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Modern Kitchens

Modern and contemporary are two terms that can be used synonymously to describe kitchen styles that refer to whatever’s currently in style for the year or season. Today, modern kitchens evoke clean lines and simple styles with designs that focus on the proper use of open space for a highly functional kitchen. Whether you’re interested in transforming your current kitchen into a modern or contemporary space, or you’d just like to update some elements of your kitchen to incorporate some modern design, we have some essential tips for creating a contemporary style kitchen of your own.

1. New elements of a modern kitchen

Regardless of the genre of style, when we think about modern design, the first thing that comes to mind is the use of new materials and incorporating new technology into the space. There have been many advances in kitchen appliances and high-tech accessories over the past few years. Easy updates in this realm are stainless steel appliances that not only offer cutting-edge function but also sleeker styles. In addition, modern kitchens often have modernized sleek hardware and simple cabinet styles to keep up with a clean design scheme that create a continuous flow with the dining room. Think pulls rather than knobs and silver rather than brushed bronze when it comes to your accessories.

Modern design is all about keeping a clean space, so the use of custom storage solutions and other accessories like under-cabinet lighting and hidden outlets not only make your kitchen appear contemporary, but they also provide better function. Again, the key is to place focus on the updated materials, so limited use of decorative accessories help to keep the style clean and open.

2. Modern kitchen designs for small spaces

Whether you’re renovating and starting from scratch or just looking to refresh your existing space, try maximizing your kitchen storage and efficiency with these small-kitchen design ideas and space-saving design hacks

A small one-wall kitchen doesn’t need to be the focal point of the space. Install folding doors or panels to close it up when it’s not in use, it wille make the most out of the small areas of your home.

Common in small bungalows, a galley kitchen has a hallway-like layout with two parallel walls. Galley kitchens have a tendency to feel cave-like, but removing the upper cabinetry and replacing it with shelving can help open the space up. Limit tall storage to the pantry area, where you can keep bulky items that you don’t use frequently, rather than on the counter.

That extra surface area is perfect for prep, but you’ll want it to be well-lit. Add a row of striking pendant lights to brighten up the entire kitchen.

While some kitchen layouts offer plenty of storage, all that cabinetry can make the space feel dark and cramped. A coat of white paint can brighten up the room, and exposed shelving will make it feel more open.

Even a small space can look sleek and put together. Go for panel-ready appliances and match them to the cabinetry and countertops for a modern kitchen.

3. Sleek materials for your kitchen countertops

Modern kitchens are all about simple designs that highlight the superior materials, so choose a counter that works for your lifestyle and gets the job done the way you want.

Practically maintenance free, engineered quartz countertops are stain, acid, scratch, heat and impact resistant. Thanks to their non-porous surface, they also don't need to be sealed like natural stone countertops. Available in a wide range of colors and patterns, quartz typically ranks close in popularity to the perennial top choice: granite.

Traditional granite countertops offer a high-end look that adds to your kitchen's value while providing a durable prep surface. Because granite is a natural material, variation in the stone's pattern is common and, for most people, adds to its appeal.

By far the most budget-friendly option, laminate countertops are enjoying a resurgence in popularity thanks to new patterns that resemble natural stone, wood or even quartz at a fraction of the cost.

The current darling of the design world, the gray-toned veining in marble isn't just aesthetically pleasing, it also helps to disguise wear and hide light stains. With timeless appeal, this stone gives any kitchen a decidedly high-end look

4. Modern kitchen cabinet styles in color

The easiest way to pull off a contemporary kitchen design is to update or reface your cabinets with simple styles. The fun part about modern style kitchens is that they typically pair simple cabinet door styles with new colors.

Rather than opting for a natural wood color like classic mahogany or hard rock narra, you can go for something out of the ordinary, like a patterned or textured look with two different colors. Another popular door color in contemporary design is the use of gray. Whether it’s a light or a dark gray, these fun door colors bring a new appeal to the space and set your kitchen apart.

Reds, greens, oranges, and blues also add pops of color to create the perfect contemporary look to your kitchen. If you’re feeling playful, incorporate the combination of barn red and sage green as accents to your cabinets. Cool gray at hot orange also brings a good balance between the sleek and bold character of your cabinets.

5. Wall décor ideas for your modern kitchen

Personalize your space with these simple and stylish wall decor ideas to bring a contemporary feel to your kitchen. From artwork to accent walls, there’s a tip for every taste.

Tile isn’t just for the kitchen floor or the backsplash. Cover a wall with a graphic pattern or a tile mural for a vibrant display that’s practically a work of art. In fact, it’s easy to clean and maintain.

Open shelves can store plates and glasses, but you can also take advantage of the empty ledges by displaying interesting objects or colorful art. Try mixing cookbooks, kitchen supplies, and decorative objects for a practical yet stylish arrangement.

Any blank surface can become an inspiring spot with the addition of a mural. Stencil or hand paint a design on a wall or the kitchen island, or choose a scenic wallpaper to give the look of a mural without the painstaking painting.

A simple coat of paint on one wall can transform an otherwise bland kitchen. Go for a bold color to add impact to the space.

The ideas are endless when it comes to mixing sleek and clean furniture and fixtures to create the perfect modern kitchen for your home!