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Modernize Kitchen Cabinets With Doors Alternatives

May 29, 2015 | STORY BY JENN SCHLEICH

Contemporary Alternatives to Cabinet Doors

 

Dare we say the day of the traditional kitchen cabinet door may be coming to an end? While there is an amazing variety of colours and design ideas available for kitchen cabinet doors today, there’s something tired about a standard side-swing hinged door. More people  are opting for extra-deep kitchen drawers in place of cabinet doors wherever they can (in the name of improved function). Though the classic cabinetry door has its place, if you feel like it’s a little too humdrum, maybe not quite contemporary enough for your cutting- edge kitchen design, you’ll want to know about these super-modern alternatives.

Lift Systems
Cabinet doors equipped with a lift system glide or fold up, as opposed to swinging out, are exceptionally sleek. Some systems even come with touch sensors and buttons to make them virtually effortless to open. The biggest advantage to a lift system is that the door is never in the way — you have probably smacked your head on an open cabinet door enough times to appreciate how valuable that is.
 
Sliding Doors
Though the idea of a sliding cabinet door may sound like a throwback to your grandma’s vintage 70s wood-panelled kitchen, don’t let that turn you off. Sliding doors have been updated, and modern translucent doors or minimalist Scandinavian wood designs are very hot right now.
 
Barn Door Cabinets
Whether you want the authentic rustic barn door look, or would rather give these track systems a contemporary twist, hanging door tracks are one of the most on-point products you can include in your kitchen (re)design. They come in a broad swatch of finishes and styles.
 
Industrial Style Tambour Doors
Tambour doors, colloquially known as rolling shutter doors, were traditionally used as “appliance garages." However, many people are now fronting all their kitchen cabinets with metal tambour doors — an easy way to give your kitchen a fun industrial vibe. They also provide the flexibility of the open-shelf look, with an option to hide away kitchen paraphernalia at the drop of a coin.

 

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