Spice Up Your Kitchen With These 10 Essential Pieces
It’s often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home, particularly for the avid cook and baker—besides being a place to gather, it’s the space where you put your culinary skills to the test, while whipping up delicious and nourishing meals for your family and guests. The ideal kitchen would thus be an inspiring and versatile space to create a convivial environment that also meets your culinary needs.
To make your kitchen a personalised haven, be as creative with the way that you decorate the space as you would when you prepare a feast. “Creating a statement for a kitchen is not only a designer’s work, it’s something that should exude from the owner’s character. Colours, materials, and finishings depend on the kind of atmosphere the homeowner wants to achieve for the kitchen,” says Rafael Calero, founder of CabinetStudio. One method is to inject pops of your favourite colour or pattern into this space. “Opting for mostly white and pastels on the wall paint can make your kitchen look fresh, bigger, and brighter. While using strong and bright colours such as red, blue, orange, or yellow, can make a bold statement in the interior of your kitchen.” He also suggests adding accent pieces such as an eye-catching lighting fixture to highlight a corner, and a stunning kitchen island, which, at the same time, can maximise kitchen space (think of incorporating cabinets or shelves under the countertop).
Play with a mix of finishes and contrasting textures to add to the culinary tableau. “Just like in fashion, you can always mix the old and the new to make the whole look exciting. You just need to choose the right pieces to ensure the smooth ow of the design in your space,” he says. Here is a list of kitchen essentials that will help create a bold space that will stand out from the rest:
Create a unique backsplash or design highlight with beautiful glass mosaic from Bisazza, which offers collections in a variety of colours, textures, and accents. Whether you go for a customised pattern or one of the Italian brand’s iridescent blends, it’s a simple way to jazz up your space. www.bisazza.it
The spacious Urban collection by Siematic brings a touch of nature into the kitchen with unique accessories such as an herb garden. The unconventional L-shape kitchen island and breakfast bar serve as a “work centre” ideal for entertaining. Cool stainless steel finishes strike a contrast with warm graphite oak. www.siematic.com
A durable Philippe Starck design for Emeco, each Icon chair is made to last 150 years or longer. The chair features a hand-polished finish on its recycled aluminium structure, adding lustre to your kitchen island. www.emeco.net
CabinetStudio’s Ortol kitchen by Rafael Calero has something more than what meets the eye. Open one of its doors and you’ll be welcomed by a pantry nook, where you can store kitchen spices and other ingredients. Two split-level countertops make it easier for children to be able to reach the side of the kitchen’s workstation. www.cabinetstudio.ph
Designed by Jaime Hayón, the Cassina 081 Réaction Poétique collection comprises a playful array of decorative objects and accessories made of solid ashwood. Available in a variety of sumptuous colours, the collection consists of side tables, bowls, and trays—ideal for displaying fruits or storing your pantry tools. www.cassina.com
Natural elements such as bamboo cabinets with vertical grains, abaca dining chairs made with sisal weave, and a trio of rattan pendant lamps surely make a stylish statement. To keep the cabinets classy, CabinetStudio by Rafael Calero installed brushed stainless steel handles and glass for the cupboard doors. www.cabinetstudio.ph
Bold and Beautiful
Add an intense pop of colour to your space with the Next125 NX 500 kitchen system. It comes in 27 brilliant hues, including saffron yellow (as pictured above), which can complement the German brand’s functional and ergonomic kitchen cabinetry system. Featuring a counter ledge, it allows your guests to share in the cooking process too. www.next125.com
To suit all your cooking needs, the ELBA’s EL 75-300 Dual Burner features multi-functional convenience that’s suitable for various cooking methods, thanks to its three independent re crowns, generated by the combination between outer and inner rings for a power minimum of 0.8 kW up to a maximum of 4.2 kW. It is very useful at maximum power for cooking rapidly food in big pots, as well as heating small pots by using it at minimum power. www.elbaphilippines.com
The natural beauty of wood and its extreme durability come together in Bulthaup b Solitaire. On this platform, you can orchestrate change to satisfy future desires and requirements by combining various overlays and fittings for the duration of its service life. The small aluminium frame can, for example, be fitted with solid oak, stainless steel, or glass. www.bulthaup.com
True, Viking’s 7 Series 48” Dual Fuel Range catches the eye with its Apple Red finish, but wait till you explore this cutting-edge kitchen appliance. Its SureSpark™ Ignition System ensures automatic ignition and re-ignition should the burners extinguish at any time while cooking. Plus, cook like a pro with its GourmetGlo™ Infrared Glass Broiler that provides intense heat to lock in savoury juices. www.vikingrange.com
This article was originally published in Philippine Tatler Homes Vol 23. To bring you all the latest interior trends and practical advice for styling your home, subscribe to Philippine Tatler Homes through here.
- Words Louisa Claire Lim
- Maritess Reyes