Modern kitchen ideas – cook up a storm in a contemporary space

These marvellous modern kitchen ideas and top tips will help you bring your cooking and entertaining space up to date
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  • If you feel your space is a little dated and needs bringing into the new decade, our roundup of modern kitchen ideas is exactly what you need. As we all know, the kitchen is the heart of the home, where we spend the majority of our time, whether it’s cooking, socialising, eating or working. So, it deserves a little TLC to bring it up to date.

    We’ve teamed up with a host of experts to bring you the best kitchen ideas for a contemporary space, from the trending colours (deep, rich tones) to popular materials (natural and earthy) and significant features (no handles, high-gloss cabinets) for easy ways to give your space a stylish upgrade.

    Modern kitchen ideas

    1.  Show things off with open shelving

    A white modern kitchen with a round ceiling light and black extractor fan

    Image credit: GoodHome/B&Q

    If you’ve ever needed convincing to expose what’s in your cabinets, now is the time to bare utensils and crockery alike with Pinterest searches such as ‘statement shelving’ on the increase (up 30 per cent).

    From open shelving to glazed doors with integrated lighting, experiment with stacking bowls and plates, as well as neat arrangements of ornaments and books for good measure, like in the white kitchen shown above.

    2. Make the most of those midnight blues

    A modern navy kitchen with white worktops

    Image credit: GoodHome/B&Q

    A more sophisticated and dramatic colour choice when it comes to kitchens, midnight blue has been an emerging kitchen trend for a while now and isn’t going anywhere soon. This stylish hue experienced a 45 per cent uplift in Pinterest searches over the past year and its popularity is set to rise even further.

    Want to get the look but don’t want to spend a fortune? There are a huge range of DIY kitchen ideas on offer, including painting your kitchen cupboards. The GoodHome Artemisia range at B&Q is a great option. The smart shade stands out even more against light worktops and when paired with silver accents.

    3. Go bold as brass

    A close up shot of a black kitchen wall with wooden cupboards and a bronze tap

    Image credit: GoodHome/B&Q

    Dark kitchens and brass accents go hand-in-hand so it’s no surprise that Pinterest has seen an increase in searches for brass accessories, such as lighting, taps and handles. Searches for ‘brass taps’ have increased by 30% whilst ‘bronze taps’ searches have gone up by 40 per cent.

    You can off-set stormy shades with industrial kitchen lighting ideas or use taps and handles to give fixtures some depth.

    4. Celebrate the concrete jungle

    A close up of a grey kitchen wall with black and grey chopping boards and a plant pot

    Image credit: Habitat

    The raw earthiness of concrete is still a huge trend, and the look is perfect for anyone searching for modern kitchen ideas. You can get professionals to create a polished concrete kitchen for you, or opt for concrete-effect tiles.

    Pair with matte black kitchenware – Habitat is a great place to look for this – for the ultimate contemporary kitchen cool.

    5.  Work with wall-hung appliances

    A modern grey kitchen with a double island and wooden beam with bar stools

    Image credit: Wickes

    There’s something that feels a little luxurious and forward-thinking about not having to put your back out every time you want to put something in or take something out of the oven. Opt for wall-hung appliances for a sleek and modern look that’s also perfectly practical.

    6. Indulge in a little merlot magic

    A dark modern kitchen with shades of purple and exposed hanging bulbs

    Image credit: GoodHome/B&Q

    According to Pinterest insights, searches for ‘burgundy paint’ have risen by 75 per cent in the last year, with ‘plum paint’ searches up by 35 per cent. Wine-inspired kitchens are a warm, bold choice for this year and beyond, especially for non-wallflowers looking to make a statement.

    Popular looks include pairing charcoal kitchen cabinets with deep, plummy tones or adding extra dramatic flair by giving your whole kitchen a bold refresh with cabernet-inspired cabinet paint.

    A deep carbon design, like B&Q’s GoodHome Pasilla range, packs extra punch when partnered with plum-toned walls. If you’re looking for budget kitchen ideas to give your space a quick refresh, simply pick a shade of cabernet and paint your existing cabinets.

    7. Lighten up with all-white everything

    A white kitchen with dark wood flooring

    Image credit: Howdens

    There’s nothing that says modern kitchen ideas more than a glossy, light, bright, all-white space. Pair with copper metallics, handle-free cabinetry and wall-hung appliances for am ultra-modern finish. The Balham White Gloss kitchen from Howdens, pictured above, is a fabulous option.

    8. Back to the Stone Age

    A light grey modern kitchen with black extractor

    Image credit: GoodHome/B&Q

    It might be a new decade, but a kitchen inspired by natural materials will never date. Pinterest insights show an increase in searches on the platform for ‘stone accessories’ (up 40 per cent) and ‘natural kitchens’ (up 35 per cent).

    Nodding to real stone but with a matte finish, B&Q‘s Garcinia range is a versatile choice that won’t look out of place in a traditional or contemporary home.

    9. Channel on-trend Art Deco with statement geometric lighting

    A large navy blue island in a kitchen with soft lighting

    Image credit: Wickes

    Mix a modern-finish kitchen (think no handles, deep inky colours) with a so-now geometric light fixture for a contemporary look that gives a nod to the past. Art Deco-inspired influences are sweeping the nation. Get the look with pendant spheres and a brass frame fitting.

    10. Get a high-gloss finish

    A light grey kitchen with handleless cabinets and a blue wall

    Image credit: Howdens

    Want an ultra-modern finish? Go for high-gloss kitchen cabinets. Not only does it look super-sleek and rather cool, it can also make a smaller kitchen look bigger than it is.

    Try Wickes Melrose Intelliga Pewter (pictured directly below) for another excellent choice.

    11. Install under-cupboard LED lighting

    A large grey kitchen with dark flooring and spotlights

    Image credit: Wickes

    Create the ultimate ambience by adding under-cupboard lighting, as shown in the grey kitchen above. It offers a lovely soft light for socialising and preparing meals that don’t require spotlights. Pair with high-gloss cabinets and handle-free doors for that uber-modern finish.

    12. Enjoy a bit of clay time

    A modern kitchen with a terracotta coloured dining table and a large window

    Image credit: Loaf

    Modern kitchen ideas don’t always have to mean no country elements allowed. Team contemporary features, like Crittall-style windows, with country-chic beams and furniture for a cool modern rustic look, like the country kitchen idea above.

    The clay, rust and earth tones are completely on-trend yet timeless and work well with the natural materials, too. Use paint to create the look on the wall, or invest in rust-toned furniture, like Loaf‘s Pantry Kitchen Table in Earthy Red. Earthy tones are also the perfect complement to a whole host of cream kitchen ideas.

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