Kitchen remodel: Italian kitchens old and new
When it comes to Italian kitchens, designers are split. Some envision a traditional, old-world Italian space, complete with thick butcher block islands, creamy cabinetry, wood floors and plenty of natural light. These traditional kitchens are more likely to feature natural wood colors, and details might include tile backsplashes and ample cabinet space. This kind of kitchen--with gas ranges made by Hotpoint, Jenn-Air, or Bosch--would be perfectly at home in the country.
If you prefer a contemporary style, consider the other side of this kitchen remodel: Italian kitchens can be used to create ultra-modern looks as well. Designers feature recessed appliances, lacquered or frosted glass cabinetry, stainless steel touches, and subtle track lighting. At home in a penthouse loft, contemporary Italian kitchens come complete with wide stainless steel vent hoods by makers such as Broan, Viking and KitchenAid. The type of kitchen you choose is up to you, of course--either look offers a perfect gathering space for friends and family.