Modern kitchen design ideas
More and more people realise the benefits of living in spaces that are clean, tidy, and simple. And what better way to achieve this in your kitchen than with a modern kitchen design.
To really make a modern kitchen work, each aspect has to be carefully thought through. There’s no use making some things sleek and modern and some just old and out of place. The entire room has to be a bold statement of modernity.
And thankfully, this article is going to tell you exactly how to do that.
Throughout, we are going to be implementing three key principles or themes:
- Technology, and
By keeping these three themes in mind while making design choices, you will end up with a stunning, modern kitchen. If you're looking to design a new, modern kitchen, then our recommendation is to read this article alongside our ultimate guide to designing your kitchen, which will provide you with even more ideas to apply these modern design principles to.
Our first theme, simplicity, can be applied in two ways; in how you store things in your kitchen, and how you design the aesthetics of your kitchen.
To achieve a modern look, it is vital to minimise the amount of clutter in the kitchen. This can be done by packing as much stuff away into storage space as possible, but this requires some inventive ways of maximising your storage space without it being seen, such as…
- Racks inside cupboard doors can provide valuable extra space for all those herbs, spices, and condiments.
- Pull-out corner cabinet drawers are an incredible way to squeeze every last inch of storage space out of those otherwise wasteful corner areas.
- A new kitchen island with masses of storage space underneath it not only adds more space to tidy away pots and pans but is itself a very modern kitchen feature.
- A tall pull-out pantry drawer is another way to make use of awkward, otherwise useless space by turning it into a useful and unique storage area.
When aiming for a modern kitchen, keep your design and style choices simple. The less is more principle well and truly applies. Here are some ideas for that ultra-modern look.
- A high-gloss finish or your kitchen cabinets will reflect lots of light, making the room seem bright, spacious, and shiny, all the hallmarks of a modern kitchen area.
- Handle-less cabinets will further enhance the effect by minimising the eyes distractions and creating a super-sleek look.
- A polished concrete floor is the ultimate mark of modernity in today's kitchens. Advances in engineering mean concrete can be buffed and polished to an astonishing degree, adding further shine and stark design.
As with any room in the house, utilising the latest technology has to offer is a sure-fire way to add sophisticated style while increasing the functionality of your kitchen. Often, new technologies offer a way to reduce or even remove previously required items, as some of our examples below will demonstrate.
Hot water taps
You can now install a tap system which will provide cold, filtered drinking water, hot water for doing the dishes, and 100°C boiling water for cooking, teas, and coffee!
This simple idea will remove the need for a kettle, making your worktop less cluttered. It will also save you time (the boiling water is instant) and money (these taps reduce electricity costs).
Induction hobs with integrated extractor
Modern induction hobs are an extremely efficient way of cooking your food. They also look super stylish with their low, sleek profile hardly rising above the level of the worktop.
What’s more, many models come with an integrated extractor system built into the hob, removing the need for one of the biggest eye-sores in any kitchen, the bulky overhead extractor fan.
Pop-up power socket towers
When you're aiming for minimalist kitchen design, one thing that can really spoil the look is power sockets along the wall. Any modern kitchen will need several power sockets, but how to get them without ruining the look?
Pop-up power socket towers can be fitted into worktops or kitchen islands, providing an electricity source when needed and can then be pushed down and out of sight when not in use.
A significant influence on the modern kitchen design is the idea of minimalism. At its core, this involves keeping things as simple as possible. If it’s not absolutely required, it’s not allowed. And this principle applies to the colour scheme of your modern kitchen too.
The objective is to minimise distractions for the eye and allow the simplicity of the kitchen features themselves to stand out. And to achieve this, neutral colour tones are the only way to go.
White is by far the most obvious candidate and can create a visually dazzling effect when applied in bright kitchens with a gloss finish.
In recent years, however, grey has become the new white, as this on-style tone can provide a slightly less harsh look while maintaining a neutral and sophisticated colour scheme.
Other great options to consider are beige and ivory which provide a creamier, subtler hue than white or grey.
Now, there is one massive, glaring caveat when it comes to colour schemes, modern kitchens, and the neutrality mantra. Most modern kitchens will adopt a neutral colour scheme; however, there are some absolutely stunning examples of modern kitchens which either abandon this idea completely or tweak it slightly.
They do so by bombarding their kitchens with bold colours, such as red, yellow, or even black! Some kitchens work well with mostly neutral colours combined with a splash of bright colour, for example on just one set of kitchen cabinets. Others make all the cabinets one bold colour.
Another idea to add splashes of colour without altering your cabinets is sticking with neutral tones throughout your kitchen but adding brightly coloured appliances, furniture, or artwork.
The final say
If you’re looking to drag your home into the 21st century, installing a beautiful modern kitchen is certainly one way to do it. We truly hope you’ve found this guide to modernising your kitchen useful and hope you have fun experimenting with some of the design ideas we’ve discussed.