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Many a beautiful kitchen have been built on a foundation of pretty normal, neutral cabinetry. But if you ever have the opportunity to renovate a kitchen from scratch and add in something really spectacular in the realm of cabinetry, it's like a shortcut to great style.

Above, a cool, oversized-pegboard-style upper cabinet area in this tall Amsterdam schoolhouse-turned apartment, from Dwell.

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Raw wood bottoms and glass-fronted uppers in this kitchen from Blakes London. The best detail, though, is the subway tile that lines the cabinets.

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This hospitality concept in Berlin mixes and matches wood finishes in the room's kitchenette, as seen on We Heart.

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The upper cabinets in this Copenhagen bachelor pad from Bolig magazine are actually display cases.

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The molded, flat-front black cabinets in this Sydney home from designer Greg Natale are simple and show-stopping all at once.

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Two of the drawers in this space from Sustainable Kitchens are wood crates, perfect for storing produce.

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The cabinets in this London home on Dwell take a cue from Swiss cheese, with a splatter of finger holes that offer both beauty and function.

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This kitchen from Elle Decor, via The Kitchn, has no cabinets, actually. Just a series of stainless steel industrial carts dressed with custom-made wood "drawers."

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And finally, another cabinet-free, restaurant-style kitchen, this time from designer Antonio Martins.