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: I'm sorry, but how cool is this oversized-pegboard-style upper cabinet area in this tall Amsterdam schoolhouse-turned apartment, from Dwell? We can see this evolving over time to be used exactly as you need. Just move around the begs, reposition the shelves, and off you go!
From Blakes London, this kitchen's raw wood bottoms and glass-fronted uppers are a unique combination of textures and styles. The best detail, though, is the subway tile that lines not the backsplash (no, no, that's slab marble), but rather the inside of the upper 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. We'd imagine anything that goes in these should you decide to copy the look would have to be tidy and good-looking, since everything is, well...on display.
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 look is also decidedly modern farmhouse-y.
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." The whole thing appears to be modular, and can move around as needed.
And finally, another cabinet-free, restaurant-style kitchen, this time from designer Antonio Martins.
Re-edited from a post that originally appeared 3.2.16. — AH