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32+ Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

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Reflective Black Flat Panel Kitchen Cabinets with Kitchen Window and Metallic Backsplash

This shiny black single-wall open-plan kitchen looks breathtaking. The black flat panel kitchen cabinets with black metallic backsplash and black laminate countertops give a vibrant and elegant look to the kitchen environment. The high ceiling with windows and black paneling with gold details make the space open and spacious. The black hardwood kitchen island adds movement and extra storage space to the kitchen. The open shelving adds visual interest. The kitchen window backsplash provides more light to the cooking area. Lastly, the large windows invite natural light and nature to the space.

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A Unique Kitchen with Metal Cabinets and Metallic Kitchen Backsplash and Medium Wood Kitchen Walls

The metal cabinets and metallic kitchen backsplash make the kitchen very unique. The cooking area with dark wood walls looks like a high-class restaurant kitchen. Blending the metallic countertops and wooden countertops completes the metallic and wood kitchen look. The stone floors add movement and a cool vibe to the kitchen space.

Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Kitchen cabinet ideas vary from shaker to recessed-panel, glass-front, and flat-panel cabinets, while each one is more or less associated with a specific kitchen design. As the cabinets are the main bones of the kitchen, they are one of the defining assets of the design. Thus, kitchen cabinet door styles make a huge difference and translate the space into modern, traditional, and or something-in-the-middle design looks.

Additionally, kitchen cabinet ideas are not only influenced by the door styles but also hardware and colors that adjust them to the farmhouse or modern kitchens, for instance. But in this article, our focus will remain on the kitchen cabinet styles and materials such as solid wood and its substitutes to introduce more budget-friendly alternatives available in the market. If you are ready to discover some design project ideas, stay with us and scroll for inspiring favorite kitchen cabinet ideas.

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White Shaker Style Kitchen Cabinet Ideas with White Glossy Subway Tile Backsplash 

This one-wall kitchen looks very adorable and stylish with its beautiful white shaker-style kitchen cabinets and white glossy subway tile kitchen backsplash. The black kitchen island with white quartz countertops creates contrast in the kitchen space. The large kitchen windows provide light and brightness to the kitchen and dining areas. Choosing a white dining table with white dining chairs supports the white look of the cooking area and combines two different spaces into one. The golden details on the kitchen such as pendant lights, kitchen island chairs, and kitchen cabinet handles add glamour to the environment. Also, the medium hardwood flooring makes the environment warm and cozy.

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White Recessed-Panel Kitchen Cabinet Ideas with Distressed Wood Flooring

The overarching narrative of this transitional kitchen is built upon the contrast of material choices that enmesh different flavors skillfully. To soften this contrast, brass accents cast a sense of warmth to bring out the warmth of the white recessed-panel cabinets. To supply a visual dynamic, the cabinet door styles add a sense of movement to energize the kitchen and its voluminous space directly connected to the adjacent rooms of the home. The distressed wood flooring is paired with the island to achieve consistency. The gray subway tile backsplash increases the aesthetic value of the kitchen, composing modern flavors with classic and rustic flairs. Its unique shade suggests different feelings. Overall, the soothing palette of this kitchen stems from the lived-in look and feel that tells a story.

How much does it cost to put new cabinets in a kitchen?

Cabinet prices vary by cabinet materials, door styles, and sizes. But the average cost per linear foot generally ranges from $100 to $ 300. Laminate and wood veneer cabinets overall can cost up to $ 15.000, while metal and solid wood counters amount to $ 38.000.

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Pastel Blue and Light Hardwood Flat Panel Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Pairing pastel blue and light hardwood is a good way to create a style for the kitchen. The color pairing works very well and adds harmony to the cooking space. The flat-panel light wood and pastel blue kitchen cabinets make this tiny kitchen area spacious. The pastel blue ceramic tile backsplash adds movement and depth to the space. The light hardwood is the same tone as the cabinets which provides continuity in the environment. The pastel blue walls and the breakfast bar match completely the flat panel cabinets. The large kitchen window backsplash increases the brightness of the kitchen. Lastly, decorative items such as plants add warm colors to the space. Thus, the cold effect of the pastel blue color doesn’t create a cold kitchen vibe.

