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Modern Kitchen Designs

Updated on October 24, 2015

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An inviting kitchen is a source of inspiration for hearty home cooking. But what if your kitchen is the opposite of inviting? Too much clutter can lead to frustration and cooking blunders. A boring kitchen filled with ramshackle cabinets probably won't be much of an inspiration. It's time to revamp your old cooking den and give it a modern look. Make it your big summer project. If your budget won't allow that, just do it little by little. A welcoming atmosphere in your kitchen might encourage that chef in you to shine.

Modern Kitchen Design # 1

Snappy Kitchen Island and A Little Extra Sheen

This kitchen depicts urban liveliness, simplistic luxury and a great deal of elegance. All modern kitchen designs have one thing in common: they all create the sense of ease and splendor without "over-decoration." The kitchen island, cabinets and bar stools of matching color add harmony and orderliness to the room. Red is not a safe choice, but by contrasting it with a neutral shade like white, you can bring about quite a refreshing visual interest. The rows of built-in lamps hidden in the ceiling give the room a neat look while providing plenty of lighting for kitchen tasks. The shiny laminate countertops are both durable and affordable. Plus, it pairs well with the high-sheen tiles.

Before buying a kitchen island, however, you should ask yourself a few questions. Is there going to be enough space for traffic between work zones? Do you really need more counter space or just extra storage? Would a kitchen island improve efficiency in your cooking activities? Or would it only be a new nest for your kitchen clutter? A kitchen island not only serves practical purposes but can also increase the aesthetic quality of the cooking area. By choosing an island of proper size, style and color, it can become a stunning focal point of the room. On the downside, if you let things pile up on it, your mess will also be grandly displayed. For smoother kitchen traffic, the island should be at least 3 feet away from other furniture around it. In case your room has a limited square-footage, try adapting a small dining table or slim-looking dresser into a nifty island.

Modern Kitchen Design # 2

Photo Courtesy of tandemracer, Flickr.com
Photo Courtesy of tandemracer, Flickr.com

Clever Cabinet Design and Material Intermixture

With playfulness in designs and material options, a shoe-box kitchen can turn into a chic cooking arena. Row after row of simple wooden cabinets might make this kitchen look too dull and boxy. The aluminum-framed glass doors help enliven the appearance of those ordinary cabinets. Still boxy, but boxy with style. In addition, the transparent doors allow you to boast your collections of cute kitchen gadgets and charming dinnerware, without having to worry they might get all dusty.

The gray granite countertop nicely contrasts with its laminate red body. That one open shelf between lines of cabinets adds more funkiness to the kitchen geography as well as provides a special "stage" for showing off your best collectibles. Above the refrigerator, deep cubbyholes serve as a lovely wine storage area. This kitchen does not offer a large counterspace; a wine rack might take away quite a bit of valuable work surface. Overall, this room is very well designed for both function and beauty. Although the wooden floor subtly unites the kitchen with other parts of the house, its little platform also does a fine job at marking the cooking realm and creating some sense of exclusiveness.

Modern Kitchen Design # 3

Photo Courtesy of Bradleyolin, Flickr.com
Photo Courtesy of Bradleyolin, Flickr.com

Creative Kitchen Nook and Meals on Wheels

Modern families don't usually own a very big kitchen. Wise home-owners know how to use every single square foot to its best advantage. Instead of getting a traditional dining table, try to find a charming corner and invent your own kitchen nook. In this picture, the empty space under a bay window has been transformed into creative seating for three. The cushions and accent pillows of various colors evoke the artistic sense of "modern misfits." The wheeled table with a pentagonal tabletop nicely complements this quirky design as well as increases versatility of the room. Very chic. Very practical. When the dining time is over, just wheel it away. You can then use this area for other activities rather than dining.

Modern Kitchen Design # 4

Steel Kitchen and A Stylish Sink

What do stainless-steel tiles and appliances remind you of? Restaurant kitchens, right? The "steel kitchen" has become one of the most popular modern kitchen trends due to the professional appearance it creates and loads of abuse it can endure. Modern lifestyles involve fast-paced routines and high demands for convenience. Stainless steel can fulfill those lifestyle needs. It is very low-maintenance and easy to clean. With warm water, mild detergent and a few minutes of wiping, your whole kitchen will look sparkling new again. Besides, it just looks really cool. As simple as that.

Another kitchen fixture that can be an interesting target of spotlight is the sink. Call attention to your kitchen sink with a dramatic and bold design. This oversized deep sink is very practical for a family of more than four. The elegant gooseneck faucet adds a bit of a tailored touch to it. And the marble countertop, in addition to its durability and sturdiness, boasts the "extravagant factor" that can make almost everything else in the kitchen seem expensive as well.

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    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    Thanks! Glad you like these kitchen designs :)

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    iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

    Love that sink! Lot's of good ideas here!

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    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    I agree the first one looks the most modern. Hope you find an ingenious kitchen design soon!

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    Lily 5 years ago

    I only liked the first one the red one. The other ones arent modern enough. I'm looking for something ingenious!

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    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    Thank you. Glad you enjoyed this article. These are not my own designs, though. They're jsut some kitchen designs I have come across and wanted to share.

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    fikremariam 5 years ago

    really, i have a great respect to you. when i see the designs , i feel something special. your designs are wonderful,amazing and enjoyable .

    thanks a lot

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    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    Thanks for the read, comment and vote, UniqueVanities. =D

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    Heather 6 years ago from Ohio

    Great work on this, Om!! As always, you're hubs are an inspiration to read! Really love that funky red kitchen pic at the top! I think people are definitely afraid to add such a bold color to a kitchen. But if done right, any color contrast would provide an immediate fun facelift to any kitchen! As always--up and interesting!

