Modern kitchen design… The cool, clean, sleek look of a modern kitchen can be exciting, but some of those high-tech features can be added to a traditional kitchen as well. A few of my luxury real estate listings are great examples of gorgeous kitchen designs and modern features. This beautiful pairing of form and function make today’s kitchens luxurious beyond compare.
Simple Tones With Accents
Not everyone was brave enough to go bold with their cabinet colors and those who weren’t are likely happy with this trend – monochromatic or muted color palettes for cupboards, counter tops and back splashes with bold accents. The cabinets you’ll see won’t all be beige and grey (or greige as the combination is now known) or even black and white, rather, you’ll still see colors, but they’ll be strong colors like navy blue, deep olive green, and dark greys. The bold accents are what provide a luxurious feel as many of them are brass and copper, offering a high-end, designer finish; and, you’ll also see some great pops of color or bold statements made with accessories like this kitchen in the Ritz Carlton Residences.
We’re all adept with using our smart phones and they’ve worked their way into most aspects of our life. Over the past few years, more and more people started using everything from smart thermostats and doorbell entry cameras to security systems and in-house cameras to keep an eye on their homes (and to see if the dog really does sleep the whole time they’re alone). So, the next logical step could be the kitchen. As more and more appliances and gadgets for the kitchen move into the smart domain, our lives are promised to get easier, or at least more convenient. I have a hard time choosing a favorite, but those that top my list are the Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker with WeMo which makes slow cooking even more convenient, and the Egg Minder from Quirky so you never have to play a guessing game with your eggs! How about a smart refrigerator that keeps your family’s calendar, direct orders groceries when you’re getting low or lets you know when food is about to expire? There are several of these wonder-fridges on the market.
Beyond the design of the kitchen and decking it out with the latest in smart technology, are the basics of good features. They don’t have to be mind-blowing, technological, or gorgeous, but they do have to be useful, functional and pleasing to your kitchen work flow.
What do we always say we need more of? Closets. We always need more closet space in our homes. That extends to the kitchen, too. A closet for a kitchen has its own purpose, not just the pantry space, but also, what designers are moving toward in newer kitchens is storage that can only be called clever. Easy access for those items we don’t want cluttering our counters, but we also use regularly enough that we don’t want to go dig them out of the back of a cupboard or out of the pantry. Today, we’re seeing more cabinets that are more useful and integrate better into our daily lives like the ones in this Sherman Oaks kitchen.
What are the best kitchen designs and features that you have seen in recent years? Have you added any of those to your own home?