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Anatomy of a Great Modular Kitchen

Updated on February 5, 2014
Modular Kitchen
Modular Kitchen

How a Modular Kitchen Should Look and Function

Modular kitchens look like they are here to stay for a long time. Considering the impressive transformation they can bring about in enhancing space utilization alongside efficiency as well as in the appearance, it’s easy to understand why. Practically every homeowner now wants to opt for the idea of a modular kitchen-whether they may be a new buyer or as somebody looking at re-modeling their existing kitchen. An average, run-of-the-mill modular kitchen can actually evolve into a great one.

Here’s a list of the elements that can really raise the bar of your modular kitchen and give it true personality:


Cleverly designed, stylish cabinets in varying patterns, colors and finishes add real depth to a modular kitchen. A set of great-looking, well-laid out cabinets is an essential component of the space-saving functionality of a modular kitchen. Many people like wall-mounted cabinets because they also maximize vertical space usage. They can be opted for in various materials- wood (in different colors, grain and finishes), glass, metal or even PVC. It is important that the chosen material be resistant to heat and water.

Counter tops

Since a counter top is the focal area for the food preparation, it deserves due importance. It needs to have great resilience and should withstand continuous usage as well as exposure to moisture, heat, scratch-causing equipment and appliances. Quartz is considered amongst the best materials for a counter top in a modular kitchen because it looks stylish, besides being very durable and damage-resistant. Granite, whilst expensive, adds superb elegance and also a modern feel to the kitchen.


Porcelain or stainless steel sinks are the safest bets in a modular kitchen. Since both these materials are relatively easy to clean as well as durable, they can both be good choices. Utilizing the corner space for sinks is an idea that is very popular with designers these days, since it affords space efficiency as well as an optimum distance between the other areas and the sink, so as to avoid water splashing onto these surfaces.

Flooring and wall tiles

Modular kitchens make great use of ceramic tiles for flooring as well as walls. These can be color or pattern-coordinated to create a striking effect. Ceramic is favored due to numerous factors: easy to clean, low-maintenance, durable, stain-resistant, available in a huge variety of designs and colors, and also easier on the pocket than other flooring such as marble. Vinyl or laminate flooring are other options, while stainless steel tiles have started gaining popularity for walls.

Furniture & lighting

Since a modular kitchen is all about smart organization, the furniture used in it & the lighting that showcase it, plays a vital role. Contemporary modular kitchen furniture favors the use of lightweight material, chrome finishes, folding tables and chairs, etc. Cabinets can be built such that they can slide out and double up as an extra worktop.


While choosing a modular kitchen design, a very careful consideration should be given to the number, size and appliances that would be used in it. Space should be allocated and factored in accordingly. A great modular kitchen limits the number of appliances, such that each one of them contributes to greater productivity and efficient space utilization.


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