Kitchen Cabinet Styles and Trends

Cabinets play an important role in both your kitchen's appearance and functionality. From sleek stainless steel to traditional cherry, explore options in kitchen cabinets.

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Dark Cabinet Finishes

Hues of chocolate and espresso are a current trend in kitchen cabinetry, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association. This versatile treatment can be incorporated in both traditional and contemporary kitchens. Image courtesy of QualityCabinets

Shaker-Style Cabinets

While traditional remains the most popular style in kitchen cabinetry, Shaker has overtaken contemporary as the second most-popular style, according to the NKBA. This style features simple, square-paneled doors that complement nearly any kitchen. Image courtesy of Atlantis Kitchens

Classic Cherry Cabinets

According to the NKBA, cherry is the most popular wood for kitchen cabinetry, followed closely by maple. Traditional cherry cabinetry paired with cherry floors and granite cabinets give this kitchen timeless appeal. Design by Shane Inman

Exotic Touch With Bamboo Cabinets

Bamboo cabinets add a unique look to this kitchen designed by Joshua Foss. Other alternative woods to consider include mahogany, sapele and anaglade.

Flat-Panel Cabinets

For a modern or contemporary kitchen, flat-panel cabinets are a perfect fit. High-gloss bisque cabinets with sleek stainless steel handles enhance this kitchen's sleek appeal. Design by Danenberg Design

The Natural Look

The glazed cabinet treatment is phasing out with the rise of textured looks: wood grain peeking through brushed finishes. Designed by Andreas Charalambous, this kitchen's simple, custom-made sycamore upper cabinets are balanced by the sheen of the stainless steel base cabinets. Photograph by Geoffrey Hogdon

Cabinets for Country-Style Kitchens

Light-colored cabinetry is a great choice for country- or cottage-style kitchens. The blond wood finish of this kitchen’s cabinetry is complemented by black granite surfaces. Design by Jaymes Richardson of Civility Design

Concealed Appliances in Cabinets

Cabinet manufacturers now offer panels that fit over refrigerators, ovens and dishwashers, allowing them to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the kitchen. Design by Alicia Friedmann

Maximized Cabinet Storage

Wall cabinets today extend to the ceiling, making use of high-up space for storing infrequently used specialty serveware and cookware. Design by Gail Drury

Furniture-Style Cabinets

Kitchens are increasingly being designed as an extension of other living spaces, and kitchen cabinetry is resembling furniture found throughout the rest of the home. A tall, armoire-like cabinet with glass doors is a beautiful and functional focal point for this kitchen. Design by Gail Drury
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Base Cabinet Drawers

Today's homeowners are opting for base drawers rather than wall cabinets. Drawers are more accessible than cabinets and can be used to organize dishes, pots, pans, utensils and more. Image courtesy of Merillat

Specialty Storage Cabinets

While pullout spice racks and built-in utensil dividers were once only offered by custom cabinetmakers, these features are now available in mid-priced fixtures. Image courtesy of Merillat

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