The sleek, clean lines recognizable in modern kitchen design can easily become boring without visual texture and character. One way to infuse personality is with a monochrome color palette, like this dark gray kitchen by Kureck Jones. Textured floor tile and the use of multiple materials on the island, including a butcher block topper and brass hardware, keep the space from feeling too stark or cold.
Another easy way to add interest is with a mix of cabinetry styles, which allows for more personalization in a modern kitchen design. For example, shaker-style doors are popular for their simplicity, but some homeowners prefer a bolder look. In those cases, NKBA member Catherine Deutschlander of CW Design PLLC suggests a slimmer version of the Shaker door style to give the kitchen a modern update.
Even accessories can build on a modern aesthetic by employing bold colors and geometric shapes. Take note of this playful kitchen by Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury for inspiration: purple counter stools and a colorful runner tie in the red-orange cabinets and gold hardware, while an abstract art piece adds a bright pop of color to an otherwise simple space.
A modern kitchen can also incorporate a mix of metallic accents, such as the brass rail on this built-in breakfast bar by Luxury Home Builders Regal American Homes. This subtle detail elevates the standard kitchen shelving ideas and ties in with the brass faucet and lighting throughout the room. Alternatively, opt for a matte black finish on the cabinet hardware and fixtures to create an industrial-inspired look. modern kitchen design