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How to streamline your modern kitchen design

Now you see it, now you don’t. Modern kitchen design is all about creating a space that’s seamless and cohesive, where appliances and storage blend flawlessly with the rest of your cabinetry. Let's delve into what makes kitchens feel quiet, uncluttered, organized and incredibly streamlined.

Kristen Davis

May 3, 2024

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The journey towards integrating appliances and elegant storage into your kitchen is also an opportunity for personalization. Whether it's a dishwasher that vanishes into your cabinetry or a fridge that mirrors the design of your kitchen island, the possibilities for individuality are  powerful.

Disappearing Fridges

To panel or not to panel your fridge? It typically starts with aesthetic versus functional preferences. Paneling large appliances, like fridges and freezers, reduces visual clutter, ideal for achieving a cohesive modern design. On the other hand, displaying a fridge suits those who prefer a focal point, want to highlight high-end appliances or desire easy navigation and access. Ultimately, it all boils down to whether you want your kitchen to wow visitors with a standout piece or blend everything smoothly for a uniform look—and how much you're willing to spend, since paneled fridges typically come with a higher price tag.

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Discreet Dishwashers

Like fridges, paneled dishwashers are fitted with fronts that match the surrounding cabinetry, making them virtually invisible within the kitchen's design. This option is ideal for those who prefer a streamlined look around the sink area. In contrast, regular dishwashers stand out more and can appeal to those who favor a pronounced, industrial aesthetic, often in stainless steel. Additionally, ergonomic options like dishdrawers, while convenient and sleek, tend to be more expensive, both in terms of the appliance and the paneling costs. So, when choosing your dishwasher, consider both your budget and how the unit's appearance will complement your kitchen's aesthetic.

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Roll Up Appliance Garages

Appliance garages are a kitchen's best-kept secret for keeping your countertops clear and your favorite gadgets within easy reach. No more digging in the back of cabinets for that cake mixer. These handy storage spots have doors that complement your cabinetry, rolling up or swinging open to reveal neatly stored items like blenders, toasters, and more. Appliance garages fit beautifully into any kitchen, large or small, keeping everything tidy and within easy reach while maintaining a clean, clutter-free look.

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Hidden Drawers, Sleek Doors

Hidden drawers tucked behind kitchen cabinet doors are a genius way to make sure no inch of space goes to waste. They slide out smoothly, giving you easy access to everything without having to dig around in the back. This smart storage solution keeps your kitchen looking neat and organized, seamlessly blending with the rest of your cabinetry for a clean, streamlined look. Plus, FORM’s drawers are a breeze to use, with a smooth glide mechanism and an incredible load bearing capacity too. They are a perfect pick for anyone who loves a tidy space and hates clutter.

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Secret Corner Capacity 

Corner units in kitchens are true game-changers, maximizing space with clever designs that utilize underused areas. Featuring rotating shelves or pull-out compartments, these units allow easy access to items without awkward reaching, proving especially beneficial in smaller kitchens. They're not just practical but also a hidden gem in kitchen design, significantly boosting storage capacity. Once closed, these units blend seamlessly into the kitchen. This blend of functionality, style, and hidden utility makes corner units one of the most hard-working additions you might invest in.

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Making the right choice

Opting for hidden appliances and storage maximizers can transform your kitchen into a sleek, modern space. Keep in mind. though, that these custom features can impact your bottom line due to specialized appliances and made-to-order paneling. Many clients take a mix and match approach—concealing some elements while showcasing others. This strategy balances functionality with style without over-stretching the budget. Collaborating with a FORM designer, you can find the perfect mix of hidden and visible elements, ensuring your kitchen is not just aesthetically pleasing but also perfectly tailored to your daily routines.

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