How to Design a Modern Family Kitchen

Want to redo the kitchen and make it into a family-zone? Here are a few tips to get you inspired!


When you’re a design-savvy couple Family Central is bound to have a refined, modern look. To that end, you may choose to knock down walls separating main floor rooms and or replace walls with glass. Installing sleek cabinetry and pro-quality appliances to indulge the chef in the house are also great ideas. An island encourages chef/family together time—the littles will love to chill here with their parents—and is great for entertaining. Adults can easily and comfortably congregate in the kitchen, while kids happily run amok through the rest of the house.

Love this look? Read on for tips on making it yours.


›› Sleek surfaces clean up easy

›› Big windows and reflective finishes are visually expansive

›› Open plan lets you watch the kids

How to Design a Modern Family KitchenA HOPPIN’ GALLERY: How to showcase children’s  artwork in a bold, clutter-busting wall display.

1. Buy canvas from an art supply store and have the shop stretch it onto a frame.

2. Apply two coats of latex-based paint to the canvas, letting it dry between applications.

3. Install picture hangers to the back of the canvas (get a kit at a hardware store), then hang it on your wall.

4. Use low-tack painter’s tape to post your kids’ artwork on the canvas.

5. Update your “gallery” often. “Max is so prolific – the pieces just keep coming,” says Vickers, laughing.

DESIGN IT… ONLINE: Whether you’re planning a major reno or a minor facelift, Web resources can help you get started – on your own schedule.

›› offers an interactive guide plus a downloadable layout planner.

›› has a quiz, planning tools and a fab photo gallery.

›› offers ideas (and a calculator) for tile flooring options.

Tip: Print web pages to add to your “dream book” of ideas. If you hire a designer, go through it with them.

THE COOL FACTOR: Panels are cabinetry “faces” installed over appliances to match them to the surrounding cupboards and drawers. Here are some dos and dont’s for this smart design option.

How to Design a Modern Family Kitchen

DO use them in a small kitchen for their seamless, space-expanding effect.

DON’T think they’re only for modern kitchens; they can be gorgeously traditional, too.

DO have them done by a pro – this isn’t a DIY project.

DON’T be afraid to take a mix-and-match approach; panel the fridge and leave the stainless-steel dishwasher exposed, for example.



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