Shannon Wilson. Kitchen. December 06th , 2020.
You know the modern formula already: clean, open, minimal, functional. But you may not know how to make the sleek design aesthetic have character, be family-friendly, or even a little bit colorful. Whether you want to go full-on mid-century or have something a little more contemporary, let these modern kitchens inspire you to think outside the farmhouse box.
Stone Center / The Size Inspiration for a mid-sized modern porcelain floor eat-in kitchen remodel in Atlanta with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets and an island Like the slab cabinets and island counter that wraps down.
Rather than committing to painting your cabinets or choosing a crazy-colored appliance, infuse color through your accessories, like in this kitchen space, which features light blue and red accents. Keep the kitchen cozy and full of style with a vibrant vintage-style rug, like this one from Canary Lane, photographed for Instagram in the kitchen of stylist Carlay Page Summers. For a narrow galley-style kitchen, go with a runner, or try a smaller 3′ x 5′ for something more square and compact.
This kitchen is a lesson in how gray can be cool and calming, rather than dull. The minimalist cooking space blends statement lighting with a geometric backsplash to keep it feeling fresh, modern, and fun.
Ultra glossy kitchens tend to look a bit Euro-mod, but there’s no denying the reflective (read: light-bouncing) properties it offers. This inviting space brings shine thanks to a glossy subway tile backsplash. When you’re a renter, it’s not always feasible to add on-the-wall shelving, even if they are incredibly useful for expanding your surface area. One of our Design Editor’s go-to solutions to this? A cheap baker’s rack, like this one from Target.
Keep it sparse and simple. All you need to add some dimension to an all-white kitchen is wooden counter stools, and maybe a solitary plant leaf.
When you have just a few cabinet doors and a small stretch of countertops, your best bet for making a decorative splash just might be your refrigerator. This homeowner didn’t let size get in the way of showcasing artwork in this teeny kitchen. In fact, he took the opportunity to let oversized art shine. The ’70s are alive and well in this retro kitchen, whose chartreuse color palette and simple cabinetry give off a groovy feeling. Should you have a small dated kitchen you’re not too happy about, try leaning harder into its era to really make the most of it.
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