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1. Layered lightsA well-designed modern kitchen requires layers of light to cover its different parts – the emphasis here being on layers. Recessed ceiling fixtures take care of general illumination, while pendant lights act as an accent and cover the island.Tip: Also look at introducing lighting in the toe kicks. It expands the visual space and is well worth the minor effort and cost for an additional design feature.Find out more about the 5 layers of a well-lit kitchen
Swathed in soft shades of grey, this spacious kitchen by Architecture Brio is a chic archetype of deeply modern interiors, built to exude homely comfort and cosiness. The choice of new-age kitchen fittings, the hanging lights, the distressed-finish chairs, the grainy grey marble top table and the long cabinets effortlessly blend in with each other to make a perfect design.Take a tour of this house
2. Here, the central kitchen island doubles as a dining space. Two distressed-wood chairs in grey tie in cohesively with the colour scheme of the rest of the kitchen. The pared-down silhouette is offset with a white marble tabletop and is a cosy solution for smaller or nuclear families.Take a tour of this house
What kind of homes are people building these days?Robert: Everyone wants a home that exactly suits their lifestyle. That being said, what that design exactly is, is often unclear. Media, design-sharing sites, peer pressure and past baggage often overshadows what truly is important for homeowners. That’s the flip side of an increase in design exposure.
6. Declutter and organise There is no doubt that a clean and an organised kitchen seems nicer and brighter than one filled with too many appliances and clutter. In this kitchen by Architecture BRIO, everything goes right into the cabinetry. A clean and clutter-free kitchen brings a positive vibe and intensifies the available light. Glass cabinets are a clever addition to minimise clutter and reflect light, livening up the zone.Read more: Kitchen Storage: How to Pack a Punch7 Ways to Modernise Your KitchenTell us: Which of these ideas have you tried to make your kitchen brighter?
2. In light fixturesSomething as simple as light fixtures or chandeliers can bring stylish steel to your kitchen. Taking inspiration from industrial decor, this kitchen with classic woodwork sports two stainless steel lights hanging from the ceiling. Layering shades of grey are combined to bring in some welcome warmth to the coldness of the metal. Steel is also used in the appliances and cabinet knobs to tie everything together.
2. Monochrome done rightThis kitchen by Architecture Brio is a lesson on the magic of monochrome. The mixing of plain grey of the cabinets with patterns on the countertops, cushion seats and the floor adds subtle depth to the room. The metallic surface of the appliances and drawer handles, the spotlight pendant lights and the distressed chairs impart a hint of an industrial chic look to this kitchen.Take a tour of this house
The curved kitchen with an island introduces an industrial chic style to the house. Distressed chairs with upholstered seats, metal pendant lights and the overall grey colour scheme come together harmoniously. A staff and butler’s pantry is also situated in the kitchen annex, ideal for when the homeowners entertain or have caterers.