Over the last decade, Australians have embraced open-plan homes for cooking, entertaining, and relaxing. With that being the case, it’s no surprise the kitchen has become the central hub of the home. Gone are the days when the kitchen was simply a place to make food – it’s now a multi-function space that facilitates conversation, caters to guests, and looks fabulous all at the same time. So with this in mind, where do you begin when it comes to designing a modern kitchen?
The latest trends reveal that the most popular modern kitchens incorporate clever, concealed storage, pewter and gunmetal hardware, open shelving, vintage touches, use of wood, coloured cabinetry and contrasting textures, to name a few details.
But two distinct styles that are real standouts of late are the modern country and mid-century designs. A modern country kitchen exudes warmth and homeliness. Think hard-wearing timber benches or stone surfaces and porcelain sinks paired with classic kitchen cabinetry. The mid-century modern kitchen design takes its cues from colourful appliances, patterned countertops and flat-front cabinetry paired with retro accessories and more traditional elements.
The best part about these styles is that they both have sticking power. Using a modern country or mid-century modern design will leave you with a kitchen that will last the test of time.
So, if you’re ready for something new, read on for 50+ modern kitchen designs.
1. Quirky lights
Create a bold statement in your modern kitchen by hanging brass lantern-like lights from the ceiling. These mid-century-inspired pieces look fabulous in a monochrome kitchen like this one. And you can easily incorporate touches of brass in other parts of the kitchen – like handles on drawers and cabinets.
2. A statement rangehood
Rangehoods are one of the most forgotten parts of the kitchen, so they often end up looking old, outdated and worse for wear. But this one is a sure exception. It’s black, it’s bold, and it makes a huge statement in this mid-century kitchen. By recreating this look, you can create a pretty impressive feature piece in your kitchen.
3. Modern country kitchen
This light-filled kitchen has all of the hallmarks of a modern farmhouse kitchen. The exposed original timber beam and hanging brown lights add just the right amount of ‘old’, while the slick marble benchtop and white cabinets inject a whole lot of ‘new’ to this space.
4. Dark cabinets
A country kitchen doesn’t just have to be light and bright, it can incorporate darker shades too. And this one does this so well. The dark cabinets look great contrasted against the white square-tiled wall. And the timber shelf and white wall combination keeps the space looking light and fresh.
If you want to change your kitchen, you can always look at painting your cabinets to refresh your kitchen.
5. Grey on white
If you’re looking for a beautiful country style kitchen that’s modern and clean, then you can’t go past this design. Grey is a classic colour that you’ll love for years to come. I love the grey tiled feature wall and the cute grey stools. And the black elements make this space just a little bit modern.
6. Modern timber kitchen
Timber is a key colour in any country style kitchen. But have you ever considered combining multiple shades of timber? This kitchen does, and it looks so good! The tones of timber work well together because the lighter shade is warm while the darker shade is cool. And together, they create the perfect balance.
7. Marble and light timber
Marble is a key component of most modern kitchens. But while it looks good with a single block colour, it looks striking next to a soft, light shade of timber like this one. And the wooden utensils and fruit bowls on the bench add character and homeliness to the space.
8. Decorate with personal pieces
This kitchen looks like an inviting place to sit around the bench with some friends. And that’s because it incorporates personal elements that make it feel that way. For example, there’s the joy sign on the bench, the colourful bowls on the floating timber shelves, and the small art print on the wall. It’s these little touches that make all the difference in your space.
So, when it comes time to decorate your kitchen, think about what elements you can add to your space to make it feel more like you!
9. Mosaic tiles
If you want to make a bold statement, then go all out with funky tiles! These blue-and-white floral tiles really are the show stoppers in this kitchen. And they match perfectly with the lovely blue detailed cabinetry. The ceiling lights top off the space with a mid-century edge, making it feel formal and fancy.
10. Modern island
This isn’t your typical kitchen island. In fact, it’s a whole lot smarter than the usual island because it incorporates space for storage and room for sitting. And the upholstered grey stools add elegance to this relaxed country-style space.
11. Clean marble
It doesn’t get much more modern than this! If you want your kitchen to look sophisticated (and expensive), go all out with marble. I love how this kitchen design uses two different cuts of stone – there’s the darker grey option on the bench with the sink, and then there’s the lighter white-and-grey splashback behind the rangehood. Together, they look stunning!
12. Blue-green cabinets
If you love a splash of colour, then don’t leave your modern kitchen white and bland. Choose a statement colour and use it for your cabinets. This blue-green colour is absolutely beautiful, and it instantly makes this space feel calm and relaxing.
13. Blue on blue
If blue is your thing, then layer it on with two different shades of blue. Soft blue and navy blue make for a great combination. Just take this room, for example. Navy has been used for the cabinets while light blue has been used as the base paint colour on the walls.
