22 Timeless Kitchen Cabinet Styles and Colors

high ceiling white and gray kitchen with eggplant cabinets
Photo: Jeff Herr

Kitchen cabinets colors and styles, from appliances to paint and decor, are subject to fads and fashion. But these kitchen cabinet ideas are versatile and timeless.

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Wood Revival

global-inspired kitchen with green tiles and sleek wood cabinetry
Kim Cornelison

Once considered outdated and unattractive, wood cabinets are back in style. However, these aren't the orange-stained oak cabinets from decades past. Modern uses of wood cabinetry typically feature natural finishes that add subtle dimension and texture to a space. Depending on the cabinet's door style and finish color, the look can lean either warm and rustic or clean and contemporary.

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Open Concept

vintage contemporary kitchen white open shelving dishes
residential interior

With this timeless kitchen trend, less is more. Open shelving offers a stylish alternative to upper cabinets and can give your kitchen a lighter, airier feel. Line your walls with floating shelves and use them to display dishware, potted herbs, or even decorative accessories. If you'd rather not rip out your existing cabinetry, you can simply remove the doors to convert basic cabinets into open shelving.

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Glass-Front Cabinets

wood kitchen cabinets and island with large pink pattern rug
Laurey Glenn

Glass-front cabinet doors give the eye a break from wall-to-wall cabinetry and create display space for collectibles, pretty dishes, and glassware. Add just a few glass doors to your current kitchen design to create a light and fresh look. Here, glass panels help visually lighten the look of rustic wood floor-to-ceiling cabinetry.

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Blue Cabinets as a New Neutral

white kitchen with medium blue cabinets
Anthony Masterson

Blue is a perennially popular paint color, and that's no exception for kitchen cabinets. Found frequently in nature, subtle shades of blue are quickly becoming the new neutral. For a no-fail combination, pair dusty blue cabinets with natural wood accents and industrial materials.

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Accent Cabinet Hardware

high ceiling white and gray kitchen with eggplant cabinets
Jeff Herr

Draw attention to your kitchen cabinet doors with accent hardware. Here, purple cabinets stand out even more with striking gold pulls. You can also find unique antique knobs and pulls at vintage stores and flea markets.

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Floor-to-Ceiling Cabinetry

hidden cabinet storage kitchenette dining room
Kim Cornelison

In this kitchen, the entire wall opposite the cooking zone is dedicated to storage in kitchen cabinets. This feature is often seen along with other kitchen trends, such as open cabinetry and oversized windows. When storage is reduced from other areas, a floor-to-ceiling bank of cabinets can house kitchen essentials, including everyday dishes, small appliances, and linens.

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Mix-and-Match Cabinetry

black and white modern kitchen
Buff Strickland

For a modern twist on traditional cabinetry, try the two-tone look using different colors for upper and base cabinets. This kitchen takes the look a step further by pairing Shaker-style base cabinets with raised-trim upper cabinets. The warm shade of gray continues on the kitchen's patterned tile floor.

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Gray Cabinetry

neutral kitchen with shaker cabinets and island with bar stools
David Tsay

Gray continues to be a favorite paint color for walls and cabinetry alike. The neutral shade can read cold or warm, depending on its undertones. To find the right gray for kitchen cabinets, consider how much light the room gets and the tones of surrounding paint colors.

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Open Shelving by the Kitchen Range

arcese modern farmhouse kitchen and dining area
Kritsada Panichgul

If wall space is limited, opt for narrow open shelving options to display favorite dishes and keep spices within close reach while cooking. Without overhead kitchen cabinets, the kitchen feels open and airy, a design trick ideal for a small kitchen. You can also squeeze storage out of base cabinetry built into both sides of a kitchen island.

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Traditional Details

white and green kitchen with vintage range
David Tsay

To add vintage, traditional, or cottage flair to your kitchen cabinets, utilize custom trimwork and secondhand hardware. In this kitchen, cabinets above the range feel like a work of art, thanks to intricate corbels and a small mantel. Brass cup pulls on base cabinets add patina.

