Modern Design Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Get the info you need on modern kitchen cabinet doors, and prepare to add a sleek and stylish touch to your kitchen cabinets.
After: Yellow Kitchen Cabinets

After: Yellow Kitchen Cabinets

Mixing bright yellow and sleek metallic appliances for a contemporary kitchen.

and John Colaneri Kitchen Cousins

By: Sean McEvoy

If your style tends more towards the contemporary than the traditional, you may want to consider adding modern design kitchen cabinet doors to your cooking space.

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Form and Function

This kitchen was designed to accommodate an enthusiastic cook and entertainer who wanted a contemporary feel that would not be at odds with her colonial townhouse. To create this look, NVS Remodeling & Design used frameless Dura Supreme Cabinetry in maple, painting the perimeter units in a creamy white and the island in a surprising splash of yellow (Sherwin Williams Butterfield with Espresso glaze). "To maximize storage, we stacked the cabinets to the ceiling, and specified deep drawers and tall pantries," say the designers. "The open corner and ribbed glass doors prevent that wall-to-wall cabinetry look."

Young At Heart

"Creating a hip, young kitchen while respecting the architectural heritage of an old house can be a challenge," says designer Jason Ball. To meet the twin needs of this particular project, Ball chose cabinets in a traditional raised-panel style, but gave them a fresh look with a trendy color: Behr's Dark Granite, in a rich semi-gloss finish. Hidden storage features complete the clever design. Deep drawers under the range keep pots and pans handy; cabinets extend to the ceiling for maximum stow-away space; and a pullout on one side of the kitchen keeps dog food easily accessible.

Real Steel

For a client who owns a company that manufacturers steel scales, Hufft Projects designed cabinetry that would reflect his business and his life. "We used metal panels throughout the house," says the designer. "The kitchen cabinets are one example. The gunmetal cabinets are made from galvanized hot-rolled steel with a clear-coat finish over an MDF substrate. They have integrated edge pulls to maintain a clean, seamless appearance."

Classic Cottage Charm

For a homeowner with a deep love of gardening and a fondness for English cottage style, Wright-Ryan Millwork created custom cabinets of white pine finished with a specially mixed stain of brown and yellow hues. "Concealed storage was important in this highly functional space," say the cabinetmakers. "Flat panel cabinets have adjustable, roll-out shelving inside, and concealed European hinges and soft-close drawers." Decorative feet beneath the sink adds cottage flavor.

Light Effects

In this open-plan kitchen, a combination of glistening white lacquered upper units and a striated wood style below creates a tailored, contemporary look. "Storage and functionality were both key to the design, so we optimized storage space by continuing cabinets along the bottom and into the adjacent dining room," says the designer. Design by DKOR Interiors.

Summerhouse Sophistication

In this luxurious Hamptons-style kitchen, designer Jamie Herzlinger created an updated traditional look that's long on luxury. Acres of white marble top the dual islands, complementing the custom millwork's graphic interlocking diamonds, a motif repeated on the upper cabinets that line the long walls. Panels cover the built-in refrigerators, for a sleek, integrated look.

Contemporary Cabin Style

Set on a wooded waterfront property on Lake Superior, this contemporary cabin shows a close connection to its natural setting. Architect Nils Finne used eco-friendly materials throughout the design, including in the kitchen. "We used PLYBOO, an FSC-certified bamboo product, for the cabinets," he says. "The end panels are mahogany, as is the dining table."

European Elegance

Inspired by the homeowner's love of Old World design, Ron and Martha Wolford created a rich, traditional look with frameless, raised-panel cabinets painted steel blue and accented with a creamy glaze. Important extras include in-cabinet puck lighting, under-cabinet lighting, mirrored glass mullioned doors (not pictured), and marble countertops. For a cohesive look, "the kitchen's cream, gold, and blue palette flows into the family room and covered porch," say the builders.

Bright Idea

In this long, narrow house, Kariouk Associates Architects used walls of glass to usher in light and designed sleek custom cabinets in bold yellow to help to capture and reflect the sunshine. Walnut paneling and accent cabinets offer a warm contrast to the splash of color, keeping the kitchen grounded within the open plan.

Fresh Outlook

For the heart-of-the home kitchen in this traditional Massachussetts home, designer Maqued Barsoum created custom cabinets with rich detailing: inset doors and drawers; deep, stepped crown moldings and a custom range hood canopy. The soft, sage finish lends softness to the look, and helps to highlight the island's dramatic Via Lattea granite.

Most cabinet styles feature door components that can be updated in a variety of styles, since the cabinet frames generally feature little or no stylistic flourishes—this means you can "face" your cabinets with doors that reflect whichever style appeals to you most.

Modern design is generally agreed to have started in the early 1900s. Since its inception, it's been marked by a preponderance of geometric forms, minimal ornamentation and both angular and curvaceous designs. Modern kitchen cabinet doors generally follow a more angular and unadorned design aesthetic, with minimal adornment and hardware. Many modern kitchen cabinet doors sit flush with the cabinet frames to accentuate their streamlined, straightforward design.

Although wood is used frequently, man-made materials such as metal, plastic, concrete and glass are also very commonly used for modern kitchen cabinet doors. Frosted, leaded or semi-opaque glass is a popular feature of modern kitchen cabinet doors. Replacing old kitchen cabinet doors with modern materials like these is a great way to update the appearance of your kitchen without having to remodel the entire space or tear out the main component of the cabinetry. Facing modern kitchen cabinet doors with veneers of laminate or wood is also a quick and easy DIY option to give your kitchen a quick facelift. Mixed materials are also quite common in modern kitchen design, with many modern kitchen cabinet doors featuring combinations of wood and glass or glass and metal.

In recent years, many homeowners have begun to feature midcentury modern furniture and design in their homes. This design style, which originated in the Nordic countries in the middle of the 20th century, features a preponderance of bold angles and flowing curves. Many modern kitchen cabinet doors can be traced to this movement, featuring both the familiar angular style, and the use of either sturdy wood or artificial materials like laminate to present a markedly modern design.

Color is another important aspect of modern kitchen cabinet doors. Natural wood colors are popular, but many homeowners with modern tastes also tend towards bold, contemporary colors like bold reds and blues and bright oranges, yellows and greens.

Modern kitchen cabinet doors can be a great addition to to any modern or contemporary kitchen design—and a cost-effective one at that. Modern design can work well in just about any home, but a modern kitchen can be particularly appealing to homeowners who want to maximize the space in their kitchen with an up-to-date, efficient and attractive design.

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