For this weeks I Love Mondays (my apologies a day late this week, because of the bank holiday) I thought I would pick some key pieces from the Uniche range, and talk about different kitchen styles :
If you’re like me, your kitchen is often where you are most of the time, so you’ll want to make sure that you have a great space to cook, eat, and live. When you’re entertaining, guests often gravitate towards the kitchen, regardless of how inviting any of your other rooms are.
So, what’s the secret to making your kitchen functional for its obvious need – cooking and baking – and give that extra little bit of style to keep it at the top of your favourite room list? Here are some ideas, hints and tips to get your kitchen décor cookin’ with Uniche :
Pick a Style, Any Style
Research styles, new and old, to find the one that really suits your own personality and tastes, but also keeps in rhythm with the current décor of your home and kitchen; some popular styles are:
Pieces that are considered vintage and antique can be furnishings that have been newly manufactured, but have been distressed or modified to give them that particular vibe so that they appear as if they were from some bygone era.
But collecting and searching out true antiques, can be so rewarding, and means that your space is far more unique because of it. How about these Antique Zinc and Glass Standing Frames from Uniche Interior Furnishings, perfect to add a very different vibe to a any room including the kitchen :
The rustic style is a middle-of-the-road style between the vintage and antique styles, and can have a distinct western flair. Modern is a completely different style than any of the precious three, as it tends to incorporate solid colours and clean, distinct lines with no kind of distressed looks.
Its so important in a busy working kitchen that is sure to be a bustling hub of activity that you are organised
Having open shelves is a great way to access your herbs, spices, and any other needed ingredients quickly. Shelves also offer a place to put cookbooks, or other supplies like colouring books and homework for your children, or even just other books for you to read while your meal is cooking.
Shelves should be sturdy and stylish to match your décor; Here is a great example from Uniche’s the Bakers Shelves have a reinforced steel frame that are rustic in appearance and can hold whatever you need them to.
Store It, Store It Real Good
Though shelves are the obvious choice for access of your ingredients, they aren’t optimised for holding your fruit and veggies. To properly store your perishables, you should have them in a cool, dark place out of direct sunlight; a vegetable store is a great way to keep your veggies and fruit fresh and crisp.
Continuing with the rustic vibe, you’ll want to look for something like this Rustic Vegetable Store from Uniche, this is something I’ve always fancied in my own kitchen. This store can be placed in your pantry or in your cupboards, and offers a proper space to place your perishables, but also makes it quite easy to grab whatever veggie or fruit you need for your recipe.
This great article from TheKitchn.com gives additional information on storing fruits and vegetables.
Pull Up a Chair
Although you’ll likely be on your feet while you’re in your kitchen, you’ll obviously need somewhere to sit, so why not make your chairs unusual and a real showstopper? Keep in mind the style and feel that you’re trying to convey in the room and then choose a chair, or set of chairs, that will mesh within the room, put also pop and make your guests and family want to take a seat.
Since we’ve already gone for lots of a rustic pieces, it seems only fitting that rustic café and bistro chairs, like this French Café Chair from Uniche, would be a great way to spice up the dining table experience. You’ll want something sturdy, but also something that can be pulled from the dining table and double as a reading chair, or even pulled up to a study nook to provide comfort and stability to hit the books.
Its so important to express your own unique tastes and personality within the décor that you choose for your kitchen. Remember that your kitchen is likely to be one of the most loved and used rooms in your home, so you should try to make it as functional and comfortable as possible.
Shop for furnishing as if you are looking for the perfect outfit ; you should first ask yourself if you truly need it, and then ask if it fits in with you – are you going to be comfortable with it? Is it going to get used? And, most importantly: is it my style?
Find pieces that create a conversation about the whole room – your much loved kitchen – and not command all of the attention. Your kitchen is like a second living room, and it is truly up to you to make it worth living, loving, and, of course, creating something delicious in.