Whether you love to cook or not, the kitchen is usually the heart of the home. It features many different design elements, from countertops to cabinetry. The kitchen can reflect the design style of the rest of your home, or you can design it completely differently to make it its own space.
Below, we share our favorite kitchen cabinet ideas—from small, budget-friendly ideas to big, dramatic upgrades to help inspire your kitchen design.
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Cottage Style With a Touch of Sophistication
A dreamy, all-white kitchen adds a bright, clean, and refreshing look, but that doesn't mean you can't add a little drama. Michelle Berwick Design incorporated touches of sleek black inside the glass-front cabinets on the island and range hood for a more sophisticated look.Continue to 2 of 63 below.
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This California home's kitchen is the perfect combination of modern and relaxed design. The majority of the cabinets in the kitchen are a sleek black color while the natural wood cabinets brings in a warm, fresh aesthetic to the room.Continue to 3 of 63 below.
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It's All in the Details
Even though the soft blue and white cabinet hues in this kitchen are subtle, the design details are anything but. From the fluted cabinetry to the brass accents, this kitchen is refreshing, simple, and visually pleasing.Continue to 4 of 63 below.
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Black Cabinets With Gold Hardware
Black cabinets with gold-toned hardware give this modern black-and-white kitchen from Mary Patton Design a cohesive and polished look.Continue to 5 of 63 below.
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Teal Statement Piece
The kitchen is the heart of the home— it brings warmth and it's where you build memories with your family. Your kitchen's style should reflect your personal style, which means incorporating your favorite colors, textures, and patterns. Studio Peake incorporated teal into this kitchen, from the cabinetry to the kitchen island.Continue to 6 of 63 below.
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Two-Tone Kitchen Cabinets
Mindy Gayer Design Co. added dimension to this San Francisco kitchen remodel by using two-tone Shaker-style cabinets in shades of white and midnight blue.Continue to 7 of 63 below.
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No Upper Cabinets
If you're lucky enough to have a large kitchen with expansive windows, sometimes it's best to leave all the storage below the windows. Here, Tyler Karu Design only incorporated lower cabinets to allow the large windows to let in as much natural light as possible. It creates an open, airy space while still providing plenty of storage.Continue to 8 of 63 below.
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Skip the Uppers
Ashley Montgomery Design used soothing green paint on the lower cabinets of this calm kitchen space, skipping upper cabinets to create a light and airy feel.
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Spruced Up Cabinets
Remodeling a kitchen isn't in most people's budget, but you can still completely update your kitchen with simple touches. Beautiful brass, half moon cabinet pulls dress up these standard white cabinets and give this kitchen a completely new look.Continue to 10 of 63 below.
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Frosted Glass Front Cabinets
Mary Patton Design lightened up a block of cabinets with frosted glass-front doors that offer a glimpse of the colorful glassware displayed inside.Continue to 11 of 63 below.
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Brass Trim Detail
The brass trim detail and matching hardware instantly give these cabinets a classy, sophisticated look. The fresh flowers, quartz countertop, and shelving add light accents to the dark, rustic style of the cabinets.Continue to 12 of 63 below.
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Match the Cabinets to the Floors
In this kitchen from Emily Henderson Design, a wall of built-in storage and kitchen cabinetry has the same wood tones as the flooring for a minimalist look.Continue to 13 of 63 below.
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Hinged Cabinet Door
Is there anything more cumbersome than trying to find that one spice you need for dinner in a crowded cabinet? These black cabinets look sleek from the outside, while the hinged cabinet door makes it easy to spot exactly what you're looking for.Continue to 14 of 63 below.
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Painted blue and cream cabinetry outfitted with vintage bulbs adds throwback charm to this kitchen from Ashley Montgomery Design, while arched upper cabinets create a sense of history to the space.Continue to 15 of 63 below.
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These Copenhagen-based cabinets' minimalist style and color open up this small kitchen condo. The wood trim and round recessed cabinet hardware add texture and color to the space.Continue to 16 of 63 below.
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Erin Williamson Design chose flat-front dark walnut cabinetry to ground this spacious all-white kitchen.Continue to 17 of 63 below.
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Coffee Station Cabinet
If you have the extra cabinet space, consider turning a couple of cabinets into a coffee station. Here, Laura Cattano created a coffee station complete with a coffee maker, coffee grinder, French press, coffee mugs, and beans to make enjoying a cup of joe easier in the mornings.Continue to 18 of 63 below.
