To create an impressive space to cook, eat and entertain, clean, open, minimal and functional is the formula of modern kitchen to make the sleek design aesthetic have character, be family-friendly, or even a little bit colorful. Whether you want to go full-on mid-century or have something a little more contemporary, check out these 10 proof that modern kitchen don’t have to feel sparse and stark below. Enjoy!

1. Simple

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Keep your kitchen sparse and simple by adding some dimension to an all-white kitchen is wooden counter stools, and maybe a solitary plant leaf.

2. Say No to Cabinets

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Skip wall cabinets and opt for open shelving in clean, unfinished wood (if possible) for a more modern feel.

3. Bring the Sexy Black

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Black kitchens can be seriously sexy and modern. Combine it with light wood and it’ll feel a bit more homey, not too sleek for hanging out everyday with your family.

4. Say Hi to Gray

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This kitchen is a lesson in how gray can be cool and calming, rather than dull. The minimalist cooking space blends statement lighting with a geometric backsplash to keep it feeling fresh, modern, and fun.

5. Color, Color, Color

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Keep everything white, then add in pops of color from your serving ware, or even a colorful fridge.

6. Industrial, But Chic

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Industrial kitchen can look totally elegant and clean (start with some fresh flowers on your island), and a stainless steel backsplash will take all those oil splatters like a pro.

7. Rustic Meets Modern

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Think rustic and modern; it can be mixed with this raw wood island.

8. All The Warm & Cozy Feels

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Forgo hardware on cabinets for a more streamlined look. Dark wood cabinetry and floors can make a modern kitchen feel warm and inviting.

9. Pump Up The Party

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The oversize glass tiles on the backsplash are backed in silver leaf to brighten the already light and fun cooking space. Add a silver pendants give your kitchen a party vibes for days.

10. Backsplash Goals

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Though the stools are mid-century modern and the design is overall very minimal, the climbing vines backsplash gives the kitchen above some life and color.