The kitchen is supposed to be the heart of the home, and it should be. This is where you not only eat your meals but maybe start off and organize your day, where you entertain family and friends, and spend a good amount of your time. Here are a few basic rules for designing your kitchen so that it’s modern, elegant, and functional.


You want your cabinets to reach the ceiling if possible. This not only gives your kitchen a smooth seamless look, it also eliminates the need for you to ever have to dust the top of your cabinets!


For modern countertops try using natural textures like granite or marble. If your looking for designs that are very environmentally friendly, you should definitely check out recycled glass. There are many different color options and it has a life expectancy of about 50 years. In modern kitchens nowadays it’s all about thick chunky slabs. For a more price smart option, add a thick edge to a thin surface.

Recycled Glass Countertop

Recycled Glass Countertop

Golden triangle

This is what designers use to describe the ideal locations you want to have your refrigerator, sink, and stove. To maximize the effectiveness of your kitchen it is usually best if you can draw a line between the three and it form a triangle.



Use your backsplash as a focal point to really set the mood in your kitchen. Since neutral colors go great in kitchens, your backsplash is just the right place to either add a splash of color, or complete the overall tone and feel of the room.  Give this a bit a thought because a great backsplash can absolutely make the entire kitchen.


The kitchen is the one of, if not the liveliest room in the house.  The energy level in this room is going to be very high, plus when you’re cooking or doing almost any kind of work in he kitchen you need to be able to see what you’re doing.

That being said, this is definitely the room where you can really light it up.  Small hanging lights over your island or workspace is very sophisticated, and you can place lights under the counter to create a silver lining effect around your island.  Along with the original kitchen lights or a couple simple modern ceiling lights and your good to go!


Utilize as much storage space as possible. Different sizes of drawers can be used to store cutlery and utensils, pots and pans, and everyday miscellaneous objects.  Try this instead of using any overhanging storage that can make you feel cluttered.









Having an island is another great way to maximize storage space, and is a must if you like to entertain or just like to have more work space.

On top of that, feng shui experts say that the cook’s station should be located in an empowered area overlooking the room instead of the wall.  A kitchen island is by far the easiest way to accomplish this.