Keeping Things Fresh
The kitchen sees a lot of action—the sleepy shuffle for morning coffee, hectic grab-and-go breakfasts, slapdash weeknight dinners, leisurely weekend gatherings, and frenzied hours spent preparing holiday feasts. That’s why it’s important to give your kitchen the design attention it deserves. This roundup of modern kitchen ideas is filled with inspiration for giving a fresh face to that crucial hub—and heart—of the home.
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Pops of Color on the Cabinets
Natural Wood Beams
Family members and guests alike will feel more relaxed in a kitchen that incorporates natural materials. Accent a modern kitchen island with wicker seating for greater comfort, laid-back energy, and an infusion of organic texture.
A cozy breakfast nook increases functionality and introduces a sense of intimacy into a spacious kitchen. This clean-lined booth would be perfectly at home in a trendy restaurant, yet its blue-gray color scheme, warm wood surfaces, and chandelier tie it into the aesthetic of the surrounding room.
Distinctive Light Fixtures
For a kitchen dressed in beautiful cherry wood, from the cabinets to the curvaceous island to the bar top, a modern touch is surely needed! In this luxe kitchen, that contemporary sensibility comes from an expanse of charcoal-hued countertops.
This glamorous modern kitchen is filled with opulent flourishes like gold hardware, romantic lighting, and rich colors. A luxurious tile backsplash amps up the drama even more and provides a smart strategy for freshening up a kitchen without having to resort to wholesale changes.
Waterfall Countertop Edge
In a waterfall countertop, the countertop material continues over the edge and runs down to the floor. This “flowing,” undeniably modern look helps cut down on hard edges in the kitchen, creates a focal point, and provides visual continuity. It also helps protect base cabinets, conceal storage, and make cleaning easier.
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