When planning to update your kitchen, it can be difficult to know where to begin. From replacing broken or outdated materials to finding the perfect style for your space, modern kitchen remodeling involves more than you might expect. To create a truly modern kitchen remodel, update your kitchen with new fixtures and features and utilize the latest materials and design elements.
Remodeling shouldn’t have to be done every ten years to keep up with the latest trends, which is why updating your kitchen with modern design and amenities with serve you well since it will ensure your kitchen lasts longer.
Sleek and streamlined is the norm for modern kitchen cabinets. Many kitchens appear outdated simply because the cabinets are in poor shape or reminiscent of a design that was popular decades ago. Cabinets can completely transform the look of a kitchen. Older kitchens tend to have worn cabinets with outdated woodgrain or dingy paint. Update your kitchen cabinets and find the perfect hardware to complement them.
Whether a stunning white to brighten up the kitchen, a traditional dark wood cabinet, or a matte gray, there are plenty of cabinet color and style options to make your kitchen look and feel more modern.
Kitchen countertops are some of the most used and abused surfaces in a home and discolored, chipped, or peeling countertops can make a kitchen look dated. Modernize your kitchen by swapping out old countertops for a new countertop made of granite, quartz, or marble. There are so many countertop colors and patterns available, from unique granite slabs and gorgeous swirling marble to man-made quartz.
There have also been advances in using glass, concrete, tile, and less traditional stone materials like soapstone and travertine for gorgeous modern countertops.
Modern appliances enhance the look and function of your kitchen and are often more energy efficient as well. Stainless steel appliances are the gold standard in a modern kitchen, although some homeowners prefer to maintain a central color palette with appliances built into the framing of the cabinets and countertops.
Whether you want the latest top-of-the-line appliance or just need an upgrade to increase efficiency, there are plenty of options to ensure your kitchen runs smoothly. From the latest low-flow faucets and sinks to top-of-the-line refrigerators with plenty of storage space, new appliances make a huge difference. From the standard kitchen appliances like refrigerators, microwaves, ovens, and toasters to integrated and smart appliances with Wi-Fi, notifications, and timers, modern appliances elevate your experience and make your kitchen better.
Less is More
When it comes to creating a modern kitchen design, less really is more. Modern kitchens are sleek and chic. The streamlined and purposeful design will achieve a modern kitchen aesthetic, whereas too many items and ideas could detract from the kitchen and make it appear cluttered. Modern kitchen design celebrates minimalism–from sleek white cabinets to flush appliances or a monochromatic color scheme. Many updated kitchen designs have integrated appliances and flush cabinets that do not stick out or have much hardware.
In order to achieve that sleek, modern kitchen appearance, it’s important to keep items from piling up on countertops and avoid too many kitchen knick-knacks. Ensure plenty of cabinets to put appliances, kitchenware, and utensils away to maintain a modern kitchen aesthetic.
Updated & Natural Lighting
Modern kitchens are typically bright, calming, and appear spacious–even if they have a small footprint. To achieve a modern kitchen design, swap out yellow incandescent lights for white LED bulbs. Making this simple change will make the space appear brighter and will also save on energy costs long term. Under-cabinet lighting is also a great option to enhance the appearance of your space.
Whether you need a bit of extra light when coming home from a late work shift or creeping out for a midnight snack, under cabinet lights serve a function and have flair. The right lighting can make a kitchen appear larger and more spacious without a major renovation. One of the easiest and most affordable kitchen updates is swapping out lighting fixtures and lightbulbs.
Multifunctional Kitchen Island
Kitchen islands have gained in popularity in the last few decades, so much so that almost all new homes and modern kitchens include at least a small island. Including a kitchen island in your modern kitchen remodel ensures you have plenty of space for cooking and meal prep and can easily connect the space between the kitchen and living or dining space.
The “multifunctional” aspect of a kitchen island has to do with the variety of tasks that can be performed by the island–such as an integrated oven for cooking, a single or double sink, counter space for meal prep, a waterfall edge for barstool seating, additional cabinet storage, and more.
Modern Color Schemes
One of the tell-tale signs of an outdated kitchen is mismatched colors and a lack of a central design theme. For a modern kitchen remodel, consider using some of the most popular modern color schemes. Black, white, gray, and monochromatic or dark wood are extremely popular cabinet choices.
Additionally, most homeowners choose a light-colored countertop (typically some variation of white with gray veining) or a dark-flecked countertop with gray, black, or green color elements. While you can certainly add a pop of color or insert design accents, modern kitchen design has emphasized a minimalistic kitchen with classic colors that will still seem modern thirty years from now.
While it might seem like a small detail, a tile backsplash can make all the difference in helping modernize the appearance of your kitchen. A kitchen backsplash also serves an important function of keeping water and food “backsplash” from damaging your walls. Older kitchens often have blank white walls or outdated wallpaper, whereas a modern kitchen typically has a complimentary glass or tile backsplash.
To transform your kitchen, replace that old, outdated kitchen wallpaper with a modern backsplash. Installing a backsplash is typically less expensive than other kitchen changes, and it can be a DIY weekend project or part of a larger professional remodeling effort.
Modern kitchens feature designs that are prepared for anything, including handling spills and messes while maintaining a beautiful appearance. Functional flooring in modern kitchens means both beauty and purpose–from mopping up messes from tile or hardwood to the timeless appearance each modern floor material offers.
Some people prefer to have hardwood floors that flow from the kitchen into the living space, while others like to have a differentiation between the flooring in the two spaces, such as hardwood in the living space and tile in the kitchen.
Some of the most popular modern flooring materials are:
⦁ Natural Hardwood
⦁ Porcelain & Ceramic Tile
⦁ Hardwood Laminate
While each flooring material has its pros and cons, it’s important to fit the flooring with the overall kitchen design and aesthetic. Stone or slate floors may be stunning in a kitchen with white or gray cabinetry but look more out of place when paired with dark wood cabinets, for instance.
Get A Kitchen Remodeling Estimate
To get help designing and creating a modern kitchen in your home, contact the expert team and Cabinetland Kitchen & Beyond. Cabinetland is here to provide you with more information, answer any questions you may have, and create effective solutions for your modern kitchen needs. We look forward to hearing from you.