Modern Kitchens Still Have Plenty of Personality

Picture smooth stone countertops devoid of small appliances and whatever else accumulates in the kitchen atop cabinets without any fussy, dated detailing and appliances so sleek they almost disappear. These days, nothing sounds dreamier than a modern kitchens with streamlined design and absolutely no clutter.

But for some, the term “modern kitchen” conjures visions of a personality-less space that can come across as cold or sterile, even austere. Happily, we’re here to poke holes in that perception with these designer modern kitchens that prove minimalist design can be warm and inviting especially depending on surface material and finish selections for kitchen countertops, backsplashes, and flooring. Minimalist lighting can also go along way towards streamlining the look and feel of a kitchen. In fact, thoughtful design of modern kitchens can allow more homeowner personality to shine even in small kitchens as kitchen elements take a backseat to personal ones like art and other collections.

Whether you prefer a white kitchen or a kitchen with color, you’ll find kitchen decor ideas. Here for every aspect of designing the ideal cookspace for you. From kitchen lighting ideas and cabinet ideas to barstools and kitchen island ideas.

1. Bold Tile

Designer Ellen Hamilton proves modern is bold with her vision for this colorful Florida kitchen. Fornace Brioni tile (Clé) ascending the walls and a plaster and gesso chandelier (Codor Design) artful graphic dimension to the space.

2. Modern Breakfast Nook

At the 2020 Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas, designer Chad Dorsey outfitted the hard-working prep kitchen with all the comforts needed for the ultimate WFH space: a beautiful desk and a sunny breakfast table complete with a plush sofa that tucks into a scultural arched alcove.

The island, finished in brushed brass panels, features an undermount sink for a more streamlined design. The room is finished with a Trove wallcovering on the ceiling to serve as a faux skylight.

3. Elemental Wood

Dark-stained beams and interlocking white oak floor tiles from Jamie Beckwith add just a hint of rustic warmth to this serene white kitchen in a Naples, Florida, retreat designed by Celerie Kemble.

4. Metallic Finishes

At this Hamptons beach house, designer Alex Papachristidis stuck to a palette of ivory, white, silver, and gold. In the kitchen, Soane Britain’s polished brass-trimmed yacht table lends ship-shape style under a brass leaf Tommaso Barbi chandelier (circa 1970).

5. Large-Scale Art

Forgoing upper cabinetry can make a small cook space feel larger. In this Paris apartment, designers Raphaël Le Berre and Thomas Vevaud installed a large piece of art in place of shelves or cabinetry along one wall. Tractor stools from BassamFellows maintain a low profile while simple cabinetry crafted of black melamine wood reinforces the streamlined style. A cluster pendant light with smokey glass globes picks up on the cookspace’s charcoal and black tones.

6. Open Shelving

For this small kitchen in a Palm Beach apartment, designer Campion Platt took color cues from the setting: white tile backsplash, light sand-colored cabinetry, and bleached wood-toned floor tiles from Daltile. The minimalist open shelves makes it easy for guests to serve themselves. The vent hood and refrigerator are from KitchenAid, and the sink fittings are Dornbracht.

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