Modern cannot be pigeon-holed into one particular aesthetic. Not like it used to be. Not now.
Today, it's "make your own modern" which I think is an incredibly creative and freeing time to be working as a designer and, I'll bet, to be thinking about planning your kitchen as a homeowner. Finally, my clients have courage! It's the best time ever for me, and for them. Why? Because of internet "homes" such as my own blog, The Kitchn, Apartment Therapy, and others who showed that anything goes. It's all about you.
What is modern to you? Whatever it is, that's the definition! That's one very significant way how and why modern kitchen design has become redefined.
In my experience, people have emotional reactions to color; they feel it, they move toward or away from it. They want it all enveloping or as an easy-to-live with supplement to the design. Most of all, today, it's a tool, an amusing element with which to experiment, whether it's an experiment in nuanced subtleties or the mixture of hues and shades, tints and tones. I would always advise consulting with a knowledgeable professional on the use of color in terms of balance and proportion. In addition, study up on the color wheel and color theory so you have a few tools to start your color journey with.
From my observations, I'm seeing color in two ways.
As always, choose your colors carefully and choose the color concept carefully. Appliances with color are a huge story in today's kitchen design. As I stated previously, a colored appliance can be great as a singular or mixed color statement, but consider the volume/size of, say, the refrigerator, if you are so inclined to live with several colored appliances. It's biiiiiig!
I would love to know how you define modern.
Thank you for sharing, Susan! We are looking forward to the rest of your posts on color in The Kitchn this week.
The Kitchen Designer
(Images: Rum; Bo Bedre; Bonytt; Elle Interior; Art & Decoration; Caesarstone)