14. White with pops of colour
On the other hand, if you prefer an all-white kitchen but like a little touch of colour, this design might be for you. A white modern kitchen is the right choice for you if you prefer something that’s low maintenance, that will look good for years to come, and that you can dress up with different kinds of decor. In this case, the hanging lights provide pops of colour with blues, pinks, and purples.
15. Dark and moody
Go to the dark side of life with an all-black or grey-style cabinet. This is a very sophisticated design that will look fantastic in a large kitchen space. The key to making a black design look good is to pair it with lighter colours (see the white-grey splashback and checkered tiles) and to allow plenty of light to filter into the room through large windows.
16. Metallic gold
Take your kitchen design to the next level with a metallic gold feature bench. I’ve got to admit, this is my favourite design yet. I’m a sucker for all things gold, and this kitchen does the job for me! While the gold is a bold feature piece, it doesn’t feel too overbearing because it’s paired with heaps of white cabinetry and timber flooring.
17. Clean and fresh
If you prefer to keep things stripped back and simple, then this marble and white kitchen design might be the one for you. What I like about this style is that, while it’s one colour, the cabinets are anything but boring. The carved detailing in the cabinets makes them unique!
18. A pop of red
Modern kitchens can sometimes get a bad rap for being too bland or monochrome. But this space is different! While the kitchen is fairly simple in its design, the red-orange chairs in front inject life and colour into the room.
19. Open shelving
If you’ve got a few special pieces that you want to show off to the world, then it’s worth considering open shelving. Now, you don’t have to do this for every cupboard in your kitchen. As you can see, this kitchen has one open cabinet, while the other two are closed. This means you can enjoy the best of both worlds – put your pretty items on display on one side, and cover up your mess on the other!
20. Handy butcher block
A butcher block countertop is a low-cost, simple countertop that gives a kitchen a cottage-style feel. In this case, it makes this very modern white-and-black kitchen feel a little more farmhouse-like. Apart from its looks, a butcher block is a really practical addition!
21. Dark timber accents
When I see dark timber in a kitchen, I immediately think about a country-style home. And this one is no exception. In fact, I think it’s one of the most beautiful farmhouse kitchens I’ve ever seen. I love how the timber has been thoughtfully placed – around the rangehood, in the shelving, with the stools, and with the framing around the bench – to add a lovely accent to all of the white.
22. Spice shelves
If you’ve got a spare corner in your kitchen, then why not put it to use with a handy spice shelf? This three-part shelf simply floats on the wall and provides easy access to every spice you could ever need. No more hunting around the kitchen cupboard – everything is within arm’s reach!
23. Green island
Add colour to your modern country kitchen with a statement island like this one. And make it even more practical by adding beautiful brown leather chairs. That way, you can host people around your kitchen bench!
A key feature of today’s modern homes is that they have plenty of lighting and usually functional lighting at that. And this kitchen is a great example of how lighting can make such a huge difference to your space. Simple down lighting above the island completely brightens up the kitchen. This is combined with lighting in the top of the cabinets, and lighting underneath the cabinets facing the bench.
25. Vintage rug
The addition of a simple rug, like this one, can take your modern kitchen space from being just another part of your house to being a gorgeous country-style oasis. Yes, oasis! Because your kitchen doesn’t just have to be about cooking. It can also be about entertaining and relaxing with family and friends.
26. Open plan living
Today’s new homes are built to allow for open plan living. So when it comes to your kitchen, it’s important to consider how you can keep a consistent flow throughout your room. Make your kitchen fits in with your open plan living by adding stools along your bench, and using consistent design styles throughout multiple areas.
27. Dark countertop
A dark countertop is a sure way to make your kitchen look more modern. But to weave in a bit of character, choose a countertop that has texture and grain to it, like this one!
28. Small modern kitchen
You can perfect the modern country style in any size kitchen space. This kitchen includes all of the important elements. You might not realise it at first because it’s all in the same colour, but there’s a lot going on in this kitchen. Render, tiles, decorative architraves, timber flooring and marble – but it works because your eyes are immediately drawn to the gold pendant lights.
29. Wall lights
While all types of lighting have merit, wall lamps are usually overlooked. If you have a big kitchen space, it’s necessary to include a lot of lighting to brighten it up. And one way to do that is by installing plenty of lights on every spare space on your wall.
30. Farmhouse sink
A porcelain sink is a mainstay of country style kitchens. But just because you make your kitchen modern, doesn’t mean you need to change up the sink. Stick to a porcelain sink but add modern touches, like brass tapware, to bring it into the 21st century.
31. Stainless steel kitchen
When you think stainless steel in a kitchen, you’re probably thinking I’m referring to the countertops or the appliances. But what I mean is an ultra-modern stainless steel kitchen with floor to ceiling cabinetry.
