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How to Utilize Modern Kitchen Design in Your Home

The kitchen is the busiest room in the house in most homes. That's where families congregate, where you feed your guests and where you're likely to gather each morning. That's why have a kitchen you love to spend time in is so important.

Updating your kitchen to make it feel modern and fresh isn't as hard as you think. It doesn't have to cost a fortune, and you don't have to rebuild from the ground up. Use these tips to implement modern kitchen design and décor in your home.

The Difference Between Modern and Traditional Kitchens

Modern kitchens are defined by clean, open space that's used in a thoughtful, practical manner. Open shelving designs, clear or frosted glass cabinetry and large expanses of useable countertops are typical of modern kitchen styles. This creates a space that lives and breathes with the people that use it, providing a style that's functional and beautiful at the same time.

In an older kitchen, you're likely to feel like the space is a bit more closed off. Heavy wood cabinets with solid doors, smaller countertops with more angled tiles and less open space are typical. This can make your kitchen feel small and a bit too cozy for comfort.

Dealing with Dated Kitchens

Spotting a dated kitchen is easy for most design-savvy consumers. Old, dark color schemes, heavy wood accents and small, uniform tiles are common. Older flooring styles like linoleum also make your kitchen look older.

Having an older kitchen doesn't mean you need to tear everything down and rebuild. While a total kitchen remodel can make your existing kitchen a dream space, there's a lot that you can do without starting over fresh.

Popular Color Schemes

Utilizing a modern color scheme in your kitchen is the fastest, most cost-effective way to make the space feel new. There are a lot of kitchen styles that homeowners love, but a few color schemes really stand out as modern favorites.
•	The white kitchen. Bright white kitchens that implement various shades of white through paint, cabinetry, countertops and accessories. This is a go-to style for many modern spaces. Classic all-white will also age well.
•	The modern dark kitchen. Royal blue, red, dark grey and black are all making a comeback in the modern kitchen when utilized with brighter items like white quartz countertops and chrome fixtures.
•	The colorful kitchen. Saturated bold colors are extremely popular right now, especially for homeowners who prefer a grand design and feel in their space. Yellow, green and purple tones are all popular, especially when paired with gold or bronze fixtures and clean, rich stone or slab countertops and butcher block kitchen islands.
•	The rustic style. Natural wood, neutral paint colors like taupe and cream and classic satin nickel or oil-rubbed bronze fixtures work beautifully for homeowners who want modern design in a home that's more refined rustic than cool contemporary.  

Modern Cabinet Styles

Modern kitchen cabinetry is all about open space and making your room feel free of the unnecessary. Popular styles like wood framed cabinets with glass doors are a big hit because they're easy to implement into homes being retrofitted.

Open cabinetry is another option for many modern homes. You can even utilize a combination of open and closed cabinets and lower drawers to provide all of the storage space and flexibility you need for your busy kitchen.

Backsplash Tile Ideas

The backsplash is the focal point of many kitchens. In today's modern kitchen rectangular tile is king. Use modern kitchen design ideas for your backsplash with these styles.
•	Single-colored tiles. Many modern kitchens benefit from an understated, natural looking backsplash. Utilize one style of neutral tile in a tight pattern with minimal grouting.
•	Two-tone tiles. Often black and white tiles are used together to create a high-contrast look.  Stick with classic black and white or choose any two colors that fit your home's unique style. 
•	Mix-and-match two-tone tiles. Patterns can work well for modern kitchens, but for a more abstract look, opt for two similarly-colored tiles and use them in a random pattern. You can always lay out your pattern first to make sure you like it.
•	Mix-and-match colorful tiles. The same concept of the mix-and-match tile applies, but instead, use two to three colorful tiles that are not alike, but still blend into your kitchen design.

Glass and ceramic tile are the most popular choices for a kitchen backsplash. Make sure whatever you choose can be quickly wiped down quickly for cleaning purposes.

Modern Kitchen Lighting

Recessed lighting is by far the most popular choice in modern kitchens. To complement existing lighting, single and multi-bulb pendants are a smart choice. These can be used over a modern kitchen island and above your table and seating areas.

Decorative lighting like wall sconces can also provide a touch of modern kitchen décor to your space. Match wall sconces to other lighting fixtures and hardware finishes in your kitchen.

Appliance Options

Modern kitchen appliances like stoves with double ovens and six to eight burners are a home cook's dream come true. Modern refrigerators offer more storage space than ever, and some even come with Wi-Fi so you can check what's inside while you're grocery shopping.

Stainless steel appliances are the most popular pick in the modern kitchen, but other options can work too. Black appliances are sleek and sophisticated, while white appliances give your kitchen an airy feel that may be preferable for rustic homes. Find your color scheme and then choose the appliances that fit your cooking, lifestyle and budget needs.

Build your modern kitchen decor and accessories around your appliances for a uniform, well-designed room.

Creating a kitchen you love that looks modern will alter the way you feel about your home. With so much time spent in the kitchen, upgrading to a space you never want to leave only makes sense.
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