Modern kitchens are not only sleek but are incredibly functional. The kitchen has always been the heart of the home and with modern kitchens its become far more than just a place to prepare food. In most contemporary designs, the kitchen is a true show-piece.
Most potential home buyers are either turned on or turned off by the home’s kitchen. In many ways the kitchen design has become the focal point of the home’s individuality, style and luxury. The kitchen is often a showpiece and something that deliberately aims to wow.
With modern kitchen’s the motto is certainly to splash out on the use of materials with stone, wood and quality appliances as important design features. The contemporary kitchen aims to do more with less. Less decoration, less color, less texture BUT more quality (or at least the appearance of quality).
While the kitchen has to be functional in terms of preparing food it has another incredibly important function and that is to act as an important living space. I most modern houses an open plan design incorporate the kitchen into the dining room and/or the living room. Most families live around the kitchen space. Its definitely not the closed off space “for the women” that it once was.
Contemporary kitchen designs are dominated by clean lines. White and bright neutral colors are some of the most popular trends and tends to work really well for apartments and smaller homes where you need to create the illusion of spaciousness.
In this collection of contemporary kitchen designs you will see a variety of approaches to the modern kitchen. For some it might look a bit “sterile” while others will absolutely love the sleek and clean contemporary look.
Regardless of your personal tastes, contemporary kitchens make the very most of the latest technologies – whether is be modern appliances, reconstituted stone or even just the use of prefabricated kitchens. You don’t need a big budget or even a big kitchen to incorporate some of these ideas into your own kitchen. The beauty of modern kitchens is that they can be incredibly simple and still be very functional and be a wonderful space to live and cook in.
A very simple kitchen design that uses neutral colors. The island unit contains the cooker with a very modern cooker hood that has a glass lid and the splash back made of mirrors gives the illusion of more space.
A very light color pallet with neutral color joinery that blends seamlessly with the stainless steel appliances. The glass shelf on the bench-top creates a subtle difference to mark out the breakfast/eating area.
This kitchen has some traditional elements but the plain colors and simple detailing gives it a unique contemporary touch. The monochrome colors and the freestanding cooking unit is very much in style at the moment.
Recessed cupboards with built-in appliances “hides” the majority of the kitchen. The island unit is very minimalist with the wooden eating platform as a nice touch to define the eating area and a great offset to the otherwise cold stone bench top.
The high gloss finish on the cabinets gives a very sleek look and the absence of any door handles adds a lot to the sharp modern look. The wooden details gives it some much needed warmth and adds a splash of color to the otherwise monochrome color scheme.
A very modern design, this kitchen has a sense of nostalgia with the dark wood color of the cabinets. The rounded edges adds a bit of Art Nouveau but overall the look is very contemporary with the central island unit and cooker hood. The high level appliances is very well positioned and allows the kitchen to make full use of its natural light.
While this kitchen is definitely inspired by country kitchens, it has a very distinct contemporary look. The color scheme is very subdued and the plain white carpentry along with the pale wooden floor makes it modern but with a lot of warmth and homeliness.
A very simple kitchen design that makes the most of its limited space. By lifting the overhead cupboards it allows the living room to flow into the kitchen. Using glass cupboards also allows natural light into the kitchen. The central circular table adds some much needed bench space and doubles as a breakfast area.
A very sleek and modern kitchen that cleverly uses different colors. The kitchen itself is done in a warm dark timber while the eating area uses the same design but in white. This creates a clear distinction in space while maintaining design continuity.
A beautiful example of a monochrome color scheme. The all-white kitchen is broken up with a dark wood detail that matches the floor. Some hints of subtle color also contributes to making the space feel very warm and inviting.
A very basic design that’s very functional. The island unit contains both the sink and the cooker unit with a simple beech wood and black stone bench tops. This allows ample preparation space and also allows for seating. The height of the space and the open plan makes the kitchen flow beautifully into the rest of the house.
A very spacious kitchen is not always a good thing. It can easily be “too big”. In this case the use of dark colors is perfect and the combination of the dark cabinetry with the stone bench tops work really well with the dark floors. Pay attention to the handles – its what makes it look very contemporary.
A very contemporary kitchen with some hints of a more rustic style. The heavy wooden elements lends itself to rustic style kitchens while everything else about it is very contemporary. The crisp stainless steel elements and the mosaic tiles on the splash-backs are very much in style.
