What Are The ‘Must-haves’ In Modern Kitchen Design?

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For many Brits, the kitchen is the heart of the home and a place to gather with family and friends to cook, eat and relax.

At Kitchen Makeovers, we understand the importance of ensuring that your kitchen looks great while remaining functional. This article shares the must-haves for modern kitchen design.


If you have the room, a kitchen island is an excellent way to break up your space and add a feature table to your kitchen. The great thing is that you don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune on a modern kitchen island. Many homeowners choose to either make their own or buy second-hand and then invest in refacing to match the island to the rest of their decor.

Depending on your kitchen set-up and the space available, you may also be able to add a hob to one end of your kitchen island for the ultimate in space-saving chic and cool functionality. Additionally, adding cabinets and drawers can be a really clever way of adding storage without taking up more room – something which is a lifesaver for the many people in the UK with small kitchens.


Glass cabinet doors are having a bit of a moment for all styles of kitchen. Glass doors can make even the simplest of kitchens look classy and elegant (as long as you keep them clean) and can even add value to your home. Don’t worry; you don’t have to go to the expense of having whole new cabinets fitted. At Kitchen Makeovers, we can replace cabinet doors with glass ones for a fraction of the cost of fitting new hardware without the hassle and mess.

If you prefer not to have your belongings on display, we can replace your cabinet doors and drawer fronts in many different finishes to give your kitchen the perfect look for you and your family.

Concealed white goods

Fridges, dishwashers and washing machines are, of course, all essential items for the modern kitchen, but they don’t need to be on display (particularly if you don’t have the newest, most modern models).

Adding cabinet-style doors to your equipment is an excellent way of creating a seamless look in your kitchen and cutting down on lost energy from these appliances.

At Kitchen Makeovers, our experts will make light work of creating concealment doors for your white goods to refresh your kitchen. If you fancy a whole new look while concealing your white goods, we can also replace your cabinet doors, drawer fronts, surfaces and more for a fraction of the cost of fitting a new kitchen without the mess and disruption to you and your family.

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Pet stations

During the COVID-19 pandemic, around 3.2 million Brits got a new pet, and, for many, only the best will do for their new furry friends.

Because of this, kitchen pet stations have become a modern must-have, including drop-down shelves to hold bowls and storage for pet food.

Many pet owners have repurposed an existing kitchen cupboard for their pets to add a practical solution that fits seamlessly into their existing kitchen decor. As much as we love our pets, we don’t always want their bowls, food, treats and other items on display, and, therefore, a pet station can be an excellent solution for the whole family – including your furry pal.

Pull out pantries

Nowadays, we’re all trying to make our budgets stretch a little further, and bulk buying tinned and dry goods can really help here, but where to store them? Wall-mounted and pull-out pantries are a great solution if you don’t have the space or budget to build an actual pantry in your kitchen – and these can easily be made to match your decor by adding cabinet-style doors.

If you are lucky enough to have the space to add a proper pantry to your kitchen, at Kitchen Makeovers, we can help by adding a cabinet door which will blend seamlessly with the rest of your kitchen.

Utensil racks

Rooting around in a drawer for your cooking utensils is so last week. Adding racks to your walls and ceiling to hang your utensils and pans can free up valuable drawer space and add a country-style feel to your kitchen, as well as adding a huge amount of convenience whilst cooking and preparing meals. These racks can usually be fitted to a wall, ceiling or underneath a cabinet or cupboard to provide easy access.

While you’re at it, adding hanging racks for your herbs and spices can add the practicality of keeping these items close to hand for the keen cook. When it comes to storing your kitchen bits and pieces, it’s all about looking at the space with fresh eyes to see where you can claw back space and open up your room.

On the surface

Simple, country-style kitchens are bang on trend, including wooden butchers-block style surfaces, which are hard-wearing and look fantastic. Although fitting brand-new surfaces to your kitchen can be pricey (disruptive and messy), it doesn’t have to be.

At Kitchen Makeovers, we’re all about making life easier for our customers. As such, we can quickly and affordably replace your existing kitchen worktops with wood or wood-style versions for a hassle-free and cost-effective update to your room.

If wood isn’t your thing, we have a wide range of kitchen worktop materials available in several patterns and colour schemes to ensure that your counters count when it comes to your kitchen decor. Regarding kitchen surfaces, there are no rules – feel free to mix and match your materials and colours to add an eye-catching look and increase functionality.

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Taking your kitchen to the next level

With increasingly busy lives, we all need our homes to work as hard as we do, and when it comes to your kitchen, that means the perfect combination of great style and even greater functionality. For many of us, storage is a constant battle, particularly for those with tiny kitchens, so making use of every single inch of space is essential.

At Kitchen Makeovers, we work with you to help give your kitchen a fresh and modern look without the hassle, mess, disruption and expense that come with choosing a completely new kitchen. By adding and replacing cabinet doors, drawer fronts, surfaces and more, we can help you achieve the look you want for your kitchen while building on functionality and concealing anything you don’t want on display.

If you’re ready to hit refresh on your kitchen, our team is on hand to advise and provide a free, no-obligation quote.

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