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22 Modern Kitchen Ideas That Are Both Functional and Stylish

Modern Kitchen Ideas - Steel Framed Kitchen by Wren Kitchens
(Image credit: Wren Kitchens)

These modern kitchen ideas will not only complement your home’s existing interior but will provide a stylish, central point where family and friends can gather. 

A brilliant kitchen design will create a space that is practical yet perfect for entertaining too. When designing your kitchen you need to think about how you will use the space as well as the features you want to include, such as:

  • Breakfast bars
  • Kitchen islands
  • Build-in storage
  • Integrated appliances
  • Seating areas
  • Free-standing units and larders
  • Lighting features

From open plan kitchens to loft style kitchens, here are 23 modern kitchen ideas to help inspire your own perfect space.

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1. Mix Marble Finishes with Lots of Natural Light for a Stylish Modern Kitchen Idea 

Modern Kitchen Designs - Styled and Designed by Benchmarx

Holborn gloss light grey kitchen from Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery. Prices start from £2,420 (Image credit: Benchmarx)

This modern kitchen, designed and styled by Benchmarx, blends together a dark patterned marble with high gloss cabinets and lots of light from above. The marble brings the whole kitchen together flowing over the end of the island down to the floor in one sweep (known as a waterfall island), as well as being used as upstands, worktops and a splashback. 

The glazed ceiling also floods the kitchen with lots of wonderful, natural light.

2. Embrace Industrial Style for an Modern Kitchen Idea

Modern Kitchen Ideas - Steel Framed Kitchen by Wren Kitchens

A stunning industrial design from Wren Kitchens, Autograph range (Image credit: Wren Kitchens)

Ultra modern and packed full of style, this kitchen uses a steel frame around the freestanding units, and island, to create an industrial-style space. The dark steel is paired with brushed copper handles, a wooden breakfast bar and a bright white quartz worktop to create a contemporary finish.

3. Create a High-spec Finish with Curved Cabinets

Modern Kitchen Designs by Charlton Island

Curved kitchen supplied, made and styled by Kitch Living Direct (Image credit: Charlton Island)

Functional yet stylish, a curved kitchen design creates an elegant social space with a soft finish.

Curved cabinets are a great child-friendly solution for family homes thanks to the lack of harsh corners.

Styled by Kitch Living Direct, this kitchen features a large rounded central island and rounded wall units all brought to life with lots of light and stainless steel appliances.

4. Use Glazing to Create the Illusion of Space in Your Modern Kitchen Idea

Modern Kitchen Ideas - Windows by IDSystems

IDSystems glass-to-glass window design (Image credit: IDSystems)

This minimalist galley kitchen blends handleless navy cabinets with metro tiles, lots of discreet storage - to keep the space decluttered - some simple yet effective lighting and a dark wooden, and white marble, worktop. 

Plus this kitchen is given the illusion of being bigger than it is thanks to the clever corner floor-to-ceiling window.

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5. The Use of Concrete is a Great Idea for a Modern Kitchen

Contemporary kitchen-diner with shuttered concrete walls

(Image credit: Jack Hobhouse c/o Edgley Architects)

This kitchen in a striking London self build, designed by architect/homeowner Jake Edgley, combines a selection of raw materials including shuttered and polished concrete and timber to create a contemporary style. Elements of gold add a sense of luxury.

6. Vary Ceiling Heights and Expose Steels to Create a Loft-style Kitchen

Open-plan kitchen-diner in contemporary self build with high ceilings and exposed brick walls

(Image credit: Jody Stewart)

Exposed brick, wood and dark colours – complete with varied ceiling heights – help to create a New York loft feel in this self build home. The lack of wall units in the kitchen also helps to keep this space from dominating the open plan arrangement.

7. Embrace Minimalism for a Modern Kitchen Idea

Contemporary white kitchen with rooflight and stone walls

(Image credit: David Barbour)

A glazed link connects the granite stone building to this contemporary kitchen diner in this Highlands home, designed by architect homeowner Stuart Archer. White handleless cabinets help to create a sense of minimalism, while a rooflight above the island helps to bathe the room in natural light.

8. Zoning is Essential for Open Plan Kitchens

Open-plan kitchen-diner in contemporary self build

(Image credit: c/o Adrian James Architects)

In this self build in Oxfordshire, the modern kitchen sits as part of a large open plan space where cooking, dining and relaxing come together — zoned thanks to clever lighting and furniture placement.

High gloss units with contrasting coloured cabinets to the island, with LED lighting strips beneath, showcase modern kitchen design at its finest.

9. A Modern Kitchen Idea is Brought to Life with Lots of Glazing

Contemporary kitchen-diner in glazed extension to a period home

(Image credit: Martin Gardner c/o AR Design Studio)

Situated within a dramatic frameless glass extension, designed by AR Design, to a period home in Hampshire, this Bulthaup kitchen features contemporary grey cabinets and stainless steel worktops, while slip-resistant ceramic floor tiles run seamlessly out to the patio.

