Tips for a Modern Kitchen

A modern style kitchen is one that uses sleek and clever designs to create an awe inspiring space to cook, eat and socialise. They’re all about the matt or gloss finish and can vary greatly in layout to suit your kitchens size and your individual taste. When considering what actually defines a modern kitchen, the main criteria is that of a simple and easy to maintain layout. They can be cool and contemporary or warm and homely, the choice is yours.

A lot of thought and focus needs to be put into the design stage to plan your storage. You don’t want to end up having clutter all over what should be a gorgeously elegant and sleek kitchen, simply because there isn’t adequate storage! Modern kitchens are very much designed around an open plan layout, making the kitchen not only a space to enjoy creating a meal, but also for socialising with guests as well, making it a brilliant place to relax. Typical features include islands, breakfast bars, frameless and handleless cabinets, strong and sleek lines, and high quality materials which are emphasised focal points of the room. These latter points are extremely relevant with German style kitchens.

Handleless cabinets and drawers are ideal for modern kitchen styles as they streamline the room, enhancing the sleek and stylish finish so sought after in modern kitchens. There are usually integrated appliances, including ovens and dishwashers, worked into the design and neatly tucked behind high gloss doors so that the kitchen’s style doesn’t hinder its practicality. A bespoke kitchen designer and fitter, such as Alresford Interiors, will ensure your needs are met for both style and function. What’s important to one person may be less so to another, so its vital to take the time to understand each customer’s individual priorities and requirements.

If you’re looking for some modern kitchen inspiration, start by making a list of what you 100% need in your kitchen for it to work for you both aesthetically and practically. This can be anything from plenty of storage space,a large work surface or perhaps a kitchen island. Once you have this list, you can then start looking at images online and in magazines for ideas on layout, colours, lighting, cabinetry doors, worktops, floors, and so on, and make a scrapbook of kitchen ideas – we find Pinterest great for this! When collecting this inspiration material, be mindful of how much room you have in your kitchen, if you are limited for space then what are you prepared to compromise on? If you have an abundance of space, how can you use it most effectively? If these questions leave you stuck for answers, don’t worry, we can help you work through the process.

A few of the factors we take into consideration when helping design a modern kitchen are how frequently it’s used and what for (only cooking, or for socialising with guests and dining for example), the size of your family, and how many cooks are likely to be using it at the same time. The kitchen is used every day, so it’s important to consider what you need from it the most. If you love to cook or bake, do you need the design to allow for a lot of worktop space centered around the oven? Or perhaps you would like a more functional design which puts the aesthetics of the kitchen first? We can work together with you to get the answers to these questions and achieve the ideal modern kitchen design for you and your individual requirements.

When considering colours for your kitchen, start by thinking about the overall look you’re going for. Why not start with the splashback behind the hob? Whilst the typical black, grey or white all work well in a modern kitchen you have an opportunity to be adventurous and inject some colour or a print into the scheme too. Choosing colour allows you to incorporate your personality into the style, with calm colours especially contributing to a clean and fresh vibe in any modern kitchen design. Selecting a theme is the best way to keep the design looking modern for longer. Neutral designs are always a popular option, but we often see clients wanting a bold colour injected into the theme contrasted against a neutral design – the results of this are truly stunning. The colour scheme generally comes down to your personal style, but we usually suggest keeping to two or three colours at most to avoid clashing and confusion. Statement walls are also on the rise with the use of modern kitchen wallpaper and are a great way to use a pattern to really bring some individuality into the design. There are so many wallpaper options to choose from, so shop around before settling!

Modern styling is extremely important when finishing the completed look of the kitchen. We always advise you style the kitchen around its functionality (as there’s no point having a beautiful kitchen which you can’t actually use). Plenty of storage facilities will allow for clutter-free worktops, which is a big part of the modern look. A hugely important, but often overlooked element to consider is kitchen lighting. Cabinet lighting makes a striking addition and contributes to a relaxed atmosphere, and overhead pendant lights are becoming increasingly popular over the standard spotlights, both emitting a sense of bright and natural feeling light. When thinking about worktop surfaces, have think about which one would suit your needs best. Whether it’s wooden oak blocks, granite, silestone, quartz or stainless steel, it’s important to consider the practicality of each material against how it looks visually – a pretty worktop that doesn’t suit your cooking needs is not ideal. There’s such a large array of choices for you to consider, and we’ll assist you along the way with your ideas and wishlist. Whatever you decide, with your ideas and our experience, together we can create the ideal modern kitchen tailored to your exact requirements.

For any more help and advice, or if you’re looking to start designing a dream kitchen of your own, please feel free to call us on 01962 733016, email or pop into our workshop and we can get your kitchen project off the ground today!