Streamlined, open and with an emphasis on the essentials, modern kitchen design allows form to follow function. While many people use the terms ‘modern’ and ‘contemporary’ interchangeably, the modern era of design is actually rooted in the early to mid-20th century, reaching its peak in the 1950s and 60s.
This was a time when designers were seeking to shed the highly ornate, ‘more is more’ approach popular in preceding eras. By the mid-20th century, there was an unprecedented demand for sophisticated, highly functional and user-friendly kitchens for everyday people leading busy lifestyles. Given its history, there’s no surprise that many modern kitchen design ideas translate seamlessly into today’s homes, with the style now enjoying a fresh revival.
The modern design era is celebrated for its beautiful furniture. Pieces in this style, such as stools and light fixtures, work beautifully with today’s open-plan kitchens. Think sleek, curved and architectural shapes, light and open construction, and a streamlined aesthetic.
Materials can range from cool metal and chrome to warm wood and leather. Plastic, too, can be featured as a sculptural statement in its own right. Combining these in subtle, unexpected ways can add a touch of quirky character without undoing the clean, functional look.
Modern cabinets are typically frameless and composed of flat panels, with minimal detailing and trims. Handles are often the primary styling element, lending personality to otherwise very pared back cabinet designs. These may be embedded in the cabinetry or sculptural add-ons in a contrasting material.
Even though this look dates back decades, rest assured there’s nothing dated about modern-style kitchens when it comes to integrating appliances. After all, it’s all about allowing functionality to lead the way, which means cabinets and cupboards are built to accommodate the latest innovations in kitchen technology.
Alongside the flat, unadorned cabinetry of the modern kitchen, backsplash (or splashback) design is your chance to play with colour and texture. Tiled splashbacks are great for this – for example, a modern black and white kitchen can be achieved with splashback tiling, or opt for tiles in shapes such as hexagons or diamonds to create a textured, geometric effect.
Paint and tile colours offer an opportunity to soften the function-driven styling of a modernist kitchen and inject personality into the space. Alongside sleekly curved wood detailing, shades such as duck egg blue and light peach are playful yet sophisticated – see our modern-influenced Cupertino collection for inspiration.
Dreaming of modern kitchen renovations? You’ll want a team that understands not only functionality and style, but how they work together to create something special. The team at The Inside Project are experts in this arena, with the experience and industry-leading knowledge to see your project through from initial consultation through to delivery.
When it comes to home interiors, trends have little value if they aren’t matched to how you live your day to day life. That’s why we offer a wide range of customisation options, together with quality design that maintains its appeal in the long term and delivers high return on investment.
To find out more about what The Inside Project can do for your space, contact our team on 1300 126 457 today. Alternatively, send us a message using our online contact form.
Our initial consultation allows us to gather all the information we need to present a concept design and budget figure. Once the concept is established the design will be developed before a pre-build site meeting is conducted to finalise the cost. Your project will be managed by our experienced site team using online tools to keep you up to date on the schedule and progress. Our goal is to make what can be a stressful and arduous process as seamless and transparent as possible.
We undertake an in-depth consultation with you to develop a clear understanding of your desired project outcome. With your input, our expert designers create a concept that reflects your vision for your home and lifestyle, and integrates seamlessly with your existing structures.
Our experienced project manager carries out a thorough inspection of your building. This ensures that all points have been covered in preparation for the build phase of your project. Any design issues identified through this process are addressed before going ahead with the build.
Using the highest quality materials and latest techniques, our builders skillfully translate your design into reality. Throughout this process, you’ll have access to an online schedule to track the progress of your build, as well as the guidance of a dedicated project team.
With the project build completed in full, we turn your newly improved space back over to you to enjoy with family and friends. Our team remains available to assist with any questions or concerns you may have during this process, ensuring your satisfaction with the finished product.