Project Highlights
February 9, 2024

Modern Built-Ins: Design and Styling

By: Anna Popov

Project Highlights
February 9, 2024

Modern Built-Ins: Design and Styling

By: Anna Popov

Many clients are looking to create a sleek and simple space while also making it highly functional. Modern life, and all it has to offer, can make that feel seemingly impossible at times. As Interior Designers, we use our expertise to bring you the best and most thought-through solutions to help your home support the life you lead. As every household functions differently, we must approach each project with a fresh set of eyes. One of our favorite ways to bring grounding and stability to a living space is to utilize our minimalist aesthetic and build custom, functional, simple and modern built-in cabinetry within a home.

Here at IBP, we focus on prioritizing the essentials – from the planning to the design, from the materials to the colors, and everything in between. We believe this creates a form of elegance and usability in architecture and interior design that we can then build upon and make beautiful. Modern built-in cabinets can offer the perfect solution to remove your clutter and display your decor and valuables; embracing that meeting of left and right brain we strive for. So, what are they exactly and how can they help enhance my space. Let’s dive in.

What Are They?

Modern built-in cabinetry is an increasingly popular design element in contemporary homes, seamlessly blending functionality and style. Unlike traditional freestanding furniture, these built-ins are custom designed to integrate with the architecture of a space, offering a sleek and cohesive look. They are highly efficient in maximizing storage, reducing clutter, and enhancing the overall aesthetic of a room. Modern built-ins often feature clean lines, minimalist designs, and innovative materials. They can be tailored to any room, whether it’s creating an elegant display in a living room, optimizing organization in a mudroom, or providing functional storage in an office. Their versatility allows for personalization, from the choice of materials and finishes to the incorporation of unique features like soft-closing hinges or subtle backlighting. By marrying practicality with architectural elegance, modern built-in cabinetry transforms spaces into more organized, stylish, and inviting environments.

THE BENEFITS

The inclusion of modern built-in cabinetry in your home offers many benefits. In contrast to the more overtly modern vibe of open floating shelves, modern built-ins play on the aspects of traditional design styles that are tried and tested. They are clean, highly functional and offer plenty of scope to personalize. They can bring a unique focal point to your living room by flanking a gorgeous fireplace, act as a stylish bookshelf in the office or be the perfect display area for your little one’s must-have display of stuffed animals. Another great area where we like to add built-ins is in the mudroom. This space can always use more storage and organization. In any room, you can use these shelves practically: to store towels, household supplies, video games, items that need to come up off the floor; or artistically: to display décor, books, or travel memorabilia. They offer a place for you to get creative with artwork, sculptures, and share personal photos.

INSPIRING EXAMPLES

THE NEXT LEVEL

As we embrace the evolving world of interior design in 2024, modern built-in cabinetry is not only about maximizing space but also about incorporating cutting-edge trends and developing technologies. The use of sustainable and eco-friendly materials is on the rise, reflecting a growing environmental consciousness in design. Minimalist designs with clean lines and neutral color palettes continue to dominate, offering a timeless appeal. However, we are also seeing a strong return to traditional millwork in dark, earthy toned woods adding character and a sense of classic charm.

Another exciting development is the integration of smart home technology within cabinetry. Imagine cabinets with built-in charging stations, LED lighting, or voice-controlled features that offer convenience and a futuristic edge to your living spaces. This seamless blend of functionality and technology speaks to the modern homeowner’s desire for efficiency and sophistication.

IN CONCLUSION

When adding a built-in, we highly recommend working with an experienced and skilled cabinet maker. Our role as the designer is to listen to your wants and needs, both aesthetic and functional, translate those into the perfect solution, and then create the construction drawings and details needed for professional execution. There are so many ways to design these details, maybe a very symmetrical look or a dynamic, interesting asymmetric layout will add interest to the room. Materials will need to be considered based on the overall room aesthetic; whether we use stained wood, lacquered, or painted finishes. Beautiful hardware, soft-closing hinges, and some soft backlighting are all decisions to be made when we plan out the overall design. Details are so important in this process, but it is worth taking the time for that cohesive, beautiful, love forever finished product!

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