Add Modern Style to Your Kitchen

Reflective surfaces and high-tech materials aren't the only design details ideal in a modern kitchen.
By: Susan Kleinman
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Less Is More

It's all about clean, rectilinear lines and neutral colors in this modern kitchen. Multitoned terrazzo flooring adds subtle color and delineates the space from the adjacent dining room. Design by designer Alan Tanksley; photography by Peter and Kelley Gibeon

Illuminating Elements

Accent lights below the wall-hung cabinets illuminate the floor and the cabinetry panels above the tall cabinets were custom-fitted for one long, neat line. Wood on the ceiling and island base softens the look. Design by Edward Scirghi; photography by Ivan Cruz

Bold Meets Practical

Clutter is out and color is in. Abundant cabinet space offers a place for everything, including the homeowners' favorite wines. Simple drawer pulls keep the look spare. Design by Todd Hansen of Albertsson Hansen Architecture, LTD; photography by Pete Sieger

Reflective Surfaces

Miniature in size but maximum in modern style, this kitchen features bright red upper cabinets and lots of metallic shimmer. Design by Jill Greene of Sand Castle Kitchens; photography by Ron Rosenzweig

Airy and Industrial

Caesarstone doesn't just top the cabinets in this kitchen, it envelops them, creating a bold, modern look. Design by Jamie Gold, AKBD; co-design by Terry Smith and Kevin Heinly; photography by Doyle Terry

Nature-Inspired Details

Large windows bring the natural world into this modern kitchen. The honed-granite countertops and backsplash echo the greenery outdoors. Photo courtesy of TMS Architects

Modern: Made to Order

Unadorned, curved cabinets lend a modern influence. Thick concrete countertops are durable and functional, and commercial-style stainless steel appliances allow for serious cooking. Design by John Petrie, CMKBD; photography by Carl Socolow