Shabby Vs Modern Designs

There are many Pros to having a Shabby Chic Kitchen:

This style genre can feel very homely and lived-in.  In creating this style you can mix and match your favourite colours and patterns as much as you like as the busier it looks, the better the overall effect will be.  You can have lovely, retro items on display – your favourite items from childhood or any bits and bobs that you have accumulated over the years can all help to make your shabby chic kitchen come to life.  You can also ignore the odd dent or scratch on the worktop as this is all part of the appeal of shabby chic.

To balance is out, let’s look at the Cons for a shabby chic kitchen design:

It can look very haphazard if you are someone who prefers a more streamlined design – you have surrender yourself to the art of organised chaos, but if you can’t then shabby chic is not the style for you.  It’s not as easy as it sounds either and it can take a lot of trial and error to get it right.  If you are creating the whole look by yourself, it can take a fair bit of effort in painting everything and adding distressed techniques.

On the flip-side we have the Modern Kitchen, of which the pros are:

A very streamlined design with clean lines, glossy worktops and stainless steel aplenty – your kitchen can look like it’s from the pages of a magazine and will definitely appeal more the male contingent.  This is further reinforced by modern gadgetry and has the added benefit of generally functioning more efficiently, quieter and come with guarantees against damage or failure.  Huge multi-ovens can cook for the masses are a given in the modern kitchen too.  With a thoroughly modern kitchen, the market price for your home should increase– kitchens and bathrooms are the most expensive rooms in the house to update.

Let’s not forget the Cons for a Modern Kitchen:

The price tag – especially in these times of recession.  It is difficult to have a shiny modern kitchen on a tiny budget.  You will also need to allow more time for cleaning your ultra-modern cooking room compared to a shabby chic kitchen thanks to all of the shiny surfaces which attract sticky marks like a magnet.  Don’t forget too that kitchens which are too modern can run the risk of feeling quite clinical and don’t tend to be as family friendly for very young children (sticky fingers, anyone?).

There are pros and cons for both style genres but ultimately the decision is yours as to which style your prefer.  Remember that a kitchen is an investment so make sure that you either choose a design that you can live with for years to come or select something that it easily changeable if once it’s done you decide that you can’t stand it!

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