The kitchen is indeed the heart of the home. It’s where your family’s food is prepared, and where you and your loved ones gather to eat, chat, and share good times. A modern kitchen is about much more than state-of-the-art technology - it’s also about a design philosophy that is centered around functionality while creating a truly livable space. To illustrate what this means, let’s have a brief look at a few elements of modern kitchen design.
Integrated Appliances For A Clean, Sleek Look
Integrate as many of the appliances as possible and place the rest, including items like tumble dryers and washing machines, in a utility room. When it comes to extractor fans, install them in the ceiling, below a cabinet, or use pop-up extractors instead of the (in our view) outdated pendant-type extractors hanging from the ceiling. Make sure that freezers and fridges are kept behind doors. Next, invest in a beautiful induction hob and spoil yourself with good quality built-in cooking appliances.
Horizontal Lines For Added Simplicity
When the term modern kitchen comes to mind, the first thing you think of might be a space that is both functional and simple. Although it might not be immediately apparent, a lot of this simplicity can be traced back to the fact that modern kitchens are often designed around horizontal lines. You can duplicate this simplicity in your kitchen by using wide kitchen cabinets in combination with a long kitchen island that runs parallel to them.
Stick To Monochrome Colors
A monochromatic color palette can go a long way to further accentuate the simple functionality of a modern kitchen design. A common theme in many contemporary kitchens is a white color scheme with subdued accents, e.g. grey. Another popular option is to combine white and grey with a bold, bright accent color. Apart from the latter, keep walls, floors, countertops, kitchen cabinets, and appliances down to one or two colors to help create the contemporary ambiance you are after.
Use Natural Materials
The simplicity modern kitchen designs are trying to create brings the perfect opportunity to use natural materials. Whether you opt for a stunning marble countertop, wood-stained cabinets, or a natural wood kitchen floor, it will go a long way to make your kitchen look simple, functional, and yet stylish. For a wow factor, why don’t you consider adding a wood-slatted or exposed brick backsplash?
Follow a Minimalist Approach When It Comes To Ornamentation and Details
Most modern kitchens try to place the focus on the really important elements such as appliances, countertops, cabinets, et cetera. That is why you won’t often find decors, busy textures, and eye-catching wall art in a contemporary kitchen. All of these will distract the eye from the big picture. That does not mean, however, that you can’t create a breathtaking focal point in your kitchen with a single bright color, special material, or striking hardware. Just be very careful not to overdo it. One thing you absolutely do not want when trying to create a modern kitchen is to have it end up looking exactly the opposite: busy...or may the angels help you, even kitsch.
Continue The Modern Look By Introducing Geometric Light Features
Light features such as chandeliers, pendants, or sconces can further continue the theme of simplicity combined with beauty of your new kitchen design. Geometric light features are popular for a good reason - If used in a professional manner, they can be beautiful without being ostentatious. If this creates too much of an industrial look for your taste, soften it by adding a couple of round elements.
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