29 Kitchen Cabinet Ideas by Color & Design Styles

By Interior Designer Tracy Svendsen | Published on July 02, 2024 | 

Are you tired of your outdated kitchen cabinets that lack style and functionality? It’s time to transform your kitchen into a stunning space that reflects your taste and enhances the overall aesthetic of your home. With these innovative cabinet ideas, you can breathe new life into your kitchen and create a space that looks amazing and offers maximum storage and organization solutions.

There are endless possibilities, from sleek and modern designs to timeless and classic options. Whether you love minimalist designs or prefer bold and vibrant colors, these cabinet ideas will help you achieve the kitchen of your dreams. Feature image courtesy of West of Main Design.

Here are a few kitchen cabinet ideas to get you started: 

Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Kitchen Cabinet Ideas
Image courtesy of Whittney Parkinson

1. Layer Earth Tones

Earthy tones create an instant sense of warmth and welcome in a kitchen. Take a look at this stunning modern rustic design by Whitney Parkinson. Light wood cabinets and tile flooring set the foundation, while earth tones throughout add a touch of cozy sophistication. Gold mesh inserts on the upper cabinets provide a unique textural detail, and the dark brown range hood and leather bench seating create a dramatic contrast that visually anchors the space.

Earth Tones in the Kitchen

Earth Tones in the Kitchen
Image courtesy of Whittney Parkinson

2. Metallic Hardware

Metallic hardware adds instant polish to a kitchen. Take inspiration from this elegant design by Tori Rubenson. Warm white cabinets and blush pink counter stools create a feminine base, while gold light fixtures, faucets, and cabinet knobs elevate the space with elements of luxury.

When choosing hardware, consider the overall look you’re aiming for. Traditional kitchens benefit from classic finishes like oil-rubbed bronze or antique brass, adding warmth and timeless appeal. Modern spaces shine with sleek, minimalist, brushed nickel or stainless steel hardware.

Metallic Hardware

Metallic Hardware
Image courtesy of Tori Rubenson Design

3. Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Give your kitchen a budget-friendly makeover with a fresh coat of paint! Interior designer Tori Rubenson transformed this space with gorgeous blue-green cabinets, creating a country-fresh feel. To achieve a cohesive design, she extended this serene color palette to the breakfast nook, incorporating a botanical print on the window treatments and throw pillows.

Painted Kitchen Cabinets
Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Painting Kitchen Cabinets
Image courtesy of Tori Rubenson Design

4. Two-Tone Kitchen Cabinets

Two-tone cabinets are a trendy pick for a reason! They create a visually exciting and dimensional kitchen with a modern, personalized feel. This approach lets you play with color combinations. For example, House of Jade designed a kitchen with crisp white upper cabinets that beautifully contrast with warm wood lower cabinets. Pops of color come from a bright blue range and a black range hood, while brass hardware brings warmth.

Two-Tone Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Two-Tone Kitchen Cabinets
Image courtesy of House of Jade

5. Natural Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Wood cabinets bring a timeless elegance that seamlessly blends with various kitchen styles, from traditional to farmhouse chic and modern spaces. Interior designer Jean Stoffer demonstrates this versatility with light wood cabinets that complement the white walls and dark wood flooring. A light grey kitchen island adds contrast, while an earth-toned area rug injects warmth, pattern, and texture.

Wood Kitchen Cabinet Ideas
Wood Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Wood Kitchen Cabinets
Image courtesy of Jean Stoffer Design

6. Blue Kitchen Cabinets

Embrace tranquility in your kitchen with calming blue cabinets. This soothing hue pairs beautifully with modern, elegant elements like white marble countertops or stainless steel appliances. Take inspiration from the image below, where blue cabinets create a serene backdrop for light wood flooring, a rich wood island, and exposed ceiling beams.

Blue Kitchen Cabinets

Blue Kitchen Cabinets
Image courtesy of BHG

7.  Green Kitchen Cabinets

Inject a breath of fresh air into your kitchen with verdant green cabinets. This nature-inspired hue creates a beautifully harmonious aesthetic when paired with natural wood elements and crisp white marble countertops.

Interior designer Kelsey Leigh exemplifies this perfectly with light olive green cabinets accented by black knobs. The light wood island topped with white quartz completes the look for a serene and inviting space.

