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I’m a tornadic chef. (I shouldn’t even call myself a chef.) I use every inch of counter space, several dishes and cutlery, spill spices everywhere and generally need to mop afterwards. My current home lacks in cooking space (I’m working on that problem). So, what I love about modern kitchens is their simple and minimalist approach to a hard-working space. They look and feel like they’re meant to be cooked in. Some rooms look like they shouldn’t be touched, kind of like that “formal living room” at the front of the house that you dust every few weeks but never actually acknowledge otherwise. Your kitchen definitely shouldn’t be that room. I feel like I could go to work on delicious baked goods in one of these designer kitchens, completely destroy it with flour and powdered sugar, then simply swipe it back to its sleek self. Modern kitchens always feel modeled after professional culinary spaces with crisp stainless steel, pendant lighting and an open floorplan, making it ready to work. Do you like the feel of a modern cooking space in your home, or do you prefer a warmer, more traditional kitchen to make your daily meals? Tell us in the comments below.

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6 Responses

  1. Pamela Leonard says:

    I understand the joy of getting in the kitchen to 'create' a meal. Sometimes it's just like that. Although I agree and love the modern minimalist design is easy to clean and always looks clean, I like to mix it with the warmth of a more traditional look. I'd keep the woods and stone and it…lots of counter space to work on. Since I clean as I go….the kitchen is clean and presentable when the meal is ready….and THAT'S comfort food!

  2. sheila says:

    I would loave a different kitchen ! I hate mine its a 8 by 16 no cabnet space no room for two in it! I would love a traditional kitchen

  3. I like a good mixture of both. I love the clean look with lots of working space, but warm colors, and a good eat at peninsula or island plus a good, family size table. Out of these three, I like the warm woods in #1, but the bright yellow color of #2. The last one just looks too white and sterile.

  4. a_fan says:

    Your question reminded me of a “quilt” sculpted by Greely Myatt, who I believe is a Tennessee artist. The image has always stayed with me. I loved the artist’s reinterpretation of quilting. His sculptural “quilt” seemed to me like the perfect combination of modern meets country.

    Like my fellow blog enthusiasts, I, too, like the idea of blending styles. It is one of the many things design guru Candice Olson does so well and so effortlessly. Thanks HGTV for the continued inspiration.

  5. Kim says:

    Love the modern clean look of these kitchens! I prefer a contemporary look to mine, and when I was updating I found hardware at Look in the Attic & Company. I thought they only carried vintage reproductions, but their moderne series is gorgeous!

Kayla KittsKayla is a special projects editor at HGTV.com and a co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. Kayla is an overbearing cat mom with a love for vintage-modern furniture, artisan cocktails, organizing all...


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