Looking for some creative kitchen cabinet ideas to inspire your next remodel?

It’s always a little more exciting to find a unique piece of clothing at a local boutique rather than at a big-box retail store. You feel you really get to let your personality shine in something unique, rather than in an item found in any old store. The same sentiment goes for your home design.

You’re the one living in your home each day, right? So why should your rooms, and especially your kitchen, feel like a one-size-fits-all design that doesn’t suit your personality at all?

At Puustelli, we believe that your kitchen is the heartbeat of your home, and you deserve a kitchen cabinet design that makes you excited to come home every day. We’ve gathered ten of our favorite creative kitchen cabinet ideas to spark your imagination for an upcoming kitchen remodel!

1) Metallic Hardware

One of the biggest kitchen cabinet trends in 2022 is metallic hardware. Metallic hardware is a fantastic way to spruce up neutral-colored cabinets in a controlled manner. This style choice is perfect for homeowners who love sleek cabinets with neutral tones but want to brighten the space in a subtle way.

This Puustelli design features silver hardware on the cabinets, but many homeowners opt for hardware with other finishes, such as:

  • Brass
  • Gold
  • Copper

We love how the silver hardware in this kitchen ties in perfectly with the stainless steel appliances, making the entire kitchen design feel cohesive.

brown modern scandinavian kitchen cabinets by puustelli

2) Bursts of Color

Forget pops of color— in 2022 we’re going for bursts of color! Life’s too short to not design a kitchen in your favorite color. Not to mention, colored kitchen cabinets are on-trend, so not only will a colorful kitchen make you feel happy, but it will also increase the resale value of your home.

Modern kitchens aren’t afraid to go bold with designs. We love how these blue cabinets are complemented by a green tile backsplash, copper wall decor, and a gold faucet. The bright colors make the space feel warm and inviting, and you can see the homeowner’s personality as clear as day.

If you’re trying to figure out how to pair your cabinetry with your wall color, check out our post here!

blue scandinavian side kitchen

3) Surprise Functionality

One of our favorite details to include in our kitchen cabinet designs are sneaky storage solutions. Countertop appliances can look clunky and bulky when left out, but you don’t want them too far out of reach because you use them so often!

With a functional kitchen cabinet design like this, you can incorporate storage space that seamlessly blends into the rest of your cabinetry. This design concept is perfect for homeowners who prioritize organization throughout their homes. This way, your countertop appliances are ready to use and don’t get crammed into a different cabinet where the cords get tangled.

simple functionality kitchen cabinet ideas

4) Inconspicuous Appliances

At first glance, you might look at this Puustelli kitchen design and wonder where the refrigerator is. If you look closely, can you see where it might be? We’re obsessed with this kitchen cabinet design that allows large appliances to blend in perfectly with the other kitchen cabinetry.

This whole design is centered on feeling bright, airy, and open. The white and grey cabinets make the space feel even larger than it is, and the vaulted ceiling really lets the space breathe. A bulky refrigerator could distract from the eye line in this design, but when it blends in, the whole room feels streamlined. You’ll notice that the interior designer kept the other appliances sleek as well by incorporating a flat stovetop on the island and ovens built into the wall next to other cabinets.

kitchen cabinet ideas with inconspicuous appliances in a white and wooden kitchen

5) Go Bold With Black

One of the biggest trends in home design is black. For the longest time, people avoided black because it was (falsely) believed that black designs make spaces feel crowded or smaller than they are. We couldn’t disagree more!

Black cabinets are an elegant design option that feels endlessly contemporary. You can incorporate black cabinets into many different style trends, including:

  • Modern farmhouse
  • Mid-century modern
  • Colonial
  • Open-concept
  • Retro
  • Shaker

These black Puustelli cabinets also incorporate the popular two-tone trend. The lower cabinets are completely black, but the upper cabinets have black frames with dark gray doors. This design adds dimension to the space with multiple focal points.

  • Tip: If you like the two-tone kitchen cabinet design, it’s almost always best to feature the lighter color on top and the darker color below.

Any colors, especially the primary colors of yellow, red, and blue, will pop against a black background. Black cabinets are the perfect base if you want to swap out decorations with each season or your mood!