Green Kitchen Cabinets

Green Kitchen Cabinets
Image courtesy of Kesley Leigh Design

8. Cream Kitchen Cabinets

Cream kitchen cabinets are a popular choice for creating a warm, inviting, and versatile kitchen space. Their neutral charm seamlessly complements various styles, from classic to contemporary. Plus, they pair beautifully with an array of countertops and accessories.

In the image below, Studio McGee incorporated cream cabinets with white marble countertops. Wood flooring, black accents, and counterstools with woven backs contrast perfectly.

Cream Kitchen Cabinets

Cream Kitchen Cabinets
Image courtesy of Studio McGee

9. Grey Kitchen Cabinets

Modern sophistication starts with grey cabinets. Take a cue from this design by Amy Storm. Warm grey cabinets create a stunning base, perfectly paired with rich wood flooring.

Dramatic veining elevates the white and grey marble countertops and backsplash, adding luxurious detailing. The kitchen island echoes the grey tones with a matching base, while the wood backing behind the stools and the slate grey hardware add warmth and visual interest.

Grey Kitchen Cabinets

Grey Kitchen Cabinets
Image courtesy of Amy Storm Design

10. Taupe Kitchen Cabinets

Are you craving a warm and sophisticated kitchen? Look no further than taupe cabinets! Their subtle blend of beige and gray creates a cozy atmosphere that feels instantly inviting. Taupe also offers a versatile foundation that plays nicely with all sorts of countertops, backsplashes, and accessories.

Take inspiration from this charming country kitchen designed by Design Shop Interiors. Taupe cabinets set the stage for a farmhouse sink, gleaming brass hardware, and rustic shiplap walls – a recipe for timeless elegance.

Taupe Kitchen Cabinets

Taupe Kitchen Cabinets
Image courtesy of Design Shop Interiors

11. White Kitchen Cabinets

White cabinets instantly open the space, making it feel bigger and brighter. This stunning kitchen showcases the timeless elegance of white cabinets, beautifully accented with brass hardware for a modern touch. White and gray marble countertops add sophistication, while the brass detailing on the range hood and stainless steel appliances tie the whole look together.

White Kitchen Cabinets

White Kitchen Cabinets
Image courtesy of Luxe Source  (Julie Soefer)

12. Coastal Kitchens

If you are considering a coastal design in your kitchen, pairing white and blue is the perfect choice. The stunning kitchen below features crisp white cabinets that bounce around the natural light, perfectly complementing the stunning blue marble countertop gracing the island. Stainless steel hardware adds a touch of modern shine, while the white subway tile backsplash and warm wood flooring complete the calming coastal vibe.

Coastal Kitchen Ideas

Coastal Kitchen Ideas
Image courtesy of  O’Brien Harris

13. Modern Kitchens

Modern kitchen cabinets offer a sleek, minimalist, and highly functional design. Their hallmark is their clean, streamlined appearance. Flat-panel doors with a handleless design create a seamless, uncluttered look, allowing the focus to remain on the overall kitchen layout and the quality of the materials. For a truly modern aesthetic, consider opting for cabinets in bold, monochromatic colors, such as stark white, deep charcoal, or rich, glossy black.

Modern Kitchen Ideas

Sleek Modern Kitchen
Image courtesy of Luxe Source (Megan Hickman Design)

14. Farmhouse Kitchen

Amber Interiors masterfully captures the essence of rustic chic in this modern farmhouse kitchen. Warm wood cabinetry, ceiling beams, and flooring create a cozy foundation. A dramatic veined white and gray backsplash is the focal point, stealing the show with its bold pattern.

The dark wood island and range add a touch of contrast, grounding the space. Soft curves from the windows and doorways add sophisticated elegance, while the layered elements throughout the design create a warm and inviting farmhouse-style kitchen and dining area.

Farmhouse Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Farmhouse Kitchen Ideas
Image courtesy of Amber Interiors

15. Scandinavian Kitchen

Scandinavian-style kitchens are known for their clean, minimalistic design, functionality, and light color palette, creating spaciousness and airiness. The simplicity of Scandinavian design allows for a focus on practicality and organization while incorporating natural elements such as wood and the ample use of light.

This style often features sleek, clean lines, a neutral color scheme, and an emphasis on natural light. The result is a bright, inviting, and uncluttered space that is timeless and soothing.

