To find the best modern kitchen designs, seek information from a variety of sources, including print and online home magazines, independent interior designers and kitchen appliance and fittings manufacturers. You can also find inspiration from home design shows on channels such as HGTV.
Most print magazines have an online counterpart with interactive content that can guide you through the design process from ideation to implementation. Houzz.com, HGTV.com and HouseandHome.com are three websites that provide photo galleries, expert advice and tools for re-thinking your kitchen space.
Companies that supply fittings and appliances also provide helpful tips and catalogues featuring the latest designs. For example, premium international brand Bosch’s website offers a gallery of redesigned kitchens that incorporate sleek Bosch products.
Modern kitchen design ties the architectural elements together with hardware and accessories that blend seamlessly to create a clean, simple living aesthetic. According to Houzz.com, these kitchens share common features, such as open shelving and strong horizontal lines, and use natural materials, such as stone and wood. Cabinets and counter tops usually lack ornamentation, and the unifying look is understated and practical.
Three common kitchen configurations are L-shaped, U-shaped and galley kitchens, all of which are photographed and explained on these websites. You can find pre-made kitchen layouts through online search engines or create a unique plan by consulting an interior designer.