set-up so that you can add a portable island (or even a stationary one) or a butcher's block, consider doing this, it will add lots more storage space.
A breakfast bar can break up a big room and you can get one with an eating counter and set up some bar stools for informal dinners.
If you have a theme or a collection of something, you may want to show them off in a lighted glass hutch, or add shelves on the wall. Lighting is important in any kitchen and special considerations should be made for larger rooms. One mistake that many home owners make is to buy lighting that does not match the scale of the room. If you have a large kitchen, you need to buy lighting fixtures that are of a large scale.Large pendants, big chandeliers and plenty of recessed lighting is good. Don’t forget your task lighting at the counters for cooking and preparing food. Finally, you can use color and pattern to make the room feel more homey. When decorating a large kitchen, consider soft warm colours that will evoke a feeling of comfort and cosiness. Of course, you need to make sure the colour matches your overall decorating theme and does not clash with the curtains and flooring.
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