Creative Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Open Cabinets
Photo: Alexandra Rowley

These unique styles and cabinet features will add personality to your space.

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Beverage Cabinets

Drink Station Pantry
Photo: Hector Sanchez

A wine cooler, relocated from elsewhere in the house and outfitted with new beverage drawers on the bottom, turns part of this pantry into a drink station.

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Innovative Materials

Innovative Materials

This homeowner customized her cabinets by using corrugated metal on the face of her cabinet doors.

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Open Cabinets

Open Cabinets
Alexandra Rowley

For easier access to storage and to make collections more visible, keep your upper cabinets open.

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Mix of Styles

Retro Kitchen

You can mix types of cabinetry—open, closed, and glass—to best utilize your space.

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Corner Cabinets

Corner Cabinets
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Leigh Anne Montgomery

The intersection of two cabinet runs can create difficult-to-use storage space. Accessories like lazy Susans can help you access this space.

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Furniture Feet

Furniture Feet
Photo: Erik Johnson

Furniture-style feet adds vintage character to cabinetry.

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Utility Cabinets

Utility Cabinets
Photo: Charles Walton IV; Styling: Todd Childs

Full-height utility cabinets are a great place to store tall items like brooms and mops.

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Over the Refrigerator

Over the Refrigerator
Photo: Lucas Allen

An over-the-refrigerator cabinet is deeper than other upper cabinets. It is the perfect place for storing large or seldom-used items. Consider using glass front doors if you are storing decorative items.

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Cabinetry Disguise

Cabinetry Disguise
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

These creative island cabinets look like ordinary drawers, but really open like little doors.

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China Treasure Chest

Treasure Chest
Photography by Laurey W. Glenn,

Built-ins make beautiful solutions for any space and ensure that there is a place for everything. This dreamy china cabinet features antique French windows as doors, plenty of space for china, and a base outfitted with Pacific Silvercloth for storing silver.

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Glass Doors

Glass Doors

Opt for glass-doored cabinets to give a lighter and more open feel than cabinets with solid doors would.

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Unique Materials

Unique Materials
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

You can create cabinet door inserts using unique materials like louvered panels, hole caning, patterned tin, or wire grating.

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Disguised Cabinets

Disguised Cabinets
Helen Norman

Framed family photos that act as cabinet doors disguise ample storage for dinnerware.

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Tall Displays

Tall Displays
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Natasha Louise King

Use glass door cabinets for display storage in hard to access spaces.

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Freestanding Storage

Freestanding Storage
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Use an antique cabinet instead of built-in cabinetry in the kitchen to store china, crystal, and company-worthy serving pieces.

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Cool Stock Cabinetry

Cool Stock Cabinetry
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

A deep teal shade of Benjamin Moore's Bermuda Turquoise on the island stands out against the light aqua cabinets in Benjamin Moore's Kensington Green.

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Appliance Hideaway

Appliance Hideaway
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

These inexpensive Shaker-style stock cabinets house the microwave, giving the kitchen a clean, polished look.

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Classic Finishes

Classic Finishes
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

White cabinets, polished nickel hardware, a subway tile backsplash, and honed-marble countertops with curved ogee edges all give the kitchen an upscale look that won't become dated.

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Sleek Cabinet Hardware

Dream Kitchen Design Ideas: Sleek Cabinet Hardware
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn and Robbie Caponetto; Styling: Matthew Gleason

Drape colorful kitchen towels over these stylish (and user-friendly) pulls.

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Chicken Wire Cabinets

Chicken Wire Cabinets
Photo: Helen Norman

Lining some of the kitchen-cabinet door frames with this inexpensive, airy material adds farmhouse character.

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Secondhand Cabinets

Charming Farmhouse Kitchen
Photo: Helen Norman

To get the most bang for your buck, grab matching cabinet doors from a secondhand outlet. These cabinets are from Habitat for Humanity ReStore (habitat.org), a home-improvement outlet that sells gently used goods to support the nonprofit.

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Neutral Treasures

Neutral Treasures

Highlight a neutral collection by painting the interior of glass-doored cabinets in a contrasting color.

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Pull-Out Pantry

Pull-Out Pantry
Photo: Annie Schlechter

A pull-out pantry component can help take advantage of an awkward slender space.

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Vintage Storage Space

Add Vintage Storage Space

Not enough built-ins? Use vintage cabinets or hutches for added storage.

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Built-In Display

Built-In Display
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Open shelving is an excellent feature for showing off all your prettiest china and serving pieces. In this case, a chicken wire screen helps soften the graphic effect of the built-in display.

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