“Our client had the fantastic idea to use rolling tool cabinets in her kitchen,” says architect Nick Pancheau. “We designed a simple kitchen island combining seating and storage in a single movable piece. We selected a lime-green finish to match the fritted glass lamp shades made by the client; a subtle dark-green soapstone countertop rests atop the cabinets.”
Translucent Finishes Accentuate White Kitchen Bar Area
Carefully placed translucent accents in the bar area play up the modern design of the kitchen and give the space a more pristine aesthetic. The white countertop, walls and cabinetry showcase each decorative item of color, such as the gold drinking glasses on the table and the orchid plant in its gold vase. The lucite barstools also complement the look.
This modern kitchen is awash in gray, white and glass, forming a neutral backdrop that allows the aqua ocean view to provide the room's pop of color. A waterfall countertop is sleek and modern, and gray clean-lined cabinetry offers ample storage. Walls of glass provide panoramic views.
Modern Kitchen Island Increases Kitchen's Functionality
The island in the kitchen adds counter space and an extra sink, as well as a breakfast bar with seating for four. This addition not only gives the homeowners a casual dining option, but also increases the kitchen's storage and overall functionality.
As seen on HGTV's House Hunters Renovation, the newly-remodeled kitchen in Karen Mizrahi and Diana Lovati's Tarzana, California, home is a mixture of rustic and sleek elements, creating a very functional space with modern appliances. Quartz countertops and a quartz backsplash provide easy-to-clean and durable work surfaces.
Modern Kitchen with Silver and Glass Hood Vent and Silver, Brown and Green Colored Tiles
Use recurring patterns and materials for a cohesive style throughout the kitchen. Designer Diane Foreman, of Neil Kelly Company used a mix of stainless steel and colored tiles for the backsplash of this 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Competition winning kitchen. The tile echoes the stainless steel in the sink and cooktop, and Foreman repeated a circular pattern throughout the room, a technique she says adds professional flair to the space.
“Lighting is so important,” says designer Diane Foreman of Neil Kelly Company. She mentions that undercabinet lighting, faucet lighting and other ambient lighting can boost the overall appearance of a space, like it does in this 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Competition winner. “I use lighting to my advantage in any space to create drama,” she says. The pendants and undercabinet lighting were from Tech Lighting. These pendants were about $300, but beehive-shaped pendants for task lighting above a bar can be found for about $100 from online and home improvement retailers.
Open Kitchen and Dining Area With Rustic Table, Vault Ceiling
In a new home, designer Jodie Cooper took the concept of dramatic lighting to new heights, using a custom-made “bulkhead” suspended from the ceiling by chrome rods to light the kitchen and dining area. “The bulkhead also helps to visually define the kitchen area without losing the loft style feel,” she says. And, she notes, “having a modern kitchen does not need to translate to having modern décor. By blending pieces, such as retro dining chairs, Chinese antiques, rustic dining table combined with Turkish patchwork rugs, we created texture and layers, which add a kind of Bohemian style to the home to create what I call a “Global Eclectic” interior.”
This kitchen by designer Mark Dutka in his own home near the Northern California coast was designed to reflect the colors of the local sky, sand and forests. A gorgeous sky blue accent wall gives depth to this small, open-plan modern kitchen. Wood beam ceilings and saltillo tile floors offer a nature-inspired contrast to the metal and gray. Halogen pendant lights suspended from an overhead support above the counter peninsula offer a creative lighting solution.
This compact kitchen benefits from an open plan design that incorporates an eat-in bar. Rich wood barstools balance the glossy cabinets and white countertops for a fresh look. A sleek pendant light and recessed lighting keep the space feeling open and bright.
Modern Kitchen With Lots of Wood Cabinetry at Sundial House
This modern kitchen features lots of smooth wood cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, a small glass-top metal table for eating and food preparation, and a white tile backsplash behind the work areas.
Designer Warm Modern Kitchen with Waterfall Edge Island, Mirror Over the Sink and Fireplace
When the kitchen is in the center of the house or in a windowless space, place an oversized mirror over the sink to create the illusion of a window, says Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson, architect and designer with Terracotta Design Build in Atlanta. This home also uses furniture in the kitchen for storage, instead of another row of built-in cabinets.