Sleek Looking Eclectic Kitchens for Small Homes

Kitchen is a high traffic zone where all of us meet at least twice daily if not more frequently. To have an aesthetic looking kitchen can start our days in a better mood. Imagine how dreary and dull kitchen can dampen our spirits first thing in the morning and make our day not interesting! It is most important to have a delightful looking kitchen with sleek and elegant looks.

Small houses and studio apartments need to pay more attention when they furnish their kitchens. If they happen to have not an efficiently designed kitchen where the homemaker can spend time without feeling fatigued, they need to get a minimum makeover. They need to incorporate changes that will make the kitchen better planned, with more practical storage for added comfort.

Having a floor to ceiling size storage units can be a boon for home makers. Instead of having all the shelves of uniform height, they need to vary the heights of shelves to compactly fit the items without wasting vertical space. You can leave the top shelves at the top near the ceiling level with more height to store extra boxes and containers that are bigger in size. This is ideal for beautiful house designs.

You can make the wall shelves wider – wall to wall and not make the shelves too deep – not only do they take more space, having more than two deep rows can make it difficult to reach the items that are kept at the back. But under the kitchen counter, you can have deep drawers – to utilize the space fully beneath the counters where you can store large containers and pots/pans.

Today drainage boards and drying racks are coming that can be drawn across the sink and folded back when not in use. Likewise cutting boards can be drawn across the sink and folded inside when not in use. Shallow sliding panels with small ledges can be of use to house spice bottles and small tins that can be fitted to the kitchen cupboard doors or even on the hob splash backs – within easy reach when cooking.

Get some hooks fitted underneath the shelves for hanging up mugs and cups. Bar shelves for holding your stemware can also be accommodated under the shelves. Here are images of compact kitchens with sleek looking kitchen counters and sophisticated kitchen islands from Scavolini. Check at the optimal use of space and chic overall ambiance!

White Stone Finish Island and Cooking Counters
stone finish eclectic kitchen island

Maroon Cabinets and Brown Splash Combo
cabinets maroon color

Glass Blue and White Combo
blue and white comb kitchen

Dark Brown with Maroon Combo
dark brown kitchen cabinets

All Cream with Chrome Fittings
all cream chrome fittings

Cream Cabinets and Dark Brown Counters
smart looking kitchen designs

Nut Brown and Cream Combo
Stylish kitchen design ideas

Blue Top Cabinets and Maroon Combo
kitchen designs and interiors

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Cane Dining Table-Chairs – Perfect Green Option for Your Home

Dining tables are now used more in the outdoor area as small homes and apartments are not keen to have separate dining room or dining area. Most of us use an open kitchen plan with kitchen and dining area planned continuously and this area opens into the living room area. Most of the times the kitchen counters or the island counters are used as dining table with bar stools or high bistro level chairs as dining chairs.

But all of us love to have a dining table set either in the terrace, or in the patio where we can sit out in the open area and have a relaxed time eating or partying. If you have a garden or front or back yard, you will love to furnish this area also with a dining table and chairs. These are more informal kind of dining area and we do not want heavy or ornate looking dining table sets.

Cane dining table and chair set is the best informal thing you can have for outside dining as well patio or terrace dining furniture. Other areas where you can use light-weight and informal kind of chairs tables are if you want to have a separate breakfast nook in the kitchen itself, but away from the cooking or working area – like the kitchen counters or island counters.

But there are some homes where they still want a dining area separate from the kitchen, even if it is not too big or spacious. Here we may find big and large-size wooden dining tables out of place and out of proportion too. A small square or a round cane dining table and chair set may be the perfect fit for this dining area seating. There are matching console tables or coffee tables also available that will make the set complete.

Most of the cane dining chairs comes with upholstered cushions and a few may have padded backs also. These are made of cane frames and fitted with wicker work which is done by hand and intricately done. But today there is furniture made of synthetic resin material which looks very much like cane is available which resembles original cane and wicker work greatly. Cane is a great green option as it is very fast growing grass-like material which is self-sustaining. Here are some beautiful looking cane dining chairs-table sets from Capri’s Furniture.

Stripe Cushioned Chairs and Glass Topped Table

Round Table and Round Backed Chair

Round Pedestal Table Chairs and Console All in White

Lovely Looking Console Table and Table Chair in Wicker

Handsome Bar Table Stool and Dining Set in Cane

Gorgeous Rectangular Table Chair Set in Cane

Cute Round Glass Top Table and Round Back Chairs

Beautiful Back and Seat in Coral Red

Cane Table Chair Set with Cream Upholstered Seats

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Compact Kitchen Units – Boon for Small Home Spaces

Small homes and small kitchens usually go together. Instead of complaining about lack of space or keeping a cluttered and chaotic kitchen, it is best to organize space and utilize optimally. There are many small measures that can aggregate to help in making the kitchen look bigger and more spacious looking and easy to work in.