Kitchen Cabinet Styles

Kitchen cabinets are the main bones of the kitchen designs that define the outline of the interior space while hinting at the design’s overall character, whether it is modern, traditional, or contemporary. For example, raised-panel cabinets are associated with traditional-style kitchens, while recessed-panel counters are mostly employed in transitional kitchens, which are replaced by flat-front cabinets in contemporary designs. In addition to those, display or glass-front cabinets and shaker cabinets are other popular options favored in beach-style and farmhouse kitchens. Now let’s take a closer look at the kitchen cabinet styles to understand them better.

Shaker Style Cabinets

Shaker-style cabinets are one of the most favored cabinets that will never be out of style as they can be adjusted to any kitchen style, be it modern, traditional, farmhouse, beach-style, or transitional. They create a comforting architectural aesthetics which is eye-appealing thanks to their symmetric profile. Their overall profile is a flat center panel with square edges, thus offering a timeless and versatile look.

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White Kitchen Design with Marble Backsplash and Countertops

The white shaker style kitchen cabinets with white marble backsplash create a fresh and light kitchen look. The white laminate countertops and the white kitchen island complete the white look. The backsplash adds texture to the cooking area. The large kitchen window enables the light to come through the kitchen space. Also, the greenery outside becomes a part of the kitchen environment by the kitchen window. The golden touch on the kitchen which is provided by the cabinet handles and the stunning pendant lighting add elegance to the kitchen. Additionally, the black barstools create contrast. Lastly, the medium hardwood flooring prevents the kitchen environment from being too light by adding warmth.

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Glossy Herringbone Backsplash with Brass Hardware and White Countertops

This kitchen looks phenomenal thanks to the beautiful white shaker-style kitchen cabinets and the green glossy herringbone backsplash. The dark wooden flooring and dark wood kitchen island with white laminate countertop add warmth to the kitchen and balance the white kitchen look. Thus, this white kitchen doesn’t look eye tiring or too bright. In addition, the orange barstools match the orange carpet. The orange brings coziness to the kitchen space. Lastly, the golden lighting and the silver cabinet handles invite elegance to this l-shaped transitional kitchen.

What is the cheapest way to do kitchen cabinets?

MDF and particleboard cabinets are some of the cheapest materials you find in the market. Ready-to-assemble cabinets and mass-produced ones are alternative options you can go for. However, if your kitchen cabinets are still in a good condition and you just need some change and refreshment, then things get much easier. For example, you can repaint your kitchen cabinets and replace their hardware with something more stylish. You can recycle some of the old wood products such as wood tables. While using their pieces, you can build counter doors and make something new from the old.

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Pastel Blue Kitchen Cabinet Ideas with White Ceramic Backsplash 

The pastel blue shaker-style cabinets with white laminate countertops and triangle-shaped white ceramic kitchen backsplash provide a light and fresh kitchen space. The backsplash gives movement and texture to the cooking area. The wood dining table with beige dining chairs adds a natural element to the blue l-shaped kitchen. Also, the multi-colored stone flooring makes the kitchen space more lively and adorable.

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Dark Gray Shaker Style Kitchen Cabinet Ideas with Brass Hardware

The open-plan kitchen looks elegant and deluxe with the dark gray shaker-style kitchen cabinet with white quartz countertops and backsplash. The countertops and the backsplash provide a luxurious look to the tiny cooking space. Matching the kitchen island with the cabinets and the countertop adds continuity and wholeness to the space. The gray barstools with gold metal leggings support the rich kitchen look. In addition, the light hardwood flooring adds a natural element to the cooking environment.