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    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    Thank YOU for the read and kind comment, dusy. :)

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    dusy7969 6 years ago from San Diego, California

    Great hub.I like these design very much.oh realy this design is very amazing and wonderful.I love this picture.So thanks a lot Om Paramapoonya and thanks this good and amazing sharing.

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    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    Thanks, ejenzy. :)

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    ekenzy 6 years ago

    this is a very good design to stay with.

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    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    It is the heart of the home indeed. Thanks so much for dropping by. :)

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    Renee Hanlon 6 years ago from Michigan

    I like your design choices. The heart of the home is the kitchen and it should be inviting and comfortable. Great hub!

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    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    Well, look at your kitchen and decide what you hate the most about it! Are you so sick of the color of the walls? Do you hate the way your counter and cabinets look? Or do you just want to add something new to it? Yeah, start with something you really don't like about your kitchen. Plan how to change that first, and then other ideas will follow. Good luck. :)

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    common woman 6 years ago from chicago

    All of this is so overwhelming!!! I am fully for re-doing my kitchen. I have the man power (a cheap & good construction guy), a friend who works in a furniture store (will give me wholesale prices and chairs & tables), and a little money saved up. I just don't know where to start. Colors, designs, it all looks nice but can I do it?! My kitchen's shape does not help. Living is a big city we sacrafice apartment space. I want something that looks professional and is very functional. I am STRESSING :*(

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    happyturtle 6 years ago from UK

    Superbly packed info. Thanks for creating this.

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    jules47 6 years ago

    Love the designs OM. Thanks Jules

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    Regina Harrison-Barton 6 years ago from South Carolina

    Great designs. It makes it hard to choose.

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    Evgeny unity 6 years ago from Latvia

    Great page!Y liked Modern Kitchen Design # 3, it has it all)

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    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    Thanks. :)

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    ed77burns 6 years ago

    This hub is cool.I like all your kitchen designs.

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    Baijesh Balan 7 years ago

    Wow....stylish

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    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

    @ericosiu - Sure! Will check out your hubs real soon. :)

    @BkCreative - Thanks. A lot of people (including me!) love that red kitchen! :)

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    BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

    Love the red kitchen and the other super modern ideas. I'm in the market - and this is timely information. Thanks a million and rated way up! I'm a big fan now!

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    ericosiu 7 years ago

    I'm a huge fan of complementing my interior design with this feel!! Awesome hub! Hope you can check out mine too!

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    Sid223 7 years ago

    I love the fird photo. It's really great!

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    SquidBuilders 7 years ago

    Great page! I think the red and white kitchen is great!

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    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

    Thanks for the kind comments, guys! :)

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    nms 7 years ago from Cochin

    WOW! Very good kitchen designs

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    febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

    I fell in love instantly with Modern Kitchen #3, I can imagine we're sitting there and enjoy the meal. Just great for me :) Thank you for sharing. Rated Up!

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    trafford 7 years ago from San Diego

    Simply awesome....i just want kitchen to be clean and cool as its shown in picture.

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    Renee 7 years ago

    I love cooking and being able to cook in one of these modern kitchen designs would be great. I also love the little nook...thinking would love to stay there with a book while waiting for everything to be ready. great hub!

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    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

    Thanks, BenB. I really like the first one as well. It's just very simple and practical, but also classy. :)

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    BenjaminB 7 years ago

    Well done Om! People that have no interest in cooking can never truly understand the added excitement a visually stimulating kitchen can bring.Some of your examples,especially the first one would make the kitchen my favorite place to be.

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    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

    @MG - My bf and I just moved into a new apartment (first time living together!). And I've had a lot of fun decorating my place, so I decided to write a few hubs about home decor. That's all. Glad you enjoyed reading them. :)

    @Angel - Thank you! :)

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    Angel 7 years ago

    Superb.........

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    Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

    Wow my friend this hub on modern kitchen designs is really great. Are you going into the design business now? This hub and the bathroom hub has been really cool. :)

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    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

    @Kim - Thanks a lot. :)

    @anglnwu - Thanks! And don't feel guilty for being lazy every once in a while. Doing nothing is a kind of luxury. hehe ;)

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    I've been lazy ever since I took the vacation and now, I'm trying to shake it off by reading your interesting hub. Love your ideas, especially the little nook with mismatch cushions--so cozy, I may even rethink this "giddy-up" and get on with life admonishment. Rated awesome, 'cos it is!

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    kims3003 7 years ago

    Love the choice of photos and the merchandise you suggest with Amazon!! Very well written article with great ideas and suggestions. Very creative.

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    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

    Thank you so much, Bercton and Tracykarl. :)

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    Tracy 7 years ago from San Francisco

    I enjoyed reading this well-written hub. Lots of good ideas and things to think about before revamping ~ Thanks, voted up and useful!

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    Bercton 7 years ago from United Kingdom

    Very nice!!

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    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

    @katrinasui - Thanks!

    @akirchner - Maybe it is time to redesign your kitchen? Even a little furniture rearrangement can make a big difference. Have some fun with it ;-)

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    Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

    Cool hub and lovely designs! Makes me want to redesign my kitchen....

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    katrinasui 7 years ago

    These designs are really amazing.

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    Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

    Nice! Have fun with your new kitchen. Thanks for dropping by :)

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    angelenastanford 7 years ago from Riverview, FL

    Aaaah I LLLOOOOOVVVVVEEEEEEE this article--its amazing, I love mmoderns and my passion is too cook. I cant wait for my first place and to go all out in my kitchen IKEA has great things in there to play with and to decide if its right for your kitchen.