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How To Join the Modern Kitchen Trend

How To Join the Modern Kitchen Trend

There are many different ways to redesign your kitchen, but the modern kitchen trend, in particular, is quickly on the rise this year. Since the COVID-19 pandemic has us spending so much more time at home, it isn’t surprising that many of us have chosen to renovate our kitchen spaces. The modern kitchen look is similar to the equally popular farmhouse trend with its clean lines, sleek style, and sophisticated appearance, but there are still clear differences between the two trends. 

Are you planning to renovate your kitchen for the new year? Here are some ideas to join in on the modern kitchen trend:

Embrace Marble, Quartz, or Granite Countertops

When you think of a countertop material, quartz may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but this material is a beautiful, effective choice for modern kitchen designs. Quartz is a non-porous material, which means that liquids won’t be able to permeate the surface and stain your counters. This also helps prevent bacteria growth and generally encourages a cleaner counter. Quartz is also extremely durable and comes in a variety of colors and looks, including the look of natural stone. It’s common for quartz to be designed to mimic the look of a marble countertop, a particularly popular and luxurious option for modern kitchens. 

Granite is another popular option for modern kitchen countertops. Granite countertops are gorgeous and have their own character. However, it’s important to remember that, unlike quartz countertops, granite countertops are porous (as are marble). This means that you’ll have to use a sealant on the countertop as often as recommended by the product that you use. You may need to reseal your countertop every few months or every few years, depending on the sealant that you use. Although they might be high maintenance, granite countertops are still some of the most popular countertops being chosen for modern kitchens. 

Choose Simple Colors

Neutral colors, including black, white, gray, and earthy brown, as well as accent colors like silver and gold are popular choices for modern kitchens. The great thing about these colors is that they are all extremely versatile. Practically any decorations look terrific in a neutral kitchen space. You can also add pops of color to the space with greens and navy blues, or install a bold, geometric backsplash. 

Some homeowners enjoy a combination of modern kitchen and farmhouse design. To achieve this, you can add elements of both, including shiplap and vintage accents. 

Explore Sleek Design Choices

Current modern kitchen trends include stainless steel appliances, cabinets and drawers without handles, geometric shelving, gold fixtures, pendant lamps, and a decluttered appearance. Minimalism is a growing choice for many families, and this is especially seen in the modern kitchen design. 

Using natural materials, like wood, are also classic choices that you’ll find in this kitchen design. Even beyond its use in countertops, marble is another sleek option that is common in modern kitchens. Rounded marble kitchen islands (and rounded kitchen islands in general) are incredibly trendy choices for modern kitchens this year. 

Invest in Storage and Organization

The clean, minimalist look of modern kitchens is an essential part of its design. Investing in hidden and pull-out storage, as well as containers for carefully organized drawers, will make a huge difference in the look and feel of your modern kitchen. Some homeowners even install light strips in cabinets and drawers, special spice racks, glass door refrigerators, or sliding cooktop covers for the ultimate sleek, minimalist appearance. 

Upgrade Your Kitchen Windows

Good lighting will make your modern kitchen feel more spacious. Cafe shutters, where only half of the window is covered with a plantation shutter, look beautiful in modern kitchens. You can place a valance or curtain over the top of the window in an earthy or neutral color, like sage, for a look that matches perfectly with your modern kitchen. Of course, general interior plantation shutters also look stunning alongside a modern kitchen design. All natural, wooden plantation shutters pair beautifully with the neutral colors, marble designs, and sleek aesthetics of modern kitchens. They also allow you to filter just the right amount of sunlight in and out of your kitchen, resulting in an airy, inviting cooking space. Plantation shutters give every room of your home just the right ambiance for your mood. 

If you ever decide to sell your home, plantation shutters will even add value to your kitchen and your overall house. Plantation shutters increase the resale value of your home and will appeal to potential buyers. The adjustable lighting created by plantation shutters also makes for stunning listing photographs, a key part of selling a home. 

Looking to Install Plantation Shutters in Your Home This Year?

Shenandoah Shutters remains open during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re located in Richmond, Virginia, and have been serving Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C for the past 30 years. We pride ourselves on crafting custom made, real hardwood plantation shutters using only the finest American woods. When you choose plantation shutters from Shenandoah Shutters, you’ll be able to choose the color or stain, as well as the style of your plantation shutters. We offer traditional and contemporary options, including our innovative, original Softedge design. Each shutter is finished with a gorgeous, silken lacquer finish that blends perfectly with your wooden furnishings. 

Plantation shutters are excellent choices for homes of all styles and designs. Families with small children will appreciate the lack of dangerous cords or loose materials that are so common in other window treatments, like blinds and curtains. Plantation shutters are also energy-efficient. The way that plantation shutters are made helps them insulate your home in a way that keeps it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Homeowners who install plantation shutters often report lower heating and air bills as a result. 

Make an Appointment for Your Plantation Shutters Today

Contact Shenandoah Shutters to learn more about our shutters and to schedule an appointment for your home. You can also view our gallery for a look at our past installations. 

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