10 Unique Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Updated: Dec. 20, 2023

These creative kitchen cabinet ideas are great for creating the illusion of space and bringing color and modernization to any kitchen.

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Repurposed Cabinets

Why not think out of the box when considering different kitchen cabinet ideas? Old furniture can be repurposed to serve as your kitchen cabinets. Antique dressers or armoires and even wine crates can be turned into large shelves or a kitchen island. Just hang your repurposed piece on the wall or top it off with a nice granite or wood countertop. This old dresser was cleverly transformed into a kitchen island. Check out the handy casters on the bottom that make the piece moveable!

Also, check out these DIY old dresser ideas to completely transform your old dresser into something stylish.

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Tiny Shelves

Most kitchen cabinet ideas include large shelves where the items in the back tend to get lost. This open cabinet with small cubbies keeps everything front and center. This is a great way to store and display your coffee mugs. This style of small cabinets with multiple cubbies will give your kitchen a modern, minimalist look.

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Open Cabinets

Open cabinets are one of the kitchen cabinet trends that can save you money because you don’t have to pay for cabinet doors. Open shelving offers easy access and gives your kitchen an open and airy look.

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Metal Cabinets

Metallic cabinets exude luxury and will transform your kitchen into a high-end space. Stainless steel, copper or bold brushed-gold cabinets stand out beautifully in your kitchen. Plus they have some added functionality, as you can stick magnets to the inside of the cabinet doors without taking away from their sleek external look. To get this look you can use actual metal cabinets or paint your cabinets with a faux-metal finish.

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Rustic Modern Cabinets

These rustic yet modern kitchen cabinets create a warm atmosphere while bringing a unique design to your kitchen. The look is achieved by using a flat finish on natural-wood cabinets. It’s a great modern twist on traditional wood cabinets. Rustic modern kitchen cabinets also make your cabinets stand out in a white kitchen when you don’t want to use bold colors, but still want contrast. Here are a few tips on how to organize your kitchen cabinets.

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Grooved Cabinets

If you’re looking for kitchen cabinet ideas that aren’t traditional, grooved kitchen cabinets are a fun, textured option. The cutting-edge look of grooved or wood-paneled cabinets can create lots of visual variety in your kitchen.

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High Gloss Cabinets

High-gloss kitchen cabinets can really brighten up your kitchen. Their reflective surface will bounce light around your kitchen, adding a futuristic vibe the Jetsons themselves would envy. These cabinets add personality to your kitchen and they are quite easy to clean!

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Half-Glass Cabinets

Here’s a clever compromise between glass and solid-wood cabinet doors. With glass panels in the bottom half and solid panels above you get the open look, but retain plenty of storage for things you don’t want to have on display. We also love the unexpected gold look of the drawer and cabinet hardware.

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Two-Toned Cabinets

Two-toned cabinets are among the kitchen cabinet ideas that will create some great visual contrast in your kitchen. Just paint your upper cabinets one color and your lower cabinets a different complementary color. Using a darker color on the bottom and lighter color on the top can help your kitchen look a little larger.

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Floating Cabinets

If you’re really tired of the way your old cabinets look, you might want to consider swapping them out for some floating cabinets. These cabinets are either mounted to the wall and don’t touch the floor or ceiling at all or are raised off the floor and illuminated from below to create a floating illusion. They will give your kitchen a sleek and airy upgrade, completely changing the feel of the room.