Design Basics for Today’s Modern Kitchen

Today’s modern kitchen no matter the “style” must be highly functional, extremely efficient and serve as a multi-functional living space for every homeowner.

Aesthetically speaking however, when we isolate the design details and components of the modern kitchen we see crisp clean lines with an emphasis on the horizontal where frameless flat paneled doors or painted shaker style doors are often featured. The layering of natural wood varieties, the texture and patterned mix of metals, glass and stones is where the modern character radiates its warmth throughout the kitchen.

Siematic Kitchens
Sleek stainless appliances, custom hood and cabinetry are nestled into an elongated cooking niche along the back wall of this Seimatic kitchen. Sliding stone panels conceal the recessed shelving that flanks the cook top. Here we see a monochromatic color palette, where the countertop materials and cabinet colors are similar in tone creating a sleek architectural design aesthetic.

 

The layout of this modern and highly functional galley style kitchen has state-of-the-art appliances along one wall and clean up and prep on the island side. Open to the adjacent living room and accessible to the stunning outdoor views and patios, this Bluehome (link) kitchen designed by Courtney Lake (link) is the ideal set up for modern entertaining.
The layout of this modern and highly functional galley style kitchen has state-of-the-art appliances along one wall and clean up and prep on the island side. Open to the adjacent living room and accessible to the stunning outdoor views and patios, this Bluehome kitchen designed by Courtney Lake is the ideal set up for modern entertaining.

 

Cooper Pacific Kitchen
The combination of crisp reflective quartz surfaces and a glass back splash add a touch of sparkle to this spacious contemporary kitchen designed by Cooper Pacific Kitchens. The beauty of the outdoor environment is brought inside with the expanse of floor to ceiling windows. A scenic painted canvas on the upper cabinet doors instantly infuses the homeowner’s artistic personality into this modern kitchen!

 

California kitchens
A small kitchen doesn’t need to be boring. Custom black and white cabinets, sleek stainless shelves, an articulating industrial faucet and a red-hot range add sexy drama to this modern kitchen. Integrating the appliances into the design provides a more monochromatic and uninterrupted line that ultimately creates the illusion of space. Design: Lori Gilder

 

California architects
I love the warmth and coziness of the cedar clad walls and ceilings that envelop this modern kitchen. The sleek suspended track and cable lighting system highlights the quartz countertop surfaces. With an emphasis on the horizontal, the great room layout is beautifully designed to accommodate the kitchen, dining and living space.
 Design:  Lane Williams Architects at Coop15

Modern kitchens can be warm, classic, sleek, sexy, artful or daring! How will you let your personality shine through?

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