Bamboo Kitchen Cabinets

Brush up on your options for bamboo kitchen cabinets, and create a stylish and sturdy kitchen in your home.

Contemporary Kitchen With Bamboo Cabinetry

Contemporary Kitchen With Bamboo Cabinetry

This contemporary kitchen features gorgeous bamboo cabinetry. Stainless steel appliances and frosted glass-front cabinets offer visual relief from the texture of the bamboo. Built-in storage above the refrigerator offers a unique display for wine bottles.

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By: Sean McEvoy

Bamboo is becoming a common material used in high-end wood flooring, but in recent years, bamboo kitchen cabinets have also witnessed a micro-boom. This is because bamboo is an extremely sturdy and high-quality wood, resistant to denting or chipping, and sporting an attractive and lustrous appearance. If you're considering bamboo kitchen cabinets, here are a few things to keep in mind.

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Classic Contemporary

This wide-open kitchen offers plenty of room for dining and entertaining, and the mix of natural and man-made materials embodies the best of contemporary style. Design by Alan Tanksley; photography by William Abranowicz

From: Alan Tanksley

Unconventional Lighting

In this New York kitchen, designer Andrew Suvalsky showcases a modern Louis Poulsen pendant lamp re-plated in polished nickel. Photography by Seth Boyd

Multipurpose Living

With two separate islands, there is plenty of space for storage, prep and on-the-go dining. The Electrolux Hood suspended over the range adds sculptural flair. Design by Stephanie Maheu; photography by Adam Frehm

Tone-on-Tone Color Palette

Toronto-based designer Frankie Castro created a natural look in this contemporary kitchen with earth-toned tiles and a tree branch chandelier. Photography by Celebration Studios

Entertain With Ease

This kitchen by Linda McDougald Design and Postcard from Paris opens right onto a comfortable great room, allowing for easy living and causal entertaining. Photography by Rachael Boling

Artful Details

A glass penny-tile backsplash adds pop-art punch. Because the colors are all neutral, the homeowner, a floral designer, can add flowers and accessories without making the space feel chaotic. Design by Lindsay Schultz; photography by Kelly Moss

Nature-Inspired Textures

Designer Andrew Howard chose reclaimed tiles and elmwood cabinetry for the unique look of this kitchen. Photography by Jessie Preza

Firstly, think about color. Bamboo has a light, beautiful natural hue, so most customers don't tend to add much (if any) stain to bamboo kitchen cabinets. That said, if you prefer a darker tone, bamboo kitchen cabinets are available in darker stains, or you can stain them yourself.

Next, consider the space. Bamboo cabinets are still not terribly common, so if you have a particularly unique kitchen space, you will likely need to have them custom-made—which could get very expensive. Stock and semi-stock bamboo cabinets may be somewhat limited in terms of shape and size, so be sure to do your research and have all your dimensions handy before heading to the retailer.

Finally, when it comes to style, bamboo kitchen cabinets are generally available in one of two designs: flat/slab or Shaker-style forms. Bamboo cabinets could conceivably be custom-ordered in any design or style, but because of the expense and rarity of bamboo, anyone wishing to explore this option would need to be willing to pay a hefty premium.

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