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Modern Kitchen Design Ideas

Brunswick Renovation
Brunswick Renovation
Demardi Pty Ltd
A major renovation to an old 1950's single fronted home in Brunswick. Kitchen, Landry, Bathroom and Ensuite were all completed renovated and the was flooring replaced. Interior Design by Studio Esteta
Flawless Designer Home in Lilyfield
Flawless Designer Home in Lilyfield
Pilcher Residential
This is an example of a modern kitchen in Sydney with with island.
Smithfield 2
Smithfield 2
Alpha Renovations
This is an example of a large modern l-shaped kitchen in Sydney with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, quartz benchtops, white splashback, glass sheet splashback, stainless steel appliances, with island, brown floor, white benchtop and medium hardwood floors.
New Home (2)
New Home (2)
Cordeaux Constructions
This is an example of a modern galley kitchen in Wollongong with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, grey splashback, stainless steel appliances, light hardwood floors, with island, beige floor and white benchtop.
Paddington house
Paddington house
Ballast Point PL
This is an example of a modern galley kitchen in Sydney with flat-panel cabinets, light wood cabinets, with island, grey floor and white benchtop.
Castle Cove Project 2
Castle Cove Project 2
Dieppe Design
This is an example of a mid-sized modern u-shaped eat-in kitchen in Sydney with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, quartz benchtops, grey splashback, engineered quartz splashback, black appliances, ceramic floors, grey floor, grey benchtop, a peninsula and recessed.
Caversham | Giorgi
Caversham | Giorgi
Radiant Lighting
Large modern l-shaped open plan kitchen in Perth with concrete benchtops, grey splashback, stone slab splashback, concrete floors, with island, grey floor, grey benchtop, an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, grey cabinets and panelled appliances.
Empress Road, St Kilda
Empress Road, St Kilda
Seytim
This is an example of a modern galley kitchen in Melbourne with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, white splashback, panelled appliances, medium hardwood floors, a peninsula, brown floor and white benchtop.
Curl Curl
Curl Curl
Mallinger Constructions
This is an example of a modern kitchen in Sydney.
Abingdon St
Abingdon St
Green Chip Constructions Pty Ltd
Photo of a modern kitchen in Sydney.
Norwood
Norwood
S&K Group
Designed & Built by us Photography by Veeral Furniture, Art & Objects by Kate Lee
Modern l-shaped kitchen in Melbourne with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, grey splashback, stone slab splashback, stainless steel appliances, light hardwood floors, with island, grey benchtop and beige floor.
Prahran House
Prahran House
INLITE
Design: Rob Kennon Architects / Photography: Derek Swalwell / Featuring: Delta Light Streamliner 70S Profile Linear Pendant
Modern kitchen in Melbourne.
Jimbell St Additions
Jimbell St Additions
steelehouse
Inspiration for a modern galley eat-in kitchen in Perth with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, white splashback, window splashback, concrete floors, with island, grey floor, white benchtop and vaulted.
Too Cool for Thirroul
Too Cool for Thirroul
Hemma Interiors
Inspiration for a modern galley kitchen in Wollongong with a drop-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets, white splashback, stone slab splashback, stainless steel appliances, medium hardwood floors, with island, brown floor and white benchtop.
Paddington House
Paddington House
Woodstock Industries
Grant Leslie
Inspiration for a modern galley kitchen in Sydney with flat-panel cabinets, brown cabinets, marble benchtops, metallic splashback, mirror splashback, with island, white benchtop, a double-bowl sink and panelled appliances.
From Little Things
From Little Things
Nexus Designs
Clever re-configuration was integral in the transformation of this generic apartment kitchen into a generous, ‘house-sized’ entertaining area. The lightbulb moment was to ‘waste’ space in order to create more – by pulling the kitchen joinery forward, a previously blank wall and awkwardly sized cupboards became an expanse of sleek, maximised storage, with deep drawers and built-in elements. The new kitchen system allowed us to treat the whole 5.3m wide apartment as ‘kitchen’, giving the clients – serious cooks and entertainers – a 2.5m island bench, that simultaneously works as a partition between the kitchen and dining/living areas. The cooktop was liberated from the back wall, finding a new position that allows the cook to interact with guests without turning around. Bathed in Corian, the rangehood merges seamlessly into the splashback, bench tops and sides, creating a visual and tactile flow from one area to another. From this island bench ‘cockpit’, a beautiful expanse of new oak, engineered-timber floors stretches out into the dining and living areas, continuing up and around the re-configured ‘snug’ that houses the study. The rich warmth of this private space offsets the sleek whiteness of the kitchen and living areas, and allows for privacy while retaining visual connection to the other spaces. Small spaces can be fantastic, and maximizing the functionality of every component in this home was a satisfying challenge. Photography: Nexus Designs
Merinda Farm - Palmwoods
Merinda Farm - Palmwoods
Accord Homes
Inspiration for a mid-sized modern l-shaped eat-in kitchen in Sunshine Coast with flat-panel cabinets, concrete floors, with island, grey floor, a single-bowl sink, dark wood cabinets, granite benchtops, window splashback, black appliances and black benchtop.
Bondi Renovation
Bondi Renovation
iSpace Solutions
This is an example of a modern kitchen in Sydney.
Ross St Kew House
Ross St Kew House
Virgon Constructions
Paul West
This is an example of a modern u-shaped kitchen in Melbourne with a drop-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, with island, grey floor and grey benchtop.
Mosman House 2
Mosman House 2
Annabelle Chapman Architect Pty Ltd
Design ideas for a modern galley kitchen in Sydney with a drop-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, concrete benchtops, multi-coloured splashback, panelled appliances, with island, grey floor and grey benchtop.

