Are you ready for this:
At first glance I said to myself, I’m not ready for that. I guess it was like a little introspective moment because the more I thought about, the more I thought… well maybe. Whoknew?
I’ve known for quite some time that I could be converted to the dark side, er. I mean, modern design. And the fact that I love color is no secret.
The more I looked, the more I realized that this picture embodies a few principles I’m sold on.
- Use color – no explanation needed.
- Use available space – The built-in obviously takes advantage of a void behind the wall beyond while taking nothing from the room.
- Use contrast in materials – How about the knotty wood floor! Did you know that the more knots in the wood, often the less it costs? Finish it with a high-gloss finish and it’s beautiful.
- Lots of light – also self-explanatory, but this space rocks the idea!
- Clean lines – hard to see in a close-up picture, but one of the things I love about contemporary design is the opportunity to carry lines through various spaces. A small example is how perfectly the counter in the built-in aligns with the opening between rooms.
The Modern Cheap Kitchen
One of the cardinal rules of selling remodeling work or just about anything else is “never say cheap”. Inexpensive is fine. Cheap is an insult. So I meant inexpensive:
This is the same house. These cabinet doors are SO simple to make. You can do it yourself, I swear.
All it takes is some good plywood with the top veneer in the wood species of your choice, some pre-glued “edge banding” you apply with the same iron you use on your shirts, and some decent quality concealed hinges.
It looks great, costs little (depending on the wood species), and makes for an easy remodel of existing kitchen cabinets. Put the extra money into great appliances.
So there you have it. A modern small space with inexpensive but beautiful components.
Are you ready?