The kitchen is the heart of every home. It is not just a place to relax and prepare food, it is also a place where people get together to talk and share stories. The modern kitchen is a multi-function area that features several elements that combine style with utility. If it’s time for an upgrade to update the look of your kitchen, here are some design tips &ideas from Brad Lynch of SFKitchen Renovations to consider:
1. Install an Island.
If you have enough room, adding a kitchen island will help break up space and add more function to the area. Adding an island helps free up the walls, so cabinets and shelves may be added if desired for more storage and display options. This works remarkably well if you have high ceilings, although islands are still a good option for even mid-sized kitchens because of the variety of functions they can offer.
Tip: If you have a small kitchen that is crowded with high shelves and cabinets, you can have them removed. You can then get customized drawers and cabinets built into the island, so walls are clear and uncluttered.
2. Go for Shine.
One of the major staples of modern kitchens is metal, including silver, bronze, and stainless steel. Metal exudes a clean, sanitized look that, when used correctly, will work with most kitchen designs. Metal fixtures and accents also work very well in changing the look of your kitchen. If you currently have wooden cabinet doors, for example, consider replacing them with metal grate fronts. Metalworks with most other materials in the kitchen such as wood or laminates, and it adds a point of interest that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional.
Tip: Go easy on the shine, however. Too much can make your kitchen a bit overwhelming or tacky.
3. Add Gold.
While on the subject of shine, consider using gold instead of chrome or stainless steel. Gold exudes a warm and luxurious feel that will create spots of interest in your kitchen. Gold comes in different tones (warm, antique, and rose, to name a few), so there is plenty to choose from. It can work as a main feature or as an accent. Use bold colors on the countertops, sinks, or backsplash. If you prefer touches here and there, install gold fixtures, handles, and cabinet hardware.
Tip: Gold can be a scene-stealer, so use it carefully. It works very well with light colors but can also be used as a complementary shade to more intense shades.
4. Use Geometric Patterns.
One of the most popular kitchen design ideas is the use of geometric patterns. Used appropriately, geometric patterns can create interesting accents that are understated yet beautiful. Apply geometric patterns for backsplashes, for example, light fixtures, floor tiles, and fabric. Symmetrical patterns also work very well with cabinetry, especially for doors and drawers.
Tip: Try using geometric tiles that allow you to create repeating patterns. Vibrant colors and designs work well for kitchens with mostly solid shades, such as on walls and ceilings.
Modern kitchen design ideas are simple and clean looking. The overall aesthetic of modern designs focuses on simplicity, streamlined layout, and straight lines. A clean, basic look is relaxing to the eyes, and what better way to achieve this than to keep things simple and pared down. Make sure there is enough space for cookware, utensils, and other items to keep things clean and minimalistic.
Tip: The best way to achieve the modern minimalistic look is to keep things pared down. Try to keep the number of appliances, utensils, and dishware to a minimum. The less clutter you have, the easier it will be to keep your kitchen clean.
6. Be Hardware-Free.
Plain cabinetry can work particularly well in a modern kitchen. If you want to eschew hardware, you can start with the drawers and cabinet doors. Integrated handles, cut-outs, and beveled edges provide access to the stuff inside the cabinets without obstructing your view.
Tip: If you want to try the hardware-free look, think Scandinavian design – seamless, uninterrupted, and minimalistic.
7. Use Bold Accent Colors.
If you prefer a monochrome aesthetic, you could add splashes of color to draw the eye and create interest. An all-white kitchen, for example, will work well with accents using shades of bright red, deep blue, olive green, or sunshine yellow. Color accents against a plain background work well, especially if you use them for hardware, fixtures, or even vases, plates, glass, and other decorative elements.
Tip: If you want to experiment if this design idea will work for your kitchen, try adding colors by using serving ware and flowers as accent pieces first.
8. Do Not Be Afraid of Color.
Modern kitchen design ideas are not limited to monochrome. While still a favorite design aesthetic, monochromes do not always have to be the only choice for modern design. It is still possible to enjoy bold colors and color combinations of your choice. Modern kitchens can reflect your personality and show off your quirky, fun side. Aside from adding color using accessories and accents, you could also apply bold hues for larger surfaces such as cabinets doors, shelves, walls, floors, and even the ceiling.
Tip: There are several ways to use color effectively in your kitchen. You could use contrasting colors for the most stunning visual impact, for example. You can apply this to appliances, lighting, fixtures, or countertops. You could also use the 70/20/10 rule, wherein 70% of the kitchen area is covered in the main color, 10% is for the accents, and 20% is a color that balances the other two colors. And of course, you could always go for the monochromatic look which is a reliable design scheme. If you are feeling adventurous, use a color wheel to find the best colors and combinations for your kitchen area. Modern design is actually quite flexible and any color that catches your fancy is likely a great choice.