Bold, modern kitchen designs we love

Although framed cabinets are typically associated with a traditional design, they can also be used to create a modern design esthetic.

These contemporary kitchen designs have an airy, modern esthetic to them, yet feel warm and inviting at the same time. To achieve a similar look, here are a few elements to keep in mind:

– Keep an open floor plan from feeling too spacious by incorporating a kitchen island into the room. This homeowner used two islands to break up the space; the espresso island serves as an eating and food prep surface while the colorful framed cabinets on the second island separate the kitchen from the living space, helping to define the room and offer additional storage space.

– Although framed cabinets are typically associated with traditional kitchen designs, they can also be used to create a modern esthetic. The framed cabinets used in this wood kitchen yield a more contemporary vibe thanks to the angular cabinet handles and drawer pulls. The white kitchen countertops look sleek and help brighten up the space. Stainless steel appliances, a geometric hardwood floor pattern and frameless legs on the island add to the modern flair. 

– Use stainless hardware pulls to replace the standard ones on your kitchen cabinet design to mimic the rest of your stainless steel appliances. Tall, grey bar stools and a distressed grey tile floor add to the industrial look of this kitchen.