Reno Notebook / By Jennifer Malise / April 23, 2018
Modern Kitchens Bring the Warmth
Simple ideas for the cook space deliver a big impact
If you value a calm, clutter-free space to do your cooking, consider the sleek and minimalist approach of the modern kitchen. The formula is simple: flat-front cabinets, integrated appliances, and little visual interruption. If that sounds like a recipe for a room that feels cold and empty, think again. Here are six kitchens by Sweeten homeowners that combine personal touches with clean lines and carefully edited design.
In Marissa and Cody’s kitchen, an all-white backdrop of IKEA cabinets and a matte hexagon tile backsplash create a neutral base while the wood-paneled island and oak flooring add a touch of warmth.
To create a seamless look, Lauren swapped her range for a cooktop, nestled within the quartzite countertop, and oven, disguised with paneling to match the surrounding blue cabinets. White floor tile in the kitchen visually separates the space from the dining and living room.
Opening up the ceiling and exposing beams allowed Lia and Chris to bring an unexpected industrial element into their kitchen. Another refreshing detail: horizontal cabinets that echo the bold lines of the ceiling. To tie the look together, the existing hardwood floors were sanded down and brushed with a soft matte gray finish.
Kate and Arthur took the opposite approach to the standard white kitchen and opted for black cabinets, matte black backsplash tile, and soapstone countertops. A black sink basin completes the monochrome look.
To amp up the brightness in their windowless kitchen, Tara and Ryan chose glossy white cabinets and matched their backsplash to their countertops. The original Corinthian column lends character to the space.
Alicia and Ed streamlined their kitchen design with gray, flat-front cabinets and a seamless white countertop that continues in a waterfall edge. A few, thoughtfully placed items along the counter keep the space from feeling sterile.
Want to learn how to create a seamless kitchen? Read our blog post on integrated design.
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