Up-to-the-minute style makes the modern kitchen an appealing design choice.
Streamlined and undoubtedly sophisticated, the modern kitchen has a bit of a leg up on the contemporary kitchen. While both are traditionally designed with smooth surfaces, like stainless steel and sleek wood cabinets, the modern kitchen design incorporates a futuristic feel by using interesting design schemes.
Retro or Modern Kitchen?
This space offers the best of both retro and modern design styles. The sleek counter and stainless steel range hood bring a modern feel, while the bright accent colors and chairs are a blast from the past. Overall, the kitchen is designed to entertain and impress. Image courtesy of Jorge Castillo Designs
Futuristic Kitchen Style
This kitchen is the epitome of sleek and modern. The space features stainless steel appliances and cabinetry, hardwood floors and monochromatic countertops. The light fixture and frosted glass upper cabinets also give the kitchen a futuristic feel. Design by Andreas Charalambous
Dark walnut cabinetry builds a modern foundation for this kitchen. Materials like stainless steel, custom glass and granite enhance the modern aesthetic while maintaining the elegance of the space. Butter yellow leather stools are the perfect accent to the room. Design by Gregory Augustine
Open Kitchen, Perfect for Parties
With a thin, sleek island, this open kitchen is the perfect place to entertain guests. The clean white countertop and cabinets have a modern look, especially in combination with the stainless steel range hood and other appliances. The blue tiles and purple chairs create an interesting accent. Photo by Rio Constantini. Design by Danenberg Design
This kitchen has all the modern conveniences that a chef needs. The blue light fixtures under the cabinets draw attention to the tiled backsplash. The island is the perfect space for preparing meals or entertaining guests. The stainless appliances, along with the neutral wall colors and countertops, contrast the dark tones of the cabinetry, enhancing the modern feel. Design by Vanessa DeLeon in New Jersey
This sleek kitchen features eco-friendly appliances, following the modern trend of "going green." The countertops match the stainless steel appliances and range hood, and the flat cabinet doors maintain the clean-lined, sleek look. The kitchen also features plenty of natural light and views of an outdoor fountain, which makes eating and cooking in this space a refreshing experience. Design by Lori Dennis
Natural Accents Countertops
A recessed cooktop with a seamless cover is hidden in the stainless steel island countertop to maximize counter space for entertaining and everyday use. Red slate, walnut floors, stone walls and brightly colored stools offset the crisp stainless steel and create a warm tailored look. Design by Andreea Avram Rusu
One place the modern kitchen often trumps most traditional kitchens is in the appliance department. The modern kitchen is typically packed with state-of-the-art appliances, including electronic devices and vent hoods with quiet kitchen exhaust fans. For example, a modern kitchen might include a sink hidden under a cutting board that's seamlessly integrated with the countertop. Keep in mind, though, that high-end appliances and features will raise your total overall kitchen remodel cost.
Lighting is another area in which a modern kitchen can feature a splash of individuality. For example, side lighting can be lined vertically down kitchen walls for an interesting effect, or a glass top island could be illuminated underneath by pale blue lighting. Take a look at current lighting trends and feel free to play with unique lighting effects in your modern kitchen design.
Generally speaking, modern kitchen cabinets are unadorned except for simple chrome hardware. White, stainless steel and pale wood cabinets are popular—as are black, white, wood and stainless steel countertops. Consider a glass backsplash for a subtle but eye-catching touch. Modern kitchen flooring tends to be somewhat basic, leaning on dark wood or cool slate tiles to complete the overall look of the kitchen.
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