Modern Kitchen Design

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Modern Kitchen With Black Tile Backsplash

Modern Kitchen With Black Tile Backsplash

This sleek modern kitchen features a beautiful backsplash of large black tiles, stainless steel appliances and minimal decor.

By: Sean McEvoy

Modern kitchen design is sometimes broadly categorized as any style that's less traditional and more contemporary—but in fact, all modern design has specific roots in terms of its time period, style and inspirations.

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Yellow and Green Country Kitchen

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Blue Coastal Kitchen

Multicolored Arts-and-Crafts Kitchen

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Green and Brown Arts-and-Crafts Kitchen

Creamy White Country Kitchen

Yellow and Green Country Kitchen

Mixed-Color Mediterranean Kitchen

Transitional Stainless Steel Kitchen

Black and Brown Traditional Kitchen

Brown Wood Old-World Kitchen

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Neutral Traditional Kitchen With Island

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Mixed-Color Tuscan Kitchen

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Cherry and Emerald Modern Zen Kitchen

Black Contemporary Kitchen With Island

Brown and Neutral Tuscan Country Kitchen

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Katheryn Cowles

Neutral and Brown Contemporary Kitchen

Gray Mediterranean Kitchen

Cherry and White Traditional Kitchen

Red Modern Kitchen

Green Transitional Kitchen

Brown Kitchen With Contemporary and Rustic Elements

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Arts and Crafts Kitchen With Yellow Cabinets

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Abe Jerome

Neutral and Blue Rustic Kitchen

Copper and Cherry Kips Bay Kitchen

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Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Vaulted Ceiling

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Contemporary Kitchen With Island

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Blue Rustic Kitchen

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Brown Modern Kitchen and Dining Room

White Arts-and-Crafts Kitchen

White Cottage Kitchen With Reclaimed Wood

Brown Old-World Kitchen

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Brown Transitional Kitchen

Black-and-White Transitional Kitchen

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White Traditional Kitchen

White Cottage Kitchen

White & Gray Country Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen

Red Contemporary Kitchen

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Jane Ellison

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Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

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White Contemporary Kitchen

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Kathleen Perkins

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Brown Traditional Kitchen

Turquoise Transitional Kitchen

White and Gray Modern Kitchen

Beige Eclectic Kitchen

Turquoise Tropical Galley Kitchen

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White Traditional Kitchen

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Ben Herzog

White and Red Traditional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen With Island

Green and White Modern Kitchen

Brown and White Traditional Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

White Country Kitchen

Black-and-White Modern Kitchen

Beige Transitional Kitchen

Beige Old-World Kitchen

Brown & Gray Modern Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

Mixed-Color Contemporary Kitchen

Transitional White Kitchen

Beige Eclectic Kitchen

White Contemporary Galley Kitchen

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White Traditional Kitchen With Island Seating

White Contemporary Kitchen

White and Stainless Steel Modern Kitchen

Neutral Modern Kitchen

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Yellow Transitional Kitchen

White Transitional Kitchen

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White Traditional Kitchen

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White Transitional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

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Deena Castello

White Contemporary Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen

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Judith Taylor

Transitional Kitchen With Wood, Stainless & Marble

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

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Dorothy Willetts

Brown Contemporary Kitchen

Brown and White Traditional Kitchen

White & Gray Kitchen With Farmhouse Table

Neutral Old-World Kitchen With Island

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Karen Kettler

White Contemporary Shaker Kitchen

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Brown and White Contemporary Kitchen

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Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Island

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Cool Gray Contemporary Kitchen

Urban Kitchen With Green Tile and Light Wood

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Ben Herzog

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

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Mary Broerman

Espresso and Stainless Contemporary Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

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Tracy Dunn

Brown Transitional Kitchen With Tile Backsplash

Green and Brown Contemporary Kitchen

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White Transitional Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen

Neutral Transitional Kitchen With Island

White Townhome Kitchen

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Ben Herzog

Modern design started around World War I and generally featured flat surfaces, geometric forms, and little or no ornamentation or adornments. Modern kitchen cabinets, for example, are often defined by a sleek, angular and simple design, featuring little or no hardware, flush doors and flat surfaces. In the current era, modern kitchen design is part of a larger trend which has embraced midcentury modern design and furniture, which introduced bold angles and curves to the design landscape. Midcentury modern design—generally recognized as originating in the Nordic countries in the mid 20th century—has now been incorporated into many modern kitchen designs.

Whereas traditional kitchen styles often focus more of their design on natural materials for cabinets, countertops, floors and furniture, modern kitchen designs depart from this aesthetic fairly frequently, often featuring man-made materials like laminate, ceramics and molded plastics. That's not to say that modern kitchens can't, shouldn't or don't feature man-made materials—they almost always do, and often to great effect. Granite countertops, sleek hardwood floors and expertly designed wooden furniture featuring the signature curves and angles of modern design can often be found in modern kitchens.

Accessories and other design flourishes can build on a modern kitchen theme. Cabinet doors may be replaced with frosted glass or a sleek laminate or wood veneer to create a modern look. Mixers, blenders, coffee makers and other accessories are available in bold colors and unique designs that seem positively science fictional. Cookware, utensils and flatware are all available with a modern twist, both in terms of design aesthetic and bold, up-to-date colors.

Flooring and tile work in modern kitchens tend to follow the overall aesthetic, adhering to the clean lines and relative simplicity recognizable in the broader design. Tile floors or backsplashes of slate or granite in geometric patterns are common, as are subway tiles used for simple, elegant backsplashes.

Finally, furniture choices can contribute greatly to any modern kitchen design. Tables, stools, chairs and benches are available in an array of angular and flowing designs. Materials like wood, plastic and metal are employed in a modern or industrial style, often featuring bold and bright colors that can add great visual interest to any elegant and efficient modern kitchen design.

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