Adopting a modern style for your kitchen means opting for a sophisticated and, at the same time, minimalist look, choosing a cozy and functional space hallmarked by attention to detail and sustainability. In this article you will discover how to bring your modern kitchen to life by following 5 useful, practical tips provided by Stone Italiana.
1. Clean lines and contemporary materials: the perfect combination for minimalist, modern design
Simple forms, clean lines, innovative materials: within a modern kitchen, every element is involved in the creation of functional spaces that increasingly interact with other rooms in the house (for example, the kitchen and the living area). The aim is to create an open and flexible space that allows people to socialize and cook at the same time.
The living area thus becomes the most intensely-frequented interior of the house. To cope with the constant, daily stresses, the materials used to clad surfaces not only have to be visually attractive, but they should also offer good technical performance. Durability, stain resistance and surface hygiene are therefore fundamental requirements for furnishing a busy interior such as the modern kitchen. Cosmolite® by Stone Italiana is the ideal choice because it has all the qualities previously mentioned. By means of painstaking research on raw materials and a high-tech manufacturing process, surfaces made by Stone Italiana are able to achieve very high standards of resistance to scratches, stains and impacts, and they meet international requirements for reliability and food safety (in fact, Stone Italiana’s materials hold NSF/ANSI Std. 51 National Sanitation Foundation – Food Equipment Materials certification for the splash zone and food zone, the most comprehensive certification for materials in contact with foodstuffs). very high standards of resistance to scratches, stains and impacts, and they meet international requirements for reliability and food safety (in fact, Stone Italiana’s materials hold NSF/ANSI Std. 51 National Sanitation Foundation – Food Equipment Materials certification for the splash zone and food zone, the most comprehensive certification for materials in contact with foodstuffs).
2. What should the floors of a modern kitchen look like?
Ease of cleaning, maintenance, and durability: the floor chosen should be resistant to wear, footfall, and various kinds of stress. In addition, it should reflect the modern style of the kitchen. It will be chosen according to the colors and materials used for the cabinets, shelves, and countertop, in order to create a coordinated and harmonious look. In this regard, Stone Italiana offers a very wide range of solutions.
3. Personalize your interior using the extensive range of neutral colors and finishes
A modern and cozy atmosphere can be created by using the many neutral shades made by Stone Italiana. In this interplay of colors and contrasts, the choice of finish for the kitchen countertop and flooring is crucial in creating designs that meet the most sophisticated market demands. Let’s take a look at these finishes.
Cosmolite® collections, available in various textures and shades, are the ideal choice for enhancing the sleek, minimalist lines of contemporary kitchens and highlighting the purest geometries. The most distinctive dark colors of Cosmolite® include Black Juno from the VENANTIS collection (distinctive for the presence of through-color veining on the surface), Starblack from the K-STAR collection, and the very stylish stone effect of Meteor Dark from the METEOR collection. As for white, we have the delicate shades of White Teti from the VENANTIS collection, Starwhite from the K-STAR collection and White Planet from the PLANET collection for the most natural effects.
Another popular neutral shade for modern kitchen design is gray. There are many shades of this color, ranging from the stone-effect light gray of Meteor Cold in the METEOR collection (ideal for minimalist interiors) to darker and more nuanced shades such as the planetary magma of Grey Planet in the PLANET collection, or more classic surfaces in the Stargreycolor (with a slightly larger grain than in other collections), and right through to the innovative Grey Titano for the most sophisticated designs.
4. Choose sustainable materials for surface cladding and flooring
“Being modern” also means being sustainable. In fact, our modern kitchen will utilize renewable energy sources, and it will have an efficient waste management system.
All this will be made possible by the use of advanced technology, energy-efficient appliances and lighting systems, and the use of sustainable materials. When considering surface cladding or flooring materials, we recommend choosing innovation, selecting eco-compatible, technically high-performance materials that are not detrimental to health.
Compared to the alternatives on the market today, Stone Italiana‘s Cosmolite® offers many advantages from multiple perspectives: all of its surfaces consist entirely of pre-consumer recycled aggregates other than quartz.
5. Create a multifunctional central island
If the available floor space permits, a multifunctional island can be created to serve as a work surface, cooktop and snack area. This type of configuration, which is very common in modern kitchens, has many advantages related to the livability of the home: it certainly improves the functionality of the space by placing the kitchen in close relation to the living room. To ensure this effect of continuity, it is a good idea to reference some of the furniture elements or finishes used in the kitchen. For example, cladding the surface of the island using the same finish as the countertop could be an excellent solution. The fact that there is no physical separation between the two rooms will foster a different perception of space: everything will appear larger and brighter!