In newer houses, a modern kitchen is extremely desirable. Not only does a modern kitchen look sleek and chic, it’s also one of the things lots of buyers look for, so if you’re planning on selling up at any point, a modern kitchen can be a fantastic investment. The objective is to make it look clean, bright and airy. This look can work in any sized kitchen, from the smaller city apartment to the sprawling house in the countryside.


The first thing to think about is the colour palette. The truly modern kitchen based itself on a largely monochrome planet, so black, white and grey. However, if you want to inject a bit more character into your kitchen, it’s perfectly acceptable to add a pop of colour. Stick to one or two shades, and bear in mind that these might need to be covered up or removed if you want to sell.


When it comes to materials, you want to be looking at the smooth, sleek end of the scale. Lots of cool metals and white tiles can be the ideal materials for a modern kitchen design. As for flooring, clean, smart tiles or elegant slate can look fantastic against a set of white cabinets and cupboards. Exposed brickwork can really work in some modern kitchens for a New York loft apartment vibe, but it can be costly to recreate if you don’t already have it in the room.


Gadgets and gizmos are the staple of any modern kitchen. If you’ve wanted a hi-tech coffee machine or a juicer, now is the time to invest. With gadgets in this sort of design scheme, it’s all about the design as well as the function. Choose items you are happy to put on display. Think lots of brushed metals and bright colours to match the ‘colour pop’ you chose for the overall colour scheme. Now is definitely the time to stash away the 80s breadmaker.


Apart from the design of the products you choose, it’s best to keep the space as clutter free as possible. If possible, avoid fabrics, and opt for blinds over curtains. It’s about creating a practical, easy to manage space which isn’t overrun with unnecessary extras. However, you might choose to opt for a single focal point, such as one interesting piece of art, a large, low-hanging light or a series of mirrors, which will also help to reflect light around the room. This will give you a talking point, and may inspire you for other elements of the design scheme.