By . Kitchen Design. Published at Wednesday, April 04th, 2018 - 10:47:47 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.
Today, the kitchen is the hub of the home. The advantage of having an open plan kitchen is it creates is a family friendly environment. With technology as it is, the kids can be entertaining themselves on an iPad and you can be doing something completely different. The family is no longer restricted to one room and one TV for entertainment.
For example, an island can be a departure point for cabinet style, finish or color. Its cabinets can be the same style as a kitchen's perimeter cabinets but in a different finish or color. Or they can be the same color and finish as the perimeter cabinets, but with a slightly different door style.
A great choice for the kitchen is thermally modified wood shelving. Modified wood is going to be able to handle the high moisture and spikes of heat in a kitchen as well as the constant movement of dishware on the shelf surface. Better yet, modified wood is a green option that doesn't require any staining or sealing, so you don't need to worry about chemicals transferring to your dishes.
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