When we think of modern kitchen designs, we think of unadorned regular cabinets, sleek and simple hardware, strong horizontal lines and a lack of ornamentation, with the natural beauty of the materials shining through.
A major element to the modern look is the ingenious use of fewer but more intelligently used materials. Modern kitchen design embraces the contrast between the industrial and domestic. The inclusion and intermixing of industrial looking elements in the residential environment is key.
When it comes to door style, keep it clean and simple. Slab door styles such as Milan, Mayfair and Oslo lend themselves effortlessly to the modern style.
Many modern kitchens share a tendency toward the horizontal: long, wide lines, stacks of drawer cabinets lined in a row, hardware set long and horizontal to accentuate the lines of the drawers.The strong horizontal lines of the Riga handleless range makes it another natural choice in the modern kitchen.
Even shaker doors if designed correctly can produce that modern look. Clean lines, accentuate the horizontal, reduce the colour pallet and introduce elements with an industrial edge.
Handles and hardware must follow the same principles. Clean and simple with industrial materials and finishes. Use tubular or flat linear designs. Accentuate the horizontal lines of the cabinets with long handles running the full width of the drawers and doors.
Show off the beauty of your materials. With modern, your ornamentation comes from the characteristics and finishes of your materials. Choose strong horizontal woodgrains ,rich stone textures and luxurious gloss or matt finishes.
Accents like lighting, tables, chairs and bar stools all have to be considered when designing a kitchen. In a modern kitchen these elements will stay consistent. The pieces here show simple, clean lines and lack of ornamentation.
Remember there's no rule that says the architecture and the kitchen have to both be modern — hundreds of century-old apartments and farmhouses with modern kitchens in Italy, France and Spain can attest to that.