New kitchen cabinet design can completely transform your kitchen. New cabinets can turn an outdated kitchen in a beautiful, modern, and functional space. If you are looking to refresh your kitchen and make it more practical than ever before, this guide will show you how! We’ve included functional and modern cabinet ideas & recent trends, organization tips such as adding sliding shelves, and how to make the most out of any sized space. To learn more about adding functional features to your kitchen cabinets, contact DIY Shelfworks now!
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Kitchen Cabinet Design: How to Design a Modern and Functional Kitchen
Updating your kitchen cabinets is the perfect way to get that kitchen you’ve always dreamed of. Not only will your kitchen look more modern, but new cabinets can also make your kitchen much more practical. The first thing you’ll want to do when adding new cabinets is to look for inspiration. Check out some of the great ideas below to help you find inspiration for your own kitchen project.
Modern Kitchen Cabinet Designs
Designing your updated kitchen starts with choosing modern cabinet designs. If you don’t even know where to start and need lots of ideas, check out this video below that shows 100 modern kitchen designs!
For more great designs, check out some of these beautiful kitchens below showcased by Freshome.com’s 10 Amazing Modern Kitchen Cabinet Styles list.
Modern Wood Cabinets
Modern wood kitchen; Image source: Risher Martin
Retro is back – and with it comes a lot of wood features. Wooden kitchen cabinets are sturdy and never really goes out of style. Wood is loved for its durability and it is easy to repair if damaged. This beautiful wood kitchen combines elements of the past and present to create a wonderful modern design. Aside from looks alone, this kitchen is also highly functional. Just look how many cabinets there are! The cabinets extend around the built-in fridge and appliances, going all the way up to the ceiling. You definitely won’t run out of storage space in a kitchen like this.
Sleek and Simple
There’s no doubt that these shiny cabinets add modern flair to your home; Image Source: Blenture
When you think of ‘modern,’ kitchens like the one above often come to mind! You can get this look for your cabinets if you choose laminate cabinets or a lacquer finish. These type of cabinets come in every colour and many different designs. They are easy to clean and generally durable. With a style like this, everything looks sleek, simple, clean, and bright. This kitchen doesn’t allow for clutter – anything out of place would disrupt its natural balance! However, it definitely isn’t hard to keep a kitchen like this neat and organized. With so many places to store your items and appliances on the wall and out of the way, this kitchen makes it easy to love the modern look.
Quaint and Colourful Cabinets
Modern kitchens don’t have to be ‘boring!’ – Image Source: To Do Something
A bit of an opposite look from the one above, this colourful kitchen is also a beautiful example of a modern kitchen. You can get this cabinetry design in many different materials, including combinations of wood, melamine, high gloss, or other styles you like. If you can’t resist a splash of colour or whimsical touch, remember that modern kitchens definitely don’t have to be boring! The cabinets are painted in a popular colour, with elements of classic wood still there. The black backsplash really gives this kitchen a modern touch, as well as the light wooden island counter.
Classic White Cabinets
You can still have traditional elements in a modern kitchen; Image Source: Zero Energy
Sometimes, when people think about ‘modern kitchens,’ they think ‘plain,’ ‘industrial,’ or anything but warm, cozy, and homey. This modern white kitchen shows that is just not the case! Of course, there are modern industrial-style kitchens with stainless steel counters and cabinets. Those kitchens are awesome, but definitely not for everyone. If you like the modern style, you don’t have to give up traditional or ‘homey’ elements. This kitchen is the perfect example of that!
These cabinets are highly functional, with many different design elements included. You can see a large pantry above drawers, a wide variety of cabinets (some with glass so you can see right in), and different drawers with varying depths. This classic style can be made from pretty much any material, but you will most likely find wood versions painted white or white lacquer cabinets.
Designing Your Modern Kitchen
Although kitchen cabinets are one of the most important elements of your new modern kitchen, they are not the only things you should think about. When designing your new kitchen, there are many things you can do to help achieve the modern look. See some ideas below from Kitchen Magic to help you integrate contemporary details into your space.
Updated sinks and appliances can help modernize your kitchen
Adding contemporary elements to your kitchen can make a big difference overall. Of course, kitchen cabinets are often the main ‘attraction’ of your kitchen. However, the little things add up too! Consider replacing your old toaster with a new stainless steel version; or, bring in a sleek new coffee maker. If you’re up for bigger updates, replace your fridge, stove, and dishwasher with stainless steel or other modern versions.
These components can help transform your kitchen. Updated appliances are often also more efficient, meaning you could save long-term on your energy bill. You may also find that your kitchen feels more organized, as adding these new elements you enjoy using may make you a bit more productive in the kitchen!