Modern Scandinavian Kitchen

Scandinavian Kitchen
Image courtesy of Lindye Galloway Design

16. Bohemian Kitchen

Bohemian kitchens often incorporate a mix of colors, textures, and eclectic elements to create a relaxed and free-spirited atmosphere. Bring in elements of nature with natural materials like rattan, bamboo, jute, and wood.

Consider using open shelving made of reclaimed wood, rattan light fixtures, or wicker baskets for a bohemian touch. In the image below, Anthology paired dark blue cabinets with light wood countertops and minimal upper shelving.  

Bohemian Kitchen Design

Bohemian Kitchen Design
Image courtesy of Anthology

17. Traditional Kitchen Design

Traditional kitchen cabinets are a timeless choice that always stays in style. These cabinets offer a warm, inviting atmosphere, often complemented by rich wood tones and intricate details.

Traditional cabinet style is the raised-panel design, which features a recessed center panel surrounded by a decorative frame. This classic look can be enhanced with ornate molding or detailed carvings, adding a touch of grandeur to your kitchen.

Another option is the shaker-style cabinet, known for its simple, clean-lined appearance and sturdy construction. These cabinets can be painted in various colors, from crisp white to rich, jewel-toned hues, to suit your style. To add visual interest, consider incorporating glass-front cabinets or open shelving to showcase your favorite dishware or decorative items and create a sense of depth and character in your kitchen.

Traditional Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Traditional Kitchen Design
Image courtesy of Jolee Fennebresque

18. Combine Different Colors

Want to add personality and depth to your kitchen? Consider mixing cabinet colors! Designer Sarah Liz Lawson did just that, pairing crisp white cabinets with two stunning built-ins: one boasting warm wood tones, the other a sophisticated warm gray.

This unexpected combination creates a truly unique space and makes a bold design statement. By incorporating glass cabinets, Sarah cleverly allows for an artful display of pottery and serving ware, adding another layer of visual interest.

Combining Different Colors

White, Wood &Green Cabinetry
Image courtesy of Sarah Liz Lawson

19. No Upper Cabinets

Some designers opt for kitchens without upper cabinets for several reasons. One common reason is to create a more open and spacious feel. Additionally, removing upper cabinets can open up the kitchen visually, making it appear larger and more expansive. This can be particularly beneficial in small kitchens or open floor plan designs where the kitchen is part of a larger living space.

Another reason for forgoing upper cabinets is to create a more minimalistic and streamlined look. This design choice can contribute to a modern and sleek aesthetic, particularly when paired with strategic storage solutions such as well-designed pantry areas, kitchen islands with storage, or floor-to-ceiling cabinetry.

No Upper Cabinets

Kitchen Without Upper Cabinets
Image courtesy of Heidi Woodman Design

20. Open Shelving

Open shelves in a kitchen design offer practical and aesthetic benefits. They allow you to display your beautiful dinnerware, glassware, or decorative items, adding a personalized touch to your kitchen. Open shelves also create a sense of openness, making a small kitchen feel larger.

Additionally, they provide easy access to frequently used items and contribute to an overall modern and airy look. However, to achieve the desired effect, keeping them organized and clutter-free is important.

Open Shelving

Kitchen with Open Shelving
Image courtesy of Brian Paquette Design

21. Mirrored Cabinets

Mirrored kitchen cabinets offer a unique and elegant design option for your kitchen space. Mirrors on cabinet doors can create a sense of spaciousness, making the kitchen feel brighter and more open.

Mirrored cabinets can also help reflect natural light, thus enhancing the overall lighting in the kitchen. Additionally, mirrored cabinets can be a stylish choice for modern and contemporary kitchen designs. The reflective surfaces can add a touch of luxury and sophistication to the space, making the kitchen appear more glamorous and visually appealing.

When considering mirrored kitchen cabinets, it’s essential to remember that they may require more maintenance to keep them clean and free of smudges and fingerprints. However, the extra maintenance may be well worth the effort for those who appreciate their aesthetic and practical benefits.

Mirrored Cabinets

Kitchen with Mirrored Cabinets
Image courtesy of EKD Design

22. Brass Accents

Incorporating brass hardware into a kitchen design, including knobs and pulls, can add a touch of elegance and warmth to the space. Brass has a timeless appeal and can complement various kitchen styles, from traditional to modern.

Its warm tones can create a visually appealing contrast against cooler tones in the kitchen, such as stainless steel appliances or grey cabinets. Additionally, brass hardware can act as accent pieces, adding visual interest and personality to the kitchen. Whether in a traditional kitchen with classic finishes or a modern space with sleek designs, brass hardware can elevate the overall look and feel of the kitchen.

