Do you want to inspire envy among your friends with your newly remodelled kitchen? If so, focus on your cabinets. Your shelving units will make all the difference in aesthetic appeal. Here are 10 modern kitchen cabinet ideas that will draw oohs and aahs from all your guests.
What’s the first thing you notice when you walk into a kitchen? Maybe it’s the color of the countertops, the design of the appliances, or the large island.
Whatever you notice right off the bat, though, you have to pay attention to how all the details come together. This helps you understand someone else’s home decorating style and it makes a huge difference when designing your own kitchen.
Notice how everything is organized. Look at where all the utensils are placed and what kind of wall decor is used. Most importantly, take a good look at the cabinets.
Cabinets are an essential part of any kitchen. They’re the design backdrop as well as the glue holding all the aesthetic elements together. Sometimes, cabinets are their own statement piece.
If you’re not sure how to style this part of the kitchen in your home, check out these amazing kitchen cabinet ideas.
1. Crisp White Cabinets
You can’t go wrong with white cabinets. It doesn’t matter what material they’re made of, how big they are, or even where the cabinets are placed. White cabinets create an effortlessly classic feel in a kitchen.
These fit beautifully in a modern country home or a shabby chic decorating style. White is timeless yet trendy. You’ll never get tired of looking at such a kitchen cabinet design, but just be sure you know how to clean it!
2. All Black Cabinets
Black cabinets are on the other end of the design scale. These aren’t very common, and a lot of thought goes into them in order to get the whole kitchen just right.
When they do fit perfectly, it creates a look like no other. Black cabinets make the whole kitchen look sleek and stylish. They add a touch of elegance in an unexpected manner, not to mention, they’re a great backdrop for colorful small kitchen details.
3. Stainless Steel Cabinets
If you’re stuck between black or white cabinets, consider stainless steel. These have a silver-grey kind of cabinet color. They’re a unique twist on the traditional stainless steel approach which most homeowners love to use for their appliances.
When you have both appliances and cabinets in this color, everything blends together much better. It makes it easy to create a sense of consistency in the kitchen and to have fun with the other design opportunities in the room.
4. Classic Wooden Cabinets
Maybe there’s something about stained wood that you just love. If that’s the case, use wood cabinets! You don’t have to work yourself up over creating a modern kitchen design if it doesn’t feel like home to you.
Stick with wood kitchen cabinets if it’s what you like best. This can still create a modern look if you really want one, but it will be one that is most suited to your personal style.
5. Contrasting Cabinets
Another design option to create a modern kitchen with is the use of contrasting cabinets. You don’t always need to blend everything to get a stunning kitchen. Sometimes, it’s better to have fun with bold cabinets placed against neutral details.
Think about it: if you have white walls and white countertops, why not add a pop of color when picking out the cabinets? Or, maybe consider a creative approach like blue cabinets, distressed cabinets, or some sort of pastel-colored cabinets.
6. Mesh Cabinet Inserts
Whatever you decide to be the cabinet color and material, remember there is much more to think about. Once you have the basics out of the way, start thinking about adding windows on the cabinets and the kind of handles you’d like them to have, too.
Windows create an open, welcoming feel. They work very well if you’re good at staying organized, plus, they help guests understand exactly where everything is!
This design detail also provides one more decorating opportunity: mesh inserts.
Mesh inserts go on the interior side of a cabinet door. They line the window to create a bit more texture and visual appeal than a classic window can do alone.
7. Statement Hardware around the Cabinets
There is more than one take on modern design. An industrial-style home can be modern just as much as an art deco interior design can be, as well as a transitional or minimalist home.
When it comes to industrial homes, though, there tends to be more exposure of things like pipes, bricks, and wooden support beams.
If these elements are already in your house, design with such details in mind. Think about bringing them into the kitchen to complement the cabinets.
You can do this with golden pieces of hardware around the cabinets. Or, more subtly, by matching the wood used for the cabinets to the color of the wood on the ceiling. Such minor combinations make a big difference when the whole kitchen is complete.
8. Glass-Framed Cabinets
You can add more to the cabinets to make them look modern, or you can learn how to do more with less. One way of doing that is by using glass to separate all the cabinets.
Glass-framed cabinets look like huge shelves. But, instead of being made of wood, they’re made almost entirely of glass. There is supporting material on each end as well as the bottom to hold everything in place.
Still, glass can be pretty strong, and it looks incredibly stunning.
9. Open Cabinets
Another way to do more with less is by getting rid of the cabinet doors altogether. Don’t worry, you won’t be left without any cabinets. Instead, you’ll have a way of storing everything that looks interesting and inviting.
Not everyone is bold enough to get rid of their cabinet doors. But if/when you do, you’re sure to turn heads and show off just how much of an eye for design you really have.
10. Cabinets at a Low Level
The final way to do something interesting with your kitchen cabinets is to keep them at a low level. More often than not, homeowners have to reach up to get what they need. If you think about it, it makes more sense to reach down.
Get deep drawers to stack plates in and cabinets big enough to store all your pots at a low level. Store everything from spices to cooking utensils and tableware down below, too.
This opens up your kitchen. It makes the walls look much cleaner and less bulky, allowing you to play with all kinds of wall decor or to just keep things simple. Either way, this design method is sure to be a knockout.
Make Your Favorite Kitchen Cabinet Ideas Come to Life
Here’s a little secret about the kitchen cabinet ideas mentioned above: you don’t have to pick just one!
What if you were to design a kitchen with only low-level cabinets that were all-black or lined with mesh? Can you picture a kitchen that has glass shelving without any doors?
These are only a few ways to take these creative ideas to the next level. Have a little fun mixing and matching all these suggestions until you figure out what is perfect for your home.
Then, get to work!
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