Nobody wants a boring, outdated kitchen. And, certainly not shabby, forgettable kitchen cabinets. Do you hate your kitchen cabinets? Don’t worry. It’s time for the perfect cabinet makeover. Instead of ripping out the old and buying new ones, it’s better and cheaper to update the ones you have. Fortunately, if you know how to update kitchen cabinets, you can easily transform the entire kitchen and that too at fraction of the cost of a major renovation. Know how to make your kitchen cabinetry attractive, trendy, functional, and remarkable. And, if you don’t, we are there to help you.

This article gives you some interesting ways you can update kitchen cabinets to make a huge difference and set the perfect tone for the entire home. Whether you add trims and crown moldings or add a fresh coat of paint on your cabinets — you can remodel your kitchen on a planned budget. We are sure your kitchen will become the most favorite gathering place for your whole family. So, let’s begin the home improvement.

1. Cabinets Styled in Gold

Here’s a design that will make you want to change your kitchen cabinets to gold immediately! Instead of remodeling the entire cabinetry, make a drastic change in one of the cabinets. In this case, with gold. The metallic cabinet effortlessly becomes the most talked-about feature of your kitchen. It oozes style, class, and a uniqueness that is the perfect focal point of this space.

The rest of the kitchen has been purposely kept simple by installing a black tall storage unit with golden hardware. The black stools complement the marble and wood kitchen island. We love how the designer has put together this gold-and-black decor.

2. Minimalistic Cabinets

This is another cabinet design which has a strong black influence. However, the scale has been kept minimalistic with beige-colored knob-less upper cabinets. The lower cabinetry is jet-black with matching pulls. Even the countertop is simple and functional with a single sink. Notice how the golden accent lights beautifully complement this stylish kitchen.

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3. Moody Woody Cabinets

As much as we love a bright kitchen, we also love earthy, moody ones. A kitchen cabinet design which perfectly matches the rest of the house in color and material. The wooden cabinets lend a no-fuss, homey feel to the kitchen. This space features a black island with a matching marble benchtop. You can choose any island or benchtop materials as long as they break the monotony of wood in a pleasant way. 

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4. All White and Bright 

Here’s a secret to transforming your kitchen into a seamless design. Just above your ordinary cabinets, install interesting trims and crown moldings. And, paint them in the same color as the cabinets. These wall trims add extra personality to your kitchen — making it stylish.

Here, all-white cabinetry goes well with the nickel knobs and pulls. Even the silver on the integrated range hood, sink faucet and pendant lights above the white marble island have been chosen in the same material and sheen. We love this uniform and chic kitchen. The white decor is effortlessly making the place seem bigger and brighter.  

5. Scandinavian-inspired Cabinets

Looking for distinct cabinetry for your kitchen? Opt for the pleasantly stark Scandinavian-style kitchen cabinet design. A black-and-white kitchen is perfect for those who steer clear of the ordinary. Here, dark-hued knob-less cabinets, with steel pulls, nicely offset the white brick wall. They are installed in a linear manner to add length to the smallish kitchen. The steel accent lights, black-colored kitchen appliance, and even the rug add to the crisp charm of this area.

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6. Ivory Elegance

If elegance is what you are looking for, it’s time to take down your boring cabinets and opt for stylish ivory-colored wooden ones. This is a more expensive way to update kitchen cabinets but it’s going to be a worthwhile decision in the long run. A smart and lavish kitchen is a magnet for home-buyers. Remember to add an element of drama with quartz countertops and proper lighting. Install beautiful pendant and recessed lights. These lights will bounce off the countertops to make the place even brighter and roomier.

7. Contemporary and Expansive Cabinetry

Want to make your kitchen the focal point of your house? Opt for expansive cabinetry that’s easy on the eyes. Here, brown wooden kitchen cabinets occupy most of the kitchen space. Apart from storage, they lend an organized, smooth look to the kitchen. And, there’s an interesting twist to this kitchen. Nestled within this cabinetry are the integrated kitchen appliances and a wood-fired pizza oven! Yes, you read right — this design, we’re sure will resonate with those who do not shy away from experimenting in style.

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8. Sleek White Modernism

A no-frills yet creative cabinetry is perfect for those who prefer practicality and sleek modernism in their kitchen. DO NOT confuse simple with boring. Trendy cabinets with square nickel handles are anything but that. They are a beautiful and practical mix of glass and wood. We love how green indoor plants adorn the peek-a-boo glass cabinets. Right from the marble kitchen island to the wooden flooring and beams on the ceiling — this all-white, bright kitchen is inviting and full of warmth.

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9. Knob-less Pull-outs

Here’s another seamless design for your cabinetry. Pull-out cabinets have no knobs. They are installed in such a way that you can conveniently open the cabinet doors. Notice that the wood used on them perfectly matches the island. The designer has opted for a clean, unobtrusive look which we love. The no-curtain, no-grill window enhances this facet further.

