The kitchen is one of the most used spaces in the house. It has its utilitarian purposes - grabbing a drink, getting a snack and cooking. But, the contemporary kitchen plays a much bigger role than just sustaining us physically - the kitchen can also be a place of healing, entertaining and enjoyment if stylized to reflect your personality and your values. If your style leans towards modern, then you'll love our recommendations for designing a modern kitchen.
This kitchen blends traditional charm with contemporary touches, featuring a striking contrast between the white shaker cabinets and the dark, gleaming countertops. Oversized windows flood the space with light, while chic pendant lights and vibrant red dining chairs add a pop of modernity and warmth.
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This kitchen offers a timeless design with its classic white cabinetry, subway tile backsplash, and marble countertops, anchored by a dark wood island that adds depth and warmth. The jute kitchen rug complements the natural stone floor, creating a welcoming atmosphere for both cooking and socializing.
Modern farmhouse is another popular style, and oftentimes, it leans more towards farmhouse than it does modern. If you want your space to vaguely reference farmhouse but not have it dominate your kitchen, choose a classic farmhouse color scheme of grays, whites, and natural wood tones as the base. Then, establish your space as modern by using lots of clean, sleek lines. From the lower cabinets to the uppers, simple countertops to the straightforward backsplash, you can incorporate modern lines and simple details to have that style define the space more completely.
This modern kitchen strikes a balance between functionality and style, with its light wood cabinetry and dark countertops creating a warm, yet sophisticated palette. The greenery outside the window brings a touch of nature indoors, complementing the soft green accents of the area rug.
This kitchen marries classic design with modern aesthetics, featuring a herringbone backsplash and an ornate coffered ceiling that gracefully contrasts with the sleek dark wood island and contemporary bar stools. The space is thoughtfully accented with a colorful, kitchen runner rug, adding warmth and texture to the polished hardwood floors.
A kitchen that incorporates black, white, and earthy tones is already well on its way to showcasing that modern look, but there's so much more to design tan just a color scheme. Consider the hardware and metals that you have throughout the room. Black metal can be incorporated with earth tones and white fixtures to stand out and add some flair. If you have black cabinets, like this kitchen does, use a different color for the handles, like a bold color or even a white. Not only is it practical for you to actually see the handle, but it also adds in a pop of vibrance against the stark color.
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We've already shown you how you can blend farmhouse and modern design with an emphasis on modern style. But, if you want to lean more on the farmhouse side of things, here are some tips for you to implement: Choose a light, bright color scheme with a lot of white. Incorporate light woods as accent pieces, furnishings, and floor color. The modern flair comes in with how those items appear: are they worn and well loved, or are they clean cut? Go for a refined, unified look with the wood to fit that modern farmhouse vibe; go for more worn, imperfect woods if you want something more rustic.
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Your modern kitchen doesn't have to be plain, by any means. If you like detail and pattern, choose one area/aspect that you want to be the focal point of the kitchen--whether it be a detailed rug, backsplash, island, artwork, or anything else that pops into mind. From there, go with simple, straightforward elements in the rest of the space so that your focal point will have a chance to shine. As you see here, going with a patterned backsplash in an otherwise plain kitchen is a stunning way to create drama in the space.
If you have a small kitchen, be very deliberate with the metals you choose for your appliances, handles, and other kitchen staples. Choosing steel, for example, is great for modern design because it keeps the space bright and easily coordinates with other colors/textures. If you want the space to be extra practical, add in a rod for hanging dish towels or even pots and pans that you regularly use. Once again, make sure the metal is the same as the others so your space is uniform and looks masterfully designed.
This open-plan kitchen has a bright and airy feel that features a classic white cabinetry with sophisticated gray marble countertops and a subway tile backsplash. Elegant pendant lights hang above the island, adding a touch of glamour to the space, which seamlessly transitions into the inviting living area.
The kitchen is an important space, and just like any other area of the house, it can be stylized and designed to match your personal style. Whether your style is 100% modern all of the time or you like to combine it with other popular design styles, there's no limit to the potential of your kitchen. Remember, the key colors and design traits of modern design that we detailed above, and create a kitchen that will sustain you in more ways than one.
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