Are you planning a modern kitchen renovation and in need of some great ideas to help you get more out of the design? We can help.
In this blog post, we’ll share some modern kitchen design ideas you may not have thought about so you can create a kitchen that is stylish, functional and will serve you and your family well for many years to come.
1. Invest in energy-efficient appliances
In an age where sustainability and energy consumption is top-of-mind for many of us, investing in energy-efficient appliances has become a major priority in most modern kitchen renovations. Not only will it help you save on energy costs, but most energy-efficient appliances are still packed with plenty of advanced features meaning you won’t have to sacrifice on amenity.
In Australia, the energy efficiency of appliances including refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers and ovens should be clearly indicated on the product using a star rating, making it easy to find appliances that meet your requirements. The higher the star rating, the more energy efficient the appliance.
2. Choose durable materials that will last many years of wear and tear
Continuing with the sustainability theme, durability is another key feature modern of kitchen design.
Building waste is a major contributor to landfill, and the less frequently a kitchen needs to be replaced, the better it is for our environment. Selecting high-quality, durable materials that will stand the test of time is a smart move that will reward you for many years to come. While they may cost a little more upfront, they’re sure to earn their keep in the long term.
3. Install under-cabinet lighting to brighten up the room
Modern design is synonymous with that light, bright and airy feeling so many of us love so much, so it only makes sense to give some careful consideration to the lighting scheme in your new kitchen.
A great addition to downlights or pendant lighting is to incorporate under-cabinet lighting to add an extra dimension of brightness. A popular option is to include under-mount lighting below any upper cabinets, but you could even opt to include lighting under-mount lighting above the kickboards to illuminate the floor space and elevate your kitchen design.
4. Create dedicated spaces for small appliances
The placement of small appliances is often an afterthought for many homeowners undertaking a kitchen renovation, but it really shouldn’t be.
The best kitchen designs include dedicated spaces for each small appliance you use, and in most modern kitchens, there are quite a few of them—from basics such as the microwave, coffee machine, toaster and kettle through to other appliances like air fryers, juicers, blenders, mixers, water carbonators and even smart home devices, the list goes on.
When planning your modern kitchen renovation, decide where each of your small appliances will be stored and ensure you include a power outlet in each space—and don’t forget to also include outlets anywhere you might want to plug in a phone or laptop charger.
5. Go low tox with your material selections
Something else that’s becoming increasingly important for many families is the concept of low tox lifestyles, including creating healthy home interiors by minimising environmental pollutants.
Many of the building materials used when renovating a kitchen use various binders, coatings, paints and finishes which may contain certain ingredients or chemicals that could be triggers for individuals who suffer from allergies and other sensitivities.
If low tox living is important to you, studying the material safety data sheets for the products you want to use is the best way to check what ingredients and chemicals they contain and check their volatile organic compound (VOC) rating.
While going low tox won’t be important to every homeowner, we’re sure it’s something we’re going to see more of in modern kitchen design in the future.
Perfect the Design for Your Modern Kitchen Renovation with Mint
At Mint Kitchens, we understand the impact that great design can have on your lifestyle. With more than 30 years of experience creating dream kitchens for homeowners across Melbourne, we can help you create a considered design for your new kitchen that you’ll be sure to love for many years to come.
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