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12 show stopping modern kitchens

Kitchens, they are the most versatile room in the home. Not just food prep stations, they’ve become the nerve-centre of modern living where bills are paid, conversations had, where we congregate and entertain.

They come in a variety of styles such as coastal, rustic and industrial. However, one of the most popular choices is the hyper modern kitchen style, with its minimalist design features, space age materials and high-tech appliances that wouldn’t look out of place on the flight deck of an orbital shuttle.

If you love the look of modern kitchens, check out this gallery of absolute show stoppers for some inspiration!

The juxtaposition of white with black accenting is a design classic, that also works exceptionally well in even the most modern of kitchens. Particularly using manufactured white materials for cabinetry, set off against the deep noir hues of a granite worktop.

This London, Victorian terrace has been brought into the 21st century with a side-return kitchen extension. We love the combination of light coloured wood with the black aluminium frames used for the patio doors and windows.

This contemporary kitchen has a distinctly Japanese inspired feel with it’s cedar breakfast bar that could be mistaken for part of an upmarket sushi restaurant.

Who says all white rooms are boring? All white kitchens can be striking when done well, as seen here. One of the tricks is to ensure you use only high-quality materials for the room’s furnishings and fittings to prevent the colour’s brilliance from tarnishing and dulling with time and use.

This room combines the sleek, minimalist lines of contemporary design with a neutral palette and solely uses natural materials to create an ambiance that feels futuristic while still naturalistic.

When you think of contemporary kitchens, it’s likely you think of neutral colours. But, here a brave red and black colour-scheme has been used that verges on 80’s retro despite it still feeling undoubtedly modern.

While modern kitchen designers tend to favour lighter colours as the predominate colour, for large spaces a predominantly dark colour-way can create impressive and imposing rooms. Just be sure to add some brighter focal areas using lighter accent colours.

One of the chief elements of contemporary design is the attempt to create spaces with overarching senses of flow, and this is perhaps most impressive when it’s achieved by the blending of inside and outside space as seen here. Check how the patio paving matches the internal tiling.

Concealed LED lighting, works marvellously to both act as task-lighting and draw attention to aspects of the room, such as this glorious wine shelf.

The use of plenty of stainless steel makes even the smallest kitchens seem futuristic and like the domain of a professional chef. Try and add some more homely decor items to the room however to prevent it feeling too sterile.

You can use traditional design aspects, such as this original period ceiling beam, to contrast with the overarching modern design of a space in a way that makes the room seem even more contemporary. If you’re not lucky enough to live in a home like this with traditional wooden beamed ceilings, try mixing it up by installing a retro-inspired appliance from a manufacturer like Smeg or Aga.

While stylish, islands don’t have to be the be-all and end-all of kitchen design. Look at this stunning, mixed-material, bar with an integrated, informal, dining table.

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