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- Combine the beauty of traditional face-frame cabinetry with the strength and simplicity of European cabinetry and hardware
- Build drawers, pull-outs and flip-outs to maximize storage space
- Use European hinges, adjustable legs and other specialized hardware to take the guesswork out of construction and installation
- Use simple butt joints to build strong cabinets quickly
- Customize your cabinets' looks with a variety of door styles, countertops and finishes
Article by Gen Wright
Many homeowners today still perceive European kitchen designs to be chunky and expensive. However, this is not true with Italian kitchen designs. Designs from Italy has always been in the forefront. Every year, Italian kitchen designs are showcased in International exhibitions all over the world, and they have received excellent feedback. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why this remains to be true today.
Reason 1: Sleek and streamlined designs.
Italian kitchens are well known to come in sleek and simple designs. For this reason, you can expect Italian designs to be more contemporary and modern looking. Of course, there are also traditional designs available if that is your preference. Most homeowners still prefer the simple but practical approach that Italian designs offer.
Compared to other European designs, which are mostly custom made, Italian designs are much simpler, and definitely less costly. A homeowner can even bring the entire kitchen along to a new home. It helps to have materials that are generally lighter. But there is another factor – its modular structure.
Reason 2: Modular structure.
The homeowner can bring the kitchen along when moving because the different parts of the kitchen can be easily taken apart, and easily fitted back again. You can’t do that with a custom fit kitchen. Due to the modular structure of Italian designs, many homeowners end up saving a huge amount of money in installation fees.
Reason 3: Voids under cupboards and benches.
This is a unique characteristic of Italian kitchen designs. Voids are built-in deliberately to create the illusion of a bigger kitchen. This is possible because of the minimalist approach that Italian designs adopt. The next time you come across an Italian design, take a step back and observe closely. Most likely, you will see that the kitchen appears larger than most others.
Reason 4: Thinness is key.
Bench tops, cupboards, table tops, etc. are all created thinly. Having thin furniture in the kitchen means a few things. Firstly, everything is a little lighter and are therefore easier to handle. Secondly, this creates a modern look and feel that you can’t achieve with thick materials.
Reason 5: Easily integrated with kitchen appliances.
No kitchen is complete without the right kitchen appliances. Such appliances include huge items like hood, stove, fridge, and other small items like kettles, utensils, etc. The goal here is to maintain a consistent look throughout the whole kitchen. For example, since this is an Italian kitchen, don’t go around putting bulky items in the kitchen. In the midst of the simplistic design, those items will surely look out of place. Consult your kitchen designer on the right type of appliance to buy for your new kitchen design. Your designer probably already has a few ideas in mind. All you need to do is to choose the design that you like best. Kitchen appliances that go best with Italian kitchens are those that adopt a similar approach – minimalistic, simple, and contemporary looking.