Five Essential Elements Of A Modern Kitchen Design

by Connor Pena

If your kitchen feels a bit outdated, then you are probably looking into having it remodeled. Before you do, make sure you spend time learning about the most modern kitchen trends and how they are implemented. This way, your new kitchen will look so much more hip and trendy. Here are five essential modern kitchen design elements to get you started.

Built-In Appliances

Gone are the days when the microwave would sit on the countertop and the fridge would be wedged in between the wall and the counter. Today, many kitchens feature built-in appliances, which blend in seamlessly with the cabinets. You can even find microwave drawers, which do an excellent job of blending into the decor. Refrigerators with doors to match those of your cabinets, stove tops sit right over cabinets, and ovens that are built right into cabinets are also popular.

Neutral Colors

Instead of choosing bright, flashy colors, most people these days are choosing neutral shades for their kitchen. Shades of gray are a popular choice, and you can never go wrong with a classic black and white kitchen, either. If you feel like a neutral color scheme is too subdued for your taste, try choosing neutral shades for the walls, cabinets, counters, and appliances, but then add a pop of bright color with your kitchen towels, curtains, or other easily replaceable elements. This way, if you ever sell the home, it will have a nicely modernized, neutral color scheme... but in the meantime, it will feel brighter and flashier to you.

Natural Tile

Tile has long been the flooring material of choice in the kitchen. It's easy to clean and has a smooth, simple appearance. In recent years, however, people are choosing natural stone tile over ceramic tile. The natural stone is a sustainable option, which is trendy of course, but it also goes very well with the neutral color schemes. You can find small and large stone tiles in a variety of patterns. Large tiles are better for a bigger kitchen, and smaller tiles keep a small kitchen from looking overly cozy. Choose a contrasting grout color for a more artistic look, or one that blends in for a more minimalist appeal -- both are quite trendy right now.

Open Shelving

Cabinets, in general, will never go out of style in the kitchen since they are a functional element. However, these days, many people are opting to integrate some open shelving into their cabinet designs. You can have just a couple of open shelves for displaying your more attractive dinnerware and cookware, or you can go 50/50 between shelves and cabinets, which allows you mostly to hide the messiest things behind a cabinet door.

Pendant Lights

Pendant lights are very trendy in modern kitchens. Not only do they draw the eye upward toward the ceiling, which helps the room seem bigger, but they are also very functional. Placed wisely, a pendant lamp can make it easier to see what you're doing in the kitchen. Many people hand a line of three pendant lamps over their kitchen peninsula or island. You could also hang one or two over the table -- if you have a table in your kitchen. Look for lamps with a smooth finish and simple color scheme. Larger pendant lamps work best in big, open kitchens, whereas smaller pendant lamps look good in smaller kitchens.

Talk to a remodeling contractor, like one from Wolf Exteriors & Remodeling, if you would like to know more about these and other essential modern kitchen elements. They can take a look at your space and let you know which options will be the most fitting.