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Kitchen design differs from country to country - so why not integrate any international kitchen design ideas into your home?

The weather has a great influence on our way of life. Homes in climates that are constantly warm are constructed in a completely different way than those that must withstand dramatic changes from one season to another.

In a country where, for most of the year, food is cooked on an outdoor grill and meals are eaten outdoors, the kitchen design can reflect this lifestyle. It may be that you ensure that you have good ventilation to maintain a cool atmosphere inside will be your primary problem, and of course efficient cooling is crucial if safe food is to be stored safely. Choosing light furniture that can easily be moved into the garden or onto the porch, patio or patio is another practical aspect to consider; it is usually made of woven cane or bleached wood.

If it is constantly hot outside, you may prefer to create a kitchen that is also visually cool - by designing a pale, soothing color scheme. Use flat matte shades of blue and gray with pale painted walls and try to avoid complicated patterns that would interfere with the feeling of calm. However, it is worth remembering that these decorative schemes need lots of bright, bright light, or that their coolness tends to be clinical and unwelcome.

The lasting appeal of the white villages in the countryside of southern Spain, Provence and Tuscany is partly due to the other colors - drawn from the surrounding countryside - which are combined with the white. These baked terracotta, natural sandstones and dusty pink tones also provide warmth in winters, which are often harshly cold. Of course, you can get inspiration and decorative ideas from holidays abroad, but transporting the style in one country to another can be quite catastrophic: colors that look sensational in the sunshine can feel oppressive if you cannot reproduce a similar light, with natural or artificial way.

Thick wooden shutters on the windows, or canopies, not only work to provide shade in the summer but also protect against freezing wind. Stone or tile floors are nice cool in the summer and can be heated by carpets or rugs if needed. You can have a door that opens directly from the kitchen to the garden which can be left open permanently when the weather is nice to allow a cooling breeze to update the kitchen. But cool winds will be icy in the winter so it will probably need weather insulation - with a warm and colorful curtain perhaps. And flexible but reliable heating that can quickly respond to weather changes is a modern convenience that almost everyone considers essential.

It is obviously sensible to wait a year before making any major design decisions, unless you are sure you can anticipate any seasonal weather changes. Real style is definitely more than depth.