20 Modern Kitchen Ideas for a Beautiful, Streamlined Space

The roomy work zone gives the chef elbow room and counter space, while the island and adjacent eating area provide spots for guests to chat. A shiplap ceiling, white cabinets, and touches of color amplify the cozy atmosphere. Kitchen islands are a place to perfect your cooking skills as well as enjoy the delicious outcome.


As the name suggests, this kitchen is shaped like the letter L, with two walls forming a 90-degree angle. The L-shaped kitchen typically has a lot of counter space, making it ideal for cooking and entertaining. It also provides easy access to all kitchen appliances, saving time when preparing meals. This kitchen design is often used in homes with limited space, as it is a very efficient way to use the available space. This black-and-white kitchen from Becca Interiors has a minimalist feel with its clean lines, sleek flat-front cabinetry, waterfall edge island, and two-tone cabinetry that runs all the way up to the ceiling. Michelle Berwick Design paired vertical stacked terracotta tiles on the kitchen island with coral base cabinetry and a scalloped hood vent in this modern cottage kitchen.

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The overall look of your kitchen lighting should complement the kitchen’s style, too obviously. Fell in love with a piece of vintage furniture but just can’t make it work in its current space? You would be surprised what you can make work – use a chest of drawers to store pans, an old shelving unit for cookbooks, or a console table for your best crockery.

  • We removed half the full wall between the Living Room and Kitchen, and built an arched opening to make the space seem like it had always been there.
  • It’s also a great way to add character and individuality,’ says Richard Davonport, Managing Director of Davonport.
  • Recreate this look by pairing timber veneer cabinets with white benchtops and chrome handles.
  • Light woods like birch, ash, and pine are often used in these kitchens to create a sense of openness and bring an organic warmth into the space.
  • Hanging items from the ceiling of a small kitchen is another way to maximize the space.

April Gandy is the principal designer at Alluring Designs Chicago, a full-service luxury interior design firm offering design services for residential and commercial interiors primarily in the Chicagoland area. Another term for this trend is a “dirty kitchen,” which can be a secondary full-sized or partially equipped space to promote functionality and a more beautiful main room. “We are pushing our clients to consider dual work triangles, one zone for prep & clean-up and one zone for cleaning and service,” says Cogar. “These zones may overlap, but thinking through a kitchen layout for these two specific functions can increase functionality and provide purpose to the aesthetics.”