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The modern kitchen

The best modern kitchen design balances minimalist ideals with the practicalities of a multi-functional space.

Open-plan, striking and above all inviting, the modern kitchen brings together the best contemporary design features to create a sociable and practical living space.

With its crisp, clean lines, sculptural shapes and sleek, shiny finishes, the modern kitchen has a distinctly architectural feel. But despite its cutting-edge appearance, it’s designed with informal living in mind. Whether you’re entertaining friends at home or enjoying a relaxing morning with your family, it’s a pleasure to spend time in a thoughtfully designed space. And because most modern kitchens are individually planned, many with bespoke elements, they can be built around a layout that is not only packed with visual appeal but that makes logical sense to its user. An area set aside for a sofa or an upholstered chair, for example, allows the room to be used for relaxation as well as productivity, making it the main focus of the house throughout the day.

The best modern kitchen design balances minimalist ideals with the practicalities of a multi-functional space. Clutter is banished behind glossy doors or hidden in deep storage drawers so it doesn’t disturb the pared-back effect, and a clever combination of materials, from timeless stone and wood to stainless steel and Corian, ensures the look is sharp rather than stark.

With so much attention paid to the visual finish of the kitchen it might be easy to lose sight of its functional purpose. But in fact, much of a modern kitchen’s state-of-the-art appearance, from the materials used to the hi-tech appliances, has taken its cue from the practicalities of a professional setting. And of course, as soon as individual objects, accessories and furniture are introduced to the room, the kitchen acquires its own distinctive personality to become not just a stunning, intelligently designed space, but one that’s warm and welcoming, too.