Flat-Panel or Slab Cabinets

Flat-panel or slab cabinets have gotten pretty popular due to their minimalist and functional aesthetics and form that respond to the contemporary needs of homeowners. Mainly employed in modern, Scandinavian, and contemporary kitchens, they achieve sleek and clean looks that highlight the geometric forms of the cabinets. Also, their clutter and pattern-free designs emphasize their minimalist aesthetics. Most of them don’t even feature any hardware, which is rather replaced by lip pull notches and tiny cut-outs to allow grabs. Thus, they prevent any visual intervention. As for the material options, plywood and laminate cabinet materials are favored for flat-panel door styles.

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Modern Kitchen with Black and White Flat Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

This l-shaped contemporary kitchen looks phenomenal with its black and white slab cabinets with white laminate countertops. The white ceramic tile backsplash and top white slab cabinets give light to the cooking space. The black kitchen island with white countertops matches the cabinets nicely. The white walls and the white ceiling prevent this kitchen from being dark and claustrophobic. The barstools add movement and richness to the kitchen. Lastly, the light hardwood flooring provides a natural sense to the kitchen environment.

What are the most popular kitchen cabinets now?

The world changes fast; so do the contemporary needs of the people. As the main architectural focus revolves around minimalism and functionality nowadays, flat-panel cabinets have dethroned the shaker-style cabinets that have been by far the most popular counters as they can get adjusted to any design theme effortlessly. Though they are still popular, the flat-panel cabinets garnered attention too in recent years and are heavily used in our kitchens. Especially, the adapted sleek and clean architectural lines have risen the popularity of flat-panel, also known as, slab door cabinets.

In addition, floating shelves are another popular alternative that substitutes for the upper cabinets to offer the illusion of spaciousness and make more room for ceiling-height backsplashes.

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White Slab Kitchen Cabinet Ideas with Gray Marble Backsplash and Waterfall Island

As this contemporary kitchen unpacks in various shades of gray and white, it delivers a sense of freshness. The white slab cabinets’ geometric forms make the statement. The full-height cabinets have oversized pull-out handles to make the kitchen more of a user-friendly environment. The gray marble backsplash stands out between the cabinets, while its pronounced veins endow the kitchen with a subtle and authentic beauty. The gray-beige ceramic floor tiles do support the marble’s look to retain integrity. In the center, the kitchen island takes its place as a connecting piece in this open-plan layout. Its waterfall edges suggest a sense of fluidity and flow to highlight the significance of structures, and flowers and plants are added to bring a natural flavor and pops of colors borrowed from nature.

Can I install kitchen cabinets myself?

Yet, you can, but you need to consider and plan everything to make sure that everything goes smoothly. First of all, don’t forget that you might need somebody else to hold up the heavy cabinet pieces while you are attaching the screws and screwing the hinges. Such small and nuanced details need to be well-considered to nail the installation of kitchen cabinets.

On the other hand, ready-to-assemble cabinets make things easier for you. They are pre-cut with holes already drilled. All you need to do is to bring the pieces together and assemble them as the name suggests. Given that we all live in a world where knowledge is very accessible through online videos, instructions, and DIY blogs, sure, you can install kitchen cabinets. It only requires research, knowing what you want and how you do it.

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Pastel Green and Light Wood Slab Cabinets with Green Glossy Subway Tile Backsplash

The pastel green and light wood slab cabinets are perfect together. Combining pastel green and light wood makes the l-shaped kitchen adorable and fresh. The green glossy subway tile backsplash adds shimmer and movement to the cooking space. the light hardwood kitchen island matches the light wood flat-panel cabinets and persists the light and fresh kitchen look. The medium hardwood flooring brings color and warmth to this cute kitchen.

Raised-Panel Cabinets

Raised-panel cabinets are mostly preferred in traditional kitchens that emphasize the robust look of the kitchen cabinets. They introduce a level of formality and regularity, which is hard to break up. In that sense, they are a bit restrictive, which makes them look outdated. But they have many decorative options, including moldings and grooved edges to create dramatic effects.