Looking for more modern kitchen ideas? Check out some great designs from Elledecor.com!
New countertops go perfectly with new cabinets
New counters and cabinets often go hand-in-hand. Many homeowners choose to pick their countertops based on their existing cabinets. For example, if you have white cabinets, you may want to stick with that colour palette and choose white countertops. Or, you may want to create a two-toned kitchen and choose dark counters instead. No matter what you choose, it is clear that new counters are one of the best ways to create a modern kitchen.
New counters also allow for more organizational opportunities. For example, you may replace a simple counter with an island. Many modern islands come with additional storage options, such as side shelves or entire cabinets built right in! When searching for new cabinets and countertops, consider the storage and organizational possibilities too.
Looking for modern countertop inspiration? Check out these 30 ideas from Freshome.com!
Your backsplash can completely change the look of your kitchen
Adding a contemporary backsplash to your kitchen can make a world of difference! Many older homes don’t even have a backsplash in the kitchen, which actually makes it easier to install a new one! Right now, there are so many options when it comes to backsplashes.
You can choose to keep it light and white, like in the first picture. Or, you can add a bit of fun colour or an interesting pattern, like in the second image. Whether you prefer something simple or a bit more ‘out there,’ a new backsplash is the perfect way to showcase your unique style!
Looking for more modern backsplash ideas? Check out this listing from HGTV.com!
Organization & Functionality
Your modern kitchen won’t be complete without some additions that will help you utilize your space in the best way possible. Modern kitchens are prized not only for their aesthetics but also for their functionality. See some ideas below to help you organize your modern kitchen.
Install Sliding Shelves
Sliding shelves with dividers can help you organize difficult-to-store objects, like pans and trays
Adding sliding shelves to your modern kitchen is the perfect way to maximize your storage space. Sliding shelves are exactly what they sound like! They slide out of your cabinet or pantry, giving you up to 100% of your accessible storage space back. With sliding shelves, you can also say goodbye to awkwardly reaching or stretching just to grab a single object from the back of your pantry!
Sliding shelves also come in a wide variety of styles and heights, perfect for storing a wide variety of objects! For example, you can store trays and pans in 7″ deep shelves, or store cutlery in 3″ deep shelves. At DIY Shelfworks, we create custom rolling shelves to fit perfectly in your cabinets or pantry – no matter what the size!
To get the most out of your sliding shelves, you will most likely want to get a few different heights. The depth of your rolling shelf will help determine what items are best stored inside. Keep in mind that these are just storage suggestions – one of the best things about sliding shelves is how easy they are to customize to fit your unique and specific needs!
Add Cutlery Organizers
The cutlery drawer can quickly become a source of frustration – we often forget to maintain it, and allow it to become cluttered and disorganized. This quick video below shows one way of organizing your cutlery drawer with modern inserts.
Cutlery organizers may seem like a simple organization solution – and that’s because they are! These organizational inserts are available at pretty much any home improvement store. You can choose from a wide range of options and sizes to perfectly fit inside any drawer. It is one quick organizational trick that will help you get the most out your kitchen.
Contemporary Wall Storage
If you have a smaller kitchen, or just love having all of your most-used items readily available, this wall hanger from Ikea (or any similar product) is the perfect addition to any modern kitchen. Wall storage like the option above helps free up space in your pantry and cabinets for items that can’t be stored anywhere else. When organized properly, hangers can also add aesthetics to your kitchen!
Modernize Your Kitchen & Home With Sliding Shelves!
Installing sliding shelves will give you some great ways to increase your storage space anywhere in your home! They brilliantly hide everything away and allow you to view every item inside, even those at the very back of your cabinets, pantries, and closets, quickly and easily. DIY Shelfworks will custom make your very own gliding shelves to perfectly fit into your existing cupboards.
“I would like to thank the folks at DIY Shelfworks, they have provided me with a wonderful product along with a true commitment to customer service. We have installed 7 customized slide out shelves in our kitchen which has allowed us to better organize and access everything from our appliances to spices. All this at a very affordable price. Thank you DIY Shelfworks!”
– June, A DIY Customer – Review From Our Facebook Page
Our high-quality rolling shelves are 100% Canadian made and will be delivered to you in as little as two to three weeks through Canada Post. You can choose from either our premium 9-ply Baltic Birch or our more economical melamine shelves. They come in 3 shelf heights: 3″, 5″, or 7,” and have a limited lifetime warranty. Place your order today and get your kitchen cupboards organized like never before.