Mom in Training: How to Turn an Outdated Kitchen into a Modern Design

October 2, 2015

How to Turn an Outdated Kitchen into a Modern Design

Many homes have an outdated kitchen. This could mean that they appear drab and dull as well as having older appliances that just don’t function as well as they should. Making the most of modern kitchen designs can turn this room into an inviting and useful space.


The first thing one sees as they enter a kitchen is the cabinets. Repainting them along with the walls and adding new hardware instantly creates personality to the space. Moving on to the ceiling, the addition of color and texture adds interest. There are now ceiling tiles available that look like antique tin. They can be painted to match the color scheme being used. It also offsets any new lighting nicely.

Don’t forget the back splash. Subway tiles in a classic white never go out of style. Create movement by placing them in a herringbone pattern. Laminate counters can give the look of stone without the high cost, and new flooring such as hardwood, tiles, or faux flooring add style.


Upgrading appliances to newer, more energy efficient models makes a kitchen look modern while creating a space that is much easier for the home cook to work in. These appliances could include a certified energy star refrigerator, paneled water saving dish washer, and a duel-fuel range with double convection ovens.

Simple touches such, as having quieter soft-close glides and hinges installed in the existing cabinetry, creates a calming effect. Lighting should also be updated. A completely functional kitchen has under counter task lighting, a pendant over the table or island, and a ceiling light. 


Replace upper cabinets with open shelves. This makes smaller spaces feel bigger, and it looks very modern. Laminate shelves can be purchased to match the counter tops. Use metal brackets that coordinate with the hardware. Take advantage of the space beside the refrigerator by adding custom wine storage from the floor to ceiling. Use door mounted shelves and wire racks in the pantry to provide more storage while helping to keep everything organized.

With these few simple changes a drab and dull kitchen can be transformed. New appliances make it chef friendly while fresh colors and adornments invite people in. One can get interior contractors here at online sites like that can help with all of these kitchen make-over ideas.


  1. Excellent tips! Thank you!

  2. These are great tips! A brand new coat of paint helps as well.

    1. Definitely a little paint does wonders! We just did some painting out back of our house and it was amazing the transformation.


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