Essential Modern Furniture for an Italian Kitchen Design

You may look to the French for inspirational recipes, but when it comes to modern kitchen cabinets, Italian kitchen design definitely has the edge. A well-designed kitchen with sleek modern kitchen cabinets can make the most of your kitchen space, whether it’s narrow and compact or generously family-sized. Italian kitchen design is all about making the most of what you have, and that includes choosing the right colors, lighting and furniture in the correct proportion to the space available.

Surprisingly, a large kitchen can be more difficult to design than a compact one. After all, most standard kitchens have four walls, four corners and a door or two. A large kitchen simply has a larger central space to walk across between your work triangle of sink, cooktop and refrigerator. But check out the Tabula Italian kitchen design, which makes the most of that wasted central floor space with a clever L-shaped island unit.


A well-planned island unit not only provides more useful countertop space, it can also double your storage space with additional cupboards and pull-out pan drawers. You can even add open display shelving to the end caps, as on the Lain peninsula unit, providing a place for cookbooks and oversized serving dishes. By replacing an existing wall with an island or peninsula, you can easily have a modern open-plan kitchen/living area which is ideal for family living. Think about incorporating a sink or a sleek induction cooktop into the island and free yourself from staring at the kitchen wall as you work.

A breakfast bar makes far better use of space in a small or medium-sized classic Italian kitchen than a traditional table and chairs. By creating a countertop that extends beyond the edge of the supporting base units, you can easily have a useful breakfast bar to seat up to four. Just add some modern barstools and it becomes a valuable space for breakfast, informal family dining, supervising children’s homework or even serving cocktails and hors d’oeuvres when entertaining guests.

Modern Italian furniture sets the tone of your kitchen, adding a dash of contrasting color or emphasizing the minimalist look of your Italian classical kitchen cabinets with a touch of black and chrome on sleek modern barstools.

When it comes to color, today’s Italian classical kitchen cabinets tend to favor all white, as demonstrated in the Telea collection, or a monotone color to contrast with the rich warmth of natural wood. The Laclip kitchen collection showcases dark wood grain to great effect against glossy white worktops. Those looking for a more classic Italian kitchen may prefer the light Graff oak units which soften the optic white lacquered surface in the Antis collection.

One final finishing touch to your Italian kitchen design should be an element of glass. Choose glass subway tiles as a stunning yet practical backsplash, hang pendulous Murano glass lights over the breakfast bar, or ask your Italian kitchen design team to incorporate a splash of color using the latest lacquered glass. It’s the perfect finishing touch to any classic Italian kitchen.



Prestige Designs is an Italian furniture store in Chicago IL and a retailer and distributer of Italian Kitchens, Baths, Furniture in the Chicagoland area as well as North America. Modern Italian furniture and classic Italian designs make Prestige Designs the home of stylish and modern Italian furniture in Chicago. Prestige Designs’ elegant and diverse collections include Italian kitchen design, modern living room furniture, accent tables, chairs, and more.



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