If you are looking to bring a fresh new look to your kitchen check out these modern styles.
The sharp styling of these modern kitchens are perfect for any up to date household. Lovely colours, sleek lines and contrasting finishes allow for very individual designs and if space allows these ranges make it easy to blur the lines between kitchen and living space to create fantastic familly rooms.
What are some of the characteristics of modern kitchens?
There are many and some are personal to you, but we would suggest using the following 3 criteria as a starting point.
Start by doing all that you can to improve the natural light in the room. If constraints allow, look at installing bi-fold doors, roof lanterns or veluxe windows. If you are unable to do this is it possible to increase the size of the exisitng windows? Textured ceilings soak up light so where possible budget for a new smooth finished ceiling, either by skimming over the existing one or replacing it completely. Quality paint on the finished ceiling will vastly improve natural light.
If you are going to take the existing ceiling down now is the time to look at ambient lighting, maybe some zoned lighting which can now be easily fitted without have to take the floor above up. If you are having an island you could also install task lighting into the ceiling immediately above it, a sleeker alternative to pendants and the like. LED lighting is increasingly used in modern kitchens for ambient and task lighting, there are countless options available, once available in cool or warm, natural LED lighting is now on the market which means no blue or yellow tinge to the light generated.
Next consider what you want to do in your new kitchen and what implications this has for the layout. You are not going to be doing this again for a while so it is best to spend some quality time thinking about it.
Depending on the size of your room there may be limited changes you can make but sometimes small alterations to the layout can have a very positive affect on ease of use. The larger the space the easier it is to end up with a kitchen that looks great but turns out to be a bit of a nightmare to work in. We sometimes see large kitchen designs that have a stunning bank of appliance towers with a couple of ovens, a steam oven, warming drawers etc, but no thought has gone into workspace so there is nowhere to hand to put things when they are taken out of the ovens. Often the distance between the fridge, sink and hob is far to great or crosses walkways increasing the likleyhood of accidents. Are you left or right handed, where are you going to be standing when you use appliances, drawers, cupboards, what is the best way for them to be handed? Modern kitchens are partly about learning from past mistakes..........
Finally how is it going to look, pale and interesting or bold and brassy! Now is the time to think about colour and texture.
Collect pictures of kitchens that appeal to you, brochures, magazines, Pinterest etc. Try putting a mood board together using colour, fabric, textured material etc. As with the previous steps research is your friend.
Team strongly coloured or textured walls with neutral cabinet colours or vice versa. For a more subdued look use light coloured cabinets with complementary wall finishes and add colour with a few well positioned, boldly coloured accessories. One of the advantages of this approach is that it is easy to change the accessories and bring a fresh new look to the kitchen when you fancy a change.