Modern kitchens are all the rage. After all, who wouldn't want a clutter-free, inviting and seamlessly functional kitchen space? Think elegant, minimalist cabinetry, carefully selected colour schemes and perhaps a few feature pieces in there too. You'll see that modern kitchens are home to fitted storage and built in appliances, as well as fine grained materials, meaning that they are usually easy to clean and keep in good shape.
Choose the right side of modern and this style can suit all types of houses and personalities too; so if you're craving a zen kitchen zone, you're in the right place for the best modern kitchen ideas out there.
Whether you are designing a kitchen from scratch or just looking for some swoon worthy inspiration, here are our tips for creating a gorgeous modern kitchen and you'll find plenty more kitchen ideas, handy tips and tricks on our hub.
1. Opt for an all white colour scheme
Nothing says contemporary or minimalist quite like an all-white scheme. Simple, yet effective, this stand-out scheme makes a real design statement (as long as you can keep it tidy).
If you're concerned about the space feeling a little too clinical, try working different textures into your space to break up the use of one colour. In this instance, fine grey veining throughout the white marble kitchen island is just what's required to add interest to the space.
For more white kitchen design ideas, take a look at our stylish guide.
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2. Or experiment with on-trend blue-grey pastels
If an ultra-modern, all white scheme is too much for your taste (or you can't trust yourself to keep it looking spotless) consider opting for cabinetry in an on-trend, blue-grey pastel shade, instead.
Grey tones are contemporary, but with timeless appeal and have a slightly warmer, more homely feeling about them. Pair with copper accents – check out that kitchen tap – for an extra dose of contemporary style.
If (like us) you can't get enough of the moody interiors trend, you'll love our dark and dramatic kitchen design ideas.
3. Combine classic kitchen styles with stylish design trends
Shaker style kitchens have certainly stood the test of time; making them the perfect option if you want to design a contemporary kitchen with some longevity.
This classic style of cabinetry is particularly standout when designed as part of an on-trend dark and moody interiors scheme. Style with (equally stylish) white metro tiles to create some contrast and brass accents, if you're going all out.
Find more modern Shaker style kitchens in our design gallery.
4. Invest in sleek, matt cabinetry
Cabinetry with a matt-effect finish is making waves in the world of contemporary kitchen interiors (and we can see why). Effortlessly sleek and sophisticated – particularly in this grey tone – it makes the perfect addition to a state-of-the-art space.
Pair with a statement mirrored splashback, which makes a stylish alternative to more traditional tiles.
For more kitchen splashback ideas, take a look at our design guide.
5. Or opt for a gloss finish
Sleek, luxurious-looking surfaces are key to ultra-modern kitchens. This includes kitchen cabinets, which can work as part of a streamlined kitchen design if they match the other surfaces.
This very chic minimalist kitchen benefits from having the same colour and glossy finish throughout, including the cupboards and the kitchen island drawers. It features the Handleless Roma Range kitchen cupboards in Cashmere High Gloss by Optiplan Kitchens.
6. Maximise natural light
The way we use our kitchens is evolving, with a desire to create open-plan spaces designed for entertaining taking precedent.
Maximising natural light is (arguably) the key to designing a contemporary kitchen that fits this new-found requirement. After all, light has the capacity to make a space feel brighter and more spacious – particularly when paired with an all-white scheme – which will make it a more pleasant place to spend time.
If you're designing a kitchen extension or your kitchen opens out onto a garden, consider investing in bi-fold, sliding or metal doors (or windows), which will instantly brighten your space, while giving it a distinct contemporary edge.
For more (dreamy) bi-fold and sliding door design ideas, take a look at our gallery.
7. Design a sociable space
As mentioned, designing a contemporary kitchen is about more than the fixtures and fittings you choose (thought these are important, too). What's at the core of a contemporary kitchen is a space that can function as the hub of the home with plenty of space for engaging and entertaining.
With this in mind, we love the idea of incorporating a kitchen island – complete with stylish bar stools – into your space. This provides the perfect spot for entertaining guests while you cook or catching up with a partner over a lazy weekend breakfast.
8. Make the most of a small kitchen
Don't write off your dream of having a stylish, contemporary kitchen, just because you're working with a smaller space. Almost all of the tips and tricks we've shared can be incorporated into a small kitchen with a little thought and design know-how.
This galley kitchen is a great example of how a small space can be used, with a stylish concrete poured floor and black, cast iron radiator making an understated design feature.
For more tips on how to design a small kitchen, take a look at our guide.
9. Mix industrial-inspired pieces into your scheme
Industrial-inspired features make a unique addition to a contemporary kitchen and can act as a striking, yet understated, focal point if paired with an otherwise white scheme.
We love this statement concrete kitchen island, particularly when paired with more natural materials such as a solid wood floor and splashback.
Find more inspiration with our inspiring industrial style kitchens.
10. Then work natural materials in, too
Whether paired with – or without – stylish poured concrete, wood makes a warming addition to a contemporary kitchen. If you're looking to add depth to your space, consider opting for dark or red-toned woods or keep things a little lighter, brighter and more Scandi-inspired with beech and other light-coloured woods.
11. Embrace the timelessness of Mid-century modern
We're not sure we'll ever be tired of Mid-century modern interiors, which makes them the perfect point of inspiration when designing a contemporary kitchen.
We love the pairing of this stylish (and very Mid-century inspired) dining set with modern appliances and and otherwise sleek, minimalist interior.
For more Mid-century modern decor ideas, take a look at our design guide.
12. Go for lacquered concrete for a bespoke look
Concrete is the ultimate ultra-modern material – and it is more versatile than might seem. Go for a lacquered finish for a kitchen design that is both strong-looking and warm.
This Concrete-A kitchen by Leicht is made from lacquered concrete and has a rolled steel worktop.
13. Create a multi-purpose space in your kitchen
A stylish, modern kitchen that is clutter-free and sparkling clean has the potential to be used as more than just a kitchen. While a dining space is an obvious space, a mini home office or study would not be out of place in an ultra-modern, open-plan kitchen, especially if it has a large window with a view.
This stunning The Cut can be used in a variety of ways, from dinner party to work meeting. Available at Hub Kitchens.
14. Zone your kitchen with a monochrome contrast
Thinking of ways to make a large, open-plan kitchen look more defined? A contrasting monochrome colour scheme is an easy way to visually divide the space into separate areas. Simply separate the room as you want, then colour-coordinate each side.
This modern kitchen diner has a cosier, warmer dining area in black, and a sleek white kitchen area.
15. Create a focal point with a feature splashback
Think of your minimalist, modern kitchen as a blank canvas. Keep it as it is for the ultimate pure look, and introduce a playful design element with a graphic splashback mural.
Check out more of these clever splashback ideas.