Brass Accents

Brass Accents
Image courtesy of Brown Interiors

23. Pair Olive Green & Gold

Kate Marker creates a warm ambiance with dark olive green cabinets accented by gleaming gold hardware in this stunning modern rustic kitchen design. The rustic charm is amplified by white-washed, rough-hewn wood ceiling beams, herringbone wood flooring, and a light wood kitchen island topped with a sleek black quartz countertop. Wicker baskets woven throughout the space add a delightful textural touch.

Olive Green & Gold

Olive Green & Gold
Image courtesy of Kate Marker Interiors

24. Warm Wood Cabinets

Ashley Montgomery crafts a stunning country kitchen where warm wood cabinets take center stage. The space is the perfect combination of textures, featuring plaid window treatments that echo the cabinet tones, rich wood flooring underfoot, and a French Country chandelier that adds a touch of elegance. White and gray marble countertops and backsplash complete the look, creating high contrast and visual interest.

Warm Wood Cabinets
Warm Wood Cabinets

Warm Wood Cabinets
Image courtesy of Ashley Montgomery

25. Glass Cabinetry

Glass-front cabinets in a kitchen serve multiple purposes. They can visually expand the area, creating a sense of openness and spaciousness. Additionally, glass doors can display decorative dishes, glassware, or other collections, adding an elegant and personalized touch to the kitchen decor.

They can also make the space brighter by allowing light to pass through, especially when paired with internal cabinet lighting. Finally, glass cabinetry can create a modern and sophisticated look, particularly when combined with a sleek and minimalist contemporary style.

Glass Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen with Glass Cabinets
Image courtesy of Dura Supreme

26. Kitchen Island in a Contrasting Color

A kitchen island in a contrasting color to the cabinets can add visual interest and create a focal point in the kitchen. It serves as a statement piece and can break up the monotony of a single color scheme, adding dimension and depth to the overall design.

Additionally, the contrasting island can act as a centerpiece, drawing attention and becoming a conversation starter in the kitchen. This design choice allows for creative expression, enabling you to personalize your kitchen space and showcase your unique style.

Kitchen Island in a Contrasting Color

Blue Kitchen Island with White Kitchen Cabinets
Image courtesy of Tori Rubenson Design

27. Shaker Cabinets

The most popular kitchen cabinetry style is the traditional or shaker cabinet. These cabinets feature a simple, clean-lined design with a recessed panel in the center, often made of wood such as oak, maple, or cherry. Traditional cabinets exude timeless elegance and can seamlessly blend with various kitchen styles, from classic to contemporary.

Shaker Cabinets

Shaker Cabinets
Image courtesy of  Jessica Helgerson

28. Antique Mirrored Glass Cabinet Doors

Antique mirrored glass cabinet doors can be a great addition to your kitchen for several reasons. Firstly, they can create a sense of light and space, particularly in smaller kitchens, by reflecting natural light and making the room more open and airy. Additionally, the antique finish on the mirrored glass can add a touch of vintage charm and character to the kitchen, creating a unique and stylish look.

Another benefit is that the mirrored glass can make the kitchen feel more spacious and help bounce light around the room, making the space brighter and more inviting. The reflective nature of the mirrored glass can also make the kitchen appear more elegant and upscale, adding a touch of luxury to the space.

Antique Mirrored Glass Cabinet Doors

Antique Mirrored Glass Cabinet Doors
Image courtesy of Atmosphere Design

29. Contrast White Cabinets with a Dark Range & Hood

Pairing white kitchen cabinets with a dark range and hood can create a striking and sophisticated look. The contrast adds visual interest and can be a focal point in your kitchen. This combination is timeless and versatile, working well in modern and traditional kitchen designs. Whether you opt for a dark brown, black, or deep grey range and hood, the effect will be a stunning addition to your kitchen space.

Contrast White Cabinets with a Dark Range & Hood

White Cabinets with Dark Range
Image courtesy of Sarah Liz Lawson Design

Kitchen Cabinet Ideas Conclusion

Whether you’re drawn to the timeless elegance of traditional cabinets, the sleek minimalism of modern designs, or the warm, rustic charm of distressed wood, the options are endless. From bold, vibrant colors to mixed materials and creative hardware choices, the possibilities for customizing your kitchen cabinets are limitless.

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