9 Sources for Modern, Modular Kitchens

updated Jun 7, 2021
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IKEA modular kitchen
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Kitchen design is a hefty task to tackle. I’m not just talking a few decor swaps or even refreshing the pulls on your kitchen cabinets though; I mean a complete renovation. When it comes to the foundational elements of your cook space, there’s a lot to consider (storage, cooktops, appliances — you name it). If you’re in search of a clean, streamlined look that takes the guesswork out of everything though, a modular kitchen might be exactly what you need.

A “modular kitchen” is one made up of standardized components that fit together easily. This could be any kind of arrangement from lower cabinets and sink fixtures mixed with stove tops or wall modules consisting of storage and integrated ovens or microwaves.

Using off-the-shelf options, an architect or homeowner can piece together their own plan. Depending on the brand, a modular kitchen can also be cheaper than a custom kitchen. Here are 9 sources to consider going modular with that run the gamut from high to low, from Kraftmaid’s classic cabinets to Mykilos’ unique options.

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IKEA kitchens are one of the least expensive options out there, depending on the type of cabinetry and hardware you choose. Cabinets come in a range of finishes, from laminate to wood, and some of the lines come with a 25-year warranty.

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Hailing from Germany, Mykilos goes beyond basic modular kitchens. If simplistic gray, black, and white color palettes bore you, you’ll be thrilled to discover things like copper-walled backsplashes and even swaths of pale pink cabinetry to add a little pep and personality to your kitchen. To get the best idea of pricing, you’ll need to contact the brand through its website.

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Vipp keeps things simple for you. Offering just four types of kitchen building blocks — an island, an island with seating, a wall module, and a taller vertical module — the decision process becomes way easier. The silhouettes are sleek, modern, and Scandi-inspired, thanks to the company’s Danish roots. Pricing is dependent on the module and features you select.

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This German company specializes in custom kitchens, but they have a system called the B2 — designed by Viennese firm EOOS — that’s made of freestanding, self-contained cabinets kitted out with modular components. These are high-end kitchens, available through US Bulthaup showrooms.

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In their 36e8Cucina, every component of the kitchen—the refrigerator, the pantry, the countertops—is a colorblocked component of a gridded arrangement. Lago‘s goals are “modularity, flexibility and the possibility of absolute configuration by the end user.” 

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An Italian company, Scavolini has been making modular kitchens since the 1960s. Its products are available through several high end showrooms in the US—check its site for a nearby dealer.

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If your dream cook space is made up of minimalist colors and Scandinavian simplicity, SieMatic just might be right up your alley. Whether you opt for stainless steel appliances or a wood-like finish across the entirety of your space, you’ll find something for you its catalog of offerings. The company also offers both digital and in-person consultations to help you configure your kitchen.

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Sold through HomeDepot, Lowe’s, and other hardware stores, Kraftmaid kitchens are widely accessible. Basic slab and square door styles have a modern look and come in maple, cherry, oak, birch, hickory, or thermofoil (a laminate applied to MDF).

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This Illinois-based company sells custom and standard stock cabinets. Dwyer specializes in compact kitchens and metal cabinets made from a minimum of 25% recycled content, with mid-range pricing.