Soft Modern: The Timeless Twist Behind a Pinterest-Worthy Kitchen

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Designing a space from the ground up can be exciting. With the total creative freedom to design it however you’d like, it can also become stressful. With the overflowing amount of unique aesthetics, it can be difficult to make a decision on the perfect style that will satisfy the rest of your day-to-day life. Ranging from minimalistic and modern, to cozy and traditional, there are so many opposite ends of the spectrum. But what if you could meet in the middle? Lucky for you, the leading kitchen design and luxury cabinetry brand, Bakes & Kropp, has introduced an eccentric aesthetic that they call Soft Modern, perfect for those in search of a sleek modern style that also welcomes the comforts of home.

The Pinterest-worthy, Soft Modern aesthetic takes a timeless twist on both traditional and modern styles. Using clean edges and sleek geometric lines of modern, northern European styles, the elements are softened with cozy textiles such as warm woods and natural tones. Contemporary elements such as the Bakes & Kropp’s signature glossy cabinetry are also incorporated to add contrast.

“In a Soft Modern space, contrast is key,” says Bakes and Kropp, “A very high-gloss finish for the cabinetry can be offset with a matte wood finish for open shelving or accent panels with minimal to no hardware for that clean, European-inspired look that offers more warmth than a strictly contemporary kitchen.”

The Soft Modern Aesthetic is a true game changer when it comes to renovating or designing a space to call home. The true timelessness of this “trend” appeals to clients looking for current designs softened by classic additions.  that will stand the test of time so that they don’t have to worry about renovating again. Check out some recent Soft Modern designs that clients have been able to call their own:

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As seen in the below Cliffside Contemporary Kitchen, these doors feature a linear finish with a soft curve on the tops. The wall cabinetry utilizes push latches, making it fully functional with invisible hardware. This project encapsulates the balance of Soft Modern style, with stark white high-gloss Italian polyurethane finishes that contrast with hand-finished matte walnut on the island and accents. The result is a timeless design that will still be relevant twenty years down the road.

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The Lincoln Luxury Kitchen, by comparison, does utilize door handles but is still a fitting representation of the Soft Modern look, showcasing an intelligent mixture of high gloss and matte accents. In this project, our designers took a deeper color and made it light and airy through softwood framing and white contrasts. Both of these projects bring a modernist dialogue to our more classic Revelane collection.

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In this 280-square-foot kitchen in Watermill, New York, Bakes & Kropp engages its Soft Modern design to deliver a contemporary design curbed by its complementary, classic elements.

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