The Best Tips for Designing a Modern Kitchen With Your Home Decor

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Tastes in kitchen design have undergone big changes in the past decade or so. Traditional kitchens still stand as the most popular, according to a recent survey of kitchen and bath designers, but a trend toward sleek, modern style is growing fast. Whether your current design tastes run to the contemporary or transitional, or you still prefer a classic look, here are five tips to help you add modern touches to your kitchen.

Think smooth and seamless. Cabinets that feature clean lines and a minimum of ornamentation lend a more modern look to the kitchen. The cleaner style suits not only the trends, but the wallet: research shows that homeowners have adopted a sense of thrift in recent years, and cabinets with fewer details can be less expensive. Think flat-panel doors for a contemporary look. Painted cabinets, especially in white, also create a more up-to-date feel.

Appliance design has taken a turn toward the modern, as well. Appliance manufacturers such as Mile offer a variety of built-in appliances, including ovens, coffee systems, and warming drawers, that can be stacked vertically or horizontally for a sleek, integrated look. Flush-mounted appliances hug the cabinetry, giving the kitchen a seamless, integrated appearance.

Kitchen design that incorporates new “smart” technology has moved from the option to a mainstay in today’s kitchens. Intuitive touch screen interfaces like those found on the Mile Master Chef Series incorporate an extensive built-in menu that allows home cooks to select an ingredient and choose a cooking method—letting the oven do the rest of the work.

Refrigerators and dishwashers can come equipped with wireless technology that includes auto sensors to alert homeowners to malfunctions or errors. Over the next few years, expect to see more and more appliances that integrate with smartphones and tablets.

Designer Rebecca Zavala off of Kitchen Lab in Chicago, says, “Flexibility is at the forefront of cutting-edge kitchen design these days. All the state-of-the-art appliance companies are now offering 12″-24″ cooking modules that fit into the countertop on their own or side-by-side to create a custom cooking environment.”

Often called—aptly—the jewelry of the kitchen, the right hardware puts the finishing touch on kitchen design. To add a contemporary touch, try switching out your knobs, pulls, or handles, substituting sleek hardware in a stainless steel finish for both cabinetry and appliances. To learn more about the appliances featured here.

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