Kitchen Island Trends

Kitchens are the hub of the home and are used for more than preparing meals. Areas for doing homework, electronic docking stations and desk space are often included. Even when entertaining, everyone seems to congregate in the kitchen.


Island by KraftMaid with prep sink, recycle center, shelving, drawers, cabinet & wine storage.

KraftMaid island drawing

Have idea? We can draw it!

The kitchen island is a centerpiece and should stand out. The countertop, base cabinetry and hardware can be different from the rest of the cabinetry but should coordinate. What a great place to add a bold pop of color and a striking lighting fixture!

Armstrong island with bench

Armstrong Cabinets maximize space with this island backed with seating.

Island design elements are endless! From small and simple to large and multi-faceted, choose from features like pull-out storage, shelving, glass doors, decorative posts, corbels & legs, and wine storage. Cook tops, dishwashers, wine coolers and prep sinks are often installed in the island area. Don’t forget to add electrical outlets!

Armstrong multi-level island

Multi-tiered island adds interest from Armstrong Cabinets.

When thinking about designing your island, space guidelines from the National Kitchen and Bath Association  recommends at least 42 inches of aisle space surrounding an island, and 48 inches if there are multiple cooks. Counter heights are 36 inches and breakfast bar height is typically 40 to 42 inches.


A bold statement in mixing finishes from KraftMaid.

Are you ready to get started on your island project? Stop by Modern Supply and look at their kitchen displays for inspiration. Design consultants are ready to help you create your dream island.

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StarMark non-standard island shape

From StarMark Cabinetry, a non-standard shape with decorative corbels.

StarMark Cottage Island

A small island is perfect for this cottage kitchen by StarMark.

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Adding the Extra Pizazz to Cabinetry!

StarMark mixing styles

Mix wood, finishes, door styles & hardward for a unique look.

Selecting new cabinetry is exciting but can leave you in a tizzy. You’ve sorted through all of the wood and door styles, finishes, glazes, and storage options but there’s more! Here are ideas to really add that extra pizazz!

Doors: They’re not just wood anymore! I love mixing wooden and glass doors. Glass brightens and makes a space appear larger. Back-light for a major WOW factor! Loads of glass options in textured, etched and patterned. Get really inventive using cut glass and zinc caming—similar to stained glass.

Corner cabinet metal doors

StarMark corner cabinet with metal doors is great use of space.

Another artsy door has wooden mullion strips to divide the glass areas forming a design. Doors with woven metal inserts create a classy or even a shabby chic look. Contemporary aluminum framing with glass might be totally you! Whew!

Hardware: Changing knobs and pulls is easy, affordable and will totally change the look of cabinets. Don’t be afraid to mix ‘n match. Go for it!

KraftMaid zinc caming

KraftMaid door using zinc caming & decorative glass.

Decorative enhancements: Endless possibilities! Crown, light rail and baseboard molding conveys a finished look. Adding legs gives the appearance of fine furniture. Attaching spindles at the end of a peninsula, allows for a countertop extension. Corbels and onlays are great embellishments for an upscale detailed look.

Cabinet hardware

Changing hardware is an easy cabinet update.

Just want to update? New doors, hardware and lighting will breathe life into an old cabinet. It’s hot to mix finishes. Wood stains and paint finishes are fab together. Be eclectic!

Oh my, the choices just keep coming! This is a smidge of what my Modern Supply design peeps use to create snazzy, jazzy kitchens…or baths…laundry rooms…or office/entertainment areas. Come on in and…

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StarMark pantry storage

Tons of storage options like this StarMark pantry.

Cabinet door with wire mesh

A cabinet door with wire mesh creates homey feel.

KraftMaid tulip leg

This KraftMaid tulip leg gives cabinetry a fine furniture feel.

KraftMaid onlay

This KraftMaid onlay & crown add a decorative touch.

KraftMaid kitchen

Glass doors with lighting, spindle legs, decorative fillers, onlays & corbels – this KraftMaid kitchen has it all!

Kitchen Remodel? Start Here!

StarMark Mix of Cherry with White Island

Add pizazz by mixing cabinetry finishes like cherry cabinets with a white island from StarMark.

Have you been dreaming about a new kitchen and now you’re ready to take the plunge? Congrats! A kitchen remodel is the improvement project that increases your home’s value the most.

Where, oh where, do you start? Here are a couple of tips.

* Establish a budget
* Make a list of your top must-haves
* Clip photos of things you like

Got it together? Now it’s time to see an expert…that would be me or one of my Modern Supply design peeps. We can help:

KraftMaid Maple Cardinal Red

Urban chic maple cabinets in a bold cardinal red from KraftMaid.

* Define your space
* Explain your options
* Select the right products
* Help with details
* Measure your space
* Design your kitchen
* Suggest alternative design options
* Work within your budget
* Coordinate delivery with contractor

Presto! Your glam-tastic kitchen is installed and ready for years of enjoyment. So DSOBT (don’t stress out big time) over your kitchen remodel! Come on in and…

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Modern Supply Adds KraftMaid to Their Cabinetry Lines

Modern Supply Company, a kitchen, bath and lighting distributor, has added KraftMaid to their line of cabinetry vendors. KraftMaid, with more than 40 years of experience, is one of the largest and most recognized brands of cabinetry for the home. KraftMaid Design Centers have been installed in Modern Supply’s Knoxville and Johnson City, Tennessee showrooms for selecting styles and finishes.KraftMaid Cabinetry

“We’re excited to add KraftMaid to our cabinetry mix,” states Pace Robinson, Modern Supply CEO. “KraftMaid is known for their quality and has established name recognition through their aggressive advertising. They offer 100% built-to-order cabinets without steep prices and extended lead times.”

KraftMaid Bath

Cabinetry adds storage & beauty to your bath.

KraftMaid kitchen

KraftMaid Maple Cabinets in Sage with Cocoa Glaze

KraftMaid’s collection of over 100 door styles and more than 45 furniture-quality finishes is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, KraftMaid is manufactured by Masco Cabinetry and assembled in the United States. More about KraftMaid.

For more info on KraftMaid: 865.966.4567 Knoxville; 423.928.0302 or email: