Kitchen interiors: The Polished Cool Kitchen

The kitchen is often called “the heartbeat of the home”. It is a place where food and drink are prepared, and if large enough, where food can be consumed and good company enjoyed. The best kitchens are those that have a “wow” factor, and yet remain totally functional and suited to their core purpose. Some people call it the polished cool kitchen. It is sophisticated and polished, but not so over the top that it looks gaudy or flashy… just cool!
An example of such a kitchen was a kitchen facing the Pacific Ocean in a house on the west coast of the United States. The kitchen cabinets which used exotic and dramatic high-gloss Macassar ebony with the wood grain running horizontally. There were several frosted glass-front upper cabinets. These were internally lit with LED lighting (cheap and casting only light, not heat) to produce an inviting occluded glow at night and providing a bright contrast from the heavily grained dark wood. The ocean views were complimented by having a turquoise reverse-painted glass backsplash.
The work surfaces (also called countertops) were made from ultra-thick Caesarstone. The kitchen was then kitted out with quality appliances such as a Sub-Zero wine column and a built-in Miele coffee system. Just in case you haven’t come across these I will describe them in more detail:
Caesarstone is a beautiful engineered quartz stone which comprises approximately 93% natural quartz. These surfaces are ideal for virtually any interior work surface, from kitchen worktops, countertops, bathroom worktops, vanity unit backsplashes, and wall panelling. It comes in a staggering 70 colours. As for maintenance, Caesarstone’s quartz surfaces are great to the touch and never need sealing. They require minimal maintenance to keep them looking like new. The surface is hard and non-penetrable so makes cleaning simple and in most cases, soap and water or a very mild detergent are all that are required to maintain its exotic lustre. While it may not be the cheapest material around it comes with a comprehensive 15 year guarantee.
Sub-Zero refrigerators are renowned for their design and superb quality, but they combine them with matching kitchen equipment and storage such as wine columns. They even do a three door matching item which is a fridge on the left, a wine storage area in the middle, and a freezer behind the right-hand door. Nice! So pull out a white wine from the middle section and slap it into the fridge behind the left-hand door two feet away!
The Miele coffee systems are a way to bring your favourite High Street Coffee Shop home to your kitchen. If you love the aroma of a perfectly made cup of coffee this company Miele offer a wide range of exceptional coffee machines, built-in if you so require. While the machines are not cheap, they look superb and are perfect for the every type of coffee connoisseur- whether you classify yourself as the amateur barista, the milk froth fan or the lover of exclusive Nespresso varieties.
So cool, so polished- that could be your kitchen!