With minimalist cabinetry, neutral color palettes, and metallic accents, modern kitchen ideas are worth pursuing if you crave subtle elegance that will never go out of style. These spaces blend aspects of contemporary design with other styles, including traditional and industrial, for a look that’s current, sleek, yet not sterile. Curious about modern kitchen looks? We’re here to help you get started with everything you need to know.
What are the latest kitchen trends?
A lasting trend is open spaces. Kitchens are the focal point of a home: a place where conversations and sustenance combine to create memorable moments. “Open-space plans that fully integrate the kitchen with adjacent common living areas have become prevalent in recent years because they are prone to encourage gatherings and multiple dynamics happening simultaneously,” says Simon Hamui, an interior designer for the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch.
Hamui says open-space plans with clean and natural looking finishes are incredibly popular. “A kitchen island with seating area, preferably in two-levels to encourage multiple types of gatherings, from cooking with company to having a quick bite” are winners, he says.
How do you modernize a kitchen cheaply?
Hamui believes painting cabinets a solid, matte color can have a big impact when renovating a kitchen. “Another instant and simple modification is to change the hardware while following the pre-drilled existing holes,” he says. “Also, adding an interesting stone countertop can completely change the appearance of a kitchen with minimal on-site work.” These upgrades can also work in a small kitchen.
“The best way to modernize your kitchen inexpensively is with your color palette,” says Alex Yacavone, Kohler design studio manager. “By bringing a refresh to your walls and cabinet colors, you can easily transform a space. Modern doesn’t always mean neutrals either—we are seeing some beautiful and modern kitchens that have embraced color by utilizing a monochromatic color scheme.”
What style is modern for the kitchen?
While warm, neutral color schemes, natural-influenced materials, and seamlessly integrated floor plans are du jour, there are other signature identifiers of a modern kitchen. Pops of color ensure that these contemporary kitchen designs still feel warm and welcoming, as do big windows that let in the sun, an architectural light fixture, or a piece of bold artwork or decor.
Each of these 37 kitchens from designers and the AD archives is a lesson in restraint. Just a few decorative accessories (and zero clutter) on shelves and countertops let the smart mix of materials—and tonight’s dinner—shine. Read on to see modern kitchen design ideas that blend style and function for a space that is cutting-edge yet inviting.