20 Awesome Color Schemes for a Modern Kitchen

An all-white kitchen has been a kitchen sought after in recent years; the crisp, clean appearance and light airiness of a white kitchen certainly has its appeal! But there are many color options for a contemporary kitchen that still look fresh, with more than a pinch of personality thrown in.

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This article shows 20 beautiful color schemes that you may or may not have thought of when dreaming of a modern kitchen. Enjoy!


Monochromatic kitchen color schemeView in gallery

A monochromatic color scheme is very modern for any space, and the kitchen is no exception. If monochromatic is what you’re after, be sure to vary the tones and tints of the color itself, as well as the sheen and texture. Notice the variation between all the grey aspects of this kitchen among the floor, cabinetry (uppers and lowers), countertops, and lighting fixture. When combined, the effect is interesting with great visual depth.(image found on lightinghouse)

White & Gold.

White and gold kitchen color schemeView in gallery

Of course, if you love the look of a white kitchen but wanted to stray juuuust a little from the trending all-white kitchen, there are ways to do that with subtle color. Maintain the white feel with unadorned windows, marble countertop and backsplash, and a white farmhouse sink. Throw a pale grey-green color onto the cabinets, then accent with metallic hardware, fixtures, and accessories. The result is a kitchen that feels almost ethereal…without being completely white.

Leather & White.

Potrona Frau Leather AccentsView in gallery

Similar to white and gold in color, a white and leather-guided kitchen may appear similar as far as colors go, but the overall effect is quite different. Leather is used as the cover to the fridge and on the chairs here; light- to medium-shades of wood are used elsewhere to carry the very natural and neutral color palette through the space. While this kitchen is still completely contemporary, with its sleek lines and straightforward design, it has a sort of rustic charm and appeal thanks to the leather.

Drawers with leather for KitchenView in gallery

And, for the record, leather = luxe. Look at the stitching around these leather drawer faces! Gorgeous.

Red, White, & Blue.

Colorful Kitchen Color SchemeView in gallery

Variations of cool blue tints help to keep this bold color palette feeling more modern and mature than like a kids’ playroom. A heavy dose of white throughout the corner of this kitchen also tempers the boldness into a pleasantly happy space.{found on kanerid}.

Honed Slate, Honey, & Cherry Red (and Wood).

Honed Slate, Honey, & Cherry Red and Wood KitchenView in gallery

This rich, color-infused combination is warm, cozy, and welcoming. It works best with a natural light source, because the colors themselves lean toward the darker end of the spectrum. This updated kitchen is from the slightly post-mid-century modern era (70s), but it couldn’t be more relevant to today’s popular aesthetic.

Modern Red-Orange & Goldenrod.

Modern red and orange color scheme for kitchenView in gallery

Kitchens inherently have lots “going on,” so a color scheme can be somewhat subtle yet still be quite effective in the kitchen. The transparent goldenrod suspension lamp (pendant) above the modern red-orange dining chairs around a white Saarinen tulip table are the first-impression highlight and provide a fresh, invigorating color palette. Various shades of grey, ranging from almost-black to light grey in the monorail track lighting system, tall narrow windows, bar stools, and appliances all read as neutral. Wood floors, upper cabinetry, and a wood-faced credenza provide much-needed balance to the space overall.{found on lda-architects}.

Poppy Orange&Ebony.

Poppy orange and ebonyView in gallery

A striking and classic color combination that, in one way or another, has recurred throughout time in one way or another. The thing that makes this combination great in a modern kitchen is the opportunity for contrasts of sheen – high-gloss cabinetry combines with matte ebony walls and shelving for a deep visual feast. Sandwiching the intensity of the color scheme between white floors and ceiling is a great design choice.

Fuchsia & Light Neutrals.

Fuchsia & Light Neutrals KitchenView in gallery

If your kitchen is designed in such a way that an entire wall can be a color, then you’re perfectly set up to choose a vivacious and vibrant hue to kickstart your modern palette without reservation. Because the walls of a kitchen are inherently broken up by cabinetry, appliances, backsplashes, etc., even the boldest of colors will have a somewhat muted look. Which means you can get away with choosing your favorite flavor of pink (fuchsia!) and not worry about its being overwhelming.

Coral & Steel.

White and orange color kitchen schemeView in gallery

This is simply amore subtle variation of the classic red-black-white color scheme discussed previously, but the effect is still modern and fresh. Maintaining the white color on the cabinets and walls (the perimeter of the kitchen) and popping in some steel elements in appliances helps to keep the star of the kitchen the coral center island. But a thick white countertop throughout adds cohesion, even to cabinetry that is different. This is a key element – one of simplicity and consistency amidst design variations – of modern style.{found on demattei}.

Aqua & Red.

