Modern Kitchen Cabinets
Different styles of modern kitchens
What is a modern kitchen?
Modern kitchens are full of clean lines and materials that offer a flat surface that appears seamless with the rest of the space. The materials you choose can have a super matte, high-gloss, or textured finish though, so you are not as limited as you might think when designing modern spaces. Of course, once you add in the different hardware options, you may think that you are in over your head, because there are so many additional choices.
In terms of hardware, modern kitchens tend to have a lot of drawers and pull-outs. This style is always great for a condo kitchen but also looks good in a house, like a big galley kitchen with an island in the center. Read my recent blog post about types of high-gloss kitchen cabinets. The main picture is a custom kitchen with textured Italian laminate doors and Caesarstone countertops. Read about matt kitchen cabinets here.
Materials for Modern Cabinets :
As I mentioned above, there are three different modern cabinet material types for your kitchen. They are super matte, high-gloss, and textured. Each one offers a unique look that will turn your kitchen into the modern space you have been dreaming of.
High-Gloss – As this name suggests, the surface of this material is shiny and reflects light quite well. There are many different materials that offer a high gloss look for modern kitchens, which is why it is usually the most popular option. Plus, since these materials reflect light, you do not need as much natural light in the space.
Super matte– Any super matte finish is not going to reflect any lighting at all, so it is best used in an open space that has a lot of natural or artificial light.
Texture – Textured finishes will offer a look that is considered slightly unique in modern kitchens, because it begins to stray from those sleek surfaces. However, these materials will be visually appealing to those who just need that little extra visual appeal in the room.
Most modern kitchens do not have trim around the cabinets, because it detracts from the straight lines. As long as the ceiling is straight and flat, all modern cabinets can touch the ceiling and nothing else is needed. However, there are times when a small piece of modern trim is used, or a filler is used to make it appear that the lines are straight and seamless.
You have so many options when it comes to materials for modern cabinets in a kitchen. While this can be good news, since you can get exactly what you want, it can make it more difficult to make a final decision.
Most Popular Materials for Modern Kitchen Cabinets
Laminate can be applied to any type of surface to give it a super matte finish that is durable, resistant to stains and scratches, and easy to clean. Add in the fact that this is an anti-fingerprint material and you will quickly see why it is so popular among homeowners. Since this is a super-matte material, you will never have any glare coming from your kitchen cabinets. Acrylic laminate is a popular choice for high-gloss kitchens. (the kitchen at the top of the page has laminate fronts)
This is one of the high-end high-gloss material options with a thousand colors to choose from. Many materials within the high-gloss options are not as durable or scratch resistant as lacquer, which could be buffed to remove scratches (same as you can polish a car).This is the reason why it is one of the most popular materials among those who want a glossy finish.
Veneers can be made of real wood or you can choose from so many eco-friendly options (reconstituted veneers). A couple of those options include composite wood veneers, exotic veneers, and prefinished veneers. However, for modern kitchen cabinets, you may want to customize the veneer you are using. This will allow you to have the exact look you crave in your kitchen area.
Fenix NTM is a new nanothech matt material that is laminated on all the exposed surfaces of kitchen cabinets. This modern material is very durable and resists fingerprints. Its an absolute matte and doesn't reflect any little light. If the Fenix NTM does happen to get scratched over time, it is easy to fix those scratches with thermal healing. Therefore, you won’t need to replace the entire cabinet, or all your cabinets, if an accident happens.
Glass (or poly-glass) has a seamless look, which is why it is so popular in modern kitchens. It can be clear and smooth, back-painted (most popular option) frosted, or even textured, depending on the actual style you are trying to achieve. Poly glass offers mirror-like glossy finish.
This two tone modern kitchen is a combination of Italian laminate (dark grey) and matte lacquer (light grey).
This laminate is soft-touch, scratch resistant, and antibacterial. If might look like lacquer on the photo but if you see and touch it in our showroom you will notice the difference - it is super easy to clean compared to lacquers and other plastics.
The kitchen above is a combination of white Fenix and textured Arpa laminate
I have seen super matte laminates and veneers grow in popularity in the last few years. The popular laminate colors are gray and white, while the homeowners who chose veneers went with oak or walnut.
There really isn’t a right or wrong answer when it comes to which materials you should choose for your modern kitchen cabinets. However, you will want to only consider the ones that offer all the features you want in this space in your home. So, choose carefully and before you know it, you will have the modern kitchen of your dreams.