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White Raised Panel Kitchen Cabinet Ideas with Blue Patterned Ceramic Tile Kitchen Backsplash

White raised panel cabinets make this large kitchen romantic. The cooking area looks amazing with the blue patterned ceramic tile kitchen backsplash. The shaker-style cabinets and the absence of top cabinets highlight the backsplash. Also, the backsplash provides texture and movement to this white kitchen. The wooden barstools of the white kitchen island add more color and warmth to the space. In addition, the stone flooring supports the romantic kitchen look.

How hard is installing cabinets?

Installing cabinets by yourself saves you money for sure, but how hard is it? Though it could be challenging, it is something manageable. Just keep in mind that the cabinet pieces could be heavy, and the measurement part could be a bit tricky. Also, as aforementioned, installing cabinets needs more than one person and requires some level of collaboration. If you are a handy person and have the professional tools that will help you get the cabinets assembled professionally, it won’t be as hard as it is supposed to be.

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Black Shiny Raised Panel Kitchen Cabinet Ideas with Rustic Wood Floor

The black shiny raised panel and glass front cabinets make the kitchen elegant and glamorous. The cabinets are the star of this u-shaped kitchen. The ceramic tile kitchen backsplash adds light to the space. The lights under the cabinets make the space look lighter and make the backsplash visible. The black leather dining chairs support the elegant kitchen look. Also, the dark hardwood flooring provides warmth and a natural element to the kitchen.

Beadboard Cabinets

Beadboard kitchen cabinets are composed of vertical slats of wood pieced together, which are heavily preferred in farmhouse or cottage-style kitchens. Yet, their popularity and impact are well-appreciated. As such, they are also used in contemporary, modern, beach-style, and mid-century kitchens. They not only add a sense of movement but also bring rustic vibes and a timeless classic appeal to the kitchens. Aside from that, these vertical wood slats of the beadboard cabinets create an interactive surface that let the interplay light and shadow. Lastly, they also expand the kitchen visually on the vertical axis, which can be used as a trick in small kitchens.

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White Beadboard Kitchen Cabinet Ideas with Gray Stone Kitchen Backsplash 

The combination of the white beadboard cabinets and the gray stone kitchen backsplash makes this white kitchen phenomenal and stunning. The beadboard cabinets prevent the kitchen from being too simple because the backsplash wouldn’t be enough to create a lively cooking space. The white quartz countertops support the dynamic and elegant kitchen look. Also, the light hardwood flooring blends perfectly with the light kitchen environment and provides a natural element to the kitchen.

Glass-Front Cabinets

Glass-front cabinets are favorite pieces, especially in traditional, beach-style, and classic kitchens that develop a sense of intimacy, offering glimpses into what is kept inside the cabinets. Thus, they bring a level of transparency behind the glass, allowing homeowners to exhibit their favorite items proudly. To highlight the kitchenware, the interior cabinet lighting can be used to improve the ambiance. As a luminous surface, glass doors also reflect the kitchen and flirt with natural lights playfully. If wished, users also can add X-details, diamond patterns, etc. to the glass doors to make visual statements. As such, glass-front cabinets are very flexible and propose different design ideas to add character to the interior space.

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White Glass Front Cabinets with White Patterned Backsplash in a Contemporary L-Shaped Kitchen

The white glass front and white shaker-style cabinets with white diamond-designed backsplash make the kitchen look adorable and bright. The gray kitchen island with white granite countertop adds contrast to the light l-shaped kitchen. The metallic barstools provide almost an industrial vibe to the space. The dark hardwood flooring invites warmth and nature to the cooking environment. Lastly, the green plants support the natural look provided by the floors.

What is the most popular color for kitchen cabinets?

In today’s consumerist world, everything changes so fast, that it feels hard to keep up with the trends. Though, certain things never change, for example, the need to feel close to nature and designs that offer comforting aesthetics. White, light-gray, and light wood are some of the favored combinations that create a sense of calmness and a soothing atmosphere. Especially with the Scandinavian-inspired designs, natural wood, especially plywood, has regained its popularity for its minimalist aesthetics, functionality, and clean lines that come with a clutter-free look. In such a hectic world, when we come home, all we need is just a sense of calmness that comes with a neutral color palette and warming elements.

