Friday, November 4, 2011

Sleek and Chic: 13 Modern Kitchens

Mod Kitchen and Dining

Wood tones are balanced with white exposed beams and a Silestone quartz countertop on the kitchen island. A mixture of recessed lighting and pendant lamps keeps this kitchen well lit and stylish.

Clean Look

Bright lights and a simple palette of green, blue, white, and stainless steel create a clean look and a handsome foil for the curvilinear barstools.

Cool Cooking

This clean, modern kitchen balances cool and warm tones with abundant natural light.

Earth-Friendly Kitchen

This eco-friendly kitchen resides in a boathouse anchored on a Seattle lake. The cabinets are finished in bamboo and sky-lights provide ample natural light and ventilation.

Modern Marvels

Streamlined drawer pulls and sleek cabinets emphasize the shape of this small, galley-style kitchen.

Easy as ABC

Letters etched into frosted-glass cabinet doors make rummaging easy for those who don't know their way around the kitchen; just look behind door C for the cookies. Or make up your own labeling system, and have fun with numbers or beach shapes.

Cinderella Kitchen

The subdued use of natural and manmade materials in tones of red, black, and silver unifies the kitchen. Mottled red-gray slate tiles surface the backsplash and a long side wall; the counters are stainless steel or black granite with chiseled edges.

Colorful Modern Backsplash

This kitchen's backsplash was turned into an accent wall by adding colorful red and orange glass tiles arranged in a geometrical pattern. A shallow shelf faced with an ebony brown plywood panel now functions as a display alcove. Simple milk bottle–shaped pendant lights suspended over the breakfast table add a final sculptural nuance.

Organic Organized Kitchen

To play on the eco-friendly architecture of this Southern California home, the kitchen focuses on natural textures like walnut cabinets and CaesarStone countertops. Energy-efficient appliances are hidden behind cupboards to maintain the clean, streamlined aesthetic of the rest of the house.

Garden View

This Seattle kitchen is cleverly situated to overlook a neighboring park. Sleek white cabinets are paired with warm wood ones to create balance and emphasize this room’s connection to nature.

Open Art

With open shelving instead of cabinets, plates and cookware become objects of art. Use the highest shelf for real art objects instead of cooking supplies. The pantry is hidden behind stainless steel doors, which resemble a second refrigerator.

Sleek California Kitchen

The kitchen countertop’s sleek vertical edge calls attention to the unusual material—3-inch-thick white cement embedded with pieces of shell and glass. The tile green backsplash adds a touch of color and a California vibe.

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