The kitchen is a room that has evolved over the years to become a more open and comfortable space. A modern kitchen design must, thus, meet several basic criteria. First of all, it should be a warm and friendly place – as it has always been a place where family gathers and spends time together. Secondly, the floor plan must be thought-out so that the principles of ergonomics are followed. And last but not least, a great kitchen must be practical and mindful of the lifestyle of its user. So, if you are planning a kitchen renovation and you are considering a kitchen with a modern twist, check out our tips and tricks, and get ready to be inspired!Looking at a modern kitchen designs, we get the impression that the current trends are dominated by coolness and sterility. But that is not all. A modern kitchen is made to be an optimally functional place where we feel great. And a really great kitchen design should also be easy on the eyes.Modern kitchen design – functional and comfortableModern kitchen designs should have a primary focus of being user-friendly. One of the characteristics of a user-friendly kitchen is that it maximises the use of space by implementing innovative solutions and techniques which make the everyday life a little bit easier. The chosen material is also very important to consider within a modern kitchen design. To achieve the contemporary feel, a sleek and minimal material with a textural twist is a good choice. We suggest you check out materials like timber, concrete or tiles. The best way to complement the architectural elements of a modern kitchen, is to go with contemporary furniture, appliances and decorative accessories. Perhaps a playful combination of different materials and colours will delight your visitors and make you want to spend every waken second in the kitchen. Because a great modern kitchen is more than just aesthetically pleasing. It is also comfortable, functional and user-friendly.What colour should you design a modern kitchen in?The whites are dominating the trends of a modern designed kitchen. It’s a great choice because it’s universal, timeless and neutral. These characters allow it to harmonise with a large varity of other colours as well as materials. Besides, white is also associated with minimalism and cleanliness – which is a primary trait of modern design styles.However, dark colour also play a significant role in the modern design era. Anthracite has become a far more popular choice recently. Other hues of gray and black are also prevalent within contemporary design and we totally get it. The dark colour generates an elegant rawness that paradoxically accentuates the minimalistic traits of the modern design.However, if you are interested in something more colourful, you will surely like interiors of slightly bolder colours. Vivid shades and colours on painted kitchen cabinets look fantastic. The most popular colours for modern designes kitchen furniture are green, purple, and navy blue. They are especially successful combined with whites and marble tiles. This type of design generates a sophistication and exclusivity that seems hard to achieve. But with our tips and tricks you’ll be able to create well-designed kitchens in no time!Colours and raw materials associated with nature are becoming more and more prevalent in the design industry. Kitchen designs are no exception. Beautiful timber cabinets in combination with black benchtops create a very exciting atmosphere. Raw, natural materials radiate a warmth and bring a wonderfully homely atmosphere to the space. White furniture are equally as well combined with beautiful, wooden architectural elements. Both black and white give the whole interior more depth and an exciting diversity. You can also experiment with covering the backsplash in timber. The contemporary design technique creates an illusion that make the space feel even more spacious and warm.Modern kitchen designs – an islandMaking the kitchen an open space is the most important design choice and characteristic of modern kitchen design. It demonstrates the importance of spending time together with friends and family. An open floorplan allows the kitchen to become a space where we can talk and socialize, even while cooking. A kitchen island is the perfect link between kitchen and living room. It marks the border between the areas while also being accessible from both kitchen and living room. The design choice of adding either an island or a peninsula is a practical solution for contemporary kitchen design. It’s a place where you can cook, wash and prepare meals as well as hang out in bar stools placed around the island and enjoy your morning coffee.A modern kitchen with a dining area and a living roomAs mentioned earlier, modern interiors include open-spaced kitchens. For this reason, the combination of kitchen and living room is a characteristic of a contemporary interior design. The elimination of walls between kitchen and living room areas, implies a completely different concept and design era. Mental well-being plays an important role in this design era. The open-space floor plans allow for a more social lifestyle. Because we all have a need to share our love and lives with the people close to us. The design method is therefor, preferred by the lot who treasure human contact and warmth. Another upside of the open-space design method is how it opens up the