“In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.” — Steve Jobs.
Modern is a funny word. The word modern gets thrown around loosely and just about everything new could be classified as “modern” at some point and time. There is a good reason for that too. The word modern is essentially a word that celebrates the birth of the new. The word modern is a promise that the future will be brighter than the past and the sharp corners of our existence will be slowly be rounded in favor of a gentler tomorrow.
The ever changing nature of modern makes it hard to define, especially when it comes to kitchen design. Modern kitchen designs are a moving target. Design trends are constantly changing and evolving, but there are a few elements that make for a modern kitchen design.
1. Simple, Sleek, and Elegant
Close your eyes and say the word, “Sleek.” What do you see? Your hand, outstretched, finger tips brushing against the body of a Porsche 911, or gently touching the wing of a Lockheed jet fighter, or maybe running down edges of a newly purchased Macbook Air. The word sleek immediately evokes certain imagery. When you are building or remodeling a kitchen in modern style think of all the things that word sleek brings to mind and incorporate them into your kitchen.
Choose your appliances very wisely. Choose sleek, simple appliances that bring a sense of stylistic minimalism to your kitchen. Avoid appliances that are bulky, or adorned in a million awkward buttons and knobs.
Incorporate the philosophy of sleek, simple and elegant into every part of your kitchen, down to your knives. Remember that block of knives your Mom kept on her kitchen counter? Say no to that and instead opt for a single chef’s knife. A single piece of Japanese steel that does everything you need and nothing you don’t need. See? An elegant, simple and sleek solution.
2. Thematic Consistency
Quite often people go to a lot of trouble laying out a perfect modern kitchen with clean lines, plenty of industrial elements, and elements of natural beauty. Only to ruin it with accessories like lights and other accessories that don’t quite match. Make sure that every piece of décor matches with their rest of your kitchen. Don’t bring in Victorian lamps and wicker baskets into a kitchen with industrial elements. Be consistent and pick accessories that complement the overall design of your kitchen.
3. Avoid Excessive Ornamentation
Remember your Grandmother’s kitchen? The handmade doilies, hand towels, and tons of ornamentation. The entire focus of modern kitchen design is simplicity. So keep the ornamentation of your kitchen simple.