What materials are commonly used in a Mediterranean kitchen?
Starting off the interior architecture scheme, a great texture to add to the kitchen is a layered stone wall. This is usually done on a single wall in the kitchen and is made of stone that is preferably a complementary colour to the rest of the kitchen or perhaps the same colour as the floor. The wall looks best facing the door or the main entrance as it greets the people when they enter the room. This is commonly seen in the hand built walls of Tuscany and Spain, and are usually uneven and disorganized in their construction.
Another great material to be used in a kitchen is wood. Wood is known for its versatility and its stylish appeal. Wood can be used on the floors in many different styles like laminate flooring, hardwood floors and natural wood. Each one highlights the wooden potential in a different but beautiful way. A Mediterranean kitchen however, should have laminate flooring because of the modern edge and sleek appearance that a modern Mediterranean kitchen needs.
The third material that would best suit a Mediterranean style kitchen is marble. Marble is a great way for a kitchen to be both modern as well as traditional in its design. Marble is a timeless and elegant material that can be used in combination with a lot of other materials such as wood, stainless steel, glass and even porcelain. The marble material can be found in the kitchen countertops and depending on the type of the designer and the homeowner, they could use marble on the floors, on the walls and sometimes even on the ceilings.
How can I make a Mediterranean kitchen more modern?
In order for an interior designer or kitchen planner to successfully transform a traditional Mediterranean style kitchen into a modern version of itself, is by looking at the modern additions that are available. The first element of design that could be utilised is in the shapes and angles found throughout the entire kitchen, for instance in the counters, in the chairs, in the tables, and in the windows. These shapes and angles are important in creating an overall modern appearance in the kitchen. It is also important to remember that the shape and the angle of the modern components in the kitchen design, needs to accompany the modern style, with modern colours, modern materials and modern executions.
The integration of modern appliances into a somewhat traditional Mediterranean style kitchen, will combine the two different styles successfully. So what is a modern kitchen appliance? These are usually known to be metallic and have a sleek design and shape. The first addition that a kitchen planner must include is a gas stove. These come in stunning stainless steel, and have ample amounts of space for up to 6 gas plates to be used at once. The second modern appliance could be a grand stainless steel fridge that accompanies the stainless steel stove in terms of its colour, materials and design. The use of stainless steel in almost every appliance helps round off and keep the design of the kitchen and the materials within it, in balance with one another.
The third and final kitchen appliance that a modern Mediterranean kitchen will need is an extractor fan. An extractor fan was created to help circulate as well as inhale the fumes, the steam and the smoke that comes from the stove or oven. This piece of technology is usually placed directly above the stove so it can work more efficiently and as it is needed. These come with a variety of functions and add that extra element of design excellence as this is a must-have kitchen appliance.
What colours will best suit a Mediterranean kitchen?
Within a Mediterranean kitchen there are many components that can be painted or the colour might come naturally in the material used. The base colour for a Mediterranean kitchen should be white. This colour could be on the floors in the form of a ceramic tile, white wooden flooring or marble flooring. The walls, the doors and even the ceiling can be painted or designed to be white. White is the standard balancing colour for any room whether it be the bathroom, the conservatory or the gym.
The second most common colour to discuss is brown and all of its variations. There are natural browns found in almost every kind of wood. These are the browns that the kitchen planner will happily suggest for any part of a Mediterranean kitchen. Brown is very popular colour in this traditional style kitchen as it can be used on the floors, around the windows in a wooden frame, on the ceiling, in the doors and in the walls, just to name a few. The final colour we can discuss is the addition of bright colours in the kitchen, once the base and plain colours have been established. The small but bright splash of colour can come from the addition of blue, green and yellow found in an arrangement of decorative tiles. These can be designed in such a way that they resemble the traditional Turkish and Moroccan designs.