Published at Wednesday, April 26th 2017. by Macey Bayle in Design.
A monochromatic color scheme is very modern for any space, and the kitchen is no exception. If monochromatic is what you’re after, be sure to vary the tones and tints of the color itself, as well as the sheen and texture. Notice the variation between all the grey aspects of this kitchen among the floor, cabinetry (uppers and lowers), countertops, and lighting fixture. When combined, the effect is interesting with great visual depth.
This is simply amore subtle variation of the classic red-black-white color scheme discussed previously, but the effect is still modern and fresh. Maintaining the white color on the cabinets and walls (the perimeter of the kitchen) and popping in some steel elements in appliances helps to keep the star of the kitchen the coral center island. But a thick white countertop throughout adds cohesion, even to cabinetry that is different. This is a key element – one of simplicity and consistency amidst design variations – of modern style.
The kitchen is an odd room. It’s a space originally designed for cooking but, with time, it has also become a social space where friends and families spend time together, where they chat while someone is making dinner or where they simply gather to socialize. But a kitchen needs to be, first of all, functional. It’s a space where style comes second but, nevertheless, doesn’t have to be ignored. It’s a space where everything has to be perfectly balanced.
We’re starting with the basics. When it comes to kitchens, organization is key. The more clutter on display, the more claustrophobic the space will feel. We know that kitchens are fun to decorate. But resist the temptation to fill the counter tops with purely decorative items. Instead, have your decor pull double duty. Pick a few small containers that you love, and fill them with practical tools and utensils. Or let a modern tea kettle make a statement, as shown in the image below.
When it comes to contemporary kitchen designs, there isn’t a better place to look than Italy. Italian designers and manufacturers look to envision completely different yet functional kitchen furniture. Minimal kitchen storage units with in-built technology may be the latest trend in kitchen design, but it’s not the only one.
Before we dive deep into the world of marvellous dining peninsulas, let’s take a look at their more practical versions. A peninsula can really just be an alternative to the kitchen island, where you would usually install a sink and a cook top. Some of these designs have additional features like drawers, built-in ovens, or shelves, if you will.