Modern Kitchen Accessories

Browse your options for modern kitchen accessories, and prepare to add an up-to-date collection of accessories to your kitchen design.
Sparkling Espresso Bar

Sparkling Espresso Bar

For the huge double ovens, HGTV's Kitchen Cousins built a dark wedge cabinet, an elegant contrast to the white lacquer throughout the rest of the kitchen. The cousins outfitted the homeowner's espresso bar area with a shining stainless steel backsplash.

and John Colaneri Kitchen Cousins

For the huge double ovens, HGTV's Kitchen Cousins built a dark wedge cabinet, an elegant contrast to the white lacquer throughout the rest of the kitchen. The cousins outfitted the homeowner's espresso bar area with a shining stainless steel backsplash.

By: Sean McEvoy

If your vision for a dream kitchen tends toward the sleek, simple and sophisticated hallmarks of modern kitchen design, you'll want to adorn your kitchen space with an array of equally up-to-date, modern kitchen accessories.

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You'll have almost unlimited choices, from standout small appliances that offer a burst of color or a unique design flourish to cleverly crafted, high-tech salt and pepper shakers.

Modern kitchen design tends to incorporate clean lines, efficient features, and a low level of extraneous adornment or customization. Cabinets often feature sharp angles and flush doors with little or no hardware, in simple hardwoods or artificial surfaces like laminate. Countertops may feature traditional materials like granite or tile in similarly angular, sleek designs. Because modern kitchen surfaces are often fairly simple, utilitarian and straightforward, there's often an opportunity for homeowners with modern kitchens to rely on accessories to add a great deal of visual interest, color and style to the space.

Small appliances have become a common point of differentiation in many modern and contemporary kitchens. Manufacturers have recognized the desire of homeowners to add a splash of color—or to create contrast with the angular designs of countertops and cabinets—by offering boldly colorful mixers, toasters, blenders and coffee makers in flowing, clever designs that often seem to live comfortably between modern, retro and vintage design. Larger appliances like stoves, refrigerators and sinks can also be found in bold colors and designs; they may also feature well in modern kitchens.

Cookware, utensils and flatware also provide great opportunities to express a modern design aesthetic. Many home goods retailers feature lines of cooking and serving accessories that could exist as objects of design unto themselves—their uniquely contemporary craftsmanship and the use of bold colors make them particularly well suited for use in modern kitchen designs.

Kitchen furniture offers another opportunity to express a modern design tendency. Rolling bars or islands, tables and chairs can all be found in mid-century modern or industrial styles, with the latter providing a complementary yet contrasting style to the sleek and polished surfaces familiar in so many modern kitchens.

Finally, you may consider adding design pieces or artwork as accessories in your modern kitchen design. Mid-century clocks, posters for movies or historical events, or reproductions of famous works from the modern art movement can be great additions to any modern kitchen design. These features add visual interest and create a natural conversation piece for your cooking and dining area.

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