10.62 per cent of kitchens are reported to be in the modern design style. Given the popularity of modern kitchen design that’s not very many given traditional (31.41%), contemporary (25.18%) and transitional (16.42%) make up quite a bit more.
Immediately below is our dynamic modern kitchen ideas gallery which is updated with new photos regularly. Below that gallery we set out a separate gallery illustrating 18 modern kitchen design ideas.
Modern Kitchen Photo Gallery
When you’re upgrading your kitchen, a modern design is something you may wish to consider. However, your concept of a modern kitchen design is often much different than a designer’s. While you may think modern designs contain furniture, appliances, and colors which are popular now, they use ideas from the past.
Modern Design Definition
In interior design terms, modern designs involve a certain time period, the 1920s to the 1950s to be exact, which never changes. These designs contain clean lines, natural materials, and a minimalistic style. If this is the type of design that you want, then there are several modern kitchen design ideas you may find appealing.
In a study of over 1.78 million kitchens, researchers found that almost 11% of them were modern designs, yet this style falls in line with most other styles by having hardwood as by far the most common flooring material. Despite all the composite products out there for home improvement, good ole natural wood is still favored for petty much every style.
Cabinet Materials and Styles
The cabinet finishes in kitchens with a modern design aesthetic are often acrylic with high gloss or flat panel wood cabinets. In fact, approximately 66% of modern kitchens have flat panel cabinetry design. Since this design involves having clean lines, flat-panel cabinetry is usually found in these kitchens.
Engineered quartz is the most common countertop material with granite a somewhat distant second.
Any Kitchen Size
Modern kitchens suit any size kitchen, from small one-wall kitchens to large ones. In fact, some modern efficiencies make modern features a great style for small kitchen spaces. The use of a center island or a counter defining the kitchen area from the dining or living area is also common since open floor plan kitchens are very popular.
The islands or counters can also provide space for eating in the kitchen, which is something many homeowners want. Along with working well for any kitchen size, modern designs also suit different kitchen layouts.
Whether it is an L-shape kitchen or a single-wall kitchen, the clean lines and minimalistic style can be applied to most kitchens layouts.
If you like kitchens with an uncluttered, clean aesthetic, then you may find that a modern design is right for your home.
18 Modern Kitchen Ideas
1. Mix modern with craftsman
This kitchen is uniquely modern with a craftsman twist which makes it interesting. The wood trim gives it a craftsman vibe, but the high gloss cabinetry and simple design give it an overall modern look.
2. Use many materials in straight lines
There’s a lot going on here. Stainless steel, wood and acrylic finishes make up this kitchen design. The under cabinet lighting, which is not subtle gives an extra sheen not seen in most kitchens.
3. Mix acrylic high gloss with natural wood
The dark high gloss acrylic cabinets juxtaposes very nicely with the light natural wood countertops. You’ll see wood often used in modern designs to temper the coolness of acrylics and metals.
4. Be bold with red and embrace the steel
This screams modern. It’s a bold red with acrylic cabinetry mixed with plenty of stainless steel. Straight lines throughout. I’ll say this; the red tempers the stainless steel better than one would think without actually seeing it.
5. Gray, White and Chrome for Small Kitchen Spaces
I love this look. That warm gray is popular for kitchens; it definitely has a warming effect, which you wouldn’t expect gray to do, but the grain does the job. The high gloss white cabinets and modern chrome stools tip this kitchen into modern style nichely.
6. Modern isn’t always “sleek straight lines”
Sleek, straight lines describes modern, but modern isn’t always straight lines. Check this kitchen out with curves throughout combined with red, high gloss cabinetry and stainless steel.
7. Pour on the concrete
Perhaps modern industrial best describes this concrete kitchen. It looks very cool with the concrete wall and island in an overall minimalist design.
8. Skip the cabinet hardware
This design has flat-faced dark gray cabinets with no cabinet hardware. It gives off that “sleek” look. The consistent use rectangles provide the subtle texture this otherwise austere kitchen needs.
9. Toss in Geometric Shapes All Over the Place
Eye-catching geometric shapes is a modern design hallmark. Below is a terrific example of a kitchen filled with interesting rectangles and 3D cubes making up the design. It’s a very effective technique for a modern vibe despite the very un-modern color scheme.
10. The Modern Kitchen Cave
Many apartment kitchens are tucked away in te corner and are tiny. Many have no windows making it cave-like. That’s okay. You can embrace the darkness with a dark modern look like the example below.
11. Thick, open design
Take a look at the island. It’s a think, continuous open shape that gives off both solidness and openness at the same time. It’s fabulous (although the lost storage space is unfortunate). You’ll also notice the combination of 90 degree angles and spheres which make for an interesting look.
12. Crisp White Throughout
One way to achieve that uber modern design is to gowth high gloss, all white cabinets. Add white ceiling, walls and flooring and you have one cold, but staunchly modern design. The only texture in the design below is the checkered stool backs. Amazingly, those stools stand out in this kitchen whereas they wouldn’t in so many other designs with far more texture.
13. Use Lots of Glass
Glass-faced flat cabinets are a strong modern feature which is seen throughout the example below. It’s tempered with white stone which I think is a terrific combination.
14. Modern backsplash = modern kitchen?
This is not entirely a modern design, but I included it to show you how the backsplash choice can tilt a kitchen toward a particular design. The glass tile here gives it a very contemporary look. Imagine the backsplash a terra cotta or Mediterranean tile. This would be a very different kitchen.
15. Flat panel cabinetry and applianes
Flat panel appliances aren’t as popular as you’d think for good reason. Stainless steel appliances add variety in a kitchen. Specifically they cool down the extensive use of wood. You can see that here. I personally think stainless steel refrigerator would improve this kitchen yet not compromise the modern flat-panel cabinetry.
Another notable feature is how the cabinets extend to the ceiling. That exaggerates the minimalistic effect of the flat panel cabinetry.
16. Combine high gloss white with jet black
The black and white look is classic. It needs careful implementation, but when done well, it’s fabulous. The example below is mostly white, but tempered with a jet black ceiling, backsplash and floor. You don’t often see a black ceiling; usually the black is woven in other ways, but in this case I think it works.
17. Modern mixed with traditional
I know it’s crazy to suggest a kitchen is both modern and traditional but that’s the sense I get when analyzing the example below. The space doesn’t scream modern, yet the cabinetry and island are definitely modern. I think it’s those pendant lights, uninteresting ceiling, the failure of cabinets rising to the ceiling and wood floor that compromise the overall modern design. Nevertheless, one can understand how tempering modern to some degree is desirable.
18. White, black and… Glass?
I think this example is clever in how the warmly lit glass-faced cabinets provide the warmth to counter-balance the cool black and white cabinets and flooring. Speaking for floor, check out that black and white floor. It’s definitely effective.