Spanish Kitchen Design
Posted by wpsatuw2 on February 24, 2009
Spanish kitchens are very dramatic and convey a feeling of closeness especially if a lot of loved ones are around. There are several ways to explore your creativity when designing the Spanish way. You have the opportunity of working with different colors and materials so feel free to choose and do which fits your home and interest best.
Furniture, Countertops and More
A common Spanish design would place an island countertop in the middle of the kitchen. This primarily serves as a preparation area for slicing, dicing and marinating. You can also install the stoves on the countertop as well. There are designs wherein the island is separate from the breakfast counter, sinks and stoves. You can experiment dark wood, marble and copper in the design to create the right atmosphere.
Space is essential in Spanish kitchens so you may need to balance furniture properly so as not to overwhelm the area. The counters should have built-in drawers and cabinets where you can store kitchen utensils, big bowls and other pieces. One or two independent furniture would be enough to store all your kitchen items. It is recommended that you get furniture with French doors or tall slender legs which provides a Spanish feel because of the extra space.
Cabinets may also have French doors. Preferably, all furniture should be made of wood. The wood may be simply polished or painted with earth tones. Light is very important so allow a lot of it to come through windows with light and thin curtains. French patio doors are also ideal for added light. Installing a skylight at one end of the kitchen would be great as well.
Place wall panels over the sink and on one wall then fix fluorescent lights behind which will serve as night lights. Aside from these, install a beautiful antique hanging lamp over the island counter. The lamp may have around 3 to 5 bulbs creating a dramatic effect on the entire kitchen. Green, blue and cream tiles are excellent to work with. The floor may be made of hardwood or grainy tiles as well. It provides a rustic feel reminiscent of the Old World. You can make a pattern by adding tiles with floral designs particularly on breakfast counters and over the sinks.