Modern Kitchen Cabinets: Design Ideas

Modern kitchen cabinets come in many different styles. In this post, we’ll explore several different ideas and tips that you can use to choose cabinets that complete your kitchen’s look.

Read on for all this and more.

Modern Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

White Kitchen Cabinets

White is one of the most versatile colours when it comes to interior design. It looks great in traditional, modern, or contemporary kitchens.

With white kitchen cabinets, you can use the colour in a number of ways. For one, you can use it as part of an overall strategy for making space feel larger. Pair your white kitchen cabinets with a white countertop to make even the smallest of spaces feel expansive.

You can also use white cabinets to create contrast, which is a staple of modern kitchen design. They look great alongside black quartz countertops and dark backsplashes, for example.

If you’re going for a modern look, be sure to avoid any unnecessarily ornate features on your white kitchen cabinets. Go for something sleek with stainless steel hardware - or even no hardware at all.

Grey Kitchen Cabinets

Grey kitchen cabinets can create a very subdued, sleek look in your kitchen. Just think of the colour scheme Apple uses for its retail stores: white mixed with matte grey and wood.

You can follow a similar theme, substituting the iMacs and laptops for stainless steel appliances, of course. To keep the look consistent, you can use a grey countertop

Black Kitchen Cabinets

Continuing our descent into darker hues, let’s talk about black kitchen cabinets. Matte black, in particular, is a consistent staple of modern kitchen design. If you have lots of natural light in your kitchen, you may find that matte black looks better since it doesn’t show smudges as easily as a glossy finish.

Regardless of what finish you choose, though, use darker hues carefully in your kitchen. If you have limited space, black can easily overpower other elements in your kitchen and make the area feel claustrophobic. Mix in some lighter colours on the walls, backsplash or floors to avoid this.

Two-Tone Kitchen Cabinets

Cabinets of a single colour can look one dimensional at times. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that but if you want to add greater dimension to your kitchen, consider installing two-tone kitchen cabinets. Some of these cabinets achieve the two-tone look via a frosted glass pane at their centre while others use varying tones for the different sides of the cabinets.

As with all other modern kitchen cabinet ideas, be sure to keep things simple and sleek here. Don’t get too trendy with the tones. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a cabinet that’s more contemporary than modern.

Wood Kitchen Cabinets

People often mistakenly believe that wood kitchen cabinets only look good in traditional spaces. In reality, there are so many different variations of wood to choose from. Modern wood cabinets typically have a matte finish to them and lack any ornate features such as crown moulding. Also, look for wood cabinets with straight graining. Vertical grain lines will make the kitchen feel taller while horizontal lines made it feel wider and more relaxing.

Glass Kitchen Cabinets

Glass kitchen cabinets aren’t as common in modern spaces but they do have their place. If you want to maintain a sleek look in your kitchen, consider using frosted glass instead of entirely clear panes. Clear panes tend to expose what’s inside your cabinets and add to the visual clutter of your kitchen. Frosted glass kitchen cabinets, perhaps paired with creative lighting, will help you avoid this.

Kitchen Storage Cabinets: Maximizing Space

No matter what material you choose, you’ll need to maximize space with your kitchen storage cabinets. One of the most overlooked methods of doing this is to incorporate storage above your existing cabinet if there happens to be a gap between their top and the ceiling.

Use this storage space for pottery and ingredients you don’t need on a regular basis.

Another tip for maximizing space is to ensure you don’t neglect the cabinets on the floor. If you have substantial floor space, maximize it with large cabinets. If you have limited space, consider getting rid of non-essential appliances like dishwashers and putting a cabinet in their place.

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