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White Glass Front Cabinets and Shaker Style Cabinets with White Quartz Countertops

This white kitchen is elegant and bright thanks to the beautiful white glass front and white shaker-style kitchen cabinets with white laminate countertops. The white glossy herringbone backsplash adds movement and glam to the cooking space. The kitchen island is used as a kitchen storage, wine rack, and eating area. Also, it matches the white adorable cabinets. In addition, the medium hardwood flooring prevents the white kitchen from looking too bright and dull.

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Black and White Kitchen Design with Beige Granite Countertops

This l-shaped contemporary kitchen looks very stylish and fresh with its white glass front and shaker-style kitchen cabinets. The black glossy subway tile backsplash adds movement and creates contrast in this white dominant kitchen. The granite countertops both on the cabinets and the kitchen island provide a rich look to the kitchen. Also, the medium hardwood makes the space cozy and warm.

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All-White Transitional Kitchen with Wood Flooring

This transitional kitchen looks very refreshing and calming. The white glass front and white shaker-style kitchen cabinets are harmonical. They complete each other nicely. The white subway tile backsplash supports the white look and adds texture to the cooking space. Also, the kitchen island with open shelves provides eating space and extra storage to this kitchen. The white wood barstools with blue cushions match the couch cushions in the living area. So, the kitchen and living area complete each other nicely.

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Dark Green Kitchen Cabinet Ideas with Gray Granite Countertops

This transitional k-shaped kitchen is very welcoming and fresh thanks to the stunning green glass front and green flat panel kitchen cabinets with black granite countertops. The green choice for the cabinets is a great way to invite nature into the kitchen environment. The white ceramic kitchen backsplash and white walls add light to the cooking space and make the kitchen look more spacious. The countertops provide richness to the kitchen. Using the same materials for the kitchen island creates continuity and wholeness in the space. Also, the medium hardwood flooring supports the adorable and natural kitchen look.

Material Options for Kitchen Cabinets

Among the most popular material options for kitchen cabinets, we can count solid wood, plywood, laminate, metal, and MDF. Priced differently, each one has distinct features that come with its pros and cons. But overall, they are all high-quality materials that guarantee longevity and stability, while their aesthetic values show more variance. Let’s explore each one of them one by one in a more detailed way.

Solid Wood Cabinets

High-durable solid wood cabinets supply the kitchen with a robust look that executes a sense of warmth. Encompassing maple, oak, cherry, and more, solid wood cabinets have many colors and types, featuring intriguing inherent grains and stains that add depth and visual drama to the wood. As such, they develop a sense of intimacy and create an alluring environment, helping the kitchen design gravitate toward nature. As an example of biophilic design elements, they inject a healthy dose of organic softness. They can be combined with black, gray, and white colors to add depth, lightness, and extra dimension.

Another advantage of these cabinets is their high customizability. They can be given any shape you want, and with the finishes you choose, you can achieve any look you have dreamed of. However, they are a bit costly. For those seeking alternatives, MDF is a high-quality substitute.

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Dark Solid Wood Flat Panel Kitchen Cabinet Ideas with White Subway Tile Backsplash 

The dark solid wood flat panel and glass front kitchen cabinets look elegant. They are the focal point of the kitchen. The white subway tile backsplash highlights the cabinets and brings light to the cooking area. The black quartz countertops on both the cabinets and the kitchen island support the rich and high-quality kitchen look. The dark wooden flooring matches the dark kitchen theme. The cream velvet barstools look very suitable with the dark solid wood kitchen island. The colorful plants add light color to the cooking space. Also, the plants invite nature to the kitchen.

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Dark Wood Cabinetry with Multicolored Cement Tile Backsplash

This kitchen looks very unique and stylish with its solid wood flat panel cabinets and authentic colorful kitchen backsplash. Using the cement backsplash for both the cooking area and the breakfast bar creates consistency in the space and adds color. This tiny kitchen doesn’t look tiny at all thanks to the white walls and the white ceiling. The white laminate countertops also bring light to the space. The wooden barstools and the medium hardwood flooring complete the warm wood kitchen style.