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Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Cabinets
Ashley Montgomery Design chose simple Shaker-style cabinetry with warm brass hardware that complements the simple lines and shiplap walls of this modern farmhouse kitchen.Continue to 19 of 63 below.
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Moody and Masculine
Whoever said you can't style black and brown together hasn't seen this beautiful kitchen design by LeClair Decor. The bronze mirrored backsplash tiles ties in with the sleek black bottom cabinets, black countertops, dark wood upper cabinets, and the wood flooring which gives off a look that's modern.Continue to 20 of 63 below.
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Mix With Open Shelving
A Beautiful Mess skipped upper cabinetry in favor of open shelving with a well styled display of kitchen essentials and plants that gives this compact kitchen a light and airy feel.Continue to 21 of 63 below.
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Black Rustic Kitchen
This kitchen is where cottage meets drama. The wood backsplash and stone flooring bring a rustic style while the black cabinetry, open shelving, and window trim elevate the dramatic factor of the space.Continue to 22 of 63 below.
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Even though this kitchen is dressed in the same neutral tone, it's filled with visually appealing design details. The dimensional geometric cabinets paired with the metallic trim on the range hood and stunning kitchen backsplash give this kitchen a stunning, over-the-top look.Continue to 23 of 63 below.
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Elegant in All Gray
Sometimes all it takes to transform the look of a kitchen is the right paint color. Here, Britt Design Studio painted the kitchen cabinets, range hood, and island in a blue-gray color that adds a sophisticated look to the kitchen.Continue to 24 of 63 below.
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Paint Them Light Blue
Light blue cabinetry that runs all the way up to the ceiling of this California kitchen from Cathie Hong Interiors adds color without encroaching on the relatively small space.Continue to 25 of 63 below.
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Deep Green Cabinets
In this kitchen, designer Emily Henderson wanted to make a subtle statement. Instead of going with the usual blue color, she opted for a deep green color. The color is modern and simple yet dramatic and saturated.Continue to 26 of 63 below.
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Make Them Moody
In this kitchen from Ashley Montgomery Design, midnight blue cabinets extend all the way up to the ceiling to create a wall of storage in the relatively compact space.Continue to 27 of 63 below.
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Kitchen Island Cabinets
Making use of every inch is essential when it comes to kitchen storage. This kitchen design by KJ Design Mortar and Styling has plenty of storage including cabinet space on the end of the kitchen island.Continue to 28 of 63 below.
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Update With Paint
Cathie Hong Interiors gave this California kitchen a Scandi-style inspired refresh by painting the existing cabinetry in a mix of soft gray and white.Continue to 29 of 63 below.
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A Touch of Glam
Every aspect of this kitchen enhances its design style from the combination of the black and wood cabinets to the marble countertop and backsplash. Brass cabinets and drawer pulls really up the glam factor.Continue to 30 of 63 below.
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Neon Yellow Cabinets
A row of neon yellow cabinets gives this kitchen from A Beautiful Mess a shot of vibrant color and personality.Continue to 31 of 63 below.
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Having a few glass-front cabinets in your kitchen allows visitors to locate what they need while allowing you to display your favorite dishes. Plus, it can be aesthetically pleasing if you love keeping your cabinets perfectly organized.Continue to 32 of 63 below.
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If neon yellow is overstimulating, try painting your kitchen cabinets in a soft pastel yellow instead, like this kitchen from Forge and Bow Dwellings.Continue to 33 of 63 below.
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Easy Cabinet Door Makeover
We love a simple glass-front cabinet door, but there is nothing wrong with sprucing it up a bit. Here, designer Kate Marker Interiors gave these cabinets an easy makeover by adding antique brass door panels for an elegant look.Continue to 34 of 63 below.
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Interior designer Alvin Wayne gave a small NYC apartment kitchen a streamlined update with color blocking on cabinetry and countertops in black and white. A mix of matte black and bright white lacquer finishes keeps the design from feeling too flat.
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Using the vertical space in a kitchen is a great way to add cabinet storage space, but reaching those upper cabinets is a different story. Liljencrantz Design added a sliding ladder to make reaching those cabinets easier, and the unique hardware brings a cool factor to the monochromatic design.Continue to 36 of 63 below.
