Modern kitchens all start with one basic design principal: clean, sleek lines. Slab doors are the most common choice for a contemporary kitchen. Depending on your personal preferences, doors can be stained wood or painted with a high-gloss finish. Layouts are open and airy, and many components in a modern kitchen design are eco-friendly as well.
Color in Modern Kitchen Design
Color can be integrated easily into a modern kitchen design. If you prefer a white kitchen, little pops of color placed around the room diffuse the starkness of the white cabinetry. For those looking for a bolder incorporation of color, use high-gloss painted cabinetry as the main focal point, but keep the countertops neutral to let the cabinets stand out.
In modern kitchens where the cabinetry is wood, try bringing color into the room through the countertops or backsplash. Mixing painted and stained cabinetry or pairing wall and base cabinets in different paint colors are also great options when a softer look is desired.
A backsplash is another great way to add color to your kitchen—and protect your walls from water damage. Backsplashes can either be the focal point or they can be more subtle to allow the cabinets to stand out. If the backsplash is to take center stage, consider a glass mosaic with a variety of color, or iridescent glass tiles that appear to be different colors from different angles. Large, faux concrete or textured tiles lend a modern loft feel when combined with wood cabinetry.
Countertops & Materials in Modern Kitchen Design
Quartz, recycled glass countertops and wood tops all work well in contemporary kitchens. Quartz and recycled glass countertops are eco-friendly and virtually maintenance-free. For those wanting a green option for wood tops, select a bamboo or reclaimed product.
Appliances in Modern Kitchen Design
Appliance finish options are increasing—stainless steel is still the go-to appliance finish, but manufacturers are starting to offer high-gloss black and high-gloss white as well. Also, many homeowners are moving towards integrated appliances. Dishwashers, refrigerators, microwaves and warming drawers can be incorporated into drawer bases, lending the kitchen a cleaner look and giving the consumer more design options. Some manufacturers even offer range hoods and refrigerators with integrated LCD TVs, eliminating the need to find a space on the counter for a free-standing TV.
Finishing Touches to Enhance Your Modern Kitchen Design
Finish your modern kitchen with decorative hardware that is simple and functional. Bar pulls and geometric designs are often used, or you can select something a little whimsical for a more personal touch. Finally, don’t forget that contemporary kitchens are designed to be neat, functional and straightforward—think “less is more” (at least visually) and enjoy your new modern kitchen!