Themed kitchen renovation and home design speak volumes of the changing landscape of home ownership ideals – from the days of pragmatic scarcity to the self-indulgence of modern abundance. Personalized homes are nice – really nice. Who doesn’t want their living space to be beautiful and reflect their tastes?
We’ve discussed the virtues of white kitchen cabinets the last time we came round and how amazing a classic bright and white kitchen design could be if certain considerations were understood and/or accepted. Now let’s take a look at even more contemporary modern kitchen ideas!
Functionality doesn’t need to be divorced from aesthetics – and this couldn’t be truer with an aluminium kitchen. So if you’re on the hunt for cool kitchen remodelling tips detailing a practical and clean style with a futuristic look – then look no further and start piling on the metal.
Why the Aluminium Kitchen? Advantages:
Here are our top reasons why we think an aluminium kitchen isn’t a bad idea at all:
- It doesn’t soak up moisture or water spills.
Unlike wood, aluminium cabinets aren’t going to suck up moisture and thus are impervious to this annoying force of nature. If the protective layers start to wear off or treatment is improperly done, wood has a nasty tendency to warp and bend out of shape.
- Easy maintenance.
Aside from the occasional/ad-hoc wipe (i.e. accidental spills) to keep aluminium kitchen cabinets shiny and sparkly they don’t really need any other kind of maintenance. Wood is a nit-picky twat that requires an occasional coating of lemon-oil or some other fix – and missing a session could result in irreversible consequences. Aluminium cabinets are especially helpful in this department as they inherently contain plenty of nooks and crannies that are a PAIN to clean out should they get sodded.
- It doesn’t only come in metal gray/silver.
Anodizing and dyeing aluminium can prepare aluminium in a multitude of colours. I personally like a bright yellow piece to stand out in the sea of monotony.
- Doesn’t catch fire.
Well, technically it does. Aluminium naturally oxidizes to form a layer of aluminium oxide which protects it from corrosion. No, aluminium will not burst into flames or if exposed to a lit match. The metal melts in excess of 660 degrees Celcius so it’s relatively heat resistant.
- Chemical resistant.
Again, the thin layer of aluminium oxide layer that naturally forms around the metal also protects it from weak chemicals. Vinegar, tomato juices and assorted foods (lightly acidic stuff) are no match for aluminium! Strong acids or bases, however, make this protective layer all but useless, so it’s probably a good idea to keep strong cleaners away.
- Metals are resistant to pests.
Metals aren’t typically part of an insect’s favourite diet. While aluminium is a soft metal (your fingernail is almost as hard as aluminium is) it isn’t fragile either and, most importantly, isn’t going to attract destructive pests to your house. And because aluminium is non-porous it is far less likely to harbour bacteria and other microscopic nightmares as long as it’s cleaned.
..Disadvantages of aluminium kitchen cabinets:
As much as we love aluminium kitchen cabinets – everything comes with its set of drawbacks:
- It is a soft metal.
At 1/3 the stiffness of steel and a hardness that rivals your fingernail (around 2.5 Mohs), aluminium isn’t very tough. Hard knocks could leave your aluminium set-up dented and scratched, and repairs can only do so much to restore it to its former glory.
- Clanks like metal.
Metals tend to be noisy when they come into contact with one another, and aluminium is no exception. You could pad the edges of your aluminium cabinets with something soft, but that might be less than convenient and make your space-age kitchen look like Binky the Clown had just moved in.
- Design limitations.
Although aluminium is far easier to work with than harder metals like steel it can’t give you a more classic look such as Victorian or Baroque. Nevertheless, anodized aluminium come in a variety of colours which are bright and cheerful.