4 must-have elements of modern kitchen design

Every leading real estate agent will know that the kitchen is the most important room in the house. No other area in your property is worth more per square metre than this cooking and entertaining space. In case you as a homeowner think about selling your home at a later time, we recommend taking some time to consider your kitchen styles wisely.

4 must-have elements of modern kitchen design

Here, we run through four crucial elements in your 2017 modern kitchen that will help to increase the value of your home.

1. The connected kitchen

Since our kitchens have become both practical preparation areas as well as entertainment points, this room has become one of the main spaces where the 'internet of things' is being introduced. Connected or 'smart' appliances are more than just fancy gadgets to wow your guests with – these objects are on the cusp of revolutionising how we live our lives.

Smart fridges keep track of their own contents, remember recipes and even place orders for replacements of your favourite items when stocks run low. There are also washing machines that are able to turn themselves on when necessary, as well as simpler devices like kettles that allow you to operate them from afar. These connected devices make up just one element of the modern 'lifestyle kitchen'.

2. Central kitchen islands

Islands, or floating worktops, have become an essential feature of modern kitchen design. They allow for more workspace to be added to open-plan living areas, as well as space for a breakfast bar or small informal seating area to be installed. These kitchen islands come in an array of traditional and contemporary designs to match different kitchen styles, and you can even pick options with in-built spice racks or wine coolers.

3. Creative use of materials

In this new age of modern kitchen design, the sheer variety of materials that can be used has exploded to include even more interesting textures.

In cooler climates, natural timber is a favourite since it adds a touch of warmth to your kitchen aesthetic. We're also seeing heavy, industrial accessories and surfaces make an appearance in modern kitchen design, such as colossal concrete sinks and exposed pipework and air vents.

4. Intelligent lighting

The kitchen's new-found versatility as a living space places extra demands on the aesthetic side of design. This is where your lighting can play a dramatic central role.

Your 2017 modern kitchen could include an intelligent lighting system that allows you to transition quickly from practical tasks to evening entertaining through the touch of a button. Dimmer switches and separate controls for each light allow you to control the ambience. Suspended, hanging bulbs distribute light evenly across the kitchen while also adding to the industrial aesthetic that's key to keeping your kitchen modern.

Making your modern kitchen doesn't require a complete overhaul – it could simply be a case of installing a new light system or adding an island to give it that final finishing touch.

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