When designers speak of “modern kitchen design” it can sometimes conjure visions of cold, simple rooms. Spaces devoid of warmth, personality or embellishments is not the only path in creating a modern kitchen design. The design experts at E.W. Kitchens are here to show you that minimalist and modern kitchen design can be inviting, warm and even classic.
The term “Modern” Kitchen Design is actually from a long time ago
The term “modern” kitchen design started over a hundred years ago, around the time of World War One. The style generally incorporates flat surfaces and geometric shapes with very few frills. Not surprisingly, modern kitchens are growing in popularity of late as a more streamlined aesthetic can offer homeowners much needed simplicity and calmness in their homes, as in the project E.W. Kitchens created for Eli and Michele Saulson, who recently remodeled their metro-Detroit kitchen to reflect the modern kitchen style.
Having lived in their home for 20 years, the Saulson family finally decided it was time to transform their space into one that not only better aligned with the needs of their family of six but also aligned with their personal style and taste. Their wish list included both a well thought-out and organized kitchen, robust and organized for an avid cook as well as a large central space for entertaining.
When it came to the determining style of the kitchen that came easy for the homeowners. Despite having a degree in historic preservation, Michele Saulson has always gravitated towards a much more modern aesthetic. Leaning towards clean lines, neutral tones and natural materials Michele feels “the geometry of modern design speaks to a calming, simple and elegant design vibe.”
Saulson pulled double duty on this renovation as the homeowner but also working with the E.W. Kitchens Dream Team as the Interior Designer. Michele felt it incredibly important to mix texture, color and surfaces in the space to avoid the space seeming two-dimensional or uninspired. Through the interplay of materials, the design delivered depth, warmth and interest to the kitchen.
Incorporating custom pieces bridges modern design with lifestyle
Modern kitchen designs are typically known to include mostly natural elements like this statement island and custom oversized paneled refrigerator and freezer (designed and custom built in Walnut by Ayr Cabinetry). In an effort to keep the island streamlined, the design team opted for a custom designed c-channel pull, showcasing a “handleless” way to open the island cabinetry and keep this piece a main focal point of the room.
The rich walnut cabinetry provides a stark contrast against the white slab door perimeter by Mouser Cabinetry. Another characteristic of a classic modern kitchen is a full-height backsplash, in this case with beautifully veined classic porcelain.
Completing a major renovation is certainly not easy, but worth it
As difficult as it can be living within a renovation, the Saulson family lived through it with considerable grace. Some of the final touches they brought into the design included a custom design mobile-inspired light fixture, designed by local Michigan glass artist April Wagner.
With a space so incredible, is it possible to have a favorite design element? While difficult to choose one, it came down to the Butler’s pantry. Located to the side of the main area of the kitchen, it is still very much connected and integral to the space. After all, it does house the Saulson’s coffee maker, so can we blame them?
The Dream Team at E.W. Kitchens is ready to bring your modern dream kitchen to life. For more information, check out www.ewkitchens.com.