Modular Kitchen Design: A Style For Everyone

Modular kitchen options are a popular trend in modern kitchen design. They are less expensive and efficient in space use. Also, it takes some of the difficulty out of planning an important room of the house. Additionally, these kitchen designs have beautiful styles for everyone. 

A Modular Kitchen: What Is It?

Modular Kitchens

Modular Kitchens

Modular kitchens are built with pre-made and measured cabinet units. Conveniently, these units come in many sizes which can be fitted into unique spaces. Also, the units are made in large numbers which makes them cheaper to purchase. 

What are the Differences Between Modular and Non Modular Kitchens?

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There are modular, semi-modular, and custom-built kitchens. First, consider modular kitchens. These use units that are built in the factory and brought finished to the kitchen.

Likewise, semi-modular kitchens use units of cabinets that are built off-site. However, these kitchens use some pieces that are unique to each kitchen.

Finally, there are custom-built cabinets that are built on-site using a unique design. Also, they usually use more expensive materials. Understandably, this is the most costly option.

Modular Kitchen Cabinets

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Modular kitchen cabinets are those that have been pre-made in a factory. The most common materials that are used to make these kitchen cabinets are plywood, engineered wood like MDF and HDF, particleboard, metal, and wood.

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As expected, each of these materials has pros and cons. For instance, solid wood is a long-lasting option, but it is expensive. On the other hand, plywood and MDF are cheaper but not as durable.

Modular Kitchen Design

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There are important things to consider when planning this kind of kitchen. First, consider the layout of your kitchen. Think about the shape of the room. You might consider an L-shaped layout. Alternatively, consider a U-shaped design for the best use of space.

Second, think about which appliances you need and their location.

Third, plan which material you want for the cabinets and decide on the fronts of the cabinets.

Fourth, think about extra accessories you need like tall pantry cabinets.  

Lastly, consider lighting under the cabinets.  

Modular Kitchen Design Types 

There are so many design styles that are possible in modular kitchens. Now, let’s consider modular kitchen design photos. You will see how much variety is possible. Also, you might be inspired to use modular kitchen cabinets to reflect your style. 

Contemporary Modular Kitchen

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First, from Michael Woodall comes this contemporary kitchen design. The colors of deep gray and white contrast with the warm wood counter on the island. The kitchen uses flat paneled cabinets. Plus, there is no open shelving which will minimize clutter and maximize storage.

Finally, consider the lighting. The vertical rod pendant lights add task light over the island. Also, there is recessed lighting above the sink and mood lighting above the cabinets. Unquestionably, these bring out the clean simple style of this kitchen. 

Minimalist Modular Kitchen

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Next, consider this minimalist-style kitchen in London designed by The Do South Shop. Notice the modular shelves and cabinets. They are adjustable as needed to hold what you have. There is open shelving for easily accessible tools. Additionally, there are closed cabinets for tools and clutter that is unattractive. The light wood color balances the pops of black throughout the room. While this design style is edited, it is not spare.

Eclectic Modular Kitchen

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Logan Killen Interiors designed this kitchen which uses light gray-blue lower cabinets. While the cabinets are modular, this kitchen feels unique. Importantly, the designer adds whimsical elements to the design. These include the mirror above the sink and the antique light fixture. The butcher block countertops and Shaker-style cabinet fronts complete the look of the kitchen. 

Mid-Century Modern Modular Kitchen

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Consider this kitchen from Cucine Lube. It has elements of mid-century modern style. Notice the refined wood finishes and sleek cabinet fronts. Also, the gray walls, the ring light fixture, and the bar stools highlight the mid-century style. In addition, the touches of copper add a pop of contrast to the dark-toned room. 

Rustic Modular Kitchen

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Definitely, rustic style is not one that you normally think of as a modular kitchen option. However, DWFI Interiors creates a rustic kitchen using pre-built cabinets. Importantly, this look is enhanced by the wood-paneled walls and ceiling beams. Along with these, notice the brick backsplash and the bar above the range for hanging utensils. These increase the practicality of the kitchen and add to the rustic style. 

Industrial Style Modular Kitchen

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This kitchen has all the elements of industrial style. Importantly, these include exposed metals, spare styling, concrete, and open shelving. The island from Aster fits well into this style providing counter space and storage. Also, wood walls with open shelving add warmth and color to the design.

Traditional Modular Kitchen

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Consider this traditional-style kitchen design from Rencraft Ltd. This kitchen features simple style cabinets with two tones. First, there is deep gray on the island. Next, notice the soft white on the back wall cabinets. These distinct colors add contrast.

