Designing a new kitchen comes with all sorts of challenges. There are more broad questions to ask yourself. For example, if it’s a remodel, should you DIY or work with a contractor, and when is the best time to go through a remodel, so it is least intrusive to your day-to-day lives. Then, there are the more granular questions, such as what wall color you’re going to choose, what appliances should you choose, and do you want an open concept or something a little more intimate?

Another key question you’ll have to answer is whether you’re going to opt for traditional or modern kitchen cabinets. And that’s a pretty big decision, too, as whichever option you go with can greatly sway your kitchen’s overall look and feel. But, before you can confidently make a decision on which option is best for your home, you need to first make sure you understand the key differences between these two styles.

Keep reading to make sure that you have everything you need to know about these two distinct types of kitchen cabinets.

The Key Differences Between Modern and Traditional Kitchen Cabinets

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The easiest way to distinguish between traditional and modern cabinets is by their overall shape and form. Traditional cabinets tend to have thicker, bulkier forms. Meanwhile, modern cabinetry prides itself on being more slender and sleek.

For this reason, you’ll see modern cabinets in homes where the homeowners are looking to create a more minimalist feel. Minimalism is on the rise, thanks to homeowners understanding how intrusive everyday clutter can be. As a result, we are seeing more and more homeowners utilize modern cabinets in their kitchens.

Traditional and modern cabinets both vary in terms of the cabinet doors. Modern cabinets tend to have no design features on their doors, which would be in contrast to their minimalist, sleek intent.

Meanwhile, traditional cabinets can have all sorts of designs on their doors. Such designs include:

  • Shaker
  • Raised Panel
  • Slab
  • Beadboard
  • Louvered
  • Cathedral

In addition, traditional cabinets will also utilize distinct handles more often than modern cabinets. Modern cabinets tend to look for ways to integrate handles more seamlessly into the design, so they don’t stick out as much.

When it comes to colors, traditional cabinets tend to be darker than modern cabinets. However, you can still find plenty of examples of the opposite being true. There are some great-looking dark, even black modern cabinets out there. The same can be said for lighter, even white traditional cabinets.

So, Which is Best For Your Home?

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There is no right answer here. When it comes to deciding how to design your home—interior or exterior—you have to do what you want. That’s what matters. Don’t put too much stock into the latest trends. While those are good for inspiration and to get a feel for what’s popular, what really matters is what you want out of your kitchen.

Reading up on resources like this guide is a great way to find out what’s out there and what piques your interest. In addition, don’t be afraid to work with a professional kitchen designer to help you plan out your vision and make it a reality!

Leaning Towards Modern Kitchen Cabinets? Give Us a Call

Puustelli is a cabinet maker that is rooted in authentic Scandinavian design principles. The result is stunning kitchens that incorporate the best of Nordic design. This includes warm tones that create an inviting space, as well as eco-friendly materials that are completely void of harmful chemicals like formaldehyde. The wood used to create our cabinets is sourced from non-endangered wood species, and our designs are modern and minimal for homeowners who want to avoid a cluttered kitchen feel.

The list truly goes on and on for the benefits our cabinets provide for our clients. But, what truly separates us from other cabinetry makers and kitchen designers is our passion for creating clean, healthy kitchens that allow families to prosper. For homeowners looking for a modern yet warm kitchen vibe, Puustelli provides high-end quality without the need to break the bank.

Check out our gallery to see some of our favorite projects we’ve helped bring to life over the years. If you like what you see, message us or give us a call at 612-405-2227.

We’d also love to see you swing by our showroom to see in person our designs! We have COVID-19 protocols currently in place, so the showroom is by appointment only. Check out a virtual tour if you’re more comfortable going that route!

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