Technology advances and changing social dynamics have contributed greatly to the rise of the modern kitchen. There is a far bigger focus on open concept homes that revolve around the kitchen so everyone can be together. A desire for informal dining and comfortable cooking drives this design trend, supporting a casual yet connected lifestyle. As with any modern design trend, clean and simple styles have become favorites for homeowners with natural light becoming an essential aspect of the overall look and function of the kitchen space. The gourmet kitchen is dressed to impress with charcoal gray cabinets, honey-colored wood floors, clean white countertops, and a subway tile backsplash. The contrast of the dark and light brings stylish drama to this trendsetting space. The new-age lighting system, with home automation and dimming, can also accentuate the kitchens.
What are the materials and colors that are in vogue?
White and grey seem to be the two big cabinet colors going into 2018 still. Their modern clean look will keep them as favorites for years. But there is another color palette slowly making its way into the kitchen–dark jewel tones: black, navy, emerald green and even plum. It will surprise you at how well dark kitchen cabinets can work in and/or enhance a kitchen space with its dramatic and luxurious feel. Materials in vogue are acrylics that comes in different, colors, finishes and textures, apart from this polyester paint finishes, lacquered glass and If you are using open shelving, rough cut wood to bring in natural elements or metal tubing for a more industrial attitude. Floor tiles in a natural stone or backsplash tiles that are sculpted, beveled, or stacked make for the perfect focal point. These interesting textures are very different than the usual polished or glossy finishes we see everywhere. You may even want to consider a ceiling treatment to bring in that added punch. Coffered, tray, and wood beams are the perfect choices to consider.
How are new technologies changing kitchen design?
Kitchens apps and devices are introduced at an incredible speed, and they are increasingly being integrated with systems that can automatically synchronize data across multiple platforms. It is important to mention the rising popularity of composite sinks. These are sinks made from the same material as the countertop. This creates a cleaner uniform look and makes cleaning and maintenance much easier. Easy add-ons are motion sense-equipped kitchen faucets that can sense the presence of hands underneath and will come on automatically or try a one-touch feature. Refrigerators that can alert you when your grocery items are running low or a coffee maker programmed to have your coffee ready when you wake up.
Anything else on new age and interesting kitchens.
Modern pendant lighting, exposed beams, and soapstone countertops create an understated cottage feeling. A new way to add pattern – and your own unique stamp – on your kitchen, is to choose an intricate door design. Mixing metals is a great way to add visual interest, particularly in a kitchen. When you mix metals, like bronze and brass, you are creating depth. This works so well in a kitchen because you have the opportunity to use different finishes in your plumbing, hardware, and lighting.
Careful planning is required to ensure a kitchen that’s both beautiful and highly functional. Be sure there are appropriate power sources for relocated or new appliances. When it comes to flooring, consider slip-resistance, ease of maintenance and porosity. A good ventilation system will improve the quality of your indoor air and also help keep your kitchen cleaner. It also helps to extend the life of your appliances. Also, bright lighting with various options and settings can make the kitchen look like a design element in your space.