No matter your culinary skill level or diet preferences, your kitchen is often one of the most-utilized rooms in your home. That is why timeless designs tend to win out when selecting kitchen decor styles.
But with some smart moves, your newly updated kitchen can remain appealing for years to come. Here are some key kitchen designs you should keep in mind:
All-White Kitchens with a Twist
White kitchen ideas offer an ideal space for personal expression, but without some contrast they may feel clinical. Add pops of color with backsplash or countertop designs featuring patterns or textures; furniture-style cabinetry and wood stools in vibrant tones also serve as great additions that prevent your neutral design from feeling flat.
Subtle ways to add bright accents include the addition of gold elements. In this kitchen, these simple gold pendants and taps add just enough contrast to keep its look modern and contemporary.
This kitchen’s owner decided to add contrast with a vibrant splash of red in the dining area, giving this space more personality and making it feel less like an impersonal space and more like home.
Black and White Kitchens with a Pop
For kitchens seeking something a bit bolder, a black accent wall or cabinetry makes an eye-catching statement. Pair this look with wood open shelving, brass light fixtures and modern white appliances for a stunning aesthetic.
Black-on-white color schemes make an impactful statement in traditional kitchen designs, easily adapting to styles from minimal to period. You can combine it with neutral tones for a classy aesthetic or add pops of mauve, sky blue or rich green for more of an eye-catching contemporary appearance.
Add texture and warmth to a black and white kitchen with woven window treatments, warm naturals or tactile surfaces such as black countertops and backsplashes. Earthy tones such as walnut and caramel pair nicely with them while slate, marble and granite add cool shades that bring out their unique designs.
Eat-In Kitchens with a Sophisticated Tone-on-Tone Look
Your kitchen is at the center of your home and an opportunity to express your style. Choose a color scheme that’s easy to maintain or add texture with different finishes for an eye-catching effect.
To achieve a sophisticated tone-on-tone kitchen, choose complementary colors for both cabinetry and countertops. Here, pale green and dark gray cabinets contrasted by hardy quartz worksurfaces are balanced by creamy terra-cotta floor tiles and burnished brass accents – providing a striking yet sophisticated appearance.
This creative eat-in kitchen cleverly separates its cooking area from its living space with a partial wall, yet its neutral palette maintains an airy atmosphere. Touches of ebony in window frames and open shelving add visual interest while keeping everything you need close by can keep things organized and stress-free; for instance, placing coffee mugs and all their related essentials near your coffee machine helps get your day underway quickly!
Rustic Kitchens with a Modern Twist
Rustic kitchens typically rely on raw materials for warmth and charm, yet can easily be updated to modern tastes with plain framed cabinet doors and peg rails, while wood grain highlights add the rustic aesthetic.
Introduce natural stone counters and flooring, combined with wooden beams and reclaimed wood cabinets to achieve a rustic design that’s both cozy and refined. Stone and wood complement one another well and come in various hues that suit various design styles.
Rustic style often features dark finishes, but modern finishes can lighten it up considerably. Choose brushed nickel, iron or blackened pewter instead of chrome for fixtures in rustic kitchens; wood-and-metal combinations also work great; think galvanized metal farmhouse sink or hammered copper backsplash to add flair.
Colorful Kitchens with a Sunny Atmosphere
Just because your kitchen doesn’t get lots of natural light doesn’t mean it has to feel dark. Shavonda Gardner proved this with her lively yellow wallpaper and red range – both elements contribute towards making the space feel bright and airy. Unlacquered copper pots and soapstone counters that quickly patina provide warm tones that offset any cool hues found elsewhere in this space.
If you want to try something more dramatic in your kitchen, bring texture with a wood-paneled backsplash or add touches of metal for an eye-catching luxe finish. Modern faucets and hardware in matte black provide subtle yet eye-catching pops of color which add depth. This sleek look also works well in smaller spaces since it doesn’t overwhelm.