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Industrial Kitchen with Black Hexagon Tiles and Gray Countertops

The medium solid wood flat panel cabinets with cream laminate countertops look very elegant and stylish. The black matte hexagon backsplash adds texture and depth to the cooking space. The black dining table with black dining chairs pairs with the backsplash nicely. The gold and glass pendant lights support the gorgeous kitchen style. The hardwood flooring completes the solid wood kitchen look. Also, the white walls and the white ceiling make this tiny l-shaped kitchen look larger and fresher.

Laminate Cabinets

Laminate cabinets are engineered wood products, composed of compressed wood and melamine, which makes the laminate harder and more durable. As the laminate cabinets are man-made, they are versatile in color options and customizable for this very same reason. Among the advantages of the laminates, we can count their ease of maintenance, versatility, durability, variety of color and pattern options, and, of course, affordable prices, especially when compared to solid wood cabinets. For sleek and contemporary looks, again, laminate cabinets are among the favored options. The finishes available for laminate cabinets guarantee their longevity. Though laminate cabinets have a bad reputation, it is misleading given that in today’s market, laminate provides a great substitute for solid wood cabinets.

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White Kitchen Design with Marble Backsplash and Blue Island

White laminate shaker-style cabinets look very chic with the white marble kitchen backsplash. The white laminate countertops complete the white look of the kitchen. The blue kitchen island with the white countertop adds color and makes the kitchen environment calm. The wooden barstools provide a natural kitchen look. The green plants support this natural feeling, too. Lastly, the medium hardwood floors make the kitchen environment welcoming and warm.

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Black Laminate Cabinets with Window Backsplash and Light Solid Wood Kitchen Island

Combining black and light hardwood always works to create a unique and stylish kitchen. This single-wall contemporary kitchen looks very trendy with the black laminate flat cabinets and light wood kitchen island. The blackness of the kitchen cabinets doesn’t fade out the light in the room. Because the kitchen window backsplash provides natural light to the kitchen space. Also, the gray backsplash around the window adds movement to the cooking area. Lastly, the black metal barstools provide an industrial look to this fabulous kitchen.

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White Laminate Shaker Style Cabinets with Cream Glossy Tile Backsplash 

This u-shaped tiny kitchen looks very fresh and spacious with its beautiful white laminate shaker-style cabinets. The cream glossy tile backsplash provides movement and prevents the cabinets from looking too simple. The breakfast bar allows more space in the kitchen. Combining the cooking and dining area always works for small spaces. The black barstools add contrast, too. Also, the light hardwood floors make the kitchen adorable and warm.

Medium Density Fiberboard Cabinets ( MDF )

Medium Density Fiberboard Cabinets (MDF) are made from recycled wood, which makes them an eco-friendly option. Just like laminate cabinets, they are affordably prized popular cabinet materials when compared to solid wood. They are customizable, too. For example, you can make a wide range of cabinets that will fit your kitchen’s style such as shaker, raised-panel, and recessed-panel cabinets. What distinguishes them from solid wood cabinets is that they don’t feature veins like natural wood but rather a smooth finish. This quality also makes them paintable to any color easily. Another distinguishing feature is also that MDFs are water-resistant while solid wood is susceptible to moisture.

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White Medium Density Fiberboard Cabinets with White Marble Backsplash in a Transitional Kitchen

The white shaker cabinet design with brass cabinet hardware looks fabulous. The cabinets with white marble backsplash and laminate countertops complete the white kitchen look. The black kitchen island barstools add contrast. The large kitchen window increases the fresh and light kitchen look. Also, the medium hardwood floors provide a warm and natural environment.

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Light Gray Medium Density Fiberboard Cabinets with Flat-Panel Style and Marble Backsplash

Light gray medium density fiberboard cabinets with flat-panel style look very sleek. The white marble backsplash adds texture and movement to the cooking space. The white quartz countertops complete the marble look of the kitchen. The kitchen window adds natural light to the kitchen environment. Lastly, the light hardwood flooring makes the kitchen welcoming and stylish.