Aqua and red kitchenView in gallery

It’s invigorating, to be sure, but aqua and red is not a color combination many people associate with modern kitchens. But isn’t the effect so energetic and friendly? The key to keeping this palette reined in (and not feeling like a juvenile space) is simple, clean color transitions and few but substantial accents. The red bar stools, for example, immediately draw the eye and set the contemporary, sleek tone. Fresh flowers and large vibrant art finish off the décor flawlessly.

Aqua & Chartreuse.

Aqua & Chartreuse Kitchen Color SchemeView in gallery

Bold, fresh colors that invigorate and invite are an excellent choice for the kitchen! Blue and green are analogous colors and are also found together often in nature, so they will look well in a modern kitchen. Plenty of neutral materials (“invisible colors” here), such as wood and steel and concrete, actually make up the bulk of the coloring…an important ratio to keeping the kitchen feeling energetic and appealing without being overpowering or distasteful.

Teal, White, & Wood.

Teal, White, and Wood KitchenView in gallery

“Wood” isn’t necessarily a color; we’ve already seen examples where wood is in the modern kitchen but isn’t necessarily part of the color scheme itself. But in this instance, the wood tone and color are vital in enhancing and rounding out the glossy, almost clinical look of white and teal. The colors are reminiscent of ice and water and, thus, meld beautifully with warmer natural tones. A simple, sleek, earth-centered color palette for any modern kitchen.{found on alterstudio}.

Blue & Tan.

Blue and Tan Kitchen color SchemeView in gallery

Speaking of earth-centered, it doesn’t get more natural-feeling than blues and tans like in this modern kitchen. Again, this color combination has been around since, well, since water and beaches hung out together, but balance of more elements is key to this modern kitchen’s appeal. Alchemy and concrete countertops bring in some much-needed fire elements (lava; rock). Glass subway tiles are unique in their mosaic presentation, and the lines are simple and straightforward. This is a great unique modern kitchen color scheme.{found on brennanarch}.

Aquamarine & Tan (Wood).

Aquamarine kitchen color schemeView in gallery

Few color combinations are as historic as the aqua-and-sand color combo (hello, any beach, anywhere). But still the palette is relevant in a modern kitchen. Various tints of the aqua appear on the backsplash and countertops to add depth and warmth to the kitchen. Wood provides instantaneous balance amidst bold coloring. The look is striking without being a show-off. Beautiful.{found on designgroupthree}.

Lime, Grey, & White.

Lime, Grey, & White Kitchen Color SchemeView in gallery

The use of a bold color in a modern kitchen’s color scheme doesn’t mean the entire kitchen has to revolve around that particular hue. A strategic pop of a vibrant color somewhere in the space is enough to make it part of the color palette, while other neutral colors maintain a sense of modernity and sophistication. The lime green backsplash and cabinet interiors in this kitchen accomplish this.

Chartreuse & White.

Chartreuse & White Kitchen color SchemeView in gallery

Chartreuse is one of those retro-modern colors that looks both historic and hip at the same time. Glossy kitchen cabinetry on one wall in chartreuse adjoining matte, blonde wood-like kitchen cabinetry on the other wall provides great balance and crisp lines. In fact, the chartreuse color here plays a vital role in sharpening the paler units.

Yellow, White,& Charcoal.

Yellow, White,& Charcoal KitchenView in gallery

We’ve seen grey and yellow color combinations in all sorts of spaces in recent years – living rooms, home offices, bedrooms, even nurseries. But the kitchen paint shouldn’t be excluded from the list where this color scheme looks updated. There’s a good blend of depth with the charcoal tones, punched up and infused with positive chi by the yellow. White touches here and there round everything out. This is a fun, crisp color scheme for any modern kitchen.

Vermillion, Magenta, & Pale Blue.

Vermillion, Magenta and Pale Blue Kitchen ColorView in gallery

White is a key player in this colorful kitchen, of course, but the colors themselves are the attraction. A unique vermillion farmhouse sink brings personality and spunk to the kitchen instantaneously. The repeated magenta skirts create a retro, friendly vibe that’s completely charming. And the pale blue backsplash helps to temper the stark contrast between the bright jewel tones and the white cabinetry.{found on thecrossdesign}.

Colorblocked Lime, Plum, & Aqua.

Colorblocked Lime, Plum, and Aqua Kitchen Color SchemeView in gallery

A discussion of modern color schemes wouldn’t be complete without an example of color blocking. In this glorious contemporary kitchen, vibrant hues are installed in chunks, separated by the neutral-est of neutrals (beech wood, perhaps?). The richness and depth of plum, located near the floor, help to ground the color scheme; aqua glass tiles create the illusion of water, and an interior cabinet painted out in lime provides the perfect pop of shock. This is energetic, youthful, and completely contemporary.{found on slogreengoods}.