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Kitchen ideas: The ultimate modern kitchen elements
If supremely modern is a must-have, heres a run-down of all the in-vogue elements of todays kitchens, plus some contemporary kitchen ideas for working these into your space.
The walk-in pantry More than a modern element, in many kitchens this has become standard allowing for additional shelving, and extra space to organise your pantry staples. Even if your kitchen is small, walk-in pantries can sometimes be worked into corner spaces.
The butlers pantry When a walk-in pantry just isnt enough, in comes the luxurious butlers pantry. Popular in high-end kitchens, it comes complete with benchspace, space for appliances, often floor-to-ceiling cabinetry and even a kitchen sink too.
Underbench or double oven If you love cooking or entertaining, then chances are this modern must-have is on your kitchen ideas list. The underbench oversized oven is popular as is the double wall oven its simply a matter of preference and space constraints too.
Oversized cooktop - To match that oversized oven, a five-burner or six-burner stovetop is a handy appliance for cooks, and sits seamlessly above a large underbench oven.
Appliance cupboard Love your appliances and kitchen gadgets, but dont want them on display? If your kitchen is large on space, then cabinetry designed to house them is ideal.
Reconstituted-stone benchtops For a modern sleek look, reconstituted-stone for benchtops is a good-looking high-end way to go. This hardwearing surface comes in various looks from matte to high-shine and mottled stone to shiny black, white and other colours too.
Breakfast bar For keen cooks and entertainers, having a place to serve food from and extra benchspace to prepare meals too is the ultimate extra. Play with your kitchen layout to see what kitchen ideas you can house - a wrap-around U-shaped or L-shaped bench or stand-alone island bench lends itself to this design.
More cupboards A staple in high-end kitchens is volumes of cupboards from floor-to-ceiling cabinetry to deep underbench drawers and glass-panelled overhead cabinetry. Plus, check out these storage space kitchen ideas.
Stainless steel A popular modern surface, stainless-steel can be used for benchtops and kickboards, but gives a sleek and contemporary edge when it comes to appliances.
White on white An in-vogue colour selection that says modern all over is white. And its doesnt just have to be white gloss cabinetry or white stone benchtops either everything white or shades of white with off-white and ivory/cream is a popular modern look too. Also check out these ideas for creating the ultimate white kitchen space.
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+ Melbourne clients wanting more advice and modern kitchen ideas for their next renovation, can phone The Makeover Group on 1300 768 464 or see www.themakeovergroup.com.au
Richard Armstrong, a director of Melbourne firm The Makeover Group, has more than a decade of home-renovation experience, including kitchen design and build. Richard has helped hundreds of Melbourne clients create their ultimate modern kitchen space.