There’s no single feature that defines modern kitchen design. A wide variety of kitchens may fall into the modern design aesthetic, so some homeowners may be surprised to find that this is their preferred kitchen style. In general, modern design emphasizes clean lines and geometric shapes—it’s also a minimalist design scheme that is simple and functional.
An Understated Aesthetic
Modern design strips away a lot of clutter and noise from any space, focusing on the most essential functions of that space. In the kitchen, that means that a hallmark of modern design is bare countertops, ample storage, and minimal frills in your décor. Low, horizontal furnishings with clean lines and a celebration of natural light (including a lack of window coverings) also embody the modern aesthetic.
Unique Use of Materials
In a modern kitchen, you may see use of unexpected materials. For example, polished concrete, metal countertops, and exposed ceilings may be features of your modern kitchen. Structural elements with an industrial feel are often juxtaposed with hints of nature, such as large, uncovered windows or potted plants within the space. The key with modern design isn’t emphasizing luxury but rather emphasizing quality and craftsmanship—materials don’t necessarily need to be the finest or most expensive, but they should be well crafted.
Intentional Use of Color
It’s a common misconception that modern design utilizes only dark, drab color palettes, primarily in black, white, and gray. However, color is still at home in modern kitchens. It’s just used more intentionally and artfully. For example, splashes of color in your backsplash or island sitting stools can warm your space and offer a fun and playful touch to the room.
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