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Modern kitchen cabinets for a bold kitchen style

What is it about contemporary or modern kitchen cabinets that makes them so distinct? It's the use of symmetry. In the contemporary kitchen symmetry can be found in all the design elements, including the patterns and shape of the cabinetry.

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Contemporary style often uses a monochromatic color palette. These colors are the ones you will most often find in the modern kitchen:

  1. Silver
  2. Black
  3. White

Subdued colors and stainless steel are popular for fixtures, accents and kitchen appliances.


Different shapes dominate. Squares and rectangles are favored, as they naturally incorporate symmetry. The use of shapes with corners creates a sharper and sleeker look to the kitchen. Using metal cabinetry--aluminum or stainless steel--heightens this effect. Even wood, in earth tones or painted white, can be used for contemporary-styled cabinets.

Modern kitchen cabinets are often faceless, meaning there is little or no space between the cabinet doors, allowing for a more seamless, minimalist appearance. Appliances are easily incorporated into a design like this.


The majority of the designs of modern kitchen cabinets fall into the custom or semi-custom cabinetry category. Typically, stock cabinetry can be 50 percent to 75 percent less than a full custom-cabinet remodel. So while most contemporary looks are more, you could find stock cabinets that could work for your kitchen. Great custom modern kitchen cabinets can cost over $5,000, while stock cabinets may be as little as $1,000 and provide a contemporary look for those on a budget.

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