Several factors such a materials, colors, lighting and finish go in to making a contemporary kitchen. These elements are important to capture your style but your cabinet drawers shouldn’t be overlooked. Adding push-to-open and metal cabinet drawers are two details that can help you capture the contemporary kitchen you want.
Going handleless in the kitchen is becoming more and more popular in every kitchen style (even with appliances), but it’s almost a must for contemporary designs. Contemporary, handleless doors have always been easier to design with than handleless drawers but with the advancement in touch-to-open technology, this is no longer the case.
Touch-to-open drawers allow you to push on the drawer to pop it open several inches. The mechanism works like a ball-point pen with a spring-loaded piston. When you’re done with the drawer the mechanism will catch the drawer, closing it softly and reset the spring for the next touch. Touch-to-open drawers not only create a uniform look but give you extra functionality as well. You can bump the drawers when your hands are wet, full or dirty and still be able to get into your kitchen drawers.
To achieve a truly contemporary look you should think about using metal drawer boxes instead of wood dovetail drawer boxes. The sleek material will help extend your style throughout the kitchen. Besides aesthetics, metal drawers will also give you a little more cubic feet within your cabinet drawer. It won’t be a noticeable difference to most, but for those with small kitchens the added space will be welcomed.
Metal drawers aren’t a novelty, and still come at a higher price, but they are becoming more of a standard option in manufacturers’ offerings. Bellmont, UltraCraft and Plato are three cabinet brands we recommend that carry meatal drawers.