A very contemporary design with a lot of metal surfaces. All the cabinetry is done in a style to match the appliances and is relatively neutral. The floor is particularly interesting as its the only element that adds some warmth. The large window allows for enough natural light to get away with so many “cold” surfaces.
This kitchen is far from being ultra modern, but the layout and basic design principles makes it a good example of having a modern layout with a more classic feel. The use of the same stone for both the bench tops and the splash back as well as having the stainless steel appliances and the central island unit makes it a truly contemporary kitchen.
Symmetry is a really important part of design. Modern spaces tends to be very much about balance and symmetry and this is a perfect example. It makes optimal use of the space and the island forms the main focus of the space .
Using hard reflecting cabinets should be used with caution as it can look very cold. In this case the offset with the bright white splash-back and the warm colors of the lower level cabinets works incredibly well. The bench-top on the island unit is very interesting and overall this is a very modern design.
Not all modern kitchens have to be white! While this is very contemporary with the recessed appliances and the clean lines, the choice of cabinets and lighting gives it a sense of warmth that’s not always present in modern kitchens.
The added detail to the cabinetry creates a bit more shadow on the surfaces to soften the look. The color scheme is still very contemporary and the choice of large floor tiles and leather seats adds a lot to the modern feel of the space.
If you have to opportunity to expose any raw brickwork then you should grab it with both hands. It adds that rustic look and in this case the combination of the all-white cabinetry looks really homely even though its very modern. By using a different color cabinets on the high level it allows the dark edge on the bench-tops to continue all the way around.
A kitchen that makes full use of its space. The long island unit forms the focus of the kitchen with the wooden eating area adding a different touch to the rest of the kitchen that’s very modern. The lighting under the high-level cupboards helps to accentuate the splash back tiles.
A kitchen that’s blessed with a lot of natural light. The cabinetry is very clean with minimal joints and a seamless modern look. The white Formica bench tops has a rounded edge that helps to soften it but the continuous surface of the island unit gives it that distinct modern look.
Combining the island unit with a table is both smart and modern. The kitchen has a lot of reflective surfaces and the marble table, warm floors and the splash of color to the wall makes it feel very inviting. The Phillipe Starc chairs adds an extra designer touch.
Using different cupboard styles can be risky but if its all designed together then it can work really well. In this case the high level cupboards has a frame-less design with elegant joints and no hardware on the doors. The design is mimicked in the island unit which helps to tie the whole space together.
Contemporary kitchens does not have to follow the script of being white and/or monochrome. A more quirky design is definitely an option. The tiled wall, combined with the black bench-top and yellow cupboards may seem like a bit of a mismatch but it certainly combines well. Its a look that could get dated and it may put some buyers off though so its something to think about if selling is on the cards for you.
Maximizing natural light into any kitchen space is crucial. The dark floor and dark wood in this kitchen certainly won’t work that well without the big window. The island unit has some beautiful detail and the wooden top is certainly worth the money.
People who are apposed to modern kitchens can usually be swayed with this! Using splashes of color can really liven up the kitchen which is otherwise very sterile. The way that the black, white and grey elements are used though is very clever and it has a very clean and sophisticated look but the color breaks it up beautifully.
This kitchen has a lot of warms – partly because of the warmth of the floor but the fact that the island unit gets a totally different treatment than that of the rest of the kitchen was a really smart move.
The use of wallpaper in a kitchen is probably quite controversial but you have to agree that it works really well in this space. Framing the cupboards with a continuous line from the benches is very modern and the recess of the wooden cabinets looks amazing. The splash of color with the bar stools is also a very nice touch.
Definitely not everybody’s cup of tea but if you are brave enough then this can pay off for you. Its a high gloss cabinet finish and the reflections can make the space feel a bit cold. The bright color does break that up quite nicely and the monochrome design is really contemporary.
A very interesting layout with the kitchen almost completely contained in the u-shape island unit. The cupboards in the back are built-in to give the seamless look of being part of the wall. The sink as well as the appliances are all contained in the island.
Another kitchen design that’s slightly different to most contemporary designs. It has a lot of rustic elements, like the floorboards and the wall paneling but the stainless steel and wooden cupboards provides a very unique and contemporary offset.
A perfect example of a contemporary kitchen design. Long, sharp lines, frame-less cupboards, monochrome color scheme and large stone floor tiles. A few splashes of color with decorations but overall the design just “disappears” in the room.
It does take some bravery to opt for cabinetry that has a pattern but it can pay off. This kitchen is very simple in its design with all the typical modern features. Its the interesting pattern on the cupboards that adds that sense of fun and playfulness.
