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Glass in the Kitchen

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath

1692658_SUsing glass or Plexiglas in the kitchen can open up the space.  Clear materials are nice to mix in with solid surfaces like wood and stone. Both glass and Plexiglas can be found in clear, frosted, ribbed and textured forms—each with its own unique feeling. Glass fronted cabinets are great for displaying the pretty things in your kitchen like wedding china and glassware. Frosted Plexiglas or glass doors can lighten your cabinet fronts and still disguise the pantry goods and clutter.

This contemporary kitchen uses frosted glass on the cabinets and traditional stools.  These materials work well with the dark cabinets and neutral flooring.  The glass and dark cabinets contrast so you can really appreciate the glass detail.  However, the light walls and counter top keep the glass from looking too contrasting and out of place in the kitchen. Light colored counter tops continue the look of the room.

In a more traditional kitchen, glass front cabinets can make built-in cabinets feel more like traditional furniture such as china cabinets and hutches.  Single paneled glass front doors feel more modern than glass cabinet doors that have mullions or dividers.

There are also glass fronted refrigerators and wine fridges that can be used in the kitchen.  A fridge with a glass door requires a high level of organization to avoid adding visual clutter to a room. This is why wine fridges with glass doors are a better idea for most of us.

Design Detail: Kitchen Kick Plate

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath

10871464_SKick plates are one of those overlooked design elements that you don’t really notice until you think about them. Set between the cabinets and the floor, the kick plate is the transitional piece of molding that covers the gap between the bottom of the cabinets and the floor. Because most floors are not even, but counters and cabinets should be, shims are used to level the cabinets. To hide the shims, kick plates are used to give the cabinets a finished look.

Kick plates are most often matched to the cabinet fronts. Sometimes you will see kick plates that continue the stone or wood floor, making them blend in more with the flooring. Keeping the kick plates the same color and material as the cabinets makes them blend in more and grounds the cabinets. Having a lighter kick plate can give the illusion that the cabinets are floating.  Deciding on the kick plate color and material should be done at the time the cabinets are ordered. Most non-custom cabinetry comes with a matching kick plate.

In the kitchen picture here, the kick plate is a great combination to match the lighter cabinets and the grey flooring.  The shadow from the cabinets helps blend the kick plate into the cabinets, as well as the floor. This look works because the cabinets and kitchen design is more contemporary. In a more traditional kitchen more likely than not the kick plate would be the same color and wood as the cabinets.

Some kitchens even have vacuums set into the kick plate. This is a nice feature for sweeping the floors as no dust pan is needed. Just sweep the dust and dirt towards the vacuum panel and it will be sucked away.