By: Mike Cordeiro, AyA Kitchens
What makes a memorable kitchen? Most extraordinary kitchens have features or design elements that really create an impact. A unique and sometimes unconventional space that inspires us and sparks ideas daring to be different. However a memorable kitchen is also more than just its appearance, it has to be first and foremost functional. Improving the overall experience and efficiency of the kitchen space while meeting all the needs of the household. Great design stems from a collaboration between a talented designer and an open minded customer willing to experiment and push the envelope. Professional designers can also help overcome space constraints and other renovation challenges with creative and insightful solutions.
Stunning kitchens that make a statement offer something fresh and exceptional. Sometimes its big and dramatic and other times its in the combination of details or focal points that leave us astonished.
Superb in its unique and custom features, a personalized kitchen filled with creative solutions thinking outside the box. A prime example that memorable kitchens come in various sizes and price points, they all have a story to tell. At first glance you see a beautiful black contemporary kitchen with a rustic brick wall backsplash. Gorgeous right? now what if we told you the homeowners had the idea to repurpose book shelves and hang them upside down as a creative open shelving solution. Ingenious right! Upper cabinetry can also be paired with open shelves to provide some variation and a different appeal. Another alternative is floating shelves for a more minimal aestheic if you desire something more simple. Both the homeowner and AyA designer also came up with the idea to hide the electrical outlets discreetly within the countertop back ledge. It's a very clever solution that didn't impact the brick backsplash. The inventive and innovative ideas adds another level of amazement to this space. An unconventional kitchen filled with charm, fresh ideas and truly one of a kind.
Open shelving is an easy and practical way to access everyday items. It also allows for the ability to alter the feel of the kitchen by changing the displayed decor and alternating the colours seasonally keeping the space fresh.
Every so often a kitchen comes along with a stunning cohesive design sense. This transitional kitchen in AyA Bedford Latte white cabinets features a collection of focal points that complement each other perfectly. The elegant ornate range hood and its curves makes a statement on its own but it is also ties into the mirror insert upper cabinets that flank it. The pairing really captures the eye creating a strong unified presence, however the crown jewel is the ornate custom island with its decorative posts and mirrored insert design. Its a showstopper piece in a brilliantly thoughtout kitchen design filled with attention to detail and wow factor. Depending on your kitchen style and layout there are many options available to you when designing your island. If space is not a concern a sizable custom multi-level countertop with a built-in wine rack could be a potential choice. It really grounds the space creating a personal chef atmosphere. An elegant waterfall countertop island is a popular design that is versatile and adds a personalized touch.
A kitchen island can really change the feel, function and flow of the space. From size, shape, countertop and built-ins, the island is the central hub of the kitchen and it should meet all your needs. Introducing a secondary colour/finish in the island also creates dimension within the space. When working with an AyA designer they will help with the process suggesting ideas and making recommendations to help make the best decision for your kitchen.
Memorable kitchens come in different shapes and sizes but they all make us feel delighted and surprised. Space limitations can be a challenge, especially in the condo market, but AyA designers creatively tackle each space with unique custom solutions. AyA's pull-out table is the perfect solution for those small and challenging spaces or condos. The sturdy dining table seats 4 and folds to hide neatly into a drawer when not in use. It's a smart and practical feature that allows for dining without have to take up unnecessary permanent space.
Discreet and hidden details are always a pleasant surprise in a kitchen. Concealed behind two pocket doors is an organized coffee station pantry accessible to family and friends when needed. It can then be easily tucked away out of sight, out of mind keeping the visible countertops clear of clutter. Sometimes unconventional kitchens require unconventional solutions. The custom built-in bench was a joint idea between homeowner and AyA designer, it serves as a more intimate seating area to lounge and enjoy a beverage. It is flanked by two wine fridges making it the best seat in the kitchen when entertaining.
Enduring kitchen design is an evolution of collaborative ideas creating the ideal final product. Let these kitchen spaces inspire you and dare you to be different, create your very own memorable space with the help of an AyA designer. Visit our kitchen gallery to see many more spaces to add to your list of desires for your next AyA Kitchen renovation.
Always consider your kitchen activity when designing it. It will guide your decision making towards a more efficient and functional space. The process might also highlight the need to conceal small appliances with an appliance garage or a large recycling centre with a large environmentally conscious family.
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