There was a day when synthetic reigned supreme. When melamine and quality plastics were a thing to display, and smooth surfaces were the hallmarks of refinement and luxury. That day is not over! The clean lines, practical materials and charm of that era has forever changed how we look at our kitchens.
Vintage/Retro -> Modern -> Contemporary
The modern movement reveres a different kind of simplicity then the eras before it. The original, 50s and 60s ‘modern’ style is now known as Mid-Century Modern, and is a great way to hearken back to older times while keeping the modern aesthetic. That type of modern style uses woods and fabrics to keep a warmth in the design.
Hidden storage is a mainstay of the modern look. While Traditional influences create the illusion of furniture, modern creates the illusion of none. Ingredients and dishes seem to materialize out of nowhere and disappear again when done. Frameless cabinets allow the doors to line smoothly up with one another.
The absence of ornamentation and subtle or hidden hardware means your eyes can glide through the space without distraction. Even glass doors are frosted to maintain the clutter-free look. Gentle colors can soften a modern look and neutral tones can bring warmth. Continuity is key for the crisp and clean look that fans of modern style are looking for. Seamless blocks of a single color or material can emphasize the most attractive elements of your space.
Slab or flat-panel doors are iconic modern design elements in the kitchen. Minimal ornamentation makes way for a lot of material texture. Large long expanses of each material will both show off its best traits, and keep the room calming, open and simple. Consistent style in lighting and furniture keep a steady, tranquil rhythm in a modern design.