Kitchen’s I don’t envy

Lately I have been doing a great deal of rating, but very little slating. I’m afraid the time has come for me to cast my judging eye over some of the not-so-fabulous kitchen designs I’ve come across on Apartment Therapy and Design*Sponge.

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Springy bar stools don't past the test

I know a lot of people love their island benches but there are some shockers out there! I say the chunkier the worse, especially when fussy brackets are needed to prop up the edges. And no to the bar stools too, my tip is to steer clear of anything too gimmicky or novelty, it’s guaranteed to date faster than that fondue set you got for Christmas. Or maybe at exactly the same rate…

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More bar stools...tres blah

Another chunky island bench, I think I detect a theme. Don’t get me wrong, I love a black kitchen, but black and beige? Or is this one chocolate brown? I can’t even be sure. And to add to the list of rules for island benches – not too high!

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Too much wood, not enough good

Maybe it’s the photography, but we’ve got a serious overload of sickly rich caramel wood here. And another chunky island. Chunky islands mean chunky extractor hoods, and that can’t be good for your feng shui, surely. Also, where are the windows?

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Simplicity FTW

Aahhh, that’s better. A window and natural light cannot be beaten. I love the simple white cabinets and rustic styling. It just goes to show that money does not buy style!

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Eclectic and homely

Exhibit B. Yes, maybe I am playing favourites with white here, but it’s not just that. Open shelving to display kitchen knick knacks and pared back design really help to create a kitchen that is timeless, unpretentious, cosy and yet stylish.

Alright, let me have it! Defend your island benches and tell me white is boring, or join me in the slating!

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5 Responses to “Kitchen’s I don’t envy”

  1. C. Nikiforoff Says:

    We just did a very simple “re-do” in our 1950’s kitchen. We didn’t do what everyone else seems to be doing: stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. We actually kept the light, pale green Formica countertops the previous owners had put in and the bisque appliances we had installed several years ago. Dated? Probably. Do we like them? Yup! And they’re all in excellent condition. (Plus, you can’t beat the fact that it certainly was less expensive to work with existing things than change it out to something we didn’t want.)

    See what you think….
    http://cndesigns.wordpress.com/2011/05/12/and-here-it-is-the-new-kitchen/

  2. roomenvy Says:

    Your kitchen is absolutely lovely! Pale green formica beats granite any day, in my books. Working with what you have not only saves money, but it’s also much more sustainable (people forget that buying new ‘green’ products isn’t as good as making the most of what you have!). Plus it has SO much more character! Well done!

  3. sheena Says:

    This looks like my kitchen (electric and homely) although I used a cheap worksurface “busta block” from b&q and I would love a SMEG. I do think islands are really handy but agree with you that they shouldnt be over taking the room in a big chunky mess!

  4. randywornhole Says:

    Really love the first two islands

  5. Stacking chairs Says:

    Fair enough, the kitchen islands may be a bit too ‘chunky’ but the bar stools around them aren’t that bad!

    Maybe some of them are in the wrong environment, but the design is there!

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