The heart of American interiors have always been the classic style of England and the Old world, but their distinctive feature wasthe desire for greater practicality and less pretentiousness.
In the end, the kitchen turned out beautiful and at the same time super functional.
In this article you will learn how to create American kitchen design 20 basic elements, and will be able to find an idea of the arrangement of the photo examples of interiors small and large kitchens.20 basic elements of American style kitchen1. A centralized layout of
All the furniture and appliances in the typical American kitchen built on the perimeter of the room G-, P - or S-shaped, and the Central part of the island, or dining group. Such grouping objects is convenient because allows to unload the space for free movement and link the sink, refrigerator and stove on the principle of "work triangle".
2. The big island
is Impossible to imagine the design of American cuisine without the massive island in the center. Sometimes it is several Islands, if the dimensions of the room. The island is a multi-functional Desk equipped with plenty of shelves for storage and a stove, sink, wine rack and/or bar.
- The island should repeat the shape of the room or work space.
- The passages around the island shall not be less than 90 cm, the ideal is 120 cm, but no more. So it is impossible to put in a small kitchen.
- If your kitchen has an area of 18-21 square meters, choose a small island with a maximum size of 90×120 cm Well, if he is mobile, then if necessary, you will be able to move it to another location.
3. Placement the sink at the window
- A more compact replacement of the island – Peninsula, which is characterized in that one of its ends embedded in a kitchen or against a wall.
of the Kitchen in the American style involves placing the sink under the window. This is, firstly, very convenient as a natural light well illuminates the washing zone, and second, pleasing to the eye. Unfortunately, in a city apartment, the transfer of washing is not always possible, as a considerable elongation of the communications is highly undesirable.
4. Wood finishing and furniture
Wood is the most popular material in the American kitchen. Wooden furniture is used throughout. For example, this could be kitchen furniture with wood (often veneer) facades, counter, tables and chairs, sideboard. Wooden beam ceilings are often decorated with American kitchen, dining room, and panels used for the walls.
Wooden flooring is also an integral part of American style in the interior.
5. The facades of the kitchen frame
Kitchen in the style of American classics always has paneled fronts, but not too elegant, and concise. Glossy solid facades are characteristic only of the kitchens in the style of American retro café.
By the way, Americans are not afraid several times to repaint your kitchen6. A large number of places of storage
Any the open plan kitchen has numerous cupboards and shelves and cabinets it is built to the ceiling. Americans use separate cabinets for storage of plates and cups, various utensils, festive service, textiles, cookbooks and small appliances.
Open shelves "simplify" the interior, but complicates cleaning of dust they accumulate very quickly
Sometimes storage of food supplies and groceries next to the kitchen is a separate storage room.7. Open floor plan
A characteristic feature of American cuisine — combining it with a dining room, a living room and often a hallway or corridor. On the one hand, this technique enhances the space and allows the cook to communicate with the other inhabitants of the house or guests. On the other hand, the disadvantages in open-plan. So, for example, untidy kitchen, where she hastily prepared to disturb the comfort of the living room or the state dining room. Other cons: the penetration of odors from the kitchen into the living room to see what all the textile starts to smell of food and noise from the kitchen, say, working drawing, often interfering vacationers in the living room.
8. The zoning
The American style kitchen is always clearly divided into zones, for example, work dining room and bar. As a visual or physical divider may be: furniture (e.g., Breakfast bar, island, Peninsula, table, etc.), partition, ceiling beams, large plants in pots, carpets and rugs, lamps.
An example of zoning a kitchen-dining room through a partition
An example of the zoning ceiling beam9. Spacious and comfortable dining area,
regardless of family size dining table for the kitchen should be roomy (seats 6-8 and even more) and massive. Table complement the simple wooden/metal chairs, or a more elegant chairs with soft upholstery. The table itself is decorated with carpet and Central decoration, for example, a vase with flowers, dish with fruit, topiary, candy and other decor.
10. Solid countertops
To cover the working area used a single monolithic tabletop. It can be made of natural or artificial stone, natural wood and even concrete. But MDF or chipboard, popular in our country and Europe, America is not too keen.
11. Neutral colors
12. The tiles or small mosaic in the apron
- The most common options for painting walls white, beige and light gray shades.
- The facades of the kitchen most often white, but also popular are light gray and olive shades.
- Gender is almost always brown or dark brown (wood), whereby American kitchen takes on a bold contrast of dark and light shades.
of the Rectangular ceramic tiles ("metro") is most typical for the cladding of the working area. Usually it is white or light gray.
Other suitable design variants: square tiles of small size, small tiles mosaic, shaped tiles, tiles, herringbone, and finish of the stone to match the countertop or wood panels.
13. The abundance of textiles
American kitchen interior is inconceivable without cotton or linen textiles:
14. Household appliances
- Blinds and curtains on the Windows;
- Narrow mats in the working area, and a large carpet in the dining area;
- Table textile — tracks or pads for cymbals;
- Wipes the interior;
- Bar or fixed chairs in fabric upholstery.
In the United States decided to equip the latest kitchen appliances. Here is a minimal set of devices and gadgets that will be useful in every kitchen:
15. Large or built-in hood
- Large fridge;
- Coffee machine or drip coffee maker — an essential helper in any American kitchen.
- A stationary blender, which is convenient to prepare fresh juices;
- Food processor;
Built-in hood or a mandatory attribute of American cuisine, because, as already noted, it is almost always combined with the living room. Often the hood and all the space around it is made smart – dome is threaded or arch on its facade sometimes hang a large clock or other decor, and an apron under the hood is usually issued is different from the rest of the workspace. For example, at this point, the tiles formed a mosaic or even over the stove is a painting/mural.
16. Classic lamps in each zone
to provide uniform lighting with a few lamps, rather than one Central chandelier is the principle of arrangement of the kitchen, which really should take note.
- Working area illuminated furniture lighting, or wall sconces.
- Island and/or Breakfast bar is illuminated by large chandelier or two or three suspensions.
- Dining area is illuminated by one or two ornate chandeliers hung directly above the table at a height of 70 cm from the tabletop.
17. The presence of bars
In many American homes there is a bar or a sideboard in which to store alcoholic beverages, glasses and cups, often a wine rack, or at least the bakery lady and the galley. Below is a selection of ideas, arrangement of large and small bars in the American style.
18. The Breakfast table
Almost every kitchen has a basic and an additional dining area near the working area. Quick breakfasts and snacks are either behind the bar or island/Peninsula with Seating or a coffee table with a corner bench.
19. Things with history
, Americans appreciate such a thing as a spirit of place or spirit of things that we need to cherish and appreciate. So their kitchens can often see things with history, whether it's a vase, found at a flea market, a family heirloom or an old wardrobe, just repainted. For this reason, when planning the interior from scratch, homeowners are not in a hurry with a radical redesign or a complete update finishes.20. Ceramic or stone sinks
If you want to equip your kitchen in the American style, choose a sink made of ceramic white color or artificial/natural stone. Mixer is better to choose a classic dvuhventilnye.
Kitchen with ceramic sink. published
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