The term modern kitchen elements refers to the modernized and updated technologies being applied in the kitchen premises all over the world. Change can be made through color, design, furniture or decorator. Actually, it is very tough to discriminate between the two terms modern and contemporary. There are some spaces which are both modern and contemporary, and the terms are often used interchangeably, but there are some differences prevailing in look and terminology.
The term “Modern” is considered as a tricky term because sometimes it’s used to describe something that’s exactly the opposite of the traditional, which varies according to the time period. Thus, there is a competition among the modern technologies towards the kitchen appliances. But there are some key modern kitchen technologies which play a vital role in the ultimate process of modernization in this sector. Here they are;
1. Flat-panel Door Style
Sometimes this is considered as a slab-door style which is a signature element of the modern kitchen design. There can easily be noticed a modern kitchen using a Shaker door style, but most of the time it falls into transitional rather than modern – which is not to be said that it can’t be used; it’s just not a purist’s perspective.
2. Frameless, full-overlay cabinet construction
A bunch of terms are being thrown around the description of this kind of cabinet construction: frame less, Euro frame less, overlay, full overlay. They all mean the same thing that the door overlays the whole cabinet box. This style is basically the most often used in modern kitchens because it’s sleeker than a flush-inset cabinet, which is most often associated with more traditional kitchen, cabinet and furniture design.
In a true frameless cabinet a face frame cannot be seen at all, and people will get consistent spacing between all the doors and drawers, even between two cabinets. In what’s known as a framed overlay, one will still have a face frame and varying space between doors and cabinets.
VÄRDE Glass-door wall cabinet
When the doors remains closed on a frameless cabinet, the frame can’t be seen at all except for about a ⅛-inch shadow line between cabinets.
3. Sleek and Simple Hardware
In modern kitchens most of the times been seen the C-channel hardware that’s integrated into the cabinet and the tubular pulls or flat linear pulls. Lots of times the horizontal lines of the cabinets can be accentuated by cabinet hardware running the full height of the drawers and doors.
4. Lack of Ornamentation
Always a footprint of modern, this is often where contemporary and modern stop being similar. Whereas one might see patterned tile shapes or multiple materials with texture, color and patina in a contemporary kitchen, it is not seen much of that in a modern kitchen. Flat-panel door styles and sleek hardware are interrelated here by a simple full-length glass backsplash and countertops without any pattern or veining.
5. Reliance on the beauty of natural materials
It cannot be said that modern kitchens can’t have a little bit of ornamentation, but when they do so, they gain it from the natural characteristics in a material, like the horizontal grain of oak when it’s rift cut or the natural beauty and veining of marble.
6. Emphasis on horizontal lines
It is not usually being noticed at first, but many modern kitchens share a tendency regarding with the horizontal: long, wide lines, stacks of drawer cabinets being lined in a row, hardware sets long and horizontal to accentuate the rows of the drawers. In this type of kitchen the floating panel of the back wall as well as the cutout accentuate the horizontal theme.
7. Consistency in style of accent pieces
When designing a kitchen, accents like lighting, tables, chairs and bar stools all must be considered. In a modern standard kitchen, these elements will stay consistent rather than deviate like in an eclectic kitchen. In this picture, the pieces here are shown simple, elegant and clean lines and lack of ornamentation.
8. Industrial Elements
There’s something about the undercoated elements of industrial details which are instantly modern. This natural and untreated concrete wall has a visual interest and patina all by its own and is as enjoyable as patterned wallpaper for the modernist people. It looks like epoxy-painted concrete floors and the perfect lack of ornamentation on the cabinets complete the look of this modern kitchen.