The design of the new modern kitchen has forever changed.  The new modern kitchen is far from the cold, showroom-looking kitchens that were once considered contemporary.  The design savvy homeowners are aware that a modern or contemporary design has more to do with the functionality and use of the space than with the final (outlook) of the room.  The main focus in remodeling or designing a kitchen nowadays is about planning and making the right choices to make life in a kitchen more enjoyable and productive.  The pictures below show some images of what a modern kitchen design looks like today.
A smart kitchen layout 
The layout of a kitchen is probably the first point of reference for any designer.  Not only it should be easy and functional but it should also provide a comfortable atmosphere for social gathering.  This is the place where we usually get together with close friends and family to cook, drink and laugh together.  

Durable and beautifully designed kitchen appliances
When selecting appliances stainless steel is still, the first choice.  Not only are they modern looking but they are also beautiful. 

Family first
Kitchens with double functions such as eat-in area and perhaps an area where kids can do their homework are the norm now a days.

New modern design elements
White marble is perhaps the most prevalent design element in a modern kitchen at the moment. Subway tiles is a timeless style that goes well in any kitchen design and it's constant use makes them a modern choice.  White, light color cabinetry or high gloss finished cabinetry is also a very modern selection.  Open shelving, especially in small spaces, can make all the difference.

Color palette
Today's kitchens tend to stay away from saturated colors and prints.  They share either a monochromatic color scheme or a two tone.  I uploaded this kitchen below into my pinterest account 5 weeks ago where you can see not two but three different colors with the green standing out. 

David Gill's home
Top image Joseph Dirand, 3 via Design Sponge, 4 Athena Calderon kitchen, 6 via Pinterest