Between takeout, Postmates, and TV dinners, it may feel like we’re spending less and less time in the kitchen. However, we might be encouraged to pass more of our hours there if it was a room we truly enjoyed. Kitchen remodels are one of the biggest projects homeowners take on, but few tackle the areas truly in need of attention.
With so many advancements in design and technology, it’s time to bring your kitchen into the 21st century – starting with these tips to make it more contemporary.
Stainless steel appliances and accents are the way to go – from your fridge to your sink to even your countertops. Not only is stainless steel durable and long-lasting, but it’s the more hygienic choice. Stainless steel surfaces attract less germs and bacteria than traditional Formica or plastic.
Furthermore, maintaining your stainless steel appliances is easy as can be. Just a simple wipe down with soap and water, or distilled white vinegar, will get them looking like-new again. And we can’t forget the futuristic look stainless steel brings to our kitchen. Its ultra-cool tones complement both traditional and modern surroundings.
Optimize Your Storage Solutions
Get rid of that tacky hutch, the overhead cabinets, and the hanging shelves stacked with spices. Minimalism is the new style. Invest in some new counters or islands with efficient storage space. Pull-out spice racks and tiered pantry shelves go a long way toward making this possible.
Many kitchen islands even come with a trash bin compartment that simply pulls out – another way to save space. De-cluttering your kitchen will give it a cleaner look. So much so that the latest kitchen cabinet designs even come with no handles to complete this look.
No-handle kitchen cabinets are still easy to open while giving your kitchen a sleek aesthetic.
Smart kitchens are the future, but they’re pricey. Still, that doesn’t have to stop you from making some smart touches to your kitchen. In-wall TVs are one way to make this come to life, but a stylish tablet mount that blends well with your kitchen décor will also look nice, while also serving its purpose for looking up new recipes, serving up some entertainment, etc.
While you’re at it, consider implementing no-touch kitchen faucets. Sensor faucets are finally making their way into homes and they’re a much cleaner choice. No more worrying about how to turn on the faucet when your hands are covered in flour!
Revamp the Lighting
Pendant lighting and recessed lighting both work beautifully to give your kitchen that modern touch. Traditional ceiling lights are outdated and often do a poor job of providing adequate and ambient lighting. Recessed lighting gives your kitchen a minimalist touch, while pendant lights over the island definitely give it some flair.
Industrial lighting, featuring copper shelling and Edison bulbs, is also currently trending. However, this lighting is only recommended for a kitchen that embodies a more mid-century modern look.
Bring in Some Backsplash
Single-colored walls are so 2018. Accent walls and eclectic backsplashes are in, especially for when you went to tune down the overly-modern look (which is possible). If there’s only one upgrade you choose for your kitchen, let an accent wall or backsplash be it.
A distressed wood accent wall adds a warm and rustic touch to a cool-toned kitchen. Meanwhile, a colorful backsplash is great for a kitchen that simply lacks color. Between white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, this is definitely possible.
Modernizing your kitchen is a matter of functionality as well as style, so make sure the updates you choose are both practical and beautiful. Who knows, you may just decide to improve your cooking finesse as a result.