32. Terrazzo kitchen
Nothing screams modern in your home like the use of terrazzo on either the floor, walls or even the kitchen cabinets as you see here.
33. Room for everyone
When you think of country-style kitchens, you probably think of plenty of people around the table, a roast meal, and a good bottle of red. Or, at least I do! But what makes this picture so perfect isn’t the style of the kitchen or the decor, it’s the people gathered around the table.
So, when you’re designing your modern country kitchen, think about how you can add as much seating as possible to the space to make room for everyone!
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34. White timber stools
This home is as modern as it gets. But what I really love about the kitchen is the addition of white timber stools. In a space that’s so slick and polished, timber touches, natural or painted, add an element of homeliness in a darker space.
35. Tiny modern kitchen
This kitchen is so adorable! While it’s small, it packs in everything you could need, including a gorgeous four-seater round table cleverly positioned next to a window seat. The lights take their cues from mid-century design, while bohemian style has been integrated with the rattan rug and placemats on the table.
36. Bespoke kitchen design
With no hard and fast rule around what shape you should use in your kitchen, there’s room for you to experiment! It’s a beautiful mid-century inspired timber piece that extends as a bench on the end to allow for two stools. It’s these kinds of pieces that make your kitchen truly unique. So, as you dream up your modern kitchen design, consider special pre-loved or vintage pieces.
37. Wall art
You don’t have to leave wall art confined simply to the living room, hallway or bedrooms. Why not include your favourite design piece in the centre of the kitchen?
38. Funky lighting
Lighting is a must in any kitchen – but blue light shades? Yes please! These beauties stand out in this nearly all-white modern kitchen. I love that they add a totally different dimension to the style. And take a look at the amazing strip lighting underneath the white cabinets. This is a great addition that not only looks beautiful but is very practical when you’re cooking, too!
39. Mid-century modern kitchen
These beauties are a hallmark of mid-century design. You can’t go wrong with pendant lights because they look good with pretty much every style. I love how brass has been integrated throughout the room in the structure of the lights and the hardware on the cabinets.
40. Modern kitchen colours
These days people are becoming more adventurous with their kitchen colours. From bright shades to pastels and everything in between.
41. Elegant and fresh
This gorgeous country kitchen strikes just the right balance of sophistication and relaxation. The gold details of the tapware, cabinet hardware, and lighting, add a feminine touch, and the stone bench makes the space look very grown-up. I also love the distinct black window frames that create symmetry and another level of depth for the room.
42. Gas stove
Gas has long been the favoured stove of choice for country style homes. It provides better cooking control than other types of stoves. Because a flame doesn’t require any time to warm up or cool down, gas burners allow instant changes in heat, which is convenient for cooking up a feast! Not only that but gas stoves are durable, cost-effective and cookware friendly. So if you want an appliance that’ll last the test of time, think about including one of these in your modern country kitchen!
43. Modern vintage kitchen
If you want something that gives a nod to times gone past but still want to keep up with the times. Take a look at this kitchen for inspiration. It uses rattan in the light, mid-century dining chairs and coloured cabinetry.
44. Rattan stools
This kitchen is a mix of coastal and country style. The all-white backdrop looks very light, fresh, and airy. And the rattan stools add a touch of warmth to the space, making it feel homey.
45. Colourful kitchen design
So you might be thinking of just adding one colour other than a base of white or black. But maybe this image can tempt you to take it a step further and introduce multiple colours and patterns into your kitchen.
46. Modern black and marble kitchen
For a slick modern design, you can’t look past this kitchen. While timber, black and marble may be very different elements, they’re the perfect match. I love how the black is consistent throughout the design – in the marble and in the rangehood.
47. Timber cladding cabinetry
This is a gorgeous modern design which uses both colour and the pattern from the cladding to make a statement.
48. Green fish scale splashback
This is a beautiful adaptation of mid-century and Scandi to create a warm inviting kitchen. The green splashback tiles which match the artwork bring plenty of colour to the room.
49. Polished concrete kitchen floor
Adding a polished concrete floor to your home instantly adds a modern industrial feel and allows you to be really flexible with the other choices that you make for your kitchen.
50. Feature lights
Lucky last is this beautiful modern and mid-century style kitchen. This space truly is a blend of the two. Mid-century design is incorporated with the green pendant lights, wall lamps, and brass touches on the legs of the island. And the country style comes into play with the large round dark timber island and the lovely natural stone vases on top!
What did you think of these modern kitchen designs? I’d love to know which ones you’re going to try in your kitchen. Maybe you’ll add some mid-century lighting, or perhaps you’ll go all out with country-style timber.
Comment and tell me what your biggest takeaway was, and how you’re going to design your kitchen!