By Augustin Joanne. Kitchen Design. Published at Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 - 05:18:10 AM.
Other typical departure points are countertop areas around sinks and ranges or cooktops. Particularly if they're on opposite walls, you could choose to use laminate at the sink and ceramic tile around the stove. Butcherblock on the island would reduce the risks of uniformity and monotony even more by introducing a third material.
The fact is, a kitchen will stay livelier longer if you start with an expanded menu of materials that maximize visual interest and tactile stimulation from the beginning. It's not a particularly difficult strategy, but you have to approach the task with intention and resolve.
Another advantage of an open plan kitchen is that it provides large spaces for entertaining. If you are preparing food you can still be included in the social activities. Friends can be sitting comfortably having a coffee while you are preparing nibbles and yet still part of the conversation.
Backsplashes are also points of departure. No, they do not have to be made of the same material as the countertops. You can have laminate counters and ceramic tile backsplashes. Or, if you prefer a single material, change its form, using seamless slabs of granite for counters and granite tiles for backsplashes, large tiles for the counters, smaller mosaics for the backsplashes.
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