Kitchen Cabinet Styles

Today's kitchens come in a wide variety of styles. Most kitchen cabinet styles can be classified as either modern or traditional, with many subcategories to choose from.

Below is a long list of kitchen cabinet styles currently in use, from Old World to modern, and everything in between. Keep in mind that many designers differ in these classifications, and many kitchens simply defy categorization.

What's Your Style? Often my clients will select specific elements of different styles to incorporate into their custom kitchens, creating an entirely new design of their own making. The most important advice I can give is that you do not contradict the style of your home when choosing a kitchen style. If you have an Old World or Craftsman home, by all means do not install a modern or contemporary kitchen! (Sadly, I have seen this done).

Kitchen Design Photos: Here is a list of kitchen cabinet styles with pictures in each category. Feel free to print or save these pictures into your own kitchen design ideas folder. Take notes of what you like. Enjoy the photos, and happy planning!

Antique Kitchens
Antique Kitchens

Antique Kitchens

Antique kitchens have distinctive features that come from an earlier period in history. Whether an authentic restoration or a fresh remodel, the unique character of an antique kitchen brings a sense of age and beauty to any traditional home... Full Article

Arts and Crafts Kitchens
Arts and Crafts Kitchens

Arts and Crafts Kitchens

Arts and Crafts kitchens are identified by simple lines, rugged construction, and very little excess ornamentation. The Arts and Crafts movement began in England around 1890 in response to the overly ornate, poorly crafted assembly line furniture of the time, and instead focused on aesthetic simplicity, talented craftsmanship, and impeccable quality... Full Article

Asian Kitchen Design
Asian Kitchen Design

Asian Kitchen Design

Kitchen cabinet styles featuring Asian-inspired designs are growing in popularity. With their beautiful array of materials and color palettes, Asian kitchen cabinet styles can bring a fresh look to both contemporary and traditional homes... Full Article

Contemporary Kitchen Designs
Contemporary Kitchen Cabinets

Contemporary Kitchen Cabinets

Contemporary kitchens, dating from the mid 20th century to the present, are generally composed of minimal ornamentation and flat surfaces. While wood and stone are occasionally used, most materials in contemporary kitchen designs are man-made, including metal, plastic, concrete, and glass... Full Article

Country Cottage Kitchen Designs
Cottage Kitchens

Cottage Kitchens

Cottage style kitchens tend to be more feminine in appearance than their slightly more rustic country counterparts. Cottage kitchens most often include farm sinks, simple moldings, and painted cabinets without added glazing... Full Article

Country Kitchens
Country Kitchen Design

Country Kitchen Design

Country kitchens are made to be used. Their down-to-earth style and lived-in looks make country kitchens among the most comfortable and inviting rooms to be in. Painted and glazed cabinets, farmhouse sinks, beadboard panels, and open shelving are trademarks of country kitchen designs... Full Article

Craftsman Kitchens
Craftsman Kitchens

Craftsman Kitchens

Craftsman kitchens are created with heavier proportions, straight lines, and reduced ornamentation. The Craftsman style, an American extension of Britain's Arts and Crafts movement, started in the United States between 1900 and 1930. Recent revivals have reinvigorated the movement, and Craftsman kitchens are growing in popularity for their historic style and quality... Full Article

Early American Kitchens
Early American Kitchens

Early American Kitchens

Early American architecture includes the Colonial, Georgian, and Federal styles of about 1640 to 1840. Early American kitchens compliment those architectural styles with straight lines and uncomplicated designs... Full Article

European Kitchen Cabinets
European Kitchen Cabinets

European Kitchen Cabinets

European kitchen design involves contemporary styling and industrial looks. European kitchen cabinet styles tend to be minimalistic and highly functional. The cabinetry often includes accessories designed for efficient use of space, as many European kitchens are more condensed than their American counterparts... Full Article

French Country Kitchens
French Country Kitchens

French Country Kitchens

French country kitchens portray the beauty and character of rural France. With natural materials and earth tones foremost in the color palette, a country French kitchen design creates the perfect space for comfortable living and authentic cooking... Full Article

Gourmet Kitchen Design
Gourmet Kitchen Design

Gourmet Kitchen Design

Gourmet kitchens are luxury environments that are made for cooking. Professional appliances, a large working island, and secondary sinks are arranged to create a true gourmet kitchen design... Full Article

Italian Kitchen Design
Italian Kitchen Design

Italian Kitchen Design

Nothing captures the cozy feelings of family and food like a warm Italian kitchen design. With the rich colors and textures of the old country, Italian kitchens make an inviting environment for both cooking and conversation... Full Article

