No matter if you want a simple, minimalist design or a more “crossover” style, you need to know what a modern kitchen looks like. It’s not just about using the latest technology or having clean lines. Modern design is based on the idea that things should work well. This is especially true in a modern kitchen, which is often the center of the home and where function and flow lines are very important.
Adding a few simple design elements to a kitchen’s functionality can make it feel more modern. Read on for our top 5 design tips for making a modern kitchen, so that you can take your design in any direction you want.
1. Put your backsplash tiles in a straight line to start.
There are a lot of different patterns you can use when laying tile:
- straight stack
- straight stack
- brick pattern
and many other things. If you want your kitchen to look more modern, you should stack your dishes in a straight line instead of in a more random way. Not only is it more streamlined, but it is also easier to install, usually only needs a few cuts, and has less lipping. This fits with the modern idea that form comes from what it does.
2. Get rid of your old appliances.
Today, appliances come in many different styles. Even though Subzero and Wolf are known as “America’s Sweethearts,” there are many other companies that make high-quality appliances that don’t have to be expensive. High-end models from GE, Samsung, Thermador, and even Frigidaire have things like:
- With WiFi Connect settings, you can get alerts on your phone if the fridge door is left open, a water filter needs to be changed, the dishwasher’s pod supply is low, or a leak is found.
- Induction is a type of cooktop technology.
- The ability of a convection oven to keep moisture in and make the temperature more even and stable.
- a microwave that has drawers.
- There are drawers and compartments with temperature controls and options to make them your own.
- There are refrigerators that fit on the counter but have a lot of space inside.
- LED illumination
Even though we love all the bells and whistles on the market, upgrading to matching stainless steel appliances will give your kitchen the much-needed “refresh” it needs to be more modern.
3. Write short, sweet lines.
In an up-to-date kitchen, less is more. Countertops, cabinet profiles, hardware, and fixtures shouldn’t be too complicated. Use a straight or relaxed edge on your countertops instead of an ogee or beveled edge. Choose knobs or pulls that are simple, like straight bars. Choose a cabinet with a flush panel or in the Shaker style instead of one with a more traditional door. Use open shelves instead of upper cabinets. Keep it simple, easy to understand, and useful.
4. Use lighting that has shapes.
Pendants, chandeliers, and sconces can be the finishing touch on a modern kitchen if they are done right. Geometric-shaped lighting fixtures are very popular, but you can also add some round elements to soften the room’s square edges and straight lines.
In either case, you should avoid using traditional lighting like candelabras and fabric lampshades.
5. Let your decor be the glue that holds everything together.
Choose bowls, vases, and candlesticks that are made of modern materials and have clean lines. Put up some abstract paintings with geometric frames. Choose some old furniture if you want to go more Mid-Century Modern. To complete the look, your furniture, and interior design should be stylish but not over the top.
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