While there certainly was a time when the home kitchen was seen as the domain of women, that's far from the case today. From self-sufficient bachelors to egalitarian couples to wannabe celebrity chefs, more men than ever are cooking for themselves and for their loved ones. Of course, not many of these men want their kitchens covered in pictures of kittens in chef's hats or even the bright, spastic yellows or quaint ginghams of "country chic" and designers are catching on. These modern kitchens are sleek and ready for any style-conscious man to get to work.
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White is popular in interior design, often used to create a look of elegance and refinement. These 30 modern kitchen designs use a mix of materials and textures to create posh looks for the homeowners. Throwing in color on walls, in accessories, or in backsplashes has helped to provide great contrasts in a few of these designs. Others maintain their clean white look and pair with wood floors. White can make your room seem larger and in the case of kitchens, reflect light where windows are not available to provide natural lighting.
Cool greys and creamy whites are the perfect calming influence for this modern kitchen. The pops of yellow in the cabinets and backsplash of this kitchen make it extra welcoming. Done the wrong way, wood paneled cabinets can look kitschy, but the horizontal grain in this kitchen are elegant and sleek. Keeping the shelving in the island open in this sunny kitchen make the whole room feel bigger.
A black and white background allows the yellow kitchen island and cabinetry to stand boldly at center stage. It’s also interesting to note the variety of woods used throughout, different on the bookshelf, countertop, and background cabinets. While the chairs are the only yellow pieces of furniture here, the kitchen itself carries on the theme with a carefully curated collection of yellow storage jars, coffee cups, and other functional additions.
Giving the breakfast bar area a separate wood finish creates a relaxing separation from the kitchen’s countertop and a comfortable place for guests to relax while dinner is being prepared. A butcher block countertop is a dream come true for any chef, making quick work of chopping and aging beautifully over time. Black and white is always chic as evidenced in this kitchen/breakfast bar space that’s perfect for one (or hopefully two.
Awesome gold chandeliers create a decadent feel in this kitchen and dining area. This all-white kitchen would be a dream come true for clean freaks. And indeed, this kitchen has its own chef’s table by way of an expansive breakfast bar. Reflective surfaces everywhere make this kitchen and dining area feel like you’re eating at a chef’s table. Curved legs, chairs, and vases offer a feminine bent to this kitchen. Lucite furniture and modern chandelier make this white kitchen uber chic.
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The pitched roof in this stylish home from visualizer Vizuall gives the living room a bit of height. Coupled with the low, angular sofa and modern sling chairs, the contrast creates visual interest while serving its practical purpose. Speaking of creative roofs and ceilings, the exposed brick ceiling in this living room from the same visualizer is so stunning that it's easy to get lost in it. It stands again in contrast to the simplicity and clean lines of the neutral colored furnishings.
Yellow is a bold design choice, but it's popular in adventurous kitchens for a good reason – it's a cheerful color full of energy and optimism, associated with cleanliness and freshness. Part of this energetic perception contributes to its association with the marketing of healthy foods. It's appetizing! Yellow is the color of ripe bananas and fresh citrus fruits like tart pineapples and lemons. And if you're working with an especially dark kitchen, there's simply no better way to brighten the space and let this warm natural tone bring nature to you. Check out our yellow room inspiration post to see ideas for the rest of the home.