Historically, kitchens were pretty much a separate entity from the dining area and living space. Today’s modern kitchen however is all about the open-plan look complete with zoned areas for food prep, cooking, washing-up, eating, working, relaxing and entertaining. With such a multi-faceted space, the pressure is on to create the ultimate design that answers all the family’s needs in one.
This is why a good kitchen designer will take the time to do a site visit and ask plenty of questions about your needs and lifestyle. What does and doesn’t work in the existing space? Would it benefit from an extension or reconfiguration of layout? How do you use the kitchen – is it mainly for quick meals or do you want to be able to sit and relax with the family after dinner? By considering all the practical elements during the planning stage, the next step is to think about the overall style that you wish to create. With the modern kitchen, anything goes.
Consider the practical elements before you start thinking about style. Piatra Grey quartz is a versatile material that works in many modern kitchen designs
There are many styles that come under the modern kitchen theme. Popular looks include a Scandinavian design with plenty of white, matt black and wooden elements – think crisp quartz surfaces and timber cabinets that feature a natural horizontal grain. Add oversized pendant lights and brassware in the latest matt black finishes or rose gold effects and you have instant Scandi chic.
Grey is still an enduring shade and it’s a trend that looks set to last. For a modern take on the traditional kitchen, go for a painted Shaker door in graphite or pebble. For an ultra-contemporary finish, choose a high gloss lacquer and pair it with a bolder shade such as burnt orange for a personal touch. One of the latest trends in modern kitchens is to select a statement colour for the island, picking a more muted tone for the rest of the scheme. Vintage or industrial styles are also very much in vogue for the modern kitchen. With exposed brickwork, stripped back floorboards and raw materials, it has a pick and mix feel which focuses on salvage style with recycled and upcycled elements that are kind on the pocket as well as the environment.
A palette of white, wood and black creates a Nordic look perfect for modern kitchen design. This island is topped with Caesarstone in Georgian Bluffs
Many modern kitchens embrace the all-white trend. Not only does it provide a clean, clutter-free effect but it can also be quickly and easily updated with different accessories and finishing touches. Caesarstone quartz is the perfect partner for gloss white cabinets, whether you pick the stoney look of Cosmopolitan White, the industrial feel of Fresh Concrete or the luxury marble effect of White Attica and Montblanc. Simply add a few carefully chosen small appliances and ceramics and the surface provides a practical platform that offers instant impact as soon as you enter the room. Modern kitchens demand durability and that’s why high quality quartz is the natural choice. Highly heat and cold resistant, Caesarstone is also resistant to stains, scratches and cracks. And with limitless design possibilities, it’s easy to see why it’s often the surface material of choice for architects, designers and homeowners alike.
Get the natural stone look with all the benefits of quartz with Caesarstone’s Cosmopolitan White surface, which looks striking teamed with white cabinetry
To take your modern kitchen to the next level, take a look at the latest in innovative technology. Taps now deliver instant boiling, chilled and sparkling filtered water; ovens take the guesswork out of cooking with automatic programmes that tell you what temperature and how long to cook for while many appliances are now Wi-Fi controlled, so you can turn the washing machine and cooker on as you travel home from work. You can even buy a fridge-freezer that tells you what’s inside so you know what to add to your shopping list. Home automation is another area where our homes are becoming smarter thanks to app-operated systems that can control your heating, lighting, music, home security, window dressings and kitchen appliances.
The Internet of Things is the buzz-phrase that refers to the connected home, where everyday gadgets are made smart, enabling you to operate them remotely from a smartphone or tablet From appliances and gadgets to lightbulbs and heating thermostats, the modern kitchen is built for modern living and beyond. Caesarstone recently partnered video ad tech company Unruly on a project that reveals what tech we can expect to see in our homes in 2020 – and it’s not just Alexas and Cortantas! For further reading check out ‘Home’ by Unruly.