Ecology is a popular trend, and its principles are increasingly being used in design, including kitchen interiors.
But here you may get into some difficulties, capable to prevent the desired result achievement. Yet, it is possible to make the kitchen in eco style become a decoration of a house or apartment, and there will be comfortable and simple to work.
The first difficulty is connected with the very definition of eco style. In fact, people imagine a kitchen interior in different ways, designed in accordance with environmental requirements.
Someone thinks that environmental interior should be made of environmentally friendly materials; the other considers that it is only decorative elements with images of plants and animals, adding originality to the kitchen, but having no relationship to the environment. The third believes that following traditions of conserving the environment imply the use of building and finishing materials, manufactured or received with just a minimal harm to the environment. All these ideas are sure to exist but it was the last group who had approached to the real understanding of an essence of application the ecological principles in design.
The second problem is just in your own reasons for decorating the kitchen in eco style. You should answer this question at once, before buying materials, furniture and decor elements. If the choice of style has been done consciously, in order to surround you with natural and eco-friendly materials, then the problem disappears and you may call designers and go to building material stores without missing a beat.
If it’s just a tribute to fashion or the desire to keep up with others, you should remember that there is no place for any fancy tricks in the interior. It is created so as to leave maximum free space, with necessary items, and to make a culinary process simple and convenient, but hardly bright and staring. And, nevertheless, despite some limits in designers’ and owners’ fantasies, the kitchen, accomplished in this style, can look very attractive and elegant.
It would be the best variant to incarnate your ideas of creating the eco interior fully, building a complete «eco-house» (a quite expensive project, so-to-say).
However, you can make only one room in such popular and useful style.
Building and Finishing Materials for Eco Style
When designing a kitchen in eco style you should use only natural materials, it means that you have to get rid of all kinds of plastic, so popular recently, and linoleum. You have to choose among more expensive materials, such as wood, stone and ceramic. Laminate is not the thing that you need, the floor of natural wood is more preferable, and you can also use ceramic floor tiles.
White is the color to be mostly chosen for kitchen design in eco style, as it emphasizes comfort and naturality. Besides, it can create interesting contrast combinations with other colors.
Such background is perfectly suitable for kitchens in small apartments, because it enlarges the space visually. Besides, remember that it make superfluous details catch the eye, so you should avoid them, in order to there was no feeling of «over-furnishing». And in this case it is not easy to get the golden mean.
The idea is that an absolutely white kitchen without any bright pleasant trifles is associating with perfect purity; but at the same time it can resemble an operating room, especially in combination with metal elements of furniture. That is why the white color is not the only variant. Your eco kitchen will also look great in bright shades of yellow and green, which perfectly match the palette close to natural colors of wood of different trees.
It isn’t the characteristic of eco style yet when you use wildlife’s motifs in kitchen design; but in a combination with other details it is a bright and important addition creating a harmony.
Use any decorative elements in the form of sunflowers (they are so popular now), and your interior will be lighted up.
For instance, the splash back, wallpapers or self-leveling floors with nature patterns (flowers, water, or landscapes) don’t define the style of kitchen as eco, but as an additional element in spacious room, decorated with natural materials and equipped with energy efficient appliances, appears to be a handy idea.
Live plants in stylish ceramic pots and various compositions consisting of natural materials also suit the eco interior.
Florarium is not must-have of eco style; however, it serves as a refreshing complement to furnishing.
The Basic Principles of Eco Style Lighting
One of the ecological principles is the most efficient use of available natural resources without harming the environment, so windows in eco-kitchen should be without traditional framing in the form of curtains, drapes and pelmets.
The windows are used for lighting during the day, and extra items only hinder the penetration of natural light into the kitchen. What about jalousie? There are two variants: either they are not present, including curtains, or they are made of natural materials, such as wood.
But eco style does not require strict compliance with the rules, recommendations are presented. Therefore, if you believe the lack of curtains to be bad manners, you may choose another option suitable for the interior. Decorating windows with curtains, sun blinds or jalousie from natural fabrics or materials is a characteristic of the style. The best variant implies curtains made of natural materials – linen or cotton, matching the color scheme of the rest of furnishing.
Lighting must correspond to the general stylistic direction. Chandeliers and lamps should be provided with energy saving or led bulbs; for additional lighting of working area you may use a LED tape.
The conventional light bulbs don’t fit any of the ecological paradigms. Keep in mind this idea!
Furniture, Textiles and Other Decorative Elements for Eco-kitchen
Soft goods, including a variety of napkins, towels, potholders, chair covers and what not aren’t only useful items, but they are also important aesthetic components of the interior. It is the main reason for that they should be selected in accordance with the background of the room and the rest of furnishing (match or contrast it).
For instance, placemats and common mats will look attractive in combination with jalousie.
Eco style may strike everyone with a seeming simplicity. But, in fact, it’s a mistake. All the materials used, decorative elements, household appliances and what not should be selected in accordance with quite strict requirements. And it stands to reason that such interior design will cost a bomb.
In modern kitchens you may meet stylish items made of ceramics which serve not for ornament, but for cooking mostly.
Eco style makes you quite free when choosing furniture. The experts suppose massive chairs, tables and cabinets of natural wood and graceful wicker chairs, little tables and whatnots to fit the design to the same extent. Even the lamp shade, through which the kitchen will be lighted with soft calming light, can either be wattled.
House Appliances and their Environmental Friendliness
The finale is the choice of house appliances, said to be usually blamed for causing environmental problems. There are two main approaches in selecting the kitchen equipment for eco style. The first one requires to minimize an amount of household appliances. And according to the second one, a number of devices may be unlimited but all of them should satisfy the environmental safety parameters.
It’s clear that in the age of high technology, few people will use a hand coffee mill or grinder, or substitute other devices with their manual analogues if possible. Therefore, when choosing equipment for the kitchen in accordance with eco style, the main criterion to be taken into consideration is the safety of materials, of which it is produced; and its high energy saving quality.
And it must be underlined that eco style is not only the design movement, but a lifestyle, way of thinking, attitude toward the world, so it doesn’t have distinct visual characteristics that would distinguish it from other styles as, for example, Baroque differs from modernism. This style let you use elements of classic combined with rustic style; and it may occur in an absolute harmony with the interior of hi-tech.
We hope that out explanations and photo-selection have helped you in understanding the very idea of eco-style.
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