Renew can give your kitchen a complete makeover
Homeowners who have an old dated kitchen know they want a modern look. But what defines a modern look for a kitchen? Where do you start? And how do you get it?
A modern open plan kitchen can best be defined as a sleek and simple style that highlights the natural features of each element of the kitchen without over-decorating or using too much colour.
Let’s take a look at how some of the most common elements of a kitchen renovation.
Many modern kitchens showcase cabinets with flat doors and drawer-fronts and no handles. They may be known as flat-panel. Some other popular choices are Hampton's style shaker cabinets. If the cabinets do have handles, they are usually tubular pulls, or flat linear pulls.
Many of these options create horizontal lines that emphasize a modern look.
Renovated kitchens use full overlay doors and drawers, meaning the cabinet doors are not inset.
A modern kitchen often appears simple and uncluttered. There is a lack of decoration, and the colours are often neutral. Common colours include black, white, gray, timber, or anything muted.
Patterns and textures are often limited. Benchtops are stone without much colour or contrast.
Glass, stone or tiled splashbacks may also be used as one of the featured materials in the kitchen. However, modern kitchens can get some subtle style from the patterns in natural materials, such as horizontal wood graining or light marble benchtops.
Renovated kitchens use a lot of modern horizontal lines. These can be seen in the way cabinets are arranged, with rows of drawers or wide doors. The grain of the wood can also be cut horizontally rather than vertically like older traditional kitchens.
Large islands and tables also create horizontal lines in a modern kitchen. The tiles in a backsplash can also be stacked horizontally.
When designing a modern kitchen, each piece should be carefully chosen to be consistent throughout the whole home.
Pieces such as stools or chairs, light fixtures, hardware, or appliances should have similar characteristics (including colour, shape, material, etc.) as the bathroom and ensuite. And the elements should all display a modern style to keep in line with the overall feel of the home.
Industrial designs and elements are becoming increasingly popular in kitchens. These could be displayed by using concrete look benchtops, heavy-duty stainless-steel appliances or commercial looking tapware.
You can also introduce technology into the mix by using appliances that have touch screens or can be controlled with a smartphone. Finding gadgets that appear simple and match the overall décor of the room is a great way to add modernity to any kitchen.
During meal prep and clean up, we move from the refrigerator to the stove to the sink. Experts call that the “workflow triangle.” So it only makes sense to configure those elements close to one other, which is often seen in old U shaped kitchens.
When renovating, opening up your kitchen makes a big impact. Instead of staring at a kitchen wall while cooking, washing, peeling, chopping & wiping, a modern open plan kitchen with an island bench can change your whole perspective on life.
To learn what’s possible for your kitchen space and if it’s a good candidate for an open plan design, schedule a free in-home renovation consultation today.
Putting It All Together
Using all of these elements, a quality kitchen renovation contractor like Renew Renovations can make structural changes and install a modern kitchen that is truly stunning, and we’d be happy to talk with you about your ideas.
Want to learn more about renovation projects that can improve not just your kitchen, but your entire home? Call Andre today on 1300 772 123
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