A Quick Guide to Modern Kitchen Design

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Did you know that the average person in the U.S. spends about 67 minutes a day in their kitchen? So, that’s over 400 hours a year spent in this room alone!

No wonder, then, that a kitchen renovation or remodel is one of the most popular ways to improve a home. Indeed, of the completed renovations and remodels in 2022, 23% were for kitchens.

So if you’ve always wanted to make over your kitchen, consider going for a modern kitchen design. We’ve shared some tips below to achieve this goal, so read on.

Neutral Colors

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Among the most common modern kitchen features is the primary use of neutral colors. The top choices are black, white, gray, blue, and brown, as they usually pair well with almost every other color. This is also why stainless steel, brushed nickel, copper, and chrome work great with them.

Some color-related modern kitchen design ideas to consider are:

  • Black granite countertops
  • Hardwood cabinetry and shelves
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Painted or finished metal hardware
  • Neutral-colored pendant, task, and track lighting fixtures

Consider neutral colors too, when shopping for kitchen decor and cooking essentials. An example is an olive oil dispenser bottle, salt cellar, crock holder, and spoon rest set in white ceramic. You can also get them in black, dark blue, dark green, gray, or two-toned sets.

A Multi-Functional Island

A modern kitchen generally prioritizes an open-style, minimalist design. It also aims for an airy, spacious feel with sleek and straightforward elements.

That’s why a multi-functional island is typical in modern kitchens. It provides an additional work surface that also doubles as a table. It also adds storage space, freeing up other parts of your kitchen and keeping it tidy and spacious.

Energy-Efficient Appliances

If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, consider replacing old appliances with energy-efficient products. Modern kitchen appliances use less energy, have intelligent features, and often last longer. As a result, they can help save you money in the short and long run.

Energy-efficient kitchen appliances also look incredible, as they’re often stainless steel. Just be sure to invest in Energy Star-certified products. An Energy Star fridge, for instance, can use up to 30% less energy than an older, non-certified one.

Energy-Saving Window Improvements

If you’re on a tight budget, go with window upgrades to make your kitchen energy-efficient.

For example, you can install solar control films that block some of the sun’s heat. At the same time, these films allow natural light in, so you don’t have to rely too much on artificial light. Natural light can also help make your kitchen feel airier and more inviting.

Solar control films also block over 99% of the sun’s UV rays, which can damage your skin. The same rays can damage your countertops and floors and cause them to discolor.

Consider These Modern Kitchen Design Ideas

Now that you know the top modern kitchen design elements, it’s time to add them to your kitchen. Start by choosing neutral colors and making your space airier and more spacious. Lastly, don’t forget to invest in energy-efficient additions or upgrades.

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