Spice up your kitchen storage spots with decorative colors, finishes, and hardware. Whether you prefer a traditional look or something more modern, these design ideas go far beyond plain-old cupboards.
While this kitchen is classic and white, designer Rebekah Zaveloff added hidden details, including the diamond-patterned mesh cabinet inserts. Zaveloff commissioned a British company to craft them to reduce glass transparency.
This California kitchen is open, airy, and full of natural light. To contrast the bright white lights and countertops, designer Raili Clasen chose a bold color, Benjamin Moore's Wrought Iron, for the cabinets. "It's as close to black as you can get without actually doing black and scaring the clients," she says.
This tiny kitchen — only 72 square feet! — is efficient and colorful. Designer Kim Lewis focused on using every inch of space while adding color. "A gardeny palette helped enlarge this sliver of a kitchen, so it seems as wide open as the outdoors," she says.
This kitchen, inspired by early 20th-century designs, was named Natipernavigare's 2017 Kitchen of the Year. "Salt and pepper are crucial to cooking, so I made their hues — black and white — the main colors. Grays soften the contrast and complement the stainless steel," explains designer Jon de la Cruz.
The brass countertop and hardware adds drama to this space. Designer Bailey McCarthy added shelving, refrigerator panels, and various odds and ends to her Texas kitchen.
With elegant accents such as the marble backsplash, gold chandelier, and 11-foot-long island, Richard Anuszkiewicz is classy to a tee. Appliances are tucked away in cabinets and the drawer interiors are made of solid walnut, "a luxe surprise, like the peekaboo red sole on a Louboutin shoe."
It's all about the details for this bold blue butler's pantry. "My clients love color, pattern, and finishing details, designer Michael Maher says. To showcase the client's personality, he added gold hardware, patterned wallpaper, and Farrow & Ball's Hague Blue paint.
The white cabinets and stainless steel appliances add clean lines to this otherwise rustic kitchen. With the quarried fieldstone walls, architect Don Ziebell wanted the cabinets to be "quiet, reserved moment."
To add dimension to a space, designer Michael Maher suggests layering neutral shades. In this colonial New Jersey kitchen, Maher painted the cabinets in a darker white, Farrow & Ball's Hardwick White, to contrast the bright marble countertops.
While grand, the cookbooks and personal touches, give this dark blue and gold kitchen a warm and cozy feel. Designer Janet Gridley wanted the kitchen to be the focal point of the home since the family often entertains. "In the center, the island is designed like a piece of furniture, with flush campaign hardware and shelving for books," she says.
"I wanted this jolt of color to emphasize that the kitchen is the joyful heart of the house," explains designer Christina Rottman. To achieve that vintage blue, a blackened umber glaze was applied to the cabinets, then painted over with a turquoise glaze. Buffing, stippling, and scraping complete the timeworn look.
In a coastal kitchen inspired by sand and driftwood, the cabinets' color changes with the light, but the gray undertones consistently complement the iron pendants and the steel hood.
Make kitchen cleaning a cinch by elevating the base cabinets, like in this Park Avenue apartment designed by Eric Cohler. Crumbs won't accumulate by the kick plates, and the space benefits from an extra shot of light.
Designer Gary McBournie honored the roots of a Nantucket boathouse with nautical touches throughout the kitchen. "I wanted it to resemble the galley on a boat," he explains. He added the whimsical porthole windows over the stove just for fun.
In a California home, designer Jay Griffith used Douglas fir for the cabinets and installed stainless-steel drawers to match the metallic appliance fronts.
Designer Ken Fulk combined fresh white paint and battered wood in a weekend house that manages to be both striking and relaxed. The cabinetry and paneling are made from old fencing and the handles are actually galvanized pipe.
"The homeowners wanted a sleek, modern kitchen that didn't feel cold, so we opted for warmth and light," says designer Karin Edwards of this airy cooking space. The glossy finish on the Euro laminate panels bounces light back into the room.
Dark, wire-brushed oak cabinets, cement plaster walls, marble counters, and sand-cast bronze hardware are the highlights of this Maryland countryside kitchen."There's a sense of comfort that comes from the rustic materials," says the designer, Patrick Sutton. "The look is part farmhouse and part industrial."
Transforming a former stable into a sophisticated kitchen, designer Mick De Giulio added modern touches and farmhouse style to the original country building. Chicken wire, part of the barn vernacular, is used on cabinets in one of three repurposed horse stalls.
Designer Miles Redd didn't hesitate coating a New York City kitchen with a bold green hue."We pumped up the color just a scootch and lacquered it to give it life," he says. Even the refrigerator received the glossy treatment.
Clear glass fronts can showcase an impressive dinnerware collection, like in this subtle kitchen designed by Katie Ridder. Better yet, a rolling ladder lets the resident chef peruse the stash with ease.
In a 295-square-foot Brooklyn apartment designed by Nick Olsen, the kitchen gets a helping of charm with grosgrain ribbon trim and a matching plaid backsplash.
The handcrafted cabinet doors of this Japanese-style kitchen cleverly slide open instead of swinging out, taking up less room.
Ellen Niven looked to traditional Belgian cupboards for her family kitchen in Long Island. The grisaille palette offers a subtle contrast to bright colors elsewhere in the house.
In Bill Brockschmidt's 640-square-foot New York City apartment, the kitchen is camouflaged from the living area with folding doors. But guests lucky enough to peek inside will spot gorgeous gilded cabinetry.
Designer Anik Pearson used boaters' catalogs to outfit a maritime kitchen. The cabinet rails and handles are made from stainless-steel tubing, end caps, and stanchions from . The lush lift rings on lower cabinets are from . "It's a custom look that you can't buy in a kitchen store," Pearson explains.
Adding curtains to glass-front cabinets provides color and conceals clutter. "I really did it just to shake things up," says designer Shannon Bowers of this Dallas kitchen. "Cabinet after cabinet, door after door gets boring. And I love that green stripe,"
Get the best of both worlds with clouded glass — the semi-transparent finish feels light, but still offers concealed storage. In this Chicago kitchen, designer SuzAnn Kletzien transformed the space with the gray cabinetry and new fixtures in mixed metals.