Log Home Kitchens
Log Home Kitchens

Log Home Kitchens

The best log home kitchens combine the beauty and artistry of wood with the utility of metal and stone. Truly an integral part of the house, a log home kitchen bridges the gap between nature's untamed beauty and our desire for an incredible place to cook... Full Article

Luxury Kitchen Design
Luxury Kitchen Design

Luxury Kitchen Design

Today's expensive homes are only as luxurious as the kitchens they enclose. For the most valuable room in the house, a luxury kitchen design calls for extraordinary details along with the use of rich materials and colors... Full Article

Mexican Kitchen Design
Mexican Kitchen Design

Mexican Kitchen Design

Mexican kitchen cabinet styles are as bold and spicy as the cuisine and culture of Mexico. Hot colors, adobe style influences, and a welcoming cooking environment are essential to achieving an authentic Mexican kitchen design... Full Article

Mission Style Kitchen Cabinets
Mission Style Kitchens

Mission Style Kitchens

Mission kitchen cabinet styles are marked by simple, clean lines and durable construction. The term "Mission" can refer to a number of different historic styles, but most people equate it with the Craftsman style... Full Article

Modern Kitchen Designs
Modern Kitchen Designs

Modern Kitchen Designs

Modern kitchen cabinet styles feature flat surfaces, geometric forms, and minimal ornamentation. While wood veneer and stone are occasionally used, materials in modern kitchens are more often man-made, including plastic, metal, concrete, and glass... Full Article

Old World Kitchen Designs
Old World Kitchen Designs

Old World Kitchen Designs

Old World kitchen designs borrow from the vast array of styles from European history prior to the year 1600. Period materials such as stone, brick, iron, and hammered copper bring a sense of weight and history to Old World kitchens... Full Article

Retro Kitchen Designs
Retro Kitchen Designs

Retro Kitchen Designs

Retro kitchen designs are made to revive the nostalgic fashions of the past. Retro kitchen appliances, old-fashioned telephones, classic memorabilia, and even retro futuristic designs can be used to complete the picture of today's creative retro kitchens... Full Article

Rustic Kitchens
Rustic Kitchen Designs

Rustic Kitchen Designs

The beauty of rustic kitchens is not limited to mountain cabins. Taking different forms in various regions of rural America, rustic kitchen design embraces the country lifestyle with hearty construction, warm colors, and real wood with plenty of character... Full Article

Shaker Kitchen Cabinets
Shaker Kitchen Cabinets

Shaker Kitchen Cabinets

The Shaker style pre-dates the Arts & Crafts style by more than 50 years. A popular option in today's kitchen remodels, Shaker kitchen cabinets resemble the Arts & Crafts / Craftsman styles that feature minimal ornamention and clean lines... Full Article

Traditional Kitchen Design
Traditional Kitchen Cabinets

Traditional Kitchen Design

Traditional kitchen cabinet styles include a variety of historic designs from European and American architecture over the past three centuries. With an elegant and formal appearance, traditional kitchen design often features detailed molding, rich wood cabinetry, and period styling... Full Article

Transitional Kitchens
Transitional Kitchens

Transitional Kitchens

Transitional kitchens combine both contemporary and traditional design features to create an updated look. Not too modern, and not too old-fashioned, the transitional kitchen is for those who want their style "just right"... Full Article

Tuscan Kitchen Design
Tuscan Kitchen Design

Tuscan Kitchen Design

Tuscan kitchen design derives its look from Tuscany, a region in Central Italy known for its beautiful land, cultural legacy, and culinary tradition. Tuscan kitchen designs have become increasingly popular as people come to enjoy the comfortable warmth and historic beauty of a Tuscany kitchen... Full Article

Unique Kitchen Designs
Unique Kitchen Designs

Unique Kitchen Designs

Unique kitchen cabinet styles involve distinctive elements that make these kitchens one-of-a-kind. Unique kitchen designs ultimately follow the tastes of the homeowner, from Nautical to Impressionistic, Victorian to Steampunk (shown)... Full Article

Victorian Kitchens
Victorian Kitchens

Victorian Kitchens

Victorian kitchen design draws its influence from the ornate furniture styles named for Queen Victoria of England who reigned from 1837 to 1901. Victorian kitchens are graceful and elegant with elaborate carvings and gothic ornamentation... Full Article

Vintage Kitchens
Vintage Kitchens

Vintage Kitchens

Vintage kitchens are authentic renovations of kitchens from an earlier era. Vintage kitchen appliances, old-fashioned telephones, and period décor come together to accurately restore the vintage kitchens of the past... Full Article

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