New Kitchen Cabinets

Learn about the options for new kitchen cabinets to see whether brand new kitchen cabinets are the right choice for your kitchen renovation.


Hardware manufacturers like Blum are changing the way cabinet doors and drawers function. These hydraulic, easy-close doors fold up and out of the way with the touch of a button.

Whether you are building a brand new home or renovating an existing kitchen, planning and installing new kitchen cabinets can be a major task.

9 Splurge-Worthy Kitchens

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Add Character With Vintage Lights

Designer Joel Snayd gave this newly-built beach house old-house charm by swapping the ubiquitous pendants over the peninsula for flush-mounted milk glass orbs — killer antique finds worth every penny. Over the dining table, a large lantern is a stylish focal point while a trio of salvaged copper marine lights, one above each window, illuminate the sink. Reevaluate your kitchen budget to spend less on the generic and more on what will give your kitchen the personality it needs.

Vintage Revamp

For designer Rob Stuart, inspiration for this kitchen's period-perfect design struck at the sight of the Art Deco range. The rare find was worth the splurge to anchor the kitchen's Deco feel. Rob then added period-appropriate custom cabinets in a modern color palette to create a kitchen that is both timeless and of the moment. Photo by Neil A. Landino, Jr.

Out With the Old, In With the (Less) Old

Traditional kitchens don't have to ring historic to have character. Designer Joel Snayd brought this kitchen up to date with charcoal-gray painted cabinets and hip, mid-century furnishings for a look to last generations. The massive custom island acts more as a piece of furniture than an extension of the kitchen's cabinets. Although a splurge, it was worth the added expense to provide a convenient spot for kids to do homework or grab a quick bite.

Fine-Tune the Focus

Gone are the days when a kitchen range hood stood out like a sore thumb. Designer Rebekah Zaveloff incorporated it into the design by covering the custom-made range hood with the same porcelain subway tile as the walls, causing it to virtually disappear, allowing the kitchen's architectural elements to take center stage.

Upgrade for Entertaining

You have that special place in your closet for shoes, but what about your next favorite collection — wine? Designer Lori Dennis added a built-in wine chiller and surrounding bar area as an extension of this high-end kitchen, allowing guests to relax with a Chardonnay or Merlot only feet away from where the hostess is cooking.

Marble: More is More

Designer Joel Snayd relied on the sophisticated look of marble to create a kitchen that's classic, grounded and beautiful. White traditional-style cabinets, a full-wall marble backsplash and matching marble countertops contrast perfectly with the kitchen's dark-stained floor.

Focus on the Floor

Are you debating whether to choose a hardwood or tile floor for your kitchen? Why not use both — designer Rebekah Zaveloff chose the best of both worlds with oversized marble tiles criss-crossed by dark-stained hardwood to create a kitchen floor that's bold and dramatic.

Coastal and Country

Sometimes one key element is all you need to change the look of a kitchen. Designer Anissa Swanzy knew the long lead-time on this stunning Vapor Green farm sink would be well worth the wait. The vibrant pop of color creates an eye-catching focal point while the happy hue may make doing dishes less of a chore. Anissa pairs this unique sink with marble countertops for a kitchen with a sophisticated yet laid-back coastal style.

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One-Wall Show

Upper cabinets weren't necessary in this galley kitchen so rather than leave the wall plain, designer Rebekah Zaveloff decided to jazz it up with glowing tile in the same warm, neutral tones as the rest of the open-concept space.

There are lots of options for purchasing new cabinets on the market, and with a little research you can find a wide range of designs that meet the needs of any style and budget.

The first decision to be made when choosing new cabinets is whether you want them to be custom made or if you'll be purchasing them stock or pre-fabricated from a home improvement or design store. Custom cabinets are built from scratch according to the homeowner's specific design requests. They are typically built by local cabinetmakers or carpenters hired individually by the homeowner. The labor costs of custom cabinetry are significant, as nothing is pre-built and every cabinet part must be crafted, assembled and then installed. This laborious process takes time and in turn costs money. Custom cabinetry is popular among homeowners looking for creative freedom with their kitchen design as well as homeowners with tricky kitchen layouts where pre-fabricated kitchen cabinets may not fit.

If your kitchen renovation budget does not afford you the luxury of custom cabinets, another option for new kitchen cabinets is to purchase stock or semi-custom cabinets. True to their name, stock kitchen cabinets are pre-built and ready to take home from cabinet specialty or home improvement stores. They are either sold fully assembled or ready to assemble, so that many DIYers are able to personally install them, thus dramatically reducing their labor costs. Stock cabinet doors come in many different styles: flat, raised, paneled, and Shaker are common examples. This wide variety allows homeowners to pick their new cabinets based on their own personal style.

Once you've decided whether you will use custom or stock cabinets in your kitchen, you'll need to figure out the layout and sizing of your bank of new cabinets. You'll want to map out the layout of your existing kitchen in order to see what size cabinets will fit in a given space. Custom cabinets are easier to work with when you have a unique space as they can be made to order and therefore can be made any size or shape. Stock cabinets typically come in standard sizes, so they will need to be installed accordingly.

In terms of materials, wood is the most popular choice for new kitchen cabinets. Wood comes in a wide variety of styles, colors and costs. Wood substitutes such as steel, laminate or thermofoil are also used in new cabinets in order to portray a certain design aesthetic or bring down the cost of the project.

Whether you have your new cabinets custom built or purchase them already put together, there are numerous choices out there to give you the exact look you want in your new kitchen. It just takes a little research and planning to find the cabinets you are looking for to give you the kitchen of your dreams.

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