Modern KitchenIf you’re not into spending a lot of money on pricey wood kitchen cabinets right now, here’s a great option for making economical white kitchen cabinets work even harder. This cool, modern kitchen adds light to a dark kitchen, and space to a small kitchen.

Inexpensive white kitchen cabinets don’t have to look cheap, especially if you eliminate all that crown and door molding that makes white kitchen cabinets look like they’re trying too hard to look like wood. The wow-factor in this kitchen was pulled off not just with straight-lined cabinets, but with a roster of very clever designer tricks including…

* using stainless steel not just on appliances, but as the color of the kitchen counters. You could choose actual stainless steel counter tops or a solid surface or laminate in a stainless steel color

* using streamlined stainless steel hardware – the long pulls look more streamlined than lots of small knobs would

* running cabinets right to the ceiling, using a white tile backsplash and painting the walls and ceiling  the same white as the cabinets … the combined effect cuts the look of clutter and fuzzies the line between walls and cabinets… making the room look brighter and larger

* adding a translucent (rather than transparent) glass or acrylic door to a few upper cabinets – a nice change from all the glass doors that add clutter by showing everything inside

* adding accents in a seaglass color

Great look, especially for small kitchens!