Most people these days are looking for a fitted kitchen. But there are good reasons to have some freestanding furniture in the kitchen as well. The uniformity of a modern fitted kitchen can leave some feeling they look clinical, or lack character. Traditionally a Deco era kitchen would have comprised of several pieces of freestanding furniture, and it wasn't until the 1940's in the USA that fitted kitchens started to take off. There is probably a happy medium to be found; go for the fitted kitchen for functionality but have some variety in the room with other furniture. Many top end kitchens now incorporate bespoke cabinets for looks & function.
With the firmly established trend now for open plan living there is a case for bringing some additional visual interest into the kitchen area, especially where this area spreads into the dining or living areas. This furniture tends to look more like lifestyle furniture than kitchen furniture. This page makes the case for considering more striking pieces of Art Deco furniture for both storage and display uses, and visual impact. We have shown a small selection of various units, from small to large, to give you ideas. Please see our sections on bookcases & cabinets for more examples & finishes. What is the difference between a bookcase or a dresser, display unit, storage cupboard or larder? Usually it's what you put either on it or in it - but essentially the piece of furniture can be the same. These pieces can be finished in any finish you want, and can be tied visually to the kitchen, or in total contrast to it.
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