What Makes a Modern Kitchen?

A modern kitchen designed by Elite Kitchens

This kitchen emphasizes horizontal lines and has no unnecessary ornamentation.

A couple weeks ago, we discussed the design elements that go into making a traditional kitchen. This week, we’re looking at all of the style elements that contribute to a modern kitchen.

Many people view modern kitchens and contemporary kitchens as being one and the same. However, there are subtle differences that set these kitchens apart. A contemporary kitchen is a kitchen that reflects current trends. A modern kitchen is a kitchen that hearkens back to the design style that emerged in the early to mid-20th century. The style, which stripped away all of the defining elements of traditional design, was considered modern at the time, and the name stuck. Let’s take a look at what defines the design of modern kitchens.

Lack of Ornamentation

One of the biggest differences between contemporary and modern kitchens is a lack of ornamentation. You may see patterned tile or layers of color and texture in a contemporary kitchen. However, modern kitchens strive to be as simple and clean as possible. The modern kitchen has flat-panel door styles, sleek hardware, and counters without any patterns.

Modern Cabinets

Flat-panel doors, also known as slab doors, are a trademark of modern kitchens. These smooth, elongated cabinet doors are combined with frameless, full-overlay cabinet construction for simple, sleek cabinets that represent the modern kitchen design style. Leicht Cabinetry is a great supplier of high-quality, modern style kitchen cabinets.

Sleek Hardware

Sleek metal hardware is key in modern design. You’ll notice C-channel hardware integrated into the cabinet as well as long tubular or flat pulls. The horizontal lines created by the cabinets are often accentuated by drawer pulls that run the entire length of the cabinet door.

Horizontal Lines

You may notice that the clean lines created by the flat-panel cabinet doors and sleek hardware create an emphasis on horizontal lines throughout the kitchen. Long, clean horizontal lines are an essential feature of modern kitchens.


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