That can be a tough question to answer, and it depends a lot on your particular perspective.
While the term generally means the opposite of “traditional”, these days it’s used to describe many different kitchen designs – from new takes on classic styles like French Provincial right through to futuristic designs.
Think of a modern kitchen – in practical terms – as simple, streamlined and sleek. They embrace the “Mid Century Modern” philosophy of “form follows function” and represent an uncluttered “less is more” approach to kitchen renovations.
Modern or Contemporary?
We’re also often asked how they differ from contemporary kitchens. In a nutshell, the former stick to a strict style but when you mix up the style a bit, it’s more likely – like the one below – to be called “contemporary”.
Here are some typical features of a modern kitchen.
You’ll notice a sense of symmetry – the strong clean lines, long clear benches, rows of stacked drawers and sleek hardware.
Cabinets and drawers are flat panel and frameless. Many of these kitchens are handleless, and when there are handles, they are streamlined and linear to further accentuate the strong lines of the kitchen.
Colour palettes tend to be white or neutral, possibly with added splashes of colour in specific places. But coloured cabinetry is also a good fit for this style of kitchen.
While there’s a lack of overt embellishment or decoration, quality materials are, as always, important. You’ll find that the natural beauty of materials like wood, stone and glass add emphasis, text, warmth and character.
Finishes are usually high gloss with glass splashbacks, enhancing the sense of light and space.
There might be a wow factor — possibly via an impressive commercial grade appliance like an oversize freestanding cooker. Popular right now are range hoods masquerading as chandeliers providing the focal point of the room.
We make sure form follows function through innovative storage solutions where appliances can be fully integrated into bespoke high quality cabinetry.
These kitchens appear so effortlessly simple and sleek. That’s not so easy to achieve. It’s the result of good, strong design.
Modern kitchen designs are one of Rosemount’s many strong points.
Our kitchen designers will present you with some great ideas if you’re considering a modern style.
They’ll help you find decide on a kitchen that is perfect for your home, your family and your lifestyle needs for years to come.
This was our first time renovating, so it’s fair to say there was a little bit of trepidation on our part. But our experience was very positive and we’re thrilled with our new kitchen.
Our designer was just fantastic. He wanted our kitchen to come to fruition as much as we did.
We’re thrilled with how the kitchen renovation has turned out. It’s gone from the darkest to the lightest room in the house. It looks so beautiful and I just love it.
We have referred loads of people to Rosemount. They weren’t the cheapest company but for me it’s about the quality of the product. You get what you pay for.
Our decision to contract Rosemount resulted in a high end result, within budget and on time. The company’s wonderful team had the expertise, experience and dedication to guide the project from start to finish making the renovation a great experience and not a burden.
We did a full kitchen and bathroom renovation. Everyone within the company is fantastic, from the reps to the managers/owners to the tradesmen. We couldn’t have asked for a better team to look after this build.
Daniel & Anastasia
Rosemount made this an easy and mostly seamless undertaking for us and the results are significantly better than we anticipated. To say we are delighted with our new kitchen is a gross understatement. It is just sensational.
Sue and Howard Epstein
I’m sure we could have done our reno cheaper (although we did have a more expensive quote), but we couldn’t have done it better or had a smoother trouble free experience with such great trades and final result.
A complete kitchen renovation was performed with as little disruption as possible to our household. Having had plenty of work done around the house over the years, I recognise and appreciate quality work, and Rosemount provide that in abundance. They’re also terrific people to deal with.
Rosemount were by far the best of the trades we dealt with in our whole renovation, and continue to be. And we had a great kitchen designer who was clearly excited about doing something a bit different and edgier. He really brought some of my ideas in the kitchen to life.
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