Traditional kitchens with their Shaker cabinets and ornate pulls will always hold a special place in our hearts. And don't get us wrong—we love an open-shelving moment. But these modern kitchen cabinet ideas—which are clean, streamlined, and entirely unencumbered—will give any space a fresh and orderly appeal.
The kitchen of this 1840's townhouse in Low Manhattan has custom cabinetry painted in Benjamin Moore’s Kendall Charcoal. The counter is Inca Gray basalt, and the sink fittings are by Perrin & Rowe.
In the kitchen of this renovated spec home, natural light complements the custom cerused oak kitchen cabinetry with custom brass detailing. Circular pendant lights from Lambert & Fils provide contrast and bring out streaks of black in the marble countertops and backsplash from Marble America in New Rochelle, New York. The stools were sourced from CB2, and the appliances, Wolf.
In this Tribeca loft, the separate open kitchen with its rich wood custom cabinetry was designed to support a large family, complete with a custom banquet by Nancy Nienberg + Joel Dean.
In the Mexican hill town of San Miguel de Allende, a kitchen makes use of a variety of modern cabinet ideas. On one wall, stainless drawers match the cooktop and ovens. On the other, white paneled cabinets add a farmhouse appeal. The island is encased in wood that was charred on-site and topped with Carrara marble, and the backsplash is local granite with a leather finish. The 1970s stools are Italian.
In this Lower East Side condo, the dining area and kitchen connect and lead out to the balcony, so doing the cooking area in one finish would have overpowered the room. So, paired a black marble blacksplash with a white marble island. Black stools and black glossy cabinets with white throw pillows as accents break things up.
On an idyllic Aegean island, the kitchen’s custom island is in stainless steel, the sinks and fittings are by Marcel Wanders for Boffi, and the wall cabinets, counters, and backsplash are in Carrara marble.
In an unconventional pool house, the kitchen island is topped with custom-painted white ash; the sink is by Julien, and the fittings are by KWC.
In a modern bachelor pad, the kitchen island is stainless steel and walnut, the sink is by Julien, the fittings are by Dornbracht, and the stool is by BDDW; the refrigerator and range are by Thermador, and the cabinetry is lacquered in a Ralph Lauren paint.
In a family-friendly New York apartment, the kitchen's range and microwave are by Wolf, the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero, the custom hood is by Vent-a-Hood, and the countertop is Calacatta Gold marble; Hans Wegner chairs, purchased at auction, flank a table by Eero Saarinen from Design Within Reach, and the vintage pendant light is by Max Ingrand for FontanaArte.
In a minimal Mexican home, the kitchen cabinetry, vent hood, and table are by Boffi, the countertop is Caesarstone, the sink fittings are by Dornbracht, the range is by Wolf, and the ovens are by Miele.
In a London townhouse, the kitchen cabinetry by Plain English is painted in Pure Grey 6 by Papers and Paints, the 1955 pendant lights are by Serge Mouille, the wall tiles are by Neisha Crosland, and the floor is made of three types of limestone.
In a playful NYC apartment, the kitchen cabinetry is by Bulthaup, the countertop and sink are Corian, the fittings are by Vola, and the oven and cooktop are by Gaggenau; the light fixture is by Bega, and the floor is terrazzo.
In the kitchen of Emmy Rossum's Manhattan apartment, the range and hood are by , the cabinets are by , the antique runner is from and the photograph is by .
In a Palm Beach home, an artwork by hangs on the sliding wall of bleached mahogany that separates the kitchen from the dining area.
In a Monaco home, the kitchen table and chairs are by Jeanneret; the oven, cooktop, and hood are by .
In a Tuscan home, the kitchen's stainless steel sink is a prototype of the one Lissoni designed for Boffi's Aprile collection, and the countertops are melamine.
In a San Francisco loft, the kitchen’s cabinetry is by , the countertops are , the faucet is by , the stools are by and the wall sculpture is by .
In a Gramercy Park apartment, the kitchen’s range is by , the sink and fittings are by , the cabinetry is by and the barstool is by .
In a Brooklyn townhouse, the kitchen counters are Calacatta Gold marble, the backsplash tile is by , the range is by , the stools are from and the light fixture is by .
In the kitchen of a ranch house in upstate New York, a root table found at an upstate New York auction was fitted with a glass top, the chairs are covered in a vintage Larsen fabric, the ceiling incorporates beams from a 19th-century Pennsylvania barn and the lights are by . The cabinetry and countertops are by , the refrigerator is by , the oven is by , the sink fittings are by , the flooring is Cuban cement tile and the walls are painted in .
In John Robshaw's Connecticut home, the kitchen’s settee is by Richard Wrightman, the sinkfittings are by , the ceiling lights are by , the countertops are marble, and the custom dhurrie is by John Robshaw; the walls are painted in Rose Quartz and the cabinetry in Starry Night, both by Benjamin Moore.
In Steven Gambrel's Chicago apartment, the sink fittings in the butler’s pantry are by , the counter is in Indigo Green marble, and the antique mirror is from ; the cabinetry was painted in a custom high-gloss lacquer matched to ’s Mallard Green.
In an NYC apartment, the kitchen’s custom island is topped with brushed stainless steel, the range is by , the Saarinen table and chairs are from , and the Dandelion chandeliers by Tony Duquette are from ; the Roman shade is of a China Seas fabric with velvet trim from , and the floor tiles are by .