The Kitchen has always been the heart of the home, but its form and function are bound to evolve over time. From time to time we need some inspiration to revamp our kitchen, and our home entirely, which is why spending less and still achieving more is top on our list. Because renovating or upgrading can be quite an expensive and tedious task.
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THEY STRETCH OUT WITH OPEN SHELVING
“Modernizing a kitchen is about the aesthetics, but it’s also about the operation,” says designer Lauren Levant Bland. A move to open shelving can improve both the look and the functionality of your prep and dining space. Choose matching, monochromatic dishware worth displaying.
THEY RETHINK THE WINE WALL
Replace your simple wine fridge with a fully integrated (non-removable) storage solution that can stand alone as a statement piece. This wine cooler creatively doubles as a room divider. Go for stainless steel and decorative features that tie into the rest of your kitchen for “a very modern look,” advises designer Malcolm James Kutner.
THEY EMBRACE CURVES
Most kitchens are a series of square and rectangular sections, so opting for other shapes can give your kitchen a cutting-edge look. A simple application: Choose circular posts for kitchen furniture. A bit more daring? Opt for a live edge wood slab atop your island or countertop.
THEY FOCUS ON THE FRIDGE
Invest in a high-end fridge that enhances your décor—and your day-to-day life. LG Studio’s sleek stainless steel–covered Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerator can stand flush with your countertop. There are hidden inner doors inside the fridge’s front doors—LG calls it Door-in-Door TM— that lets you grab your go-to items quickly with less cold air loss.
THEY CREATE MODERN MOVEMENT
Unfixed elements can transform a kitchen and make it a truly adaptable space. Levant Bland encourages the use of sliding countertops. “I love to do a cutting board that slides over the sink so the sink disappears,” she explains.
THEY BRING IN THE STEEL
Don’t limit steel to just your appliances; bring steel elements into other areas of the kitchen, such as on the face of your cabinets, in lighting fixtures or even as a trim on your island. For an ultra-modern look, Levant Bland suggests opting for natural cold-rolled steel, which has a bluish-gray color and retains patterns left by the steel rollers.
THEY MAKE SPACE FOR TECH
Cell phones, tablets and charging cords easily overwhelm kitchen counters. But there’s a solution to this modern problem: the hidden charging station. Have a drawer or cabinet outfitted with the necessary electrical outlets, then organize the space so there’s room for each gadget to reboot unseen.