Modern Kitchen Remodel: 7 Tips for Updating Your Style

Remodeling your kitchen to a modern style is an exciting endeavor that requires proper planning. In this blog, we look at seven tips to keep in mind for your modern kitchen remodel project.

When you’re looking to upgrade your out-of-date kitchen with a more modern style, it’s important to do your research. While you want a space that catches the eye, you also need to ensure your kitchen is functional.

After all, you use your kitchen for various purposes, from meal prepping and cooking to dining and socializing. Therefore, it’s essential to take the time to understand what makes a kitchen modern but also determine how to best remodel your kitchen for your needs.

Let’s look at seven tips for modernizing your kitchen.

7 Tips for a Modern Kitchen Remodel

1. Choose a Minimalistic Design

Today’s kitchens are all about minimalistic designs. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have fewer items in your kitchen, you just need to emphasize the essentials—like appliances, cabinets and countertops—so the space feels intentional and less cluttered.

Since modern kitchen styles have a “less is more” mentality, most designs shy away from wall art and busy textures. This allows you to add personality to a particular part of the kitchen, whether it be an accent kitchen island countertop or colorful cabinets.

2. Focus on Horizontal Lines

When you’re contemplating a modern kitchen remodel, you may think about how the space needs to be both simple and functional. To achieve this, you need to focus on horizontal lines.

The easiest way to add horizontal lines to your kitchen is by lining the walls with long, wide kitchen cabinets. Then, place a long kitchen island in the center of the room so it’s parallel to the kitchen cabinets. This will not only add horizontal lines to your kitchen but also give you more storage options without taking away from the minimalist style.

3. Pick a Monochromatic Color Palette

In order to add emphasis to one part of your kitchen, you need to mute the rest of the space. To do this, you need to use a monochromatic color palette, which uses variations of one color.

For example, let’s say you want your accent kitchen island countertop to stand out as a focal point in your new kitchen. Kitchen islands make your space pop with added character, which is accomplished through a unique color from the rest of the kitchen.

Therefore, you should use a muted monochromatic color palette like white or gray for the cabinets, flooring, periphery countertops, walls and other appliances to really bring out the bold colors in your kitchen island.

4. Update Your Cabinets

Your modern kitchen remodel is the perfect time to update your cabinets because it allows you to replace your old, outdated cabinets with sleek and sophisticated hardware. And since cabinets are often the most expensive part of the kitchen, you can use this time to design the rest of the space around them.

Like we mentioned previously, go for cabinets that are long and wide. That way, they’ll give your space horizontal lines, which are must-haves in most modern kitchen styles. They also provide ample storage space, which helps to keep your kitchen free from clutter.

5. Transform Your Countertops

Your existing countertops may be stained and scratched after years of use—or simply not fit the modern theme. Take this opportunity to replace your countertops with a modern material.

There are many countertop material options to choose from, so go with one that matches your lifestyle:

  • Granite countertops are perfect for multi-use and entertaining because their density allows them to withstand everyday wear and tear.
  • Quartz countertops are also on trend because they are durable and provide a wide range of colors and patterns, including marble looks.
  • Quartzite countertops have softer marble-like veining patterns and colors, and they hold up to long-term daily use better than most marble materials.

You may also consider solid surface, ultra compact surfacing (Dekton) and soapstone. The options are abundant and all depend on your unique take on the modern style as well as your budget and functional needs. 

6. Install a Sleek Sink

In addition to new countertops, it’s a good idea to upgrade your sink. You use your sink every day, so you want to install a sink that looks modern but will also hold up for years to come. 

Consider a stainless steel undermount sink for a sleek style and proven functionality. Plus, it will look amazing with whichever countertop material you choose.

7. Make Room for Socializing

Modern kitchens are open concept because they allow for socializing. Even if someone is preparing the meal, they can be part of the conversation happening around them. Plus, open concept kitchens complement modern lifestyles by giving space to the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

One easy way to embrace the open style concept is by adding a breakfast counter. It serves as a functional piece by dividing your kitchen from your living room but also allows for organic socialization between people in both rooms.


Planning for a modern kitchen remodel is easy when you follow these tips. No matter which options you go with, you can feel satisfied knowing your upgraded kitchen will be both functional and stunning.

Eastern Surfaces has the materials you need to give your kitchen a modern makeover. Request more information on countertops, sinks, faucets, tile and more when you contact us.