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The wood tones of the seating and the plants add texture to the room. Task lighting over the island works well for reading and prep work. Last, there is under cabinet lighting to remove dark corners.

Farmhouse Modular Kitchen

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Notice the farmhouse kitchen from devolkitchens. Custom options are mixed with the dark blue cabinets. The open shelves, wooden table, beam ceiling, and stone floor complete this look. Plus, the antique gray-wash wicker chair and the gold lights add a unique charm. Finally, to create a similar style, consider only using lower cabinets units. Then, you can customize the top with open shelving or no upper shelving at all. 

Modern Rustic Modular Kitchen

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From David Giral Photography comes this picture of a modern rustic kitchen. The white and wood-paneled cabinets are simple and clean.  Likewise, the chrome and black bar stools and the straight-lined kitchen island extend the modern style. In addition, the antler light fixture over the island adds a rustic contrast. If you like this style, begin with cabinets that have straight lines. Next, bring in rustic items with leather and wood for the accent pieces.   

IKEA Modular Kitchen  

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The most famous of all Scandinavian kitchen providers is IKEA. They have options for all spaces. The Bodbyn doors shown in this example are painted in a soft white with a raised panel door. In addition, they have options for glass fronts with a six-light window.

The designer uses black and butcher block counters to add different prep surfaces. Yet, everything works well together. Next, notice the two-toned gray paneled walls which bring the white and black colors together. Currently, IKEA provides free in-store advice for kitchens. Further, they provide in-home consultation for around $50 USD.

Small Modular Kitchens  

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This small kitchen from Arclinea presents a modern design within a historic space. There is a small galley kitchen using two sections of white cabinet units. Although the kitchen is small, it has enough storage. In addition to the lower cabinets, it has open upper shelving with a minimal style. Also, there is one complete wall of tall cabinets. 

Modular Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets 

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Lastly, people can add cabinets for outdoor areas. These outdoor kitchens extend your entertainment space. Plus, they add to the enjoyment of your home. However, outdoor cabinets are out in the rain, so you need to think about the material of the cabinets.

Most experts recommend stainless steel as it is weatherproof and will not rust or bend over time. Also, consider adding wood elements to the cabinets. Wood adds interest and color. Importantly, you need to use stain or paint to create a barrier against moisture. Unfortunately, wood will not be as long-lasting as metal.  

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A cheaper way to add appliances to your outdoor kitchen is to buy a modular outdoor kitchen kit. Conveniently, these kits come with a grill, refrigerator, sink, and bar area. One option for this is the Weber Modular Outdoor Kitchen.


Why a modular kitchen?

First, modular kitchens work very well if you have a normal shape room. Also, they are great if you are trying to save money. However, depending on the level of customization, you can also consider semi-modular options for your space.

Are modular kitchens good?

Modular kitchens are very good in terms of cost and using space. However, consider the materials used in various types of kitchens. Understandably, the more expensive materials will be longer-lasting. Also, look at reviews of kitchen providers because these help you know if others have had a good experience. 

What are modular kitchen accessories? 

Modular kitchen accessories refer to the extra options that are available besides the regular cabinet units. First, consider drawer units that have large drawers that pull out from below the counter to hold large pots. Next, think about where you will need tall pantry units for extra storage. Lastly, think about corner units. Importantly, these make use of the wasted space in the corners of rooms. 

How much do aluminum modular kitchens cost?

Understandably, aluminum cabinets range in cost. However, they are very durable making them more cost-efficient in the long run. Plus, they have a much lower environmental cost than cabinets made from wood.

How tall are kitchen cabinets? 

The normal height for base cabinets is 34.5 inches. Also, counters raise the height of the cabinets to 35-36 inches. In addition, wall kitchen cabinets come in 30, 36, and 42-inch options. Lastly, a tall cabinet ranges from 84 to 96 inches. 

How do you design a kitchen layout?

First, consider your space, storage, and cooking needs. Second, look at the most popular layout types. Consider creating a work triangle for the best use of space. Third, count the costs based on the materials and colors of your design. Last, decide if you want to do this project yourself. If you feel like it is too much, talk to a company that makes these kinds of kitchens. In the end, having a provider will raise the cost of the project. However, it might save you time and grief in the long run. 


In conclusion, modular options are an important and lasting trend in kitchen design. Importantly, they offer stylish and less expensive options than custom-built cabinets. In the end, you don’t have to choose all or none. There are many options for using modular units and then customizing them to fit your needs. Further, you can use them to fit any design style you desire.