Are you tired of your old kitchen design? Have you decided it’s time to freshen it up a bit and make it more modern? Whether you’re planning on completely re-doing your kitchen or just adding cosmetic touches, you’ll find inspiration for modern kitchen designs in our picture gallery.

First of all, what makes a kitchen design ‘modern’? This is a complicated question, because in layman’s terms, ‘contemporary’ is often used interchangeably with ‘modern’, but they’re actually different styles of interior design and architecture. How? The Houzz magazine offers direction. John Hill explains the difference talking about architecture: “At their most literal, ‘contemporary’ is the architecture being produced now, the architecture of the moment. ‘Modern’ architecture breaks with the past – specifically the traditional styles of before the Industrial Revolution.” Jude Loxley looks at furniture and describes that ‘modern’ is “a historic design movement”, and ‘contemporary’ is “an adjective used to define a style”. The takeaway? Most of the time, when you want to describe a kitchen design as ‘modern’, know that ‘contemporary’ is actually the more accurate term to use. Go ahead and impress your interior designer or architect with your industry-term know-how!

What you’re probably more interested in though is very likely the visual aspect of what makes a modern kitchen design. That’s where the Houzz image gallery can help. You can browse thousands of photos to explore the style and narrow down your ideas. If you spot a particular modern design you like, you can even contact the kitchen designer, showroom or store behind it and get a quote!

Here’s a few more things you may want to consider while looking for your perfect kitchen:

Consider your kitchen space

You may like the idea of a window splashback, but is that something that’s realistic for your space? Start with what you have and work from there. If you’re looking for a kitchen with an island, select the appropriate filter above to narrow down your choices. If your kitchen is small, you may want to look for ways to make a small kitchen look bigger. If you’re overwhelmed with backsplash choices, consider not having one at all and look at designs without one.

Is a modern kitchen design practical?

Depending on your space, the possibilities for filling your kitchen space are endless. But what do you actually need? It helps to think about how you use the space. Do you do a lot of casual entertaining? A kitchen island that doubles up as a table with seating area may be ideal. Are you cooking a lot and own lots of appliances? You want to make sure you have enough cabinets to store it all. Do you eat out a lot and like beautiful styled shelves? Open shelving may be the right solution for you.

Which modern design is yours?

Only once the above two are sorted should you move on to the design aspect of things. Which colours do you like and will stand the test of time? A white or grey kitchen design is quite timeless, and keeping things minimal will always allow you to add character. Which other styles may influence your design? Any style can be given a modern touch. Once you have the main elements sorted, think about the design elements that will make your kitchen stand out. Lighting can be one such element, as is flooring or wall art! In a minimalistic modern kitchen, a chandelier may be your main feature, or standout flooring will set your design apart. If you choose simple pendants, a standout artwork may be the perfect centrepiece.

So go ahead and collect some ideas - we can’t wait to see what you create!


Whether you want inspiration for planning a modern kitchen renovation or are building a designer kitchen from scratch, Houzz has 355,183 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Alpha Renovations and Seytim. Look through kitchen photos in different colours and styles and when you find a modern kitchen design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful modern kitchen ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.