Kitchen Cabinet Styles and Trends

Cabinets play an important role in both your kitchen's appearance and functionality. From cleverly concealed appliances to unique cabinetry hues, explore the latest trends and styles for your kitchen.

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Enchanting Treatment

Want to take your cabinets to a new level? Add a golden treatment. The gold-plated island comes with built-in shelves — plenty of room for cookbooks! Floor-to-ceiling cabinets ensure that the owners have plenty of storage options in this open-concept kitchen.

Dark Finishes

Dark blue kitchen cabinets look clean and handsome. When topped with butcher block countertops and an Oriental accent rug, a kitchen like this looks on-trend and classic at the same time.

Exotic Color-Block

Alternative wood can be used for kitchen cabinets to give any space an exotic look. The darker mahogany and color-block cabinets in this kitchen balance out white paneling, countertops and epoxy flooring. Cleverly placed appliances enhance the color-block look.

Wooden Accents

The lower half of this kitchen is composed of simple, white cabinets. Instead of installing traditional upper cabinets, this kitchen, as seen on Fixer Upper, features open, wood shelving. With exposed hardward, these open shelving units give the space an industrial, yet cozy look.

Shaker Style

Shaker cabinets have quickly become one of the most popular cabinet styles for kitchens of every type. The simple, square-paneled doors look flawless with any hardware. This kitchen features dark-hued shaker cabinets with striking brass hardware that leaves the space feeling clean and modern.

Flat Fronts

This modern condo kitchen features blue, flat-panel cabinets with marble countertops and backsplash. Contemporary bar stool seating and recessed ceiling lights add to the modern style of the space.

The Natural Look

This California kitchen features an earthy palette made up of natural elements that add texture and interest. The lower cabinet features a light-colored wood that adds to the organic nature of the space. A long, paneled wall offers open and closed storage and gives a nod to the home's midcentury modern architecture. A stone fireplace wraps around to service both the kitchen and living area. The design team removed a wall to open up the kitchen, adding this center island with a quartz waterfall-edge countertop.

Cottage Chic

This airy kitchen is open to its setting, with big windows looking out to the back yard. With light-colored cabinets and rustic finishes, this space is the essence of cottage chic.

Keep It Concealed

The most unique feature of this kitchen is the refrigerator that's integrated into the cabinetry for a kitchen that's as practical as it is pretty. Floor-to-ceiling cabinets ensure this kitchen not only has ample storage, but also make the room feel much larger.

Hidden Space

Shaker-style cabinets frame this craftsman-influenced kitchen design, ensuring that there is ample storage. Maximizing the storage space in any kitchen is a design decision that you'll never regret.

Goodbye Cabinet Doors

The large gourmet kitchen grounds its airy, white cabinetry by painting the island's lower half a beautiful midnight blue. For more accessibility and easier storage, the island features large drawers. Without cabinet doors, access to the cabinet contents becomes much easier. Brass drawer and cabinet pulls add another lovely layer.

Double Duty

This large, open kitchen blends rustic, industrial and contemporary design, but still remains incredibly welcoming. With two large islands, it has ample prep space. The space has a high, vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and includes large windows for viewing the surrounding mountains.

Specialty Spaces

Nothing sets a kitchen apart like specialty cabinets sprinkled throughout the space. This kitchen features a range with sliding drawers on boths sides. Topped with marble, one drawer houses an array of spices and the drawer on the other side features a utensil storage system.

Rustic + Clean

The rustic look of the kitchen's reclaimed, mushroom wood ceiling is a compelling textural pairing with the room's subway tile walls, terra-cotta floor as well as a perfect compliment to the matching island. Above the long island, a pot rack adds to the friendly farmhouse feel.

European Charm

The kitchen seems to go on forever. Charming farmhouse details — like a weathered, gray china cabinet and an island with corner posts — fill the space. Exposed wood beams criss-crossing the ceiling accent the space and create beautiful contrast with the neutral palette.

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