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Use Retro Hardware
Finding Lovely mixed midcentury modern style knobs and pulls made from 95% recycled brass with Shaker-style cabinetry to give this modern farmhouse kitchen a bit of shine.Continue to 37 of 63 below.
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Bright Blue Statement Piece
Many design elements in this kitchen catch the eye from the marble backsplash that reaches the ceiling to the oversized kitchen island. But the statement piece in the kitchen is the bright blue cabinetry that extends to the pantry and refrigerator. The fluted cabinet fronts differentiate the cupboard space from the pantry space.Continue to 38 of 63 below.
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Finish With Crown Molding
Installing crown molding along the top of cabinets gives them a seamless built-in look, like this kitchen from Ashley Montgomery Design.Continue to 39 of 63 below.
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Horizontal Upper Cabinets
The kitchen off this sitting room may be small, but it features plenty of storage. The horizontal upper cabinets are not just a design style decision, but they also make it easier to reach items up top.Continue to 40 of 63 below.
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Understated White Cabinets
To allow the dramatic stone backsplash to take center stage, Mary Patton Design installed understated white cabinetry that does its job without needing the spotlight.Continue to 41 of 63 below.
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Kitchen Island Cabinetry
Having a large kitchen island doesn't just provide that extra countertop space, but it's a great way to incorporate more storage into your kitchen. This beautiful blue island features plenty of cabinet space, which leaves room for some open shelving on the other side of the kitchen.Continue to 42 of 63 below.
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A Kitchen With a View
This spot in this kitchen is the perfect place to enjoy the amazing view outside while prepping dinner. All the cabinetry and drawers are kept at the bottom to allow the large windows to take center stage. The deep blue color of the cabinetry allows the view to pop even more.Continue to 43 of 63 below.
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A Combo of Light and Dark
This kitchen by designer Mindy Gayer features bright, white upper cabinets and deep blue bottom cabinets. The two-toned kitchen design provides a polished look while the white upper cabinets reflect the natural light from outside making the space feel more open and airy.Continue to 44 of 63 below.
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A Calming Hue With Big Impact
When Cathie Hong designed this kitchen, she wanted to blend Scandinavian and Japanese styles. From the sleek cabinets to the built-in open shelving, it all has a minimalistic look. Including the mint-hued cabinets with the minimalist design style and even the plethora of storage space.Continue to 45 of 63 below.
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A Cohesive Look
This dreamy blue hue is the perfect color choice for this eclectic California home. The matching range hood gives the room a cohesive, polished look.Continue to 46 of 63 below.
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Natural Wood Cabinetry
The combination of the white and natural wood cabinets brightens up this kitchen design by Charlie Interior Design. The addition of metal open shelving, kitchen island legs, and stools adds an industrial-style touch.Continue to 47 of 63 below.
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Gray on Gray
This kitchen proves that an all gray design can be anything but boring. The light gray color of the cabinets carries through to the countertop and backsplash for a streamlined look. A large chalkboard wall adds a fun element and breaks up the monochromatic color scheme.Continue to 48 of 63 below.
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Cabinet Face Frame
The wood framing on the cabinet fronts adds a stunning dimensional aspect to this minimalistic kitchen design. The dark wood frame against the lighter wood cabinet face gives the cabinets a two-toned look.Continue to 49 of 63 below.
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Airy white hues, open shelving, and rustic details—all these elements make up farmhouse-style. This kitchen's white barn wood cabinets and metal cabinet pulls complete the farmhouse look in this kitchen design by Kate Marker.Continue to 50 of 63 below.
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Intricate Cabinet Design
If you have glass-front cabinets, you have many options to choose from when it comes to enhancing their design. Adding a metal door panel is an easy upgrade, and they come in several different designs. Here, designer Michelle Berwick chose an intricate panel in antique brass that perfectly complements the putty-colored custom cabinetry.Continue to 51 of 63 below.
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A wet bar is an area of the home where you can have a little fun with colors, textures, and eclectic design elements. Here, White Sands added bubblegum pink cabinets paired with half moon brass pulls to create a vintage, retro vibe that was inspired by Venice Beach.Continue to 52 of 63 below.
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A Little Flair
This kitchen previously had all-white cabinets, but Dominique painted the bottom cabinets an off-black to blend more seamlessly with the dark countertops. The pink backsplash brings a pop of color to this otherwise black and white kitchen.Continue to 53 of 63 below.
