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8 Creative Kitchen Cabinet Designs You’d Want in Your Home

September 20, 2022
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Cabinets are often the very foundation of a kitchen's design. They hold all the space for our necessary ingredients and utensils while keeping everything organized and tucked away.

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Today's homeowners are spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting the right kitchen cabinet because there is no limit when it comes to design, material selection, and layout to fit your kitchen size and preference. If you're looking for some inspiration, ahead, you'll find a plethora of cabinet ideas to complete your kitchen.

1. Choose matching floor-to-ceiling cabinets for a unified look

Do you want to make your space feel more cohesive? A matching colour cabinet is always a good idea. This modern kitchen is an excellent example. The designer used a single colour palette of dark blue for the built-in cabinetry and kitchen island, giving the space a cohesive, polished appearance.

Casa De Luna, Penang by EMPT Studio
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The cabinet even matches the adjacent entryway built-in cabinets. Meanwhile, the patterned blue and white tile floor adds visual interest and helps to divide the open plan layout.

Casa De Luna, Penang by EMPT Studio
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2. Glass-front cabinets are ideal for displaying your crockery

Glass-front cabinets are suitable in any modern kitchen for a number of reasons. It allows you to see the contents behind the doors (so you don't have to constantly open and close cabinets to search for what you are looking for) and it can give your kitchen a lighter and more open feel than cabinets with solid doors. It should, however, be used sparingly in combination with solid door cabinets because displaying all of your crockery or dishware can create a visually cluttered appearance.

Consider this kitchen, which comes with glass front cabinets built into only one section of the kitchen wall. It includes a backlight that illuminates the shelves, highlighting the homeowner's impressive glassware and kitchenware collection.

Jade Hills 9A, Selangor by DCO Interior Design Sdn. Bhd.
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If you fear not being able to keep your glass door cabinets looking immaculate at all times, frosted or groovy glass cabinets like the ones shown below will provide the illusion of visibility without the full exposure.

Gamuda Gardens Esteem, Selangor by DCO Interior Design Sdn. Bhd.
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3. Choose cabinets with integrated open shelves for easy access

Cabinets with open shelving are another excellent way to display all of your finest china and serving pieces. Furthermore, it allows easy access to frequently used items. However, keep in mind that open shelves require regular maintenance because they accumulate dust over time.

Petaling Jaya by Ambient Design Studio
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This light-filled kitchen is not only ideal for cooking or meal prep, but it is also suitable for socialising or enjoying a casual meal with family or friends. It features built-in cabinets with open shelving, glass doors, and closed cupboards. Some of the open shelves are used to display the homeowner's finest collection, while those above the sink are used to store daily-use plates and cups.

Petaling Jaya by Ambient Design Studio
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4. Create a tropically inspired kitchen with rustic wood cabinets

If you’re constantly daydreaming about escaping to a tropical island, project those dreams onto your kitchen cabinets. Wooden cabinets with a distressed appearance, such as those seen in the Balinese-inspired kitchen below, can add rustic charm and remind you of your vacation every time you step foot inside your kitchen.

Rouge In Wood The Light Collection 3, Gelugor by Vault Design Lab Sdn Bhd
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The weathered look of the wooden cabinets adds a little edge to the space, and it goes well with the stone backsplash, wooden stool, and island. Meanwhile, a collection of faux candle lighting suspended above the island gives the space a mid-century feel.

Rouge In Wood The Light Collection 3, Gelugor by Vault Design Lab Sdn Bhd
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5. Choose high gloss door cabinets for a contemporary look

If you like a contemporary look, glossy door kitchen cabinets will look great in your kitchen. Many people prefer glossy cabinets in their kitchens because they are easy to maintain and some high-gloss materials are scratch resistant, so your kitchen will look brand new for years (with proper care, of course!).

The Plaza Condominium, TTDI by Ee Design Studio
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Take a cue from this kitchen which features L-shaped cabinets that offer ample storage space for crockery, dinnerware and dry ingredients, among other things, keeping the space neat and uncluttered. The high gloss cabinet's shiny surface, on the other hand, has a reflective surface that bounces light around the room, giving the kitchen a brighter and more spacious appearance.

6. Create a minimalist look with hardware-free cabinets

Exposed hardware can be distracting or create visual clutter at times. For a minimalist look, skip the knobs, pulls, and hinges entirely. In true knobless fashion, this L-shaped kitchen is refreshing, simple, and visually appealing! It has open shelves and sleek cabinets with no hardware, while large windows provide plenty of natural light and keep the kitchen from feeling too closed off.

Setia Eco Park, Setia Alam by Box Design Studio Sdn Bhd
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7. Give your kitchen a country charm with shaker-style cabinets

It's hard to deny the timeless appeal of classic shaker-style cabinets. While shaker furniture dates back to the 18th century, the current surge in popularity of shaker-style cabinetry has made it a staple of today's kitchen design.

Setia Alam, Selangor by IQI Concept Interior Design & Renovation
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Take a cue from this farmhouse-style dry kitchen, which combines modern and relaxed design elements. It features shaker-style cabinetry, subway tiles backsplash, board and batten island and gorgeous spherical-shaped pendant lights with brass accents. As a result, the space looks more like a modern cafe than a kitchen, ideal for sharing a cup of tea or coffee with family or guests.

8. Add depth to your kitchen space with mirror doors

Mirrored doors look great on wall cabinets because the eye-level placement allows for maximum light reflection, creating the illusion of a brighter, larger, more open space. The only disadvantage is that the mirror is susceptible to fingerprints or smudges, so it's best suited for upper cabinets where you're less likely to stain them, especially if you have small children or pets.

Dumalis, Sierra 16 by Klaasmen Sdn. Bhd.
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Take a cue from this dreamy all-white kitchen, where mirrored cabinet doors not only add depth but also lend a clean and sophisticated feel to the cooking space.

Dumalis, Sierra 16 by Klaasmen Sdn. Bhd.
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