(HIB) – Incorporating style and sophistication is becoming a standard in today’s modern homes. As the center of activity and entertaining, the kitchen is the room to truly “wow” guests with elevated design choices that don’t compromise the space’s necessary functionality. From countertops to fixtures, a modern kitchen is designed with the home chef in mind and should seamlessly integrate purpose and style.
Long considered the hallmark of a luxury kitchen, granite has been widely chosen for its aesthetic appeal and rugged durability; however, homeowners looking to break from the standard have a range of alternate materials from which to choose. Crisp marbles infuse a room with a clean, stately charm while having the benefit of being cool to the touch, perfect for the home baker. On the warmer end of the spectrum, butcher block countertops bring in a more relaxed vibe and will withstand rigorous use by the serious home chef. For something a bit out of the norm, soapstone and concrete are dependable surfaces that will patina over time.
Open shelving in the kitchen ensures the most used items are within reach while simultaneously delivering an airy feel. Customized to fit any space, these shelves effortlessly draw the eye to perfectly-organized dishes, cookware or dry goods. Complemented by a sophisticated backsplash, unique shelving materials such as galvanized iron or reclaimed wood can transform the kitchen into an industrially-inspired space, while floating shelves in white oak or black walnut provide a more contemporary note.
Technology that simplifies
From appliances to faucets, kitchen tools are becoming increasingly high-tech. Intuitive applications that anticipate needs and increase functionality without sacrificing design are must-haves in the modern kitchen. The single-handle Articulating Kitchen Faucet with SmartTouch Technology by Brizo combines a jointed arm that allows the spray wand to be positioned virtually anywhere around the sink with the brand’s signature touch technology, allowing water activation with just a simple tap anywhere on the faucet base, handle or arm for maximum flexibility and functionality.
As kitchens become the de facto entertaining environment in the modern home, it is increasingly important to incorporate elements to keep clutter at bay. Thoughtful storage solutions are critical to both the visual style and utilitarian design in the home chef’s kitchen. Maximizing spaces in key work areas for items like spices, knives and even small appliances, improves efficiency while minimizing countertop clutter.