Open shelves is not really that popular anymore and tends to belong more in country kitchens. The use of materials and the suspended open shelves however makes this kitchen look very modern. Open shelves allow you to add a sense of warmth and livability that makes the kitchen more inviting.
A typical monochrome design that works incredibly well with the dark floor boards. The slight hint of color in the floor adds a sense of warmth and more than anything its the mosaic tiles from the splash-back that makes this kitchen design a success.
A high open plan space is a great opportunity allow light to flow through the kitchen and dining area. What this kitchen does well is to blend in with the rest of the space which is important when dealing with an open plan kitchen. Its also important to make use of pendant lights when you deal with high spaces as it helps to bring down the scale of the space.
Introducing artwork in the kitchen can make a huge difference. This kitchen as a very simplistic design with most of the colors just white and off-white. The 2 artworks adds a splash of color that totally transforms the look of the kitchen.
A very unique design, this kitchen uses a wall panel that has a continuous texture. The up lights and down lights work really well with the shadows on the textured panel while the single L-shaped cupboard in a different color breaks up the space completely.
Long narrow kitchens can be difficult to design. The long bench top with a big window saves this kitchen. The warm color of the floor works really well with the black and white design while the single red light fitting adds that sense of interest.
Built-in cupboards and appliances is very contemporary and gives that seamless look. The use of the marble for the island unit is probably not the ideal choice but the rest of the kitchen works really well – especially the addition of the glass cupboards.
Another great example of hidden cupboards and appliances. The cabinetry has a seamless look with minimal joints and you can hardly see where the cupboards and drawers are. This design works particularly well in this space with the open rafters adding a sense of space.
A very simple monochrome design with clean lines . Note how the bench-tops divide the space vertically and how everything below blends in with the floor. Its a great way to make the space feel bigger and the taller white cabinets helps to raise the space vertically,
In a large open plan, having an island unit can really help to make the space usable. This kitchen is very neutral and the materials all blend in very well with the overall color scheme. Having the floor finish run through also helps to tie the space together. The pendant lights help to bring the scale down and ads an important focal point in the kitchen.
Marble is really expensive and when you do decide to use it you have to make the most of it. These marble tops work incredibly well with the choice of wood and the patterns of both play off against each other. the seating nook by the window is a nice touch while the chandelier is both modern and eclectic.
Don’t be afraid to use color! This is a perfect example of how to do it. By limiting it to a small area its not overpowering. The central cooker unit in the island is a very modern feature and the thin stone bench tops adds that distinct contemporary style.
A small kitchen that makes the most of its space. Its a typical “corridor kitchen” and the style of the cabinetry is very contemporary. The bright white bench tops plays off really well with the warm choice of wood. The stove/cooker forms a real showpiece and you can tell this kitchen is designed for some more serious cooking.
Using wrap-around bench tops at an island unit ads a great design feature and is very contemporary. Off setting it with the dark wooden cabinets provides a great contrast and the sharp seamless cupboards ads to the sleek look.
Incorporating a fire place into any kitchen is a genius idea. With open plans its certainly possible to have a shared fireplace like this one. The minimalist design of the kitchen is perfect with the open plan and the mesh chairs ads a distinct contemporary feel.
Pay attention to the use of tiling on the floors. The tiles are used to help define the kitchen space with the cupboards in the same style but different colors on the higher and lower levels. The wooden dining table wraps around the island unit and the fact that its in a completely different style gives it something special. The unique pendant lights also ads a focal point to the design.
A very simple design that’s a great example of modern cabinetry. The joints are very small and the hardware on the doors are almost completely hidden. The splash back is a glazed tile and the slight variations in color helps to break up the monotonous color scheme.
Black cabinets are very dramatic and works very well in this case with the very pale floors. Marble bench tops also work really well with black cabinets. The transparent cabinets also acts as a great mechanism to break up the cupboards.
Small kitchens can feel very spacious if there’s enough natural light. The large recessed stainless steel sink is a great design feature and by doing the island unit in a different style it also helps to break up the space. The surrounding wall on the window uses a very interesting rectilinear mosaic tile that can be used on splash backs as well.
The open shelving and heavy wooden elements on the island unit gives this a rustic and even country feel but sharp edges and monochrome colors makes it distinctly contemporary. Again, the island become an important part of the functionality of the kitchen and has a cooker and sink as well as a breakfast area.
