Interior design is different from any form of artistry. How? Well, let’s just say that when Rembrandt painted the Night Watch, he didn't have a client looking over his shoulder going, “Put more moustaches on the men." Interior designers deal with that all the time, especially with homeowners who chase trends without really stopping to consider if they’re practical for their space. Here are some common examples. 1. KITCHEN ISLAND A kitchen island is an expensive, space-consuming counter in the middle of the kitchen. It often comes with high seats (so it can function as a bar) and a surface – often marble – that costs an arm and a leg. Since kitchen islands are often outfitted with sinks or even drink dispensers, they often require additional plumbing, and can raise costs by as much as a whopping S$8,000. Considering that one of the challenges of kitchen design is to maximise space – hence, L-shaped layouts and overhead cabinets – an island is really just another giant counter-top that takes up valuable space. And if you intend to use it for sitting and eating at, or pouring drinks at, well, a table would cost you a tenth of the price…. Read full this story
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