29th July 2021
Whether you want to create an entirely new modern kitchen from scratch, or just want to update your current design, our gallery bellow is packed full of ideas.
White is synonymous with modern kitchens, giving them a fresh, uncluttered feel, particularly if in gloss or fronted with handleless doors.
But they can become clinical. Add a mix of textures, such as with a naturally speckled granite or metro-style tiles, and tones - there are a surprisingly wide range of whites available.
Creating a monochrome scheme is a simple way to bring a modern feel to your kitchen, and it can be done easily using paint and accessories, or by buying a new kitchen.
Think about where you will use the two different colours to create maximum impact and ensure the look is balances. Also consider using some tones of grey of off white for even more interest.
If an all white or totally black scheme is a step too far, grey is the perfect middle ground. You can use it sparingly, with just a few grey units or fittings in the shade, or take the plunge and have an all-grey kitchen.
Whatever you choose to do, remember that, like with whites, there are a huge ranges of greys available and will work on a gloss or matt finish.
Scandi-style is huge, and replicated time and time again. The basics translate to whites, clean lines, minimalism, wood and monochrome - taking elements from other kitchen styles but giving them a more natural, warm feel.
To create a next-level look that doesn't simply follow what everyone else has done, think about adding in monochrome fabrics, subtle and soft patterns, clever lighting, different types of wood and delicate touches of rose gold and brass.
A bold, colourful design instantly says modern. Many kitchen companies supply colourful units or new doors in a range of shades and finishes - from bright red to sunshine yellow - but you could also paint your current doors or create a feature wall for a cheaper update.
See our guide to to work out how much you should expect to spend on a new kitchen, or to spruce up your current one. You can also find out the typical prices for the big-name kitchen brands, including B&Q, Ikea, John Lewis and Wickes.
If your space allows it, an open-plan layout will give an instant modern feel. A kitchen diner, in particular, is not only practical for modern family life, but can make your kitchen feel open and light - ideal for a contemporary design. See our guide to for more ideas.
Your splashback and tiles are a place where you can go bold and really make a modern statement. Think about striking materials (marble and granite are particularly good for this), strong colours or unique patterns.
Starting at around £50 for a splashback and as little as 50p each for tiles (you would need around 100 to cover a one metre square area if the tiles are 10cm squared), both are a great way to modernise a new kitchen or spruce up an old design.
Two materials that might be easily forgotten, but that can both take a kitchen from drab to daring. Wood is no longer just for country kitchens - there are many other tones and finishes that can bring your kitchen up to date.
Dark wood kitchens (usually walnut) show the grain, and light wood can add a fresh, Scandinavian feel. Wood veneer kitchens are a popular choice for either and cost less than solid wood.
Glass is also ideal for the modern look - it allows light to pass through and bounce around your kitchen and can be used in a range of ways, from glass doors on cabinets to glass splashbacks, which come in a range of colours.
From ovens to dishwashers and washing machines to fridge freezers, a lot of appliances now come as built-in, which can create a more streamlined, sleek look.
If your budget allows, going high-end and getting a range of gadgets will not only make any chef jealous, but also give your kitchen a futuristic feel.
Handleless doors and curved kitchen units create a sleek modern look, but these design details will cost a little more – handleless doors to replace your current ones start at around £10.
Many kitchens also come in a high gloss finish. But, if you don't want to buy a whole new kitchen, you can spruce up your current units with gloss paint, although this won't give quite the same sheen.
Lighting can make all the difference to a kitchen, whatever the style. A contemporary kitchen is the perfect place to let statement lighting shine.
Consider LED lighting running underneath and on top of cabinets, bold pendant lights (particularly over an island or table) and unfussy spotlights.
The floor in your kitchen will be one of the biggest elements, so it will have a big impact in your design.
Concrete is an obvious choice for a contemporary space, but it can be expensive, cold and not easy to fit if you're updating a kitchen. Vinyl offers a solution to having the look of concrete, but not the price tag or upheaval.
There are a number of other flooring looks available, from real wood - soft wood tones work best in a modern space - to stone tiles, both of which can be created in vinyl too.
A new worktop can be an inexpensive way to modernise your kitchen, depending on what type you want – granite and solid worktops can be the most expensive, from around £150 per square, and laminate worktops, which replicate a number of materials, from around £30 per square metre.