Thursday, 28 September 2017

How To Design a Modern Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of our homes. If you're looking to modernise this part of your house, there are plenty of effective ways to create a contemporary kitchen using the latest cabinetry, appliances and home design tips. A streamlined, modern kitchen design, combined with integrated appliances, thoughtful lighting and a mix of levels helps to keep your room clutter-free while also leaving you more space to relax, bake, dine and entertain.

Space and Storage

If you're going for a modern kitchen, less is more. The first step to a contemporary space is keeping as many items as possible out of view - even though we all like to show off our expensive food mixers and other appliances. Hiding clutter in open-plan kitchens is essential, so think storage and include deep pan drawers and tambour units to keep small appliances and crockery out of sight. Floor-to-ceiling cupboards with no handles can hide many sins and are a good investment (if you have the space). But, for your kitchen to look neat and work efficiently, you need easy access to appliances. Put pan drawers by ovens, larders close to preparation areas, and crockery close to the dishwasher.

Contemporary Kitchen Appliances and Utensils

A big part of your kitchen aesthetic is the style of food-preparation appliance you have. If you like those big range cookers, choose one of the more modern steel models from Smeg, Mercury or Rangemaster. Place items such as washing machines and tumble dryers in utility rooms and ensure your fridge and freezer are stored behind closed doors. Try and keep sightlines clear by installing below-cabinet, in-ceiling or pop-up extractors too. Investing in built-in cooking appliances with a sleek, glass hob is another good move for a contemporary kitchen. Plus, you can give your modern kitchen a striking finishing touch with a few contemporary luxuries - such as a boiling water tap, pop-up power points and cool lighting features.

Cool and Contemporary Work Surfaces

Right now, you can get your hands on a huge range of modern kitchen composite worktops in various consistent colours and patterns that do an amazing job at creating a contemporary kitchen. Not into clean, dazzling white worktops? Try bright orange instead! Both styles are effective ways to create an ultra-modern kitchen for family and guests. Many manufacturers, including Silestone and Caesartone, are now producing man-made composites that replicate natural materials. Of course, while they look just like marble or concrete, the real benefit of these surfaces is that they are much easier to look after than natural stones, particularly very porous ones such as marble. Faux marble is also fantastic for creating protective splashbacks with less of the expense than real marble, too.

Sharp, Clean, Contemporary Lines

Modern kitchens rely on keeping clearly-defined lines, which is where your cabinets and drawers come in. The in-frame construction of kitchen cabinet doors that have no handles is contemporary and very resilient, giving this design feature an edge on others. In smaller kitchen spaces, the absence of handles conveniently makes the room look bigger. But in a kitchen with lots of cabinetry, it also prevents an overload of attachments that stick out and get in the way. Add cool built-in appliances and top with colourful composite worktops to really make a statement in your kitchen. Or if you don't want all handle-less doors, you can install a run of classic cabinets and spruce them up with sleek bar handles.

Quick Tips for a Modern Kitchen
  • Up and Down Effect
    Adjusting the levels of different surfaces in your kitchen is a simple and creative way to add modernity to the space. You can create several levels on a peninsula with a raised area to hide the washing-up from guests, or even place a high breakfast bar and couple of stools next to a lower-lying island for the same effect that also maximises the seating area available.
  • Brightening Up Your Modern Space
    LED strips inside your cabinets are an amazing way to add a contemporary aesthetic appeal to your kitchen, while using other lighting techniques - such as plinth lights on your base units - help to transform your entire room into a modern kitchen with the flick of a switch
  • Easy and Effective Surfaces
    Go for glass or composite as your splashback material. Pair this look with large floor tiles surrounded by a matching grout and you get a fantastic minimalist modern look that's easy to do.
  • Vamp your Kitchen Surfaces
    Surfaces play an important role in how contemporary your kitchen looks. Using very thin worktops helps your units look more like furniture rather than just a utility piece, which provides a modern appeal. Wrap a composite work surface in a contrasting colour, or place material around the cabinets on your kitchen islands. 

This is a collaborative post. 

Looking for more contemporary kitchen ideas? Visit Elle Decor - one of my favourite sites for inspiration. 

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