12 Elegant Kitchen Cabinet Styles To Complement Any Aesthetic

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One of the many kitchen cabinet styles

If you’re in the process of designing a new home or renovating an existing property, an important consideration is what kitchen cabinet styles might work well in your new kitchen. This goes beyond just choosing between the best cabinet colors.

While the kitchen is a focal point in any home and can stand alone aesthetically, it’s always a great idea to implement the same style as the rest of your home into your kitchen. 

This is also true for your kitchen cabinets. They are a primary feature that dominates a kitchen’s aesthetic. Here are 12 popular styles of kitchen cabinets you can choose for your home.

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1. Traditional Raised Panel Cabinets

Raised panel cabinets in kitchen

Raised panel cabinets are one of the most classic designs when it comes to kitchen cabinet styles.

They work great in any traditional, transitional, or contemporary home. This type of cabinet adds an element of warmth and coziness to the kitchen while retaining elegance and class.

The raised central panel is this cabinet’s defining feature and provides a ton of flexibility. Furthermore, combining this cabinet style with other countertops and storage solutions can turn a modern kitchen into a transitional or contemporary design.

You can purchase raised-panel cabinets in different shades and materials, adding to their versatility.

2. Shaker Cabinets

Shaker kitchen cabinets

Shaker cabinets emerged during the Shaker religious movement in the 18th century and resemble raised panel cabinets, with a flat rather than raised central panel.

This type of cabinet works well in kitchens with cleaner looks. You can use them in almost every style of kitchen. They also go well with wood elements to create an organic, light feel to your space.

3. Glass-front Cabinets

Upper glass front cabinets

Glass-front kitchen cabinet styles are popular in many American homes, and for a good reason.

These cabinets provide the illusion of open space and combine with light fixtures to add additional focal points in any kitchen. Guests will love them because they can see what they need instead of playing hot and cold with your cabinets.

Choosing the right type of glass will be one of the most important decisions if you select this design. For example, clear glass might work best for homes with contemporary designs, while frosted or textured glass complements modern, rustic, and retro kitchens.

4. Louvered Cabinets

While louvers create windows and door shutters, they also work well as kitchen cabinets. This horizontal slatted design provides a sense of openness and makes smaller kitchens appear more spacious.

Louver cabinets typically come in wood and composite materials, making them an ideal choice to add a touch of warmth to any space. They also provide increased ventilation to help keep dishes dry and clean.

5. Contemporary Design Cabinets

Closeup of contemporary kichen cabinets

Contemporary design kitchen cabinet styles provide a sleek, streamlined look to kitchens hoping to capitalize on a clean, modern aesthetic.

Textured composites are great for creating the illusion of wooden cabinets while retaining the clean lines that make this style a chic choice. Since they come in a variety of composite materials and various patterns, you can do a lot with this type of cabinet.

6. Rustic Craftsman Cabinets

As the name implies, rustic craftsman cabinets are ideal for any cabin, country, or modern farmhouse-style home. Carpenters typically make this style of cabinetry from organic materials like cedar, oak, and pine.

Due to their earthy style and dark appeal, these cabinets provide a nice sense of warmth and hominess. You can also stain the wood a different color and use this cabinet style in modern or transitional homes.

7. Flat-panel (Slab) Cabinets

Flat cabinets

You can find flat-panel or slab kitchen cabinet styles in Nordic and European homes. However, their sleek, streamlined look makes them popular in many modern American homes.

Usually, this design doesn’t include handles or pulls. Their flatness gives your kitchen a sense of overall smoothness with sharp lines. Slab cabinets come in matte and glossy materials.

8. Beadboard Cabinets

Try beadboard cabinets for a less expensive option that still offers excellent design opportunities. 

Popular in mid-20th-century RVs and mobile homes, beadboard cabinets have become a star in rustic and retro kitchens.

With small vertical slats defining the look of these cabinets, the beadboard style can make your kitchen appear taller while also giving it a sense of fun and play. While these cabinets are slightly more challenging to clean than other styles, they’re a great DIY project. Kitchen cabinet styles like this one can save you money even with professional installation.

9. Modern Handle or Handle-free Cabinets

People often confuse modern cabinets with flat-panel styles, but they have some significant differences.

These cabinets come with or without handles, giving you more design flexibility. Additionally, modern cabinets integrate more rounded edges than flat-panel cabinets, making them a slightly warmer addition to any kitchen.

10. French Country Cabinets

French country style cabinets

French country kitchen cabinet styles are one of the most elegant options available.

These cabinets resemble traditional raised panel cabinets with a more Parisian flare, giving kitchens a sense of old-world charm and class. Cabinets of this style use wood and composite materials, giving you some of the same flexibility you’d have with contemporary design cabinets.

11. Retro-style Cabinets

Retro cabinets are becoming all the rage with the popularization of vintage and retro home designs.

These cabinets are great for unique personalities and pair well with bold colors and designs. Combine these cabinets with retro appliances to give your home the zeal of the postwar American Dream.

12. Open Shelving and Cabinets

Floating shelves in kitchen

Home builders and interior decorators are trending toward open designs in new homes that provide light and depth.

Accent an open kitchen with bare shelving and open cabinets. Cabinets with beautiful framing and no doors add the same positive design features to a space while keeping it open. Open shelving provides the chance for additional decorations and functionality in the kitchen.

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