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Light and Simple

white kitchen small sink window area with hardwood floors
Michael Luppino

White kitchen cabinets are enduring and versatile, appearing in cottage, traditional, and even modern kitchens. Especially on simple Shaker-style doors, the right white paint color can create a light, fresh look in a kitchen. Choose modest hardware with clean lines to keep with the classic look.

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Top White Paint Colors

Wondering how to paint kitchen cabinets the right color? See our picks for no-fail white paint colors for cabinets. These colors will brighten your space and make it look larger.

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Custom Cabinet Storage

hidden kitchen storage slide out with sheet pans
Gordon Beall

Decades ago, kitchen cabinets were considered custom if they included a lazy Susan and a built-in spice rack. Now storage options are plentiful and mainstream, including pullout trays, bread boxes, and customized storage spots. Here, a narrow space that would otherwise have a false cabinet front is utilized as storage for pans and cookie sheets.

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Built-In Appliances

concealed kitchen appliances home decor
Jeff Herr

Kitchen appliances might be more intelligent, efficient, and feature-packed than ever, but that doesn't mean they need to grab the spotlight. Consider disguising appliances as kitchen cabinet doors for a more streamlined appearance. Here, to maintain a cohesive look, the fridge is hidden behind matching cabinet doors at the end of the island.

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Display Cubbyholes

kitchen oven stove range with gray cabinets and open shelving
Kim Cornelison

For tight areas between kitchen studs, consider open cabinets. These narrow, open cubbyholes serve as both display space for cookbooks and favorite tools, as well as handy storage for spices. Paint them the same color as the surrounding cabinets for a built-in look, or make them stand out by painting the trim in a contrasting color.

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Mixed Materials

bungalow farmhouse kitchen with wood cabinets
Paul Dyer

You're not limited to one color or trend when it comes to mixing up your cabinetry. This kitchen pairs dark blue glass-paneled upper cabinets with flat-paneled rustic wood cabinetry. The wood tone continues through the seating to warm a stone island.

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Contrasting Island

black and white kitchen with island open shelving
Edmund Barr Photography

A cabinet or island in a color or wood that's different from the rest of the kitchen works much like a patterned scarf with a solid-color shirt. More than a finishing touch, it breaks up the monotony to become a pivotal design piece. This kitchen mixes contemporary black kitchen cabinets with a traditional white island, bringing warmth and dimension to the space. It's also an option to treat a hutch or a section of cabinets in the same manner.

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Customized Drawers

kitchen drawer for dish-ware storage
Werner Straube

Cabinets and drawers often conceal custom features. Where you'd expect to find swinging doors that open to reveal storage inserts, there are pullout doors attached to shelves for pots and pans, holders for recycling and garbage bins, and racks for canned and dry goods. Drawer inserts can be set up to hold dishes, silverware, or cutlery. Kitchen pantry cabinet inserts are often customizable and help to maintain a clutter-free kitchen.

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Combining Cabinet Styles

kitchen sink area with open shelving and decor
Brie Williams

When combined, cabinets, drawers, and open shelving can meet any kitchen's storage needs. Mixing types of storage cabinets keeps the design feeling fresh and avoids a room full of heavy cabinetry. The corner unit takes advantage of the small, but valuable, wall space around the window.

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Furniture-Like Features

white kitchen with large black countertop island
Emily Followill

Call it the European influence, or a return to this country's early-1900s notions, but many of today's kitchens are assigning furniture duties to cabinetry. Some pieces are freestanding, but others simply appear to be, emulating the look of china hutches, turned-leg tables, and buffets.

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Open Cabinet Accents

white kitchen sink open with cabinets and shelving
Robert Brinson

Add a pop of color to glass-front kitchen cabinets or open shelving with bright paint or bold wallpaper. Accent with contrasting accessories to complete the room's color scheme. Using bold color in a small area is high-impact and offers an alternative for the color-averse.

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Detailed Embellishments

white kitchen with double oven stove range
Jeff Herr

Gone are the days when kitchen cabinets were unadorned boxes. Today's most interesting styles take their finishing touches from furniture and architecture. Add-ons such as undercounter corbels, fancy feet, and arched openings achieve a focal-point status that's more a result of style than location. Carvings, cutouts, and moldings add emphasis to a cabinet's decorative aspects.

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