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6 elements you need for your modern kitchen

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White Gloss & Latte Oak Cuisine moderne par Creative Designs Moderne
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The modern aesthetic is very in right now. It is sleek and minimal, sophisticated yet functional. These qualities make it ideal for kitchens. The style is already worked into the basics of the design aesthetic, so you don’t need to add much by way of ornamentation, which ultimately allows more space for preparing meals. 

With just a few considerations, mostly by doing less rather than more, you can easily attain this look. Plus, modern design is typically quite compatible with other styles like minimalism, industrialism, and rusticity. If you crave a more simplified look without sacrificing style, modern design is for you. Here are six ways to make your kitchen look more modern.

Frameless cabinet

Deseo - Alta and Deda Cuisine moderne par Deseo Moderne

Deseo – Alta and Deda


The modern aesthetic is all about being sleek and streamlined. One of the most effective ways to give your kitchen a modern feel is by opting for frameless cabinets. They are subdued and they blend together, creating more visual simplicity in the kitchen

For this reason, a modern kitchen setup works nicely when space is constrained. To make this look totally unique, try mixing different cabinet colours, as we can see in this example.

Emphasis on horizontal lines

White Gloss & Latte Oak Cuisine moderne par Creative Designs Moderne
Creative Designs

White Gloss & Latte Oak

Creative Designs

It may be most obvious in modern exterior architecture, but horizontal lines are a hallmark of modern interior design, too. In fact, horizontally oriented rectangular shapes ought to make up the overall kitchen layout. 

It can be a bit trickier to incorporate horizontal lines into an existing room, but adding details like this emboldened black line across the cupboards can do wonders.

Flat panel door style

Nicol Lodge Cuisine moderne par ID Architecture Moderne
ID Architecture

Nicol Lodge

ID Architecture

Just as we recommend opting for frameless, handleless kitchen cabinets, the door to your kitchen should be on the minimal side. It’s easy to forget details like these, but you don’t want a clunky door to throw off your look! 

Instead, go with a flat panel door style like those featured in this kitchen by ID Architecture. This is an excellent way to mix in some different materials and textures.

Add industrial elements

The beauty of modern design is that its streamlined simplicity can function in tandem with other styles, most notably in industrial and minimalist décor. Adding some industrial elements to your kitchen will help make it stand out from other modern kitchens. 

You can do this by incorporating raw wooden and metal furnishings, using subway tiles in your kitchen backsplash, and using track lights or pendulum lights to illuminate the space.

Be minimal: don’t think about ornamentation

Richmond Full House Refurbishment Cuisine minimaliste par A1 Lofts and Extensions Minimaliste
A1 Lofts and Extensions

Richmond Full House Refurbishment

A1 Lofts and Extensions

While it’s okay to add in some different styles in your modern kitchen, be sure to do so by choosing essentials that can help you achieve that style rather than adding unnecessary ornamentation. This is one reason industrial style works well: you can incorporate hints of this look by choosing the right materials for your kitchen furnishings instead of adding industrial decorations. 

Another useful tool for decorating whilst keeping things minimal is to choose elements of nature for the space.

Use the beauty of natural materials

Earth tones and natural materials will certainly stand out within a modern space. Plus, there are plenty of ways to apply them. 

You could choose to do your floors or cabinets in raw wood, to add a plant or two as a centrepiece at the kitchen table, or get creative with stones and branches as we can see in this kitchen. Feel free to allow the natural scenery outside your kitchen windows to play a role in your kitchen’s décor by using a contrasting colour scheme inside. No matter how far modern style progresses into the future, it will always come back to one simple thing – nature.

Want to know how to bring more nature indoors? Check out how to bring the outdoors into your kitchen!

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