It is often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home and it is probably true that a family will spend a lot of time there since the kitchen is often ideal as an informal dining room too, used for breakfast for the family, and if spacious enough also for casual entertaining of friends. Thus a kitchen needs to look attractive as well as being functional so that a consistent decorative them should run throughout. If your kitchen has the benefit of a nice view on to the garden then that is a benefit which be made the most of to get maximum light into the room.
When thinking about Modern Kitchens perhaps with a view to redoing our own, we think of clean lines and streamlined fittings with easy-to-clean work surfaces, and the older idea of panelled cupboard and drawer fronts has gone. Modern kitchen units universally tend to have flush fronts which don't collect grime and are plasticized over their surface to make them easy to wipe clean.
Counter tops can be constructed from man-made materials like Formica or Corian which can be of many different colours and textures, or more natural materials like wood, ceramic, slate, or marble. Each has its advantages and disadvantages and your budget will probably dictate to a large extent the type of work top to choose. There is no doubt however that, if you can afford it, marble is one of the best to use in a modern kitchen because of its absolutely superb appearance which can lift the drab into something quite dramatic and luxurious. The combination of light coloured or plain white kitchen unit carcasses with a darker colour marble in brown, black, red, or green, can create a stunning overall visual effect. Marble makes for a very functional work top surface too being difficult to scratch and easy to clean. (more...)