Modern day kitchens are very different compared to those used by our granparents. The kitchen of the past was typically styled with a country theme in mind, with solid wood and farm animals in mind. There was a definate lack of innovative materials and a more traditional impression was favored. Solid wood was a certainty throughout the entire room, from the roof, to the cabinets and even the flooring. In the old and more modern decors, detail is ever important to make a lasting impression, but the overall vibe is starkly different.
The cabinet style of the traditional kitchen was frequently framed, featuring a gloss or distressed finish, combined with rustic doors often featuring exposed hinges. Another common finding was extravegant country moldings in the wood work and cabinets, with farmhouse sinks often making a nice centrepiece. Decorative lighting was also another commonality including crystal chandeliers, which is now often reserved for grand homes of living rooms with a specific theme in mind.
Today, these classic interior styles have been replaced with new sleek silouettes and boxy designs. The country cabinets featuring ornate designs are a thing of the past, they are now sleek and beautiful but with function in mind. White and black are two great colors for modern kitchen design. Although, there are a vast array of color palettes available, so no taste preference is left behind. Kitchen appliances and hardware rarely make an appearance, instead hidden behind the minimalistic and clean design.
Stainless steel, concrete and other high end finishes have replaced the traditional bricks and wood of the classic kitchen. It is now often bold and bright in appearance. Now, people often opt for stainless steel and metallic features in unexpected areas, including surfaces, countertops and flooring. Other options include concrete, marble, quartz and unpolished granite.
Another common term used when discussing modern kitchens is modular. Open planned kitchens are sought after, as well as large islands to provide a focal point where the whole family can socialize, cook and eat. The following images will explore the modern kitchen and provide you with a little inspiration for your own ideas.
1. Faux Built-in Kitchens
If you like the idea of a built-in kitchen but don’t want to tear down walls, then consider a wall unit as an option. This option creates a stunning affect like the one shown above. The cabinets high-gloss are fitted with handlebars in polished silver that are nicely paired with stand-out appliances. The island offers a place for you to prepare food while helping you keep your kitchen area clean and tidy.
2. Statement Red Modern Kitchen Cabinet
A bright red kitchen is certainly one way to make a bold statement. Rereminiscent of retro diners to the old-style Chevies, the color really does create an atmosphere many will love. The retro feel also matches well with the overall modern kitchen design. A combination of modern materials are utilised here, from stainless steel appliances and glass worktops. If you opt to go bold, then make sure you balance it out with somethjing a little neutral on the walls.
3. Form and Function
When you opt for a kitchen that resembles a work of art, your cabinets can offer way mnore than a storage space. Just look at this kitchen – the island is the focal point, though the cabinets offer a true finishing touch. If you want to make your cabinets as concealed as possible, then a arty backsplash can take the focus away from them and create a completely different atmosphere. Opt for bright colors and unique textures to transform a boring wall into a stunning cabinet display. If money is your concern, then concentrate on a backsplash that can really create a different vibe.
4. Geometry Master
When designed your perfect kitchen don’t let any preconceived ideas about what it should look like. You can do whatever you wish. Aim for it to be your perfect place, where you can share special times with your loved ones, or relax on your own. Try to think outside the box when you are considering what to do with your kitchen. If you want to create a stylish and geometric kitchen, then go for it!
5. A Classic Kitchen Color
The above color is extremely popular, as a car color, a kitchen cabinet color. It’s just one of them colors that are instantly warming and lift the mood. If you have a color in mind that you truly love to be around, bring it straight into your kitchen and balance it out with neutral accents and decorations.
6. A Personal Pusuit
Try thinking about the things in your life you love, maybe a hobby or a particular movie or past time. What makes you feel good? What do you find interesting to look at? Inspiration is all around you, maybe a flower or plant in your garden. The cabinets in this kitchen are of a variety of different cuboid shapes that creates a real sculptural look. When wanting to emphasise the design shapes in particular, add a splash of color among them to add a little brightness.
7. Bright Summer
Yellow and orange is a statement color in any room and can create a real impact in a kitchen with contemporary kitchen cabinets. If you think it would make a good color in your kitchen, then pair it with neutral colors to help the vibrancy not become too overpowering. Cream and white is a great color as it will provide a nice and neat contrast between the yellow. Also remember your flooring should be neutral too, this will ensure your room doesn’t get too busy.
8. Wooden Retro Style
During the years of kitchen innovation, there is probably one feature that has outlived them all – smooth, clean surfaces. Mix the flowing lines with clean textures such as woods featuring natural grains and beautiful slate for an ultra-modern, yet natural look. For a truly modern and natural style, opt for Corian cabinets and aluminum accents for a powerful statement.
9. Bright and Black
Not many people would even consider all black cabinets, but it’s important to think about things you would never dare to. These pictures display cabinets with little detailing and they would benefit greatly from stainless steel or chrome accents. This kitchen displays how the choice of color has no limit. The red detalining creates a cool dynamic to the space. What color have you considered?
10. Femme Modern
It is said taht the average woman spends an incredible 18 years in the kitchen, so why not make it a feminine and beautiful place perfect for a classic womans tastes? A glass panel slides to the side and is accented by a playful purple swirled piece of artwork that you can store all your pot and pans behind. Storage is also included beneath the central island, allowing you to keep your kitchen sleek and clear at all times.