Last updated on March 16, 2023

If you’ve starting to plan out the design of your kitchen remodel one of the first things to tackle is your cabinet design. This includes thinking about your organization needs as well as the appearance of your kitchen cabinets. These pieces aren’t just an essential for storage, they also take up the majority of your kitchen. If you’re not quite sure how you’d like to design your cabinets, we’ve outlined our top three modern cabinet designs to give you a little bit of inspiration. We hope our tips will help you jump start your design process!

Simple & Sleek Kitchen Cabinets


If you love the modern and minimalist look, this style may be perfect for you. With a slight nod to the industrial trend that we’ve been seeing in kitchen remodels recently, these modern cabinet designs incorporates simple materials and clean lines for both the lower and upper cabinets. These designs maximize space and storage inside, but externally present a clean and polished surface.

If this look really resonates with you, we recommend applying this style to your entire kitchen design, instead of just the cabinetry. You can invest in stainless steel appliances, opt for a minimalistic countertop material, and even add a pop of color to your backsplash to give the area something interesting.

Less Upper Cabinet Space


On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you’re not so concerned about having the extra storage space, you may want to consider eliminating your uppers. This trend has started to take hold, and it’s pretty clear as to why. Done well, this technique can help you create an open, airy and inviting effect, even in smaller spaces.

This trend gives a nod to the same minimalist and modern trend that we talked about previously, while still being subtle enough to mix with different aesthetics. Regardless of your personal style, you can integrate this concept seamlessly without it clashing with the rest of your design elements.

Exposed Shelving


If you like the idea of ditching traditional upper cabinets, but can’t live without the extra storage, this is the perfect happy medium. Exposed shelving combines functionally with style, as it allows you to display some of your favorite dishware as well.

This concept is great for those who love organizing and arranging the different aspects of their cabinetry. You can really play with every element in this design, from the floating shelves themselves, to the glassware or decor you place on top. Just keep in mind, while it does serve as extra storage, whatever you place on top will be on display.


And there you have it! These three ideas all communicate that same modern, trendy aesthetic, without being too in your face or overwhelming. Each of  these modern cabinet designs offer something different, so you can pick one, or use all three. The choice is yours!

But we’d love to hear from you! Which cabinet designs are your favorite? Let us know in the comments below! And check out some of our recent kitchen remodels here.