Kit­ting out a loft kitchen

De­fine space to add warmth, ac­ces­si­bil­ity

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in the liv­ing area to syn­chro­nize the over­all de­sign. Here I sim­ply painted over bland beige tiles in a strik­ing tone of true blue, and tied it up with glass­ware and linens. You could add touches in glass sconces, cush­ions and art­work. There are many op­tions for cre­at­ing a fo­cal back­splash, in­clud­ing glass and ce­ramic tiles in an un­lim­ited num­ber of colour and de­sign pat­terns. I have also used more novel ma­te­ri­als like cor­ru­gated steel.

Keep it sim­ple. This area is more suited to clean lines; too many de­tails blur and con­fuse the pic­ture. Flat-faced cab­i­nets that open by touch do not need hard­ware. Al­ter­nately, sleek chrome han­dle­bars work well and com­ple­ment large and small stain­less steel ap­pli­ances. Use the coun­ter­top to store items that are vis­ually ap­peal­ing and in fre­quent use, such as a lineup of condi­ment bot­tles, but leave space to work.

Edit your kitchen sup­plies. If stor­age space is lim­ited, be ju­di­cious about the num­ber and size of plates and glasses you re­quire. Go with what you know you will use. Small ap­pli­ances take up big space, so ask your­self how many times a month you would use a juicer, mixer, blender, and so on.

Build a bar­rier. Loft kitchens are gen­er­ally po­si­tioned along one wall. A bar-height par­ti­tion will de­fine the room, add counter space and be de­signed to in­clude stor­age shelves as well. Add a drop leaf ex­ten­sion on the liv­ing area side of the bar par­ti­tion that you can raise for eat­ing, or as a serv­ing area for din­ner par­ties. Put over­head and task lighting on dim­mers to pro­duce the re­quired mood and ac­cents, and you have a well-de­signed kitchen that will en­hance your lofty life­style.

Torstar Syn­di­cate

Colour and sleek fit­tings add vi­tal­ity to this kitchen and open liv­ing area.

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