5. Subtle countertops. Most modern kitchens will feature thin countertops that have a simple square edge profile that can sometimes be flush with the lower cabinets.
6. Natural and industrial focal points. Despite the streamlined nature of modern kitchens, most rely on the natural wood grain in cabinets or vein-look in countertops to create a visual focal point. In addition, the use of steel appliances, metal light fixtures or exposed brick creates another opportunity to feature industrial accents throughout the space.
7. Sinks matter. The industrial touch continues with the use of a larger undermount or apron sink anchored by a functional faucet. At Magnum Kitchens, we recommend using Vogt stainless steel sinks to meet all your needs.
For more on modern kitchen design, use these helpful articles: Kitchen Workbook: 8 elements of a modern kitchen, 10 Modern Kitchen Design Updates- Design Milk, Elements to a very modern kitchen-The Chronicle Herald.
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1. Modern kitchens offer a functional space with a sleek and streamlined look. This means frameless cabinets, simple hardware, little ornamentation, a monochromatic palette and the use of natural and industrial materials to create a focal point.
2. Modern kitchen cabinets have two signature elements. They are the flat-panel door style (or slab door style) and a frameless, full-overlay cabinet (sometimes called Euro frameless) that offers a sleeker look to the flush-inset cabinets found in traditional kitchen design.
3. Simple hardware choices. Modern kitchens already don't use pilasters, flutes or onlays that we commonly associate with more traditional designs and this lack of ornamentation carries into hardware choices. Most designs use simple horizontal or vertical metal handles on the cabinets or they may use cabinets without any hardware.
4. Monochromatic colour scheme. The idea of using the same colour for the cabinets and countertop to create a seamless and cohesive look.