space. The elimination of excess walls makes the room feel lighter and more spacious. Everything is in sights and it makes the living situation very pleasant as we feel in control. Cooking doesn’t have to exclude the chef from being a part of the social gathering or making them miss their favorite show on the TV.But there is no denying that the open kitchen also comes with a few disadvantages. Opening up the space between kitchen and living room does expose the living areas to the smells and noises from cooking and different running kitchen appliances. However, if done properly, opening up the spaces doesn’t have to mean that the calm of the living room has to be disrupted. If the open space is planned optimally, the disadvantages will become nonexistent and all you’ll be left with is a super modern, functional and beautiful kitchen and living room space.Although most contemporary kitchen designs consist of an open floorplan, we have found many inspiring small kitchen interiors. If they are properly designed, even the smallest of kitchens can intake a modern style, equally successful to the open floorplan.Furnishing a modern kitchenFurniture made to suit the modern and contemporary kitchen design are full of clever and ergonomic solutions. They consist of practical modules, cargo shelve and silent closing systems.In most cases, furniture in a modern kitchen interior, are to blend in with the architectural element of the room. This creates an undisrupted whole that is sleek and minimal, which is a characteristic of modern design. When you enter a contemporary kitchen, you’ll soon realise that the vast majority of appliances are hidden. Only a few, carefully selected decorative accessories are exposed throughout the interior. It creates a very well-thought-out design concept of exclusivity and also adds a functional value – everything has its place and it also makes cleaning a lot easier. We, thus, suggest choosing floor to ceiling cabinets that lack excessive handles and decorations. It adds to the exclusivity and functionality of the space and also allows for much more storage. A glossy finish is perfect for these kinds of spaces and for the furniture within the modern style kitchen. It creates a sophisticated and futuristic atmosphere while also reflecting the light beautifully and making it appear even more light and spacious.The handle-free cabinets are frequently showcased in modern kitchen designs. With the smooth structure of the fronts, the selected kitchen furniture becomes mysterious and mesmerizing. As we know, modern kitchen designs focus on minimalism, and thanks to the handle-free design, the modern kitchen design style is even easier to achieve. A black and white kitchen with handle-free cabinets, is certainly a good way to go if you’re dreaming of renovating your home and creating the modernist’s dream kitchen.Upper kitchen cabinetsThe upper kitchen cabinets are not only a practical kitchen furniture, they are also important elements for space arrangement. Especially in open floorplan kitchens, the use of the overhead cabinets becomes extremely functional and even important. However, since they will be exposed (even when the rest of the kitchen is disguised behind the design of a peninsula or kitchen island), we suggest you take yet another moment to consider the aesthetics of the upper cabinets.Undoubtedly, kitchens with floor to ceiling cabinets are much more practical than those designed without upper storage possibilities. These types of cabinets are, therefore, the ideal solution for small kitchens where the access of space is limited. If you choose smooth fronts without handles, it will appear as though the room is even more spacious. Furniture reaching from floor to ceiling will also give the room a lot of style and elegance, which is longed-for in contemporary kitchen designs.However, instead of closed floor to ceiling cabinets, open shelves are becoming more and more popular within modern kitchen designs. The design choice adds a lot of light to the interior and makes it come alive in a different way. However, it is very important to keep the shelves clean and neat to make sure that the open shelves do not clutter the space. But done properly, open shelves generate a very interesting design that is appreciated both practically and visually.Modern accessories that will accentuate the style of the kitchenA modern kitchen is not only built with modern furniture and colour choices. The contemporary style is also achieved by the use of the right decorative accessories.Complementary accessories have become a trend when designing kitchen interiors. On the contrary to minimalism, which is achieved using basic and subdued colours, it is worthwhile to consider using contrasting accessories. Pendant lights are a great choice. Large lamps in bold colours will become the focal point, even among household members. Pendant lamps are a great addition in the kitchen since they can be replaced at any time to create an entirely new style. Another interesting kitchen accessory is an exposed fridge, perhaps with an ice maker. Exclusive equipment and appliances will always add comfort and extravagance to a modern kitchen, especially when you’re brave enough to purchase them in a bold colour.Metallic, black, white, and gold accessories and appliances are certainly recommended to spice up your modern, minimalistic kitchen.