The fronts of your cabinet can dictate the style of your kitchen
A kitchen cabinet design is meant to be practical, sturdy and utilitarian. Its aesthetic and design is usually considered next. However, it takes up a large part of the room and ends up lending its charm to the rest of the décor. Its fronts are also relatively easy to switch if you’re looking to give the space a makeover. Here’s a handy guide with 15 kitchen cabinet design ideas that could work in every Indian home.
A modern modular kitchen is usually fitted with new sleek appliances, fittings and technology. From steely grey to space black, these are high on gloss and cutting-edge design. To enhance the space’s décor, the colour palette for the kitchen cabinet design can complement and echo this luxe modern finish across the room.
Style Tip: To match the dark grey French-door style refrigerator, the kitchen cabinet design and the rest of the décor have been styled in a matte metallic blue. This complements and extends the modernist aesthetic of the appliances in the rest of the space. Also, by choosing a softer hue of blue, the room doesn’t end up looking too dingy and dark.
While there’s always plenty of inspiration for kitchen cabinet ideas, how does one choose the right one for their home? If you’re using your favourite colour as a starting point, what do you do if it clashes with the preferences of the rest of your family? If you’re at a complete loss, you could always try the Beautiful Homes Service by Asian Paints. With a panel of expert designers and a dedicated project manager always close at hand each step of the way, you can look forward to a fuss-free solution for finding the best designs for every room in the house.
Earthen tones work beautifully and complement the pieces in an Indian home—from our furniture to the copper-plated utensils. The best place to incorporate these colours are on the kitchen cabinets. In this open kitchen design, an overarching biscuity-fawn hue dictates the soothing style of the room. While the coloured modern kitchen cabinets are in a timeless solid sandy beige, the rest of the décor—from the textured floor or the tiled backsplash and wallpaper—is chosen from the same family of colours.
Expert Eye: When planning your cabinet design for a modular kitchen, don’t forget the space that usually gets wasted across the breadths of the walls. In this open modular kitchen with an island, wood modern kitchen cabinets line the extra space above the backsplash and around the chimney.
Your home’s surroundings can be echoed in the décor in each room, especially if you live around an abundance of nature. For example, if you’re close to the mountains or hills, raw wood for your cabinetry can replicate the charm of the forests in your kitchen. Similarly, if your home is next to the ocean, a lake or river, shades of azure can be incorporated in your kitchen colour ideas to create the latest kitchen designs.
Every year, Asian Paints develops trend forecasts and a ‘hero’ known as the Colour of the Year to help consumers create styles to update and freshen up their spaces in hues that also reflect the zeitgeist of their time. This colour is chosen to work in every space and every surface in the home—even on modular kitchen cabinet designs. This year’s Colour of the Year is Transcendent Pink —a grey-hued purple with blue and red undertones that quietly encourages the power of embracing change.
Seen in this modern kitchen, it pairs beautifully on a cabinet fronts and blends into the rest of the walls.
Sometimes, you could pick a unique shade for the kitchen cabinet design, but not find a similarly striking idea for the walls. If a shade of paint doesn’t do the trick, consider creating a panel on a wall with wallpaper. For a different aesthetic, you can play around with textures, prints and patterns with a range of Nilaya wall coverings by Asian Paints—our go-to most-trusted brand. You could even bring in a designer twist with wallpapers by fashion designer Sabyasachi or home décor label Good Earth, or choose the Wallpaper of the year, Lotus and Stilts.
When choosing a cabinet design, you don’t have to restrict yourself to one single pattern or size. First take stock of all the vessels, crockery, appliances, accessories and knick knacks you have to store. You can also check out this crockery cabinet designs. Then chart out what solutions for storage work best for you. For some sections, you could choose deeper and broader cabinet designs while for others, shallow drawers. For things you don’t reach out for often, you could fit in wall- mounted modern kitchen cabinets. If you have the space for it on the side, you could also think about kitchen cupboard designs.
When we think of any form of cabinetry, we always visualise wooden doors, drawers and panelling. However, if you’re looking for something unique to recreate the latest kitchen designs in your home, think of using unusual materials for the front of your cabinets. Metals such as brass or copper will add a glamorous spin to these storage spaces. You could either go all out by covering the entire surface area with it or add minimal detailing along the edges of the frame.
Style Tip: Have a look at all the different metallic textures and finishes before deciding which one works for you. If you think glossy metal may be too loud, you could always use a more distressed or oxidised version. If you’d like to see the best home décor products under one roof, step into the nearest AP Homes store in your city.
Glass kitchen cabinets have their benefits—they’re inexpensive to build and very, very easy to maintain. However, they immediately reveal everything concealed within them. If you store your utensils in a neat and tidy way, you’re in luck. If not, this may not be the cleverest idea. For wall mounted kitchen cabinets that are just as cost efficient, try aluminium modern kitchen cabinets in your favourite shade instead.
If you’re looking for a unique kitchen cabinet idea to style your kitchen, try using a vibrant appliance to brighten up the space. While you don’t have to completely renovate the space, swapping out an appliance, fitting or moveable accessory for a more colourful alternative will immediately give it a fresher look. To enhance this further, you could pair this colour on your modular kitchen cabinet design, too.
Expert Eye: In this small-space kitchen, an ice-cream pink refrigerator is complemented with pvc kitchen cabinets in the exact same hue!
Sometimes, you can use a single colour for your modern kitchen cabinets or cupboards designs to create an overall aesthetic in the room. The shade you pick could be your favourite colour or a hue that’s recently caught your eye. When painted on your cabinets, cupboards or drawers, it will immediately add warmth and vibrance to the room, drawing the eye of anyone who steps into it.
A kitchen cabinet design can be muted to let another eye-catching element in the room get all the attention. In this otherwise pared-down modular kitchen, a monolith-style island gets to visually stand out against the rest of the décor. You could also use a simple aluminium kitchen cabinet design with a colour of your choice to create this effect.
If you’re always faced with the task of decluttering your kitchen or find it the busiest room in the house that looks too cramped, a simple colour palette can help create a sense of openness. As a rule of thumb, white or cream is the safest and brightest colour that can immediately make the smallest of spaces look bigger. If you’re worried about an all-white kitchen cabinet design looking too plain or washed out, intersperse it with another colour through materials such as the tiles. You could pair it with your favourite shade or a safe muted hue for a combination that stays timeless.
The beauty of using laminates for a modular kitchen cabinet design is that you can create laminate kitchen cabinets in any colour you like. This is a clever idea if you’re looking to match the kitchen cupboards designs with the rest of the room’s décor.
Insider’s Eye: In this stylish Indian kitchen, the patterned flooring is not the only element that dictates the overarching yellow colour palette in the room. The wood kitchen cabinets echo the exact same shade, as well, in the rest of the space.
To not make your kitchen look too dated or boring, it’s a good idea to give it a quick makeover every now and then. It could be a fresh layer of paint or installing a new modern fitting that may do the trick. Or, for a less messy idea, you can change the fronts of your cabinetry. To upgrade your kitchen cabinet design, swap out the old laminates or stain the wood in a new polish. You could even paint the wooden modern kitchen cabinets in a different colour. If the entire room looks a bit flat, create layers with a mix of colours and materials on your cupboards and drawers.
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