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Contemporary Kitchen Cabinets: Timeless Design for a Modern Era

You may have heard the description, but what exactly is contemporary kitchen cabinetry? Contemporary kitchen cabinets are a type of cabinet that stays true to the present era while borrowing design principles from its predecessor. Today’s contemporary designs incorporate what’s currently on-trend, like natural materials and earth tones with accents in modern styles such as clean lines or sharp angles for added personality without getting too out there about which specific style is being mimicked by this new generation – though you can expect these elements will be more minimal than their predecessors so they don’t overwhelm your space altogether! In order not have any crown molding or raised panels (which would make things feel stuffy), contemporary cabinets will have a sleek, flat surface. This way you can achieve a clean and spacious appearance in your kitchen!

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What’s great about contemporary cabinets is that they are perfect for those who want to create a timeless look that transcends trends. If you’re someone who loves to switch things up often or simply enjoys having a space that looks chic and current, then these cabinets are definitely for you! Are you inspired? If so, keep reading for even more ideas.

Contemporary style is often confused with modern style. both are characterized by its use of clean lines, minimalism, and functionality. Yet, contemporary kitchen cabinets style on those same principles but is less angular and flush. This style also incorporates natural elements such as real wood fronts, floating shelves, standard appliances, and other natural materials that create a “homier” feeling.

When it comes to kitchen cabinetry, there are endless possibilities to choose from. But if you’re looking for a style that is timeless, clean, and minimal, then contemporary kitchen cabinets are the way to go.

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What materials are used?

The most popular materials for contemporary kitchen cabinets are laminates, melamine, veneers, and thermofoil. These materials allow for a wide range of colors and finishes that can be customized to create the perfect look for your kitchen.

Are Shaker cabinets contemporary or traditional?

Kitchens have been a popular place to renovate in recent years. One of the most iconic styles that came out from these renovations is Shaker Cabinets with their simple design and timeless look lending themselves well to both contemporary and traditional. A shaker is actually the door style; it can be applied to either framed or frameless construction. Just like a flat panel door, when you choose sleek and flush frameless construction you are getting a contemporary look while on the other hand if you choose a classic framed construction with its various planes it will have a traditional old-world classic look.

Mod Cabinetry for Contemporary Kitchen Cabinets – Credit | © Silestone by Cosentino


Cabinets achieve a contemporary look by staying true to a simplistic style that lacks showy or ornamental details. For instance, contemporary cabinets won’t feature crown molding or other intricate additions, like routing or rounding. Typically, contemporary cabinets are square with crisp corners, defined edges, and Shaker or flat faces.

Quite literally, contemporary style is a style that lives “in the now.” Today, this means clean-cut, simplistic, smooth, and spacious design principles. In cabinetry, contemporary design lends itself to organic materials, as seen in the Naturals by Mod Cabinetry collection, or solid and simplistic color, with white being a particularly popular choice.

Easily Blends

One of the biggest benefits of choosing contemporary cabinet design is that, by nature, it seamlessly combines the principles of various styles, which means contemporary cabinetry can blend effortlessly into diversely decorated homes and fit the tastes of countless homeowners.

Light And Dark Wood Cabinets With Grey Quartz Countertops – Credit | © Smith Brothers Construction

Maximum Storage

The storage capacity offered by contemporary cabinets is unparalleled. The minimal design and typically tall features make this style functional in small kitchens where counter space is precious and clutter isn’t welcome.

Clean Lines

The clean lines and flat surfaces on contemporary kitchen cabinets are perfect for small kitchens and small kitchens with tight spaces, which is one of the main benefits of installing them. Without molding, contemporary kitchen cabinets can be taller and provide more storage space in kitchens that lack horizontal storage space.

Illusion of Larger

Contemporary cabinets give the illusion of a larger kitchen, making it feel less cluttered or cramped when you’re cooking or entertaining guests. This means they are a fantastic option for any homeowner looking to create a kitchen space that will be just as enjoyable to show off as it will be to use each day.

Dark Wood Kitchen Cabinets With Ceramic Backsplash – Credit | © Drewett Works


If you’re considering Black kitchen cabinets for your next kitchen project, here are answers to some frequently asked questions we get from customers:

What is a contemporary-style kitchen?

A contemporary kitchen is a space where you can really let your creative juices flow. It’s a place where you can experiment with new ideas and really make a statement with your design. Whether you’re looking for a sleek and modern look or something more traditional, a contemporary kitchen is the perfect place to start.

How can I make my kitchen look contemporary?

Are you looking to give your kitchen a makeover? If so, there are a few ways you can go about making your kitchen look contemporary. One way is by adding new, modern appliances. Stainless steel appliances are very popular in contemporary kitchens. You could also update your countertops and backsplash. If you have the budget for it, new cabinets can also make a big difference. Just a few changes can give your kitchen the refresh it needs!

Are Shaker cabinets modern or contemporary?

It depends on how you define “modern” and “contemporary.” According to some definitions, Shaker cabinets would be considered contemporary because they are a relatively new style. However, others might say that Shaker cabinets are more traditional and therefore not as modern.

Wrap up

If you’re considering a kitchen renovation, contemporary cabinets may be the perfect option for you. This style is growing in popularity because it strikes the perfect balance between modern and classic design principles. Our team of experts can help you choose the right materials and construction type to give your kitchen the perfect look – whether you’re going for a sleek, modern feel or an old-world charm. Submit your layout ideas today for a free estimate and let us help you bring your dream kitchen to life!

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  1. If you’re considering Contemporary kitchen cabinets for your next kitchen project, you’ll want to review FAQs we get from customers. Read the expanded article by clicking the link above.
  2. Contemporary kitchen cabinets are a type of cabinet that stays true to the present era while borrowing design principles from its predecessor.
  3. Today’s contemporary design incorporates what’s currently on-trend, like natural materials and earthy tones, while also bringing in details from “modern” style, which contributes clean, sharp, and unadorned elements.
  4. Contemporary design principles for cabinetry include clean lines without showy or ornamental details like crown molding; organic materials; solid colors (white is especially popular); maximum storage; tall features; and an illusion of larger space.
  5. Contemporary style is often confused with modern style, but contemporary kitchen cabinets are less angular and flush.
  6. This style also incorporates natural elements such as real wood fronts, floating shelves, standard appliances, and other natural materials that create a “homier” feeling.
  7. Shaker Cabinets can be applied to either framed or frameless construction – giving you the choice between a sleek and flush look or a classic old-world feel.
  8. Explore Mod Cabinetry’s lines to find the perfect Contemporary kitchen cabinets for your space.
  9. Get a Free Estimate to see how much Contemporary kitchen cabinets cost.
  10. Want to learn more? Check out THE MODERNIST,  a Mod Cabinetry publication with handpicked ideas and inspirations focused on modern, trend-led kitchens.

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