Modern Kitchen Ideas for 2020

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Though it's often dubbed stark and cold, modern design is all about creating clean, open, functional, and calming spaces, with plenty of room for character and personal style. And that also happens to the recipe for a perfect kitchen. So we're spotlighting twenty modern kitchens below that exemplify the sleek, innovative aesthetic. Whether you want to something bright and whimsical or monochromatic and sophisticated, these modern kitchens will inspire you to think outside the farmhouse box.

Go For Gold
quirky kitchen ideas

Stainless steel is a modern kitchen staple, but we're also loving the edgy, high-shine look of mirrored islands. In this kitchen designed by Dries Otten, the gold mirrored surface brings some glamour to the playful elements throughout, like the single pendant light, swirls of pink marble, and cobalt blue loft railing above. Oh, and that built-in planter is genius.

Let the Light Pour In
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Clean lines, graphic fixtures, a simple color scheme, and plenty of natural light... This space designed by Arent & Pyke features all the characteristics of a striking and modern kitchen.

Warm It Up
modern brown kitchen

Warm chocolate stone surfaces rule in this kitchen designed by Hecker Guthrie. The smooth and seamless transition from surface to surface creates a soothing visual flow. This monochromatic and moody set-up is perfect in a kitchen with little natural light, as it embraces the existing space and creates a cozy and intimate speak-easy effect.

Have Fun
Orange, Room, Property, Furniture, Cabinetry, Interior design, Kitchen, Architecture, Countertop, Wall,

Since you have to spend most of your time at home, why not make it a fun place to be? Taking notes from this vibrant, playful, and geometric kitchen designed by Dries Otten is a good place to start. It's a bold and contemporary interpretation of classic Art Deco staples.

Make It Disappear
White, Furniture, Room, Floor, Table, Interior design, Chair, Property, Tile, Flooring,

Because this kitchen is exposed to the dining and living room area, Hecker Guthrie chose hardware-free cabinets and a sleek white color so it blends into the background. This way, the pretty baby pink cane chairs and pearly marble table get to shine in the spotlight.

Give It An Edge
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Concrete floors brings an understated edge to this kitchen designed by Studio DB. While classic hardwood panels or fun colorful tiles would also work well in this family home, the sleek grittiness of polished concrete is a welcome surprise. That sculptural light fixture also earns this modern kitchen some style points.

Pick a Strategic Layout
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When you have a small kitchen, you need to be strategic. In this kitchen designed by Hecker Guthrie, the layout is perfect for cooking, there's plenty of story space since the cabinets reach up the ceiling, and the understated bar stools do a nice job transitioning the kitchen space to the dining-living area. The modern circular hood and the countertop surface extending up the wall adds the perfect intrigue.

Add One Pop of Color
White, Room, Property, Furniture, Kitchen, Interior design, Floor, Cabinetry, Countertop, House,

You know the drill: whiter=brighter. Keep everything white, then add in pops of color via serving ware, vases, and flowers. The pops of red break thing up just enough in this kitchen from Leanne Ford Interiors, and we also love the upcycled soup cans for an affordable decor solution channeling pop art.

Hide the Hood
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If a classic stainless steel hood feels too commercial or stark in your space, you don't necessarily have to replace it altogether. In this kitchen, Hecker Guthrie found a clever solution: Hiding it behind a pretty glass encasement. This adds graphic fun and also polishes things off.

Take Risks
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Modern design is streamlined, sure, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for experimentation and bold choices. In modern kitchens in particular, lighting provides the perfect opportunity to play with design and scale. Arent & Pyke clustered a pair of long, narrow, cylindrical pendants to offset the formality of this kitchen, instead of going with a classic pendant light over the island.

Work With Quirks
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If you live in a space that has quirky interior windows (Fun fact: Many old apartment buildings have them because they were built to increase air circulation as a preventative measure against tuberculosis), here's how to make them look intentional and incredibly stylish. In his Brooklyn apartment, Crosby Studios designer Harry Nuriev gets to look through a rose-colored window every day. He used cut-to-size plexiglass from a shop on Canal street, according to Architectural Digest. It's like stained glass, but with a 21st century spin.

Inject a Touch of Warmth
modern white kitchens

While white dominates this modern kitchen designed by Robson Rak, the warm wood surfaces and matte green stools inject the perfect balance of warmth and color.

Play With Asymmetry
Furniture, Room, Interior design, Living room, Property, Bedroom, Wall, Floor, House, Building,

Designed by Arent & Pyke, this kitchen feels like an approachable, family-friendly space while also being modern and fresh. The careful, asymmetrical balance instantly draws our attention, with the hood leaning to the right of the room. This creates a cool contrast with the rest of the neat, linear, and symmetrical placements throughout, from the floating shelf in line with the hood to the light fixture, island counter, and sofa.

Use a Tile Backsplash
modern kitchen ideas

To soften up an industrial kitchen, opt for a subway tile backsplash. This kitchen designed by ETC.etera features edgy concrete floors, a retro red stool, classic black stained-wood cabinetry, an ultra-sleek island, and simple subway tiles. All together, they create an eclectic yet cohesive whole.

Keep It Simple
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To add depth and dimension to an all-white kitchen, opt for texture-rich plaster walls, a statement light, and wooden cabinets, as seen in this space designed by Leanne Ford Interiors.

Install Interior Glass
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When you can't decide between an open and closed floor plan, strike a compromise with interior glass. Here, Hecker Guthrie frames the kitchen with interior partial walls to spread light between both rooms, as well as help transition the kitchen to the rest of the space.

Display Everything
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Opt for exposed floating shelves if you have a collection of glassware, tableware, or ceramic kitchen essentials pretty enough to keep on display. Lean some small-scale framed artwork on the top shelf to create a real (and unexpected) gallery aesthetic.

Anchor With Classic
Countertop, Furniture, White, Room, Kitchen, Interior design, Property, Cabinetry, Table, Floor,

If you're drawn to more timeless and traditional design but also want to give your kitchen some modern touches, look no further. This example from Studio DB strikes the perfect balance. It's also making a strong case for gray, which is cool and calming as opposed to dull and bleak.

Mix Styles
Shelf, Blue, Furniture, Room, Wall, Shelving, Table, Line, Interior design, Desk,

Dries Otten mixes whimsical style with industrial features in this unique kitchen. The stainless steel hood and exposed piping pop against the navy walls, while the striped blue fabric lightens the mood.

Renovate Strategically
eclectic kitchen ideas

Instead of redoing your entire kitchen, choose a few things you want to update for a more modern look. In this Tamsin Johnson-designed kitchen, the concrete accents, architectural lighting, and avant garde artwork help contemporize the more traditional roots of the space without clashing.


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