How can compact kitchen units help in small homes? Most of the kitchen counters and kitchen islands are now designed to hold all the necessary kitchen appliances. Hob, oven, microwave, fridge, and of course storage options make the kitchen cooking counters and the islands ideal for small homes. They manage to make optimal use of the space available.

Utilizing tall ceiling high storage cabinets is very useful in keeping the look uncluttered. With a small aluminium ladder for accessing, you can store almost all your kitchen stuff in these cabinets. With the hob and oven incorporated into the same cooking counter – one below the other, quite a lot of space is saved and both hob and oven are conveniently located.

A sink without a separate vessel drainer can be a good option. Portable drainer can be used. A cutting board that can be drawn over the sink or a cutting board that can be pulled out from under the cooking counter is another option for space saving. All vertical walls can be utilized for having shallow shelves and hanging racks to store bottles and pots/pans etc. Look to pick up some Blinds Supermarket blinds to emphasise the light and space.

Other idea can be to use rolling shutters for doors and/or sliding doors to save space. Microwave oven can be either on a floating shelf or be wall mounted to save space. Wall mounted drainers that can be folded when not in use is a good idea. Hanging pot racks above the cooking area can accommodate all big size pans and woks away from working surface without cluttering the shelves or countertops.

Small niches – built in to the wall – shallow ledges can hold all your spices and condiments easily. Keeping the refrigerator right along the bigger cabinets can be another good idea. Stackable bar stools or light-weight stackable dining chairs are better than chunky big dining chairs. Keep the dining area expandable with drop-side table leaves so that you can have extra space when needed.

Here are some compact looking kitchen units from Serieamania – kitchen cooking counters and kitchen islands – that make the kitchen look pretty, uncluttered and elegantly spacious.

White Counters and Pink Cabinets
small kitchen cabinets

White Counters and Maroon Cabinets
kitchen cabinet units

Pale Cream Counters with Mauve Backsplash
small kitchen cabinets

Fibreglass Countertop and White Cabinetry
smart kitchen designs

Black Countertops with Brown Cabinetry
small kitchen designs

Black Counters and White Cabinets
kitchen design and ideas

Black And White Cabinetry with White Counters
kitchen furniture designs

All Wood Decor with White Backsplash
kitchen decor and design

Classic Kitchen And Dining Room Decor


Kitchen and dining areas act as the hub of our home and so should be the most harmoniously furnished places. A homemaker spends long hours in the kitchen to get the food ready for the family. Unless the kitchen is furnished right, she will find it very difficult to work there and subsequently all the family will suffer from this basic cause.

What are the most important aspects of kitchen decor? The most important is the kitchen counters where we cook and prepare for cooking the food. Whatever be the type of the kitchen you are having, it should have nice counter tops and enough spaces to store all the ingredients and spices that go to make a meal most tasty and most healthy also.

Many a time kitchen counter areas may not be sufficient for all the work connected with the cooking. Especially if you have a small kitchenette in an apartment or a small house, you may not have sufficient place to keep all your electrical appliances like mixers, cookers, toasters and other paraphernalia which are so important to lighten the load of cooking.

The other important features in the kitchen are storage spaces. Only a homemaker knows the multitude of things that are necessary in the kitchen to help in culinary art. Neat organization of all these ingredients can be managed only with sufficient amount of storage space. Also the innumerable pots and pans, spoons and ladles need to be stored efficiently.

Kitchen islands are other features that can help in providing extra counter spaces as well as extra storage spaces also. And many people use kitchen islands – the free-standing type – as dining area with some bar stools as chairs. This works out very well as informal dining area. Today small apartments are using kitchen more and more as dining areas on a daily basis.

Having a dining area – either using the island’s counter tops or having a small dining table there has gained popularity all over the world. With working mothers on the go, kitchen doubles as the dining area and cooking area as well. Most of us use the island counters as table top for our laptops as well and even check new recipes and our personal mail as well.

Here are some beautiful kitchens from Mauer Buro Ilconte. I am sure you will love one these kitchens!

Well Furnished Kitchen Countertop and Cabinets

Open Kitchen Running into Living Room

Modern Looking Open Type Kitchen

Brightly Lit Kitchen with Dining Table Set

Beautifully Furnished Kitchen

Beautiful Cabinets Kitchen with Dining Table

Another View of Dining Table

Beautiful Crafted Glass Kitchen Counter Tops

These unusual glass tops from ThinkGlass are created to personalize your kitchen design and make it very modern, stylish and practical. This company offers to use glass kitchen countertops instead of usual stone or granite or wood. This idea makes your kitchen design truly attractive and different and provides eye-catching look. The tops can be designed in the shape you desire and will have a minimum thickness of 1.5”. They are available in different colors and prints and can be decorated by various beautiful patterns. Also if you want have an even more original kitchen design look, then you could choose the Led lighting counter tops.

Beautiful Glass Kitchen Counter Tops Designs

Beautiful Attractive Glass Kitchen Counter Tops Designs

Printed Designer Glass Kitchen Counter Tops Designs

Beautiful Glass Kitchen Counter Tops Designs