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Ombre Kitchen Cabinets
A small kitchen can still pack a ton of color and style. Here, Dazey Den created a sunny-hued ombre look to her pegboard kitchen cabinets that adds a happy, retro vibe to her home.Continue to 54 of 63 below.
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Anything but Square
Normally, upper cabinets have wasted space at the top, but these scalloped ones minimize wasted space while adding a stunning design feature that's one-of-a-kind. The navy cabinet color helps the white countertop and backsplash shine.Continue to 55 of 63 below.
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Emerald Green Beauty
Everything about this kitchen has depth and texture including the emerald green kitchen cabinets and island. When paired with bronze pulls, it creates a stunning statement piece, while the leather furnishings, white countertop, and backsplash counterbalance the look.Continue to 56 of 63 below.
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Matte Black Cabinets
If you're ready to shake things up a bit and try something different than a white kitchen, matte black is a great option especially if your home allows in plenty of natural light. Here, Hannah and Tyler added floor-to-ceiling black slab cabinetry for a sleek look that makes this bright space feel larger.Continue to 57 of 63 below.
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The Smallest Details
To maximize storage in a kitchen, every nook and cranny should be utilized. In this kitchen design by LAVA Interiors, the space above the pantry and refrigerator houses small cabinets to store items that aren't used every day. The cabinet hardware on the small cabinets complements the 19th-century exposed brick backsplash.Continue to 58 of 63 below.
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Charming yet Bold
The smooth blue color of the kitchen cabinets brings a charming yet bold look to this townhome kitchen. The simple cabinet pulls paired with the bronze faucet and open shelving shake up the smooth, sleek look of the slab-style cabinetry.Continue to 59 of 63 below.
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An Unconventional Neutral
You may love the idea of a bright white kitchen or all-neutral look, but you may want to add a little more visual appeal through color. A sage green hue is a great neutral color to incorporate that still stays true to that clean and bright neutral look.Continue to 60 of 63 below.
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Different Kitchen Zones
This kitchen has two different areas—one for prepping and cooking and one for sitting around the table enjoying a meal with the family. To differentiate the two spaces, Stephanie of Casa Watkins Living incorporated two different cabinets. The white cabinets are in the kitchen, while the natural wood cabinets are in the dining area. To blend the two spaces together, she added a wallpaper accent wall that incorporates both cabinet colors.Continue to 61 of 63 below.
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White Cabinet Face
The contrast of the white cabinet face against the brown cabinetry gives a color block look that's modern and refreshing. Every other design element in this kitchen is kept minimal and neutral to allow the cabinetry to take center stage.Continue to 62 of 63 below.
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Natural Cane Cabinet Front
If you have a glass-front cabinets but wish to conceal what's inside, a natural cane panel is an easy, budget-friendly way to cover the glass. Plus, it adds a cottage-style look to the room.Continue to 63 of 63 below.
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Natural Wood Cabinets
Ashley Montgomery Design chose natural wood cabinetry to balance the elaborate painted crown molding and mix of finishes and colors in this spacious kitchen.
What are the current trends in kitchen cabinets?
Current trends for kitchen cabinets range from sleek flat-front European-style cabinetry with no or minimal hardware to classic Shaker cabinetry painted in white or navy blue. A mix of closed cabinetry and open shelving feels modern and on point. Kitchen cabinet hardware in brass is a popular choice that brings warmth to modern kitchens. Timeless black-and-white kitchen cabinets are always on trend. Two-tone kitchen cabinets that combine painted cabinets in two different shades, or a mix of painted and natural wood cabinetry, are a trendy way to add personality and interest to kitchen cabinets.
Is it cheaper to build or buy kitchen cabinets?
While prefabricated kitchen cabinets are less expensive than custom-built cabinetry installed by a professional, they will not stand up over time, potentially costing you more in the long run. Those who have the time and skills to build their own cabinets will usually save money building their own cabinetry depending on the materials used.
What is the cheapest way to do kitchen cabinets?
The most cost effective way to install kitchen cabinets is to buy them from a big box store and assemble and install them yourself. If your existing cabinets are in decent condition, you can give them a refresh with a coat of paint, or by replacing the doors, or giving them a mini makeover by swapping out the hardware for a brand new look.