April 29, 2017 / Astoria Chloe / Kitchens
Technically speaking, every kitchen in the western world is a modern kitchen. By standard definition, a modern kitchen is any kitchen that uses electricity or natural gas. By that definition, no matter what design elements you choose for your kitchen your kitchen will, technically be modern. With this being the case, how can you find modern kitchen ideas when it comes time to remodel your home's cooking and eating space?
The best way to find modern kitchen ideas is to narrow the focus of your search. When you hear "modern" what do you think of? Do you think of contemporary art? Do you think of art deco? Does your brain immediately turn toward the latest technological advances? Is it simply a scaffolding from which your modern kitchen design is going to be built?
Here are a few categories you can use to narrow your search for modern kitchen ideas.
If you want your modern kitchen to have a modern art feel to it, you will want to choose kitchen furniture that can be multi-functional and that is simply shaped. The less decoration on the furniture, the better. Modern kitchen furniture will not usually have carved legs or a multi colored surface. There is little chance of having cushions on the seats or having seats made of many parts. To that end, the kitchen cabinetry would consist of simple shapes with simple handles or no handles at all. The colors should be bold and there shouldn't be any carving or patterns in the doors.
Technology is where most peoples' brains go when they hear the word "modern." If your modern kitchen is meant to be technologically advanced, you will want to focus on computers and computer chipped appliances. Your refrigerator's temperature should be controlled via computer chip control and have a built in computer that will allow you to enter the expiration dates of your food and tell you how much certain foods weigh. Your stove should look more like a sheet with circles on it—those circles (burners) will rise in temperature when buttons on the stove's surface are pushed.
Modern art dictates that little to no art is required for a modern kitchen design. This can save you quite a bit of time when you are looking for modern kitchen ideas. In a modern art themed kitchen, the kitchen furniture and cabinetry are the decorations. This is better understood when you consider the typical color scheme employed in modern kitchens. In modern kitchens there are typically two color schemes: one in which everything (cabinets, furniture, appliances, everything) is a single color. The second is one in which the walls and cabinets are one color but the appliances and furniture are a second, highly contrasting color.
These are just a few ways in which a person searching for modern kitchen ideas can narrow his or her focus. Deciding on what to place in your modern kitchen will depend heavily on how you, personally define "modern." Follow your instincts and create a kitchen that you will love to be in!