Even though modern kitchens tend to feature stark color palettes, that doesn't mean you can't add color with your accessories. Choose a single color to make your kitchen pop, and use that color on chairs, small appliances, or as a component of your tableware.
One modern kitchen idea is to go green... literally. Bright lime green is as popular today as avocado green was in the 70's. While you may not want to buy lime green appliances, replacing several of your cabinet doors or buying lime green accessories will give your kitchen an instant update.
You may cringe when you hear the word "wallpaper," but one way to jazz up a kitchen is to apply modern wallpaper to one of the walls. Unlike wallpaper of the past, self-adhesive wallpapers like Tempaper are easy to apply and easy to remove allowing you to modernize your kitchen in a single afternoon.
The sleek black glass commonly found on TV stands and entertainment centers is now a popular look for modern, high-tech kitchens. Update your kitchen with cabinetry featuring stainless steel fixtures and black glass doors.