Updating your kitchen? We asked designer Mick De Giulio - who designed his first kitchen when he was 19 and has 3,000 projects under his belt - to give us a list of what he thinks are the essentials. Kitchen by Mick De Giulio.
1. Natural Light
Look for ways to maximize light, from eliminating cabinets next to windows to using transparent or reflective materials like glass and stainless steel.
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I like to incorporate soft seating, a TV, and - when I can - a fireplace, to make the kitchen the coziest place in the house.
Kitchen by Mick De Giulio.
3. Visual Texture
It's the mix of woods, countertop materials, and finishes that creates warmth, personality, and mood.
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4. Stainless Steel
The consummate neutral, it looks great with everything and will never go out of style. I love its organic quality - it develops a well-worn patina over time.
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5. An Island
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If space allows,