This kitchen has a lot of elements that makes it more of a country kitchen than a modern one. The style of the cabinetry is an eclectic mix of country and modern and the pendant lights and roof fans are also very eclectic. It goes to show that you can use modern elements in a more traditional kitchen.
This bench top has the wrap around effect and is done in a reconstituted stone. It adds a great design feature. The choice of tiles for the splash back is a bit disjointed but overall its a very clean design.
A contemporary design with the use of some more classic materials. The marble bench tops and the choice of wood for the cupboards are quite classic but the clean lines and monochrome color scheme makes it distinctly contemporary. The added stainless steel table and furniture mirrors the appliances to help tie the different elements together.
A very plain white modern kitchen can be transformed with a bold choice of colors. Like many contemporary kitchens, separating the higher and lower level cupboards bu using different colors work really well. The royal blue ads a lot of warmth and breathes life into this kitchen.
The subtle use of off-white helps to give this kitchen a warmer feel. Its distinctly contemporary in design with the white and grey design. The clever use of down lights makes it feel very bright and airy.
A very open U-shaped kitchen that’s designed around functionality. Its dominated by a large oven with an industrial sized gas hop and cooker hood. The majority of the storage space is open shelving while the cupboards are in a very inexpensive treated pine.
A very simple kitchen design with plain white cabinets set against a tiled splash back. The island unit does a lot of the work and acts as both work-space and eating area. The design of the island is very different from the rest of the kitchen which makes it a distinct focal point and blends it with the adjoining dining area.
This all-white kitchen with stainless steel appliances would have looked a lot less warm and cozy was it not for the clever lighting and the open shelves. The chairs at the island unit adds a distinctly homely feel to an otherwise very sterile design and overall it really feels like a very social space.
The reflective nature of polished black stone combined with the large stainless steel double fridge ads quite a lot of hard reflective surfaces that can easily feel cold. Thanks to the choice in flooring, the warm lighting and some minor decorative elements this kitchen really does work incredibly well from a design perspective.
By combining a more traditional style of cabinetry with contemporary elements gives this kitchen a the best of both worlds. The tiles for the splash back is very contemporary and so is the choice the cooking unit in the island. The4 cooker hood forms a very central design feature that incorporates lighting.
Dark floors with a bright white kitchen is very contemporary. The use of a stainless steel kickplate that’s recessed helps to give the appearance of floating elements. Using a different color for the island unit helps to create a focal point and the open shelves helps to liven up the otherwise sterile look.
Long, clean and seamless lines makes this a perfect example of a contemporary kitchen design. The recessed skirtings gives the appearance of floating elements and framing the wooden elements with a thin white line adds to the sleekness of the design. Having the appliances built into the cupboards helps to keep the design uncluttered.
By using the same stone for both the bench tops and the splash backs, it helps to break up this very tall space. By adding some decorative elements above the cupboards makes use of the extra ceiling height without distracting from the design of the kitchen.
An open plan kitchen that seamlessly blend into the rest of the house. All the cupboards are built in along with the appliances and almost completely hides everything that makes it a kitchen. The clever use of wood acts as a great foil to the predominantly white design to add some warmth and color.
Some really fine cabinetry and the unique choice of wood gives it a very contemporary look. The built in appliances and lack of door handles makes this a very sexy kitchen. The brushed stainless steel cooker hood is very unique and adds a lot to the overall look of the kitchen.
A very smart layout which has the appliances built into the cupboards (on the left). The rest of the cabinetry provides a lot of open shelves and the plants and books adds a sense of livability and liveliness to the kitchen design.
The feature wall does have an unusual color but it does work well with the floor. The really smart thing is that the cabinets does not extend down to the floor and allows the wall to continue down behind. The use of down lights further adds to this very modern feature.
A kitchen that’s pure contemporary indulgence. The sleek cupboards with built in appliances looks incredibly crisp and along with the very thin stone bench tops and intersecting island this kitchen ticks all the boxes when it comes to contemporary kitchen design!
The use of grey kitchen cabinets can be quite dull but the way its used with the wooden insets really livens it up and adds a sense of warmth. The most amazing part of this design is the island unit and how the seating bench wraps around the island to create a functional dining area. The use of the colorful chairs helps to add some color and livens up the space.
A wonderfully simple kitchen design that makes great use of color. The green cabinets on the island unit plays off perfectly with the wallpaper. Wallpaper is not that common in kitchen but in this design the floral pattern subtly picks up the different colors used in the kitchen while the floral pattern is also picked up by the two chandeliers over the island unit.