If you are on a tighter budget, but still want to incorporate black cabinets in your kitchen, it could be wise to paint or refinish your kitchen cabinets! Painting your kitchen cabinets black can not only look great, but it can also help you get the most mileage out of your cabinets until you are ready to get that dream kitchen remodel you’ve always wanted!

bold and black kitchen cabinet ideas

6) Glass Cabinet Doors

Another one of our favorite design ideas at Puustelli is glass cabinet doors. We’ve incorporated them into numerous kitchen designs. This design features cabinets with wood frames and glass doors, but another very popular option is white frames.

Glass doors add a unique and personalized touch to any kitchen. Plus, they really help open the space by making it feel larger and airy. Glass cabinet doors are a great way to show off your favorite colorful dishware or chinaware. They simultaneously act as functional storage and an extra gateway to design.

Rather than designing all of your cabinets with glass doors, opt for them on one or two smaller sections of upper-level cabinets. This will help break up the space by adding intrigue.

glass cabinet doors in kitchen with wooden cabinets

7) Ample Island Storage

When it comes to kitchen cabinet designs, don’t overlook your kitchen island. Kitchen islands are a fantastic place to incorporate cabinets and drawers for added storage. We love how this kitchen island has four tall cabinets with sleek hardware. Tall cabinet designs like this make the perfect solution for hiding slide-out garbage and recycling bins. Plus, the slab countertop adds a nice contrast to the white countertop along the wall.

Another great design idea that involves islands is having the island cabinets be a different color than the wall cabinets. This adds a fantastic focal point to the room in a similar vein to the two-toned cabinets trend.

kitchen with large island for storage

8) Bars and Coffee Corners

Who says you have to haphazardly put all of your coffee supplies or wine bottles next to everything else in your kitchen? Small breakfast nooks and drink stations are a great way to get creative with kitchen cabinetry.

This Puustelli design makes for the perfect at-home bar. It is a place you can show off your impressive wine collection and your favorite glassware. With a dedicated area for drinks, coffee, or breakfast, you will feel extra sophisticated.

Plus, would you believe us if we said that the homeowners’ washer and dryer are hidden behind the lower cabinets in this design? Well, they are! You can absolutely double a cozy nook like this as sleek storage space.

bars and coffee bar in light wooden kitchen

9) Mix and Match Neutrals

Neutrals will simply never go out of style. There’s a reason they’re called neutrals… they work with everything! But no one said you have to select one neutral color and use it everywhere in your kitchen. (The thought of an entirely-beige kitchen with beige walls, cabinets, floors, ceilings, and countertops makes us cringe.) Instead, play around with multiple neutral colors.

This design mixes and matches grey, brown, white, and even a marble-patterned backsplash. By doing so, the stainless steel appliances and accents really take center stage in this design. Do you notice how the upper cabinets with glass doors allow the natural light to go even further? A design like this is timeless and classic without sacrificing a contemporary edge.

kitchen with mix and matching neutrals

10) Classic Minimalism

The minimalistic style is here to stay, and it works beautifully in kitchen designs. This kitchen design features sharp edges, clean colors, and stunning contrasting hardware. We love how the white hardware ties in the white walls and countertops in this design.

Every corner of this kitchen has a purpose, down to the small horizontal cabinet above the refrigerator. There are no unnecessary cabinets or drawers, and all countertop appliances can be neatly tucked away and kept out of sight.

The off-set countertop on the island adds a unique, contrasting focal point that adds an extra ounce of personality. This design is a great example of how classic colors and lines will always stand the test of time.

To see more inspiring kitchen cabinet ideas, check out this article by The Spruce.

classic minimal kitchen cabinet ideas

Feeling Inspired? Visit Puustelli Today for More Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

There is no shortage of inspiration for a new kitchen design. And if you were already thinking about remodeling your kitchen, chances are you can’t wait to get started after seeing these creative cabinet designs.

Puustelli exclusively offers eco-luxury Scandinavian kitchen cabinets, so our talented team will take your kitchen to the next level in terms of design, sustainability, and longevity.

We know you can’t wait to explore options for your kitchen, so schedule an appointment to visit our Edina showroom today! Additionally, you can download our free brochure to gain more inspiration about colors, materials, and designs for your kitchen cabinets.

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