Designing Modern Kitchen Cabinets

Cabinets in a kitchen area need to be upgraded every few years to keep the room from looking out of date. Modern kitchen cabinets are now so-called hybrid cabinets that include contrasting colors or styles used together. Design books and home magazines can provide great ideas for what’s cutting edge in terms of cabinets. The cabinets you select should match the overall architecture of your home, but appliances should figure into your decisions, too.

Black Modern Kitchen Cabinet with European Soul

Black Modern Kitchen Cabinet with European Soul

Begin your project by preparing these following materials;

  • Design books
  • Home-remodeling magazines
  • Selection of appliance choices
  • Graph paper
  • Sketches of each kitchen wall
  • Colored pencils
  • Cabinet photos
  • Hardware choices
  • Ideas for modern countertops and flooring

Luxurious Modern Kitchen Cabinet

Luxurious Modern Kitchen Cabinet

Sketch your kitchen space and include all openings for windows, doors and doorways. Use graph paper to create a floor layout and a layout for each wall area. Allow one square of graph paper to represent 4 inches of real space. Start with the kitchen sink area to design cabinets that will hold dishes coming out of the dishwasher. Draw cabinets with smooth fronts, versus recessed panels, and sleek knobs for a more modern look.

Modern Kitchen Cabinet for Small Kitchen

Modern Kitchen Cabinet for Small Kitchen

Choose cabinet designs in two colors or two finishes of stain that complement each other for a hybrid effect, if you desire. Review home-design books and magazines to get ideas. Use dark cherry cabinets with light oak cabinets, for example. Design black cabinets alternated with white cabinets as another choice. Design a hybrid look of stainless steel metal cabinets mixed with wooden cabinets for a very upscale look.

Modern Kitchen Cabinet with Multi Purpose

Modern Kitchen Cabinet with Multi Purpose

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Plan your modern kitchen cabinets around appliances, since you will want to space the dishwasher, refrigerator and stove in a close pattern for fewer steps during meal preparation. Select three cabinets to the left of the kitchen sink and three cabinets to the right of the kitchen sink on the upper wall, for example. Sketch doors and drawers beside the sink area on the lower wall to balance upper wall cabinets. Choose wider cabinets, versus several narrow cabinets, since narrow cabinets are harder to access when adding or taking out items.

Use colored pencils to incorporate color into your design for the kitchen. The way that all cabinets, flooring and appliances blend in terms of color will determine how modern your kitchen looks. Plan to incorporate hardware on all doors, drawers and cabinets that matches the metal on your appliances. Use elongated stainless steel drawer pulls and cabinet door handles of stainless steel, for example, to give the kitchen a high-tech look.

Orange Modern Kitchen Cabinet

Orange Modern Kitchen Cabinet

Avoid ornate wood molding at the top of the cabinets at ceiling level to give the area a modern look. Design the cabinets to reach the ceiling or attach a wooden face or metal front to cover a gap at the ceiling level. Use sleek tile work or granite on counter tops, along with modern faucets at the sink, to enhance the modern look of the cabinets. Keep in mind that installing tile, wallpaper or flooring that has too bold a pattern or design, or an outdated design, can cause the latest cabinetry designs to look dated. Consult design books to establish a fresh and modern appearance that will look cutting edge for years.

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Simple Design of Modern Kitchen Cabinet

Simple Design of Modern Kitchen Cabinet

Sleek and uncluttered defines the modern style of decorating. The kitchen lends itself well to modern kitchen cabinets with many contemporary finishes available, including stainless steel, concrete and slate.