True, every type of kitchen design is functional, be it traditional or contemporary. Kitchens have to be user-friendly because they’re the main hub of the home.
Where modern kitchen design departs from other design styles is its emphasis on function: function trumps frills and aesthetics. It’s why modern kitchens usually have the bare necessities and not much else.
There are a couple of sure-fire ways to get a functional layout and stay true to modern design:
Galley layouts also keep kitchen spaces open, which ensures that tasks like clean up and food prep are efficient.
The work triangle can turn into a matter of staying true to form instead of what’s functional, though, which can make your kitchen less efficient.
With the work zone layout, however, there’s less attention given to a perfect triangle formation. Organizing your kitchen into work zones, where cabinets and appliances are organized into zones (such as a food prep zone with your stove, oven, and spice racks, or a clean-up zone with your sink, wastebasket and recycling bin), keeps all the focus on function.
This diagram illustrates the basic differences between the two types of layout:
Larger porcelain tiles, especially newer tile sizes as large as 24x48, can open up your kitchen space and create that flushed look for your floors. Light wood look tile or hardwood can bring midcentury simplicity to your kitchen as well.
You can also stick to neutrals. Either way, your goal should be a seamless, flushed backsplash.
Subway tiles are a popular choice, whether they’re neutral or contain color. But in reality, any type of shape will work so long as your backsplash looks uniformed. Remember, simplicity is key.
Simply put, less is more. Slab door fronts should be your top choice, with shaker-style doors a distant second.
Avoid raised panel cabinet doors that have added detail. The more decorative the door style, the less modern the design.
Pod-style bar stools and a clean-cut kitchen table should do the trick. Don’t be afraid to work color into the mix, especially if it complements your neutrals. A pop of color here and there can tie a modern design together.