Should kitchen cabinets be lighter or darker than walls?

There isn’t such a rule of thumb. You can always build contrasts to make statements, which is more about personal taste and what kind of look you want to go for. To build a sense of spaciousness, light colors are always better options. For example, you can choose light-colored cabinets and couple them with darker walls that will add some depth, while white cabinets alleviate the overall look. Or, you can do the opposite to anchor the design and keep the eye level lighter.

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White Medium Density Fiberboard Cabinets with Blue Ceramic Tile Backsplash 

The white shaker-style medium-density fiberboard cabinets look stylish. They highlight the blue ceramic tile backsplash. The blue backsplash adds color to the l-shaped contemporary kitchen. The white kitchen island completes the fresh white kitchen look. The blue kitchen island stools with golden legs match perfectly with the blue backsplash. Also, the blue color provides a calming feeling to the kitchen space.

Plywood Cabinets

Plywood features multiple layers of wood veneer brought together and weighs less than other wood cabinets or their substitutes, which makes them easy to work with. They are famous for their stability and longevity thanks to the layers of wood veneer glued together. Thus, as a long-lasting material and product, plywood is a great option available in the market. Its soothing texture and natural flavor lend the material a sense of softness and subtle beauty. Contemporary kitchens also favor plywood for its sleek and clean edges and lines. Plus, they are easy to paint and very stable, and can hold screws well. There are also variable finishing options for the plywood so that you can adjust them to your kitchen theme easily.

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Contemporary Kitchen with Gray Countertops and Wooden Floating Shelves

This small yet immersive contemporary kitchen projects organic vibes with flat-front plywood sleek cabinets and gray concrete countertops. The ultra-modern cylinder-shaped range hood evokes visual interest and adds an interactive element to promote engagement with the space. The symmetrically installed wooden floating shelves flank the hood to bring dimension, while the white stone slab backsplash creates a seamless look for other elements to blend in perfectly. Overall, this design project is simple yet never boring or never disappointing. Rather, it emanates a sense of warmth and organic softness that cement the interactivity between the space and its users despite the small footprint of the kitchen.

Metal Cabinets

Metal cabinets merge aesthetics and functionality while championing function and form. Due to their sleek and interactive surfaces, they are great for industrial and contemporary kitchens. Depending on the complimentary decorative elements, they can also be a good fit in transitional kitchens. To neutralize their glossy effect, black, gray, and wooden elements can be incorporated into the design to achieve a well-balanced and upscale atmosphere.


Contemporary Kitchen with Sleek Metal Cabinets and Concrete Flooring

This open-plan contemporary kitchen with an industrial subtext offers an interactive design thanks to the sleek metal cabinets with refractive doors, supported by stainless steel appliances. These cabinets and appliances are beautifully complemented by the concrete countertops and concrete flooring to neutralize the shiny effect of the metal cabinets, while a black backsplash supplies the kitchen with a sense of depth.
A little further, the kitchen island with a light wood torso subdues the distant look of the concrete and metal by adding much-needed warmth to the space. It naturally extends to make a statement and a room for the counter stools to offer a practical eating space. The curved and low-back counter stools with wood-tapered legs blend into the kitchen design perfectly. Overall, everything works harmoniously. The rich material palette, ranging from metal to wood and concrete, introduces a level of industrial context reimagined through contemporary design elements and softened through wood applications to deliver cozy vibes.

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The Harmony of Light Gray Flat Panel Cabinets and Metal Cabinets with White Subway Tile Kitchen Walls and Backsplash

The rounded open plan kitchen looks unique and fabulous with the metal cabinets and light gray flat panel cabinets. Installing the white subway tile backsplash all kitchen walls creates a stylish and contemporary kitchen look. The absence of a kitchen island or breakfast bar makes the kitchen look spacious and large. The gray stone flooring completes the gray metallic kitchen style. The large windows as kitchen doors provide natural light to the kitchen environment. Thus, this trendy kitchen is very light and fresh.

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