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Tips for Designing a Modern Kitchen Space

Tips for Designing a Modern Kitchen Space

With modern designs becoming more prominent, the kitchen has become as much a social space as it is a practical one. Gone are the days when you couldn’t talk to your guests because the kitchen sequestered you away as you made preparations in the kitchen. Whereas the living room may be a bit more proper to make a good first impression, your kitchen can often be a lot more casual. Here are some tips for designing a modern kitchen space.

Remember That Countertops Are King

Modern kitchen designs place a big emphasis on including an island in the center of the kitchen, so it’s a good idea to ensure its countertops, along with the countertops around your kitchen, lead the way in your kitchen’s design. For example, marble is an immensely popular countertop material because it’s not only neutral in coloration but also includes natural swirls and markings that are visually stimulating. Other popular countertops are wood, as the wood grain adds similar visual elements. Wood usually acts as a warmer accent to the rest of your kitchen.

Get Comfortable Kitchen Furniture

The aforementioned island is a great place to gather with guests to chat, indulge in appetizers, and share a drink. As such, you need to find comfortable furniture appropriate for a kitchen setting. You should take careful consideration when selecting your seating, as it’s often the only furniture that isn’t immobile in a modern kitchen. Thus, it draws the eye of anyone who enters your kitchen space. So we recommend you pay close attention to choosing the right kitchen bar stools for your island. For one, they should match its height. You’ll probably also want a good mix between comfort and a style that suits your kitchen overall.

Prioritize Natural Lighting

Another tip for designing a modern kitchen space is to prioritize natural lighting over artificial. Modern designs heavily feature neutral colors and take inspiration from minimalism, which can make a room feel barren or clinical if you’re not careful. Natural lighting will ensure you flood your modern kitchen with light so that it feels bigger and looks sleek and fresh. Natural lighting is simply more pleasing to the senses, so you’ll never go wrong by maximizing it. Also, it will even help the space feel warmer and more inviting. This is especially helpful if you’ve found yourself using an abundance of cool colors or whites in the design of your kitchen.

Stainless Steel Appliances

If you want appliances that are both practical and appropriate for a modern space, stainless steel ones are ideal. They look sleek and sophisticated with wooden countertops or cabinets. On top of this, stainless steel is incredibly easy to clean and care for. Moreover, it’s corrosion resistant, meaning issues like rust have a harder time taking hold of your appliances. Stainless steel also lacks pores on its surface, meaning dirt and debris will wipe off easily. All these features combine to make it easily one of the most practical and aesthetically pleasing investments for your kitchen space.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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