Three Real Kitchens with Modern Styling

Posted by KraftMaid on 7th Sep 2023

With clean lines, a streamlined appearance, and a function-first design philosophy, more people are choosing Modern kitchen design. Check out three real kitchens from customers to see their take on this trend.

In 2023, Houzz reported that Modern now ranks as the second most-popular style for kitchen remodels – up from fifth in 2019. To see how you can create this style with KraftMaid®, we’ll point out a few prime examples that proud customers and kitchen designers have shared with us.

Modern KraftMaid kitchen with center island and floating shelves

Clean-lined minimalism gives this kitchen its Modern appearance.


A distinctive trait of Modern style is a minimalist appearance. In South Carolina, the Snyder family made their kitchen the epitome of simplicity by featuring smooth  slab cabinet doors and a monochromatic color scheme. The large-scale veining of the solid quartz backsplash and matching countertops adds visual impact without fussiness.

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Modern-style kitchen with sloped ceiling, angled layout, and large center island in KraftMaid slab door cabinets.

Bold combinations can accentuate Modern design elements.


Color blocking, the Modern-era design technique of using large, defined areas of color, is on full display in the Johnson family kitchen in Florida. The geometric shapes formed by grey, blue, and white cabinetry play into the sharp architectural angles in the room, while featuring the same slab door style and common  bar pull-style hardware throughout the kitchen helps unite the contrasting colors into a cohesive look.

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Painted KraftMaid cabinets and stainless-steel appliances in a Modern kitchen

Strong horizontal lines and metallics punctuate this Modern kitchen design.


Reflective surfaces catch your eye in the Ellis kitchen. And that contributes to the Modern kitchen vibe. Polished countertops, glazed subway tile that runs from countertop to ceiling, and the luster of stainless-steel appliances reflect light and add a sleek, streamlined look. But lightly stained hardwood floors counterbalance the glossy surfaces to keep the space from feeling cold.

Check out the dramatic transformation in before and after pics.


Want to know more about the history of Modern style, the design elements you’ll typically find in a Modern kitchen, and why Modern is different than contemporary?  Visit our Modern Style Spotlight page.