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10. Bold Colours Lend Themselves to Modern Kitchen Ideas

Colourful kitchen with large island

(Image credit: Simon Maxwell)

The striking combination of orange and aubergine brings vivid colour to the open plan Effeti kitchen for a playful design, while a curved ceiling effect adds interest in this renovation project in Bath.

11. Try Monochrome Shades for a Subtle Modern Finish

White kitchen-diner in extension

(Image credit: Martin Gardner c/o AR Design Studio)

This new open plan rear extension, designed by AR Design, oozes minimalist style with its monochrome Siematic kitchen from Myers Touch, the colours of which are mirrored in the white walls and Stone & Ceramic Warehouse floor tiles which carry out over the level threshold and on to the garden patio.

12. Embrace Natural Materials for a Modern, Yet Timeless, Kitchen Idea

Kitchen-diner in contemporary glass, timber and stone extension

(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

Natural materials like American white oak and stone lend texture to the handleless white units in this kitchen extension, designed by David Maguire, to a converted mill. A long island and units which span the length of the room lead the eye to the outdoor terrace.

13. Consider a Split-level Kitchen Idea

Contemporary kitchen-diner with large island

(Image credit: Simon Maxwell)

This kitchen within this renovated and extended property in Oxford has been positioned on a higher level to the rest of the open plan dining/sitting area, having originally been two separate rooms, opened up with concealed structural steelwork. Dark worktops here contrast against the white gloss units.

14. Add Discreet Storage to Declutter Your Space

Timber kitchen in extension

(Image credit: Geraint Davis c/o Hamilton-King)

High-quality plywood built-in units have been paired with hardwearing DuPont Zodiaq ‘Cygnus Pearl’ worktops to create a simple but stylish aesthetic in this new kitchen extension, designed by Hamilton-King.

Lower-level units have been finished in high-gloss laminate, while a floor-to-ceiling wall of storage – has a veneer of European oak finished in hardwearing satin lacquer.

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15. An Angular Kitchen Creates a Modern Feel

White kitchen island

(Image credit: David Barbour)

The high-spec Italian curvilinear kitchen island, with integrated appliances, has been angled to face the glazed wall and dramatic views beyond in this contemporary home in Scotland, designed by McInnes Gardner Architects.

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16. A Double Island Will Make Your Kitchen a Sociable Space

Blue kitchen with two kitchen islands

(Image credit: Nigel Rigden)

The Bulthaup kitchen in this contemporary self build on the Cornish coast has a smart, twin-island layout with Gaggenau and Miele appliances, while an extension to the unit provides bar-style seating. A bank of built-in wall units further adds to the modern kitchen design.

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17. Make Sure to Mix Artificial Lighting with Lots of Glazing for a Satisfying Result

Contemporary white kitchen with red splashback

(Image credit: Simon Maxwell)

From artificial light with spots in the ceiling, and strip lighting beneath the island, to natural light from the large picture window to one wall and narrow picture windows above the worktops offering glimpses of the garden, this kitchen is perfectly lit at all times of the day and evening.

18. Raw Materials Help to Achieve a Minimalist Finish

Kitchen-diner in school conversion

(Image credit: Simon Maxwell)

A simple palette of raw materials helps to achieve the minimalist loft look in this conversion project (designed by architect homeowner James Davies).

Polished concrete floors, white walls, steel-framed Crittal-style windows and sections of spruce panelling sit in harmony within the open plan double-height kitchen/dining/living space.

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19. Don’t be Afraid to Keep Your Kitchen Idea Simple

Contemporary kitchen in CLT extension

(Image credit: James Morris c/o Adam Knibb Architects)

This modern kitchen design – supplied by Alresford Interiors – features a kitchen island that allows for views down the garden and to the stream at the bottom. MDF joinery also offers a pared-back finish.

This extension, built in cross laminated timber (CLT), provides a large kitchen diner to a Grade II-listed house and was designed by Adam Knibb Architects.

20. An Industrial-style Kitchen is Very On-trend

Quirky kitchen-diner in a church conversion

(Image credit: Simon Maxwell)

This industrial-style kitchen oozes modern charm in this characterful church conversion. Dark blue units carry through to the walls and the exposed steel beams, while stainless steel appliances add a modern edge.

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21. Add High Level Windows to Bring in Extra Light

Minimalist white kitchen with large island

(Image credit: David Barbour)

This light-filled modern kitchen design has been kept simple with sleek units. The island is the focus of day-to-day activity and helps zone this open plan space. High-level windows bring in natural light, but do not impact on privacy.

22. Incorporate an Exposed Brick Wall

Blue kitchen-diner in open-plan self build

(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

Exposed brick, a poured resin floor and dark joinery all aid in creating this modern kitchen design. The open plan nature of the space combined with large glazed openings allow light to flood the kitchen/dining/family area. (This contemporary self build was designed by Tom Allen and built for £170k.)

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