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5 Keys to a Modern Kitchen

Tilghman Builders Team
By Tilghman Builders Team - June 18, 2020

As the heart of the home, the kitchen is one of the spaces where you spend the most time, making kitchen remodels quite popular. Regardless of the style you choose, from farmhouse to contemporary, you can still have a “modern” kitchen that considers function and uses the latest conveniences and technology. Below we’ve identified 5 key ways to design and bring modern touches to your kitchen as you prepare for your kitchen remodel. 

Functional Design 

A modern kitchen is a functional kitchen. When planning your remodel project, the layout should be top of mind and arranged in a way where you are able to cook comfortably and efficiently especially when other people are with you. The range, sink, and refrigerator make up the “Work Triangle” of the space. This work triangle should be compact enough that it allows for convenience and circulation while cooking, but large enough that 2 people working in the kitchen together won’t be bumping into one another. For optimal function, it also shouldn’t intersect with the kitchen island or other projecting countertops or cabinets. Additionally, your bar or entertaining space should be separate from the kitchen workspace so that guests can nibble and converse without getting in the way of cooking or cleaning. Other features to consider for a functional kitchen are plenty of counter space and storage. 

New Appliances 

When modernizing a kitchen, the first place people often start is with the appliances. Stainless steel appliances are the go-to for most as they give a polished look that stands out in almost any kitchen style. In modern kitchens, you will often see appliances like microwaves and refrigerators incorporated into cabinetry instead of standing alone. Aside from the must-have appliances, you can further modernize your kitchen with the latest technology trends such as steam ovens, smart refrigerators, and smart cookers. 

Sleek and Simple Hardware

With a modern kitchen, less is more especially when it comes to hardware. Many modern kitchens feature tubular pulls or flat linear pulls and sometimes even concealed pulls for a truly minimalist style. European styles of hardware such as C-channel and J-channel gives a smooth, clean appearance to cabinets and drawers as pulls are built into the box behind the drawer or door, allowing you to open them by simply sliding your fingers into the channel and pulling it open from behind. 

Natural Light & Materials

Modern kitchens rely on the beauty of the natural materials used in their construction - from the cut and graining of wood cabinets or the veining of marble in the countertops.  Wood is the most preferred material for cabinets and floors as it comes in numerous textures and finishes. For countertops, quartz is a highly popular option as it offers the look of stone without the maintenance of natural stone. For a durable finish, many opt for granite countertops, with near endless options of colors and finishes available. Other more rustic counter options include poured concrete, wood block or live-edge planks. These various materials can all be used in a way to embrace their natural beauty and add value to your home.

 To properly showcase the beautiful materials you have chosen for your kitchen, it’s best to add in as much natural light as possible. Plenty of windows can not only give your kitchen a fresh and airy look, but it will also make being in this space more enjoyable.  

Keep with Modern Decorating Trends

Clean, Horizontal Lines

Many modern kitchens come with an emphasis on long, horizontal lines to influence a cohesive flow of the space. The wood shelving and tile backsplashes feature longer, horizontal lines to reinforce this look. Large kitchen islands themselves are large horizontal lines that act as the focal point of the space with a variety of uses including entertaining and food preparation. 

Consistent Accent Pieces 

With other kitchen styles, furniture and accent pieces can vary. Whatever the feel and decor of the rest of your home, you should bring that style into your kitchen. Pendant lights are a popular lighting fixture that comes in many styles to complement your home’s design. The same with bar stools - from french-country upholstery to industrial black iron, the decor you choose in your kitchen should relate to the rest of your home.

Backsplashes with Personality

Backsplash tiles are not only functional as they protect your walls from splashing water and other spills but fashionable as well. In fact, they are one of the best ways to give your kitchen personality and tie into your home’s interior design. Many incorporate bold colors or unique patterns to make these elements pop. Recently we have seen the rise of classic subway tiles, and smaller mosaic tiles to add shine, color, and shape to kitchens. In some instances, you can even create a specific design in one space over the sink or the oven for a focal point within the tile. 

Remodel your Kitchen with Tilghman Builders

Tilghman Builders boasts an impressive team of skilled contractors who take on kitchen remodels with ease. Knowledgeable in various materials and design trends, we can help you make your dream kitchen a reality. Contact us today to get started on your kitchen remodel. 

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