Energy Efficiency for Everyday - One of the BEST modern trends that will be one of the best investments for years to come is having energy efficient appliances and LED light bulbs. Using appliances that don't suck enormous amounts of energy and LED bulbs that are built to use less energy (and last forever) are a few great choices to make for your new modern kitchen. In appliance specifications, it will sometimes have "Energy Star Compliant" or some other message stating as to if it saves the most energy or not. Usually the cost isn't any more than the ones that aren't. LED bulbs can sometimes cost more up front, but, you will save energy, and cash, since it takes them a long time to burn out and you won't be replacing them as often.
The White Factor - Another current popular choice is WHITE. White cabinets and a white or glass backsplash gives a crisp, clean backdrop for whatever else you have in your kitchen. If you opt for a darker cabinet (or backsplash) a white countertop will help ground and brighten up your kitchen as well. White is a timeless choice of "non color" to use.
Clean and Clutter Free is the Way to Be - Putting small appliances and countertop clutter away gives a new and updated look to a kitchen. Keep larger appliances clean and clutter free as well. (Bye bye fridge magnets!)
Bright is Right - For the wall color, the trend AWAY from neutrals is what is on point now. A bright wall color will liven up the space and add some drama to the kitchen. Also, if you have timeless colors in your cabinets and countertop, a bright paint color is an easy way to go. If neutrals come back in after a few years, paint is easy to change!
Your Needs vs Trends - Of course, no matter what the current trend is, if it doesn't fit your lifestyle in your home, then don't do it! You are the one that will be living and using your kitchen for years to come and to be sure you LOVE your new, modern kitchen, it has to suit your needs! So keep it a bit personal and you will love being in your kitchen every day!