Modern homeowners are looking for a clean, sleek design with bright and uncomplicated features that can help make the kitchen more functional. Here are a few ideas that can help you to achieve that functional, tasteful, and on-trend look.


If you have enough space in your kitchen, an island area can serve as a central part of your kitchen for serving, gathering, and even cooking. Ideally, an island area would have enough space around it so guests can circulate around it with total comfort. The ideal distance for an island to be placed from other cabinet areas or furniture is a minimum of 3 feet with 4-5 feet ideal. For this reason, kitchen islands work best in larger kitchen spaces. A kitchen island should include at least one of the 3 functional areas of a kitchen which include cleaning, storage, and cooking. Often an island can include all 3 and even more in the way of accessories or plumbing. Islands can also serve as an important design feature for the kitchen and can often include a differently coordinated cabinet color and or countertop. Custom pendant lighting over the island can also add more color and variety to the overall design.

A kitchen with white cabinets and bar stools.


One of the biggest trends in current kitchen design is natural light because it brings a natural influence into the home. Large picture windows can extend outdoor areas into the kitchen and often add spectacular views. Even skylights or high, small windows can provide more opportunity for light when large picture windows are not practical.


Keeping with a simpler, cleaner look, shaker style doors is making a comeback! A flat center panel with a clean outside border shows off a current-looking kitchen trend.


White paint offers a way to instantly brighten any space. There are plenty of different shades of white to choose from, giving homeowners the flexibility they need for cabinets, countertops, flooring, and backsplashes. Often, warm beige colors along with light greens, blues, and light grays give kitchens a more natural and relaxing feel. Light browns work well too. Wood floors, countertops, and tile provide strong accents that can help meld and support related paint colors.  These types of color choices make for a timeless kitchen as opposed to chasing the trends.


Other popular kitchen trends:

  • Larger pot and pan drawer bases help to avoid digging to find what you need at the back of the cabinet.
  • Built-in vertical spice rack pull-outs offer a convenient space-saving alternative. They can be located in a pantry cabinet, next to the oven or almost anywhere there’s a little unused space. 
  • A double trash pull-out provides a functional design, instead of having the trash can at the end of a counter or under the sink.
  • Built-in cabinet pantries with multi pull-out drawers give you that additional food storage area when space is at a premium.

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