The modern kitchen is the hearth of the contemporary home, it is the fire around which family and friends gather to bond over a common love for food.
This is how things have always been but contemporary life has never been more complicated and it can often feel quite disconnected.
That is why the modern kitchen needs to account for these changes in how we use our homes and promote ease of use, while opening itself up to the rest of the house so it continues to maintain its position as the beating heart of the home.
Of course, utility must be matched with durability and beauty in design, kitchens and their associated entertaining spaces cannot just be beautiful spaces, rather, your kitchen design must touch your heart, invoke creativity and foster communality.
VIEW.com.au offer some tips on getting the most out of your kitchen design.
Creating flow in your kitchen design
One of the most fundamental aspects of effective kitchen design is creating a proper “flow” in your kitchen as well as in how it relates to surrounding spaces (such as living spaces).
Flow is the way in which a kitchen’s layout guides someone through it, how people interact with the kitchen and how it is embraced as part of the home as a whole.
Inviting light into your modern kitchen design
There are different ways to light your home depending on the room, the architecture and your tastes.
The modern kitchen can adopt a number of these different lighting options, such as utility/specified lighting in the form of LEDs for kitchen sinks, rangehoods etc. as well as ambient lighting or accent lighting.
Creating effective workspaces
The more dominant a kitchen island and workspace is, the more likely visitors and family will revolve around this space.
Do this at your own risk, however, as it will mean a higher chance of clutter accumulating in the area.
Consider a stove in a space where you will commune with others, rather than isolating you. This may mean you can’t put in a rangetop, but you could put in a fan in the ceiling as an alternative.
Reflecting your tastes through materials and design
Materials can not only influence the look and feel of your modern kitchen design but also the usability of your workspace.
Consider using surfaces such as wood to be used as cutting/work benches that will age with the use of the kitchen.
Alternatively, make bold and resolute statements with large slabs of various materials, whether they be stone, marble or metals.