Modernize Your Kitchen Design with New Ideas

The Kitchen: it can be the centre of entertaining, casual meals, family get-togethers, and more! Keeping it organized and modern can be tricky. However, new kitchen trends are making that easier for you, through clean lines, bright lights, and hidden features!


The design of this space has changed a lot. We are no longer destined to cooking in cramped spaces. Simple lines are everywhere in new kitchens, with big, open spaces that have gatherings in mind. Creating a space that focuses on cooking at home, making cooking a hobby, and improving your health through food are all elements that are going into kitchen design.

The shift in style towards a more modern kitchen is seen in the size. Large kitchens that are open to dining and living areas are essential. Kitchen islands are a centerpiece. These islands create more preparation space, kitchen storage, but also have a social function. With a few stools pulled up, the kitchen island becomes a place where you can spend time with your guests while they sip pre-dinner cocktails, or help the kids while they do homework.

Stepper Custom Homes Kitchen Design


There has been a transition from dark to light in these modern kitchens. Lighter neutrals are taking over with natural finishes and stains creating a lighter and more modern elegance to new kitchens. Grey and Green are both neutrals that give timeless warmth to the room. Mixing the warmth of natural finish wood with white is also a popular but more traditional choice. Pops of colour in smaller appliances and accessories also brighten the room, so keep your eye out for items in bright orange, red, green or turquoise.


A major transition in kitchens is the increase in available light. These lights are not just functional, but are also important for creating a welcoming ambiance. LED lights are found underneath cabinets and even within some appliances. Adding a chandelier over the sink or island is a fun touch. This layered combination of task and ambient lighting can continue into other areas of your home, so the inviting feel is felt throughout.

Maximizing Space

A big trend is streamlining and hiding clutter. If you are building a new home, consider matching appliances that blend into the cabinetry. This will give your kitchen the cleanest lines. There are also options for cabinets that you can keep smaller appliances in. When they’re not in use, they’re hidden away, but are still easily accessed when needed. These changes are designed to keep a minimalist look of clean counters, and give you more work space in your kitchen. Expect to see recessed handles and one-touch drawers as well.

Summer Kitchen

Once the temperature gets warm enough, it’s easy to consider your backyard an extension of your home. It doesn’t have to be just where you keep the barbecue. Think about including it in your everyday cooking. Summer kitchens, with built-in refrigeration and food preparation space are the latest and greatest in backyard designs. You can get fresh air in an outdoor kitchen. It’s also a great for entertaining, as you can easily mingle with your guests, and there won’t be as much running in and out of the house. The summer kitchen can be a great way to get everyone outside.

Outdoor Kitchen (image from HGTV)

Make sure to pick something that works best for you and your budget. The meeting of functionality and modern design means your kitchen will be beautiful both now and beyond. 

Check out our Kitchens page on Pinterest to see examples of our Kitchen designs. To see why we are Calgary’s family home builder, visit stepperhomes.com and check out our Photo Gallery to see our home designs!

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