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.
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.
This hospitality concept in Berlin mixes and matches wood finishes in the room's kitchenette, as seen on We Heart.
The upper cabinets in this Copenhagen bachelor pad from Bolig magazine are actually display cases.
The molded, flat-front black cabinets in this Sydney home from designer Greg Natale are simple and show-stopping all at once.
Two of the drawers in this space from Sustainable Kitchens are wood crates, perfect for storing produce.
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.
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."
And finally, another cabinet-free, restaurant-style kitchen, this time from designer Antonio Martins.
(Image credits: Standard Studio; Blakes London; We Heart; Iben & Niels Ahlberg; Greg Natale; Sustainable Kitchens; Jack Hobhouse; Elle Decor; Antonio Martins)