10. Bold Color Block Kitchen Cabinets

Bored with your traditional kitchen? Pull-down those shabby cabinets and break your kitchen wall to show-off the new modern ones you install. Look at this design and you will understand what we are talking about. Keep it simple with a color palette of black and warm cedar. The tall wooden cabinets, the black kitchen appliances, futuristic chimney, and the white accent lights seem to lend a harmonic yet trendy style to the space. The only dash of color comes from the yellow stools. We like this uber-cool look.

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11. Under-cabinet Lighting

Kitchen cabinets with lighting

You don’t want to change the cabinetry you have, but yearn for a kitchen makeover? Here’s our secret mantra for owning a chic-looking kitchen without going through major remodeling. Install under-cabinet task lighting. They will add a new life to your existing cabinets and how!

The best part is they are fairly easy to retrofit beneath upper wall cabinets. You can either install wired lights or get peel and stick ones from your local home improvement store. Notice how the lights don’t just add an aesthetic value to the kitchen, they bathe the countertop in bright white light — a huge advantage for everything from dicing vegetables to reading recipes. Psst, psst, these dramatic accent lightings are great for a night light or for incorrigible midnight snackers. LED lights make for the most eco-friendly and cost-effective under-cabinet lighting. 

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12. Dual-toned Vibrancy

Which cabinets do you prefer — painted or stained? If you are on a remodeling budget, we suggest you go for painted cabinets. Also, doing the job yourself is more cost-effective. All you need are a few gallons of paint, sandpaper, cleaner — and you’re ready to begin. However, know that this process may be time-consuming. Paint your cabinet surfaces in dual-tones — a different color for the upper cabinets and another for the lower ones. The look is bound to be eye-catching yet simple. We love the subtle green-and-white painted cabinets. The light colors make the kitchen appear bigger and are easy on the eyes too.

Final Thoughts

You don’t have to live with your ugly cabinets anymore. Replacing the existing kitchen cabinets is the most viable option for radically updating kitchen cabinets. You can create an exciting new look for your kitchen if you know how. We hope, our ideas help you along the way. Installing newer, trendier cabinets is a worthy investment that increases the value of your home, as well as achieves the most authentic, complete transformation. So, what are you waiting for? Start making plans to update those outdated cabinets.

Read more: Get A Grip On Cabinet Knobs & Handles To Upgrade Your Kitchen

12 Interesting Ideas to Update Kitchen Cabinets in Your Home was last modified: May 24th, 2022 by Ramona Sinha
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Eileen Benson
Eileen Benson

I like how you said that knob-less pull-out cabinets can help achieve a look that’s unobtrusive and smoothly matches other parts of the kitchen. My home’s kitchen is pretty small, so I like the idea of getting new cabinets put in this month to optimize the space. Thanks for sharing this article and giving me some great design ideas to keep in mind as my husband and I look for a contractor to hire!

Randy Chorvack
Randy Chorvack

I like the idea of not having no knobs in your cabinetry. It’ll make the whole kitchen look sleek and modern. It’ll also be way harder for my 2-year-old to get into them and mess with the contents inside.

Angela Waterford
Angela Waterford

My twin brother pointed out to me that I need to have new kitchen cabinets installed in my house because the shelves have started to fall apart, and this is rather dangerous for my precious china collection. Thanks for the idea that I can go with black since it has a simple look that people often use if I’m going to have it painted. However, I think I should hire someone first to build some custom cabinets for my kitchen so that I can still preserve the look that my kitchen has.

Angela Waterford
Angela Waterford

My sister wants to have a contemporary look to her kitchen, and she’s planning to add wood cabinets once she’s had it remodeled. Thanks for the inspiration that an earthy design will perfectly match the rest of the house, and this might be something that she’ll like. I think she should hire someone to make the wood cabinets for her so she can make sure that she’s getting the result that she wants.

Angela Waterford
Angela Waterford

My cousin owns a kitchen that looks really dated because the cabinets are already starting to rot, so she wants to have her whole kitchen remodeled. Thanks for the idea that I can suggest to her to get cabinets with no knobs for a seamless look. I suppose she would need to have them custom-made since she has a circular kitchen, so I’ll tell her to hire someone to make them for her.

Zachary Tomlinson
Zachary Tomlinson

My dad has been planning to renovate our kitchen cabinets before my mom comes home from Tokyo and I’ve been looking for ways to help him. I find it interesting that knobless cabinets are now a thing! It’ll definitely look good on our minimalist kitchen setup. I bet my mom would love this once she arrives home later this year.

Shaylee Packer
Shaylee Packer

As you mentioned, the knob-less pull outs can allow for a seamless, clean design. My kitchen is fairly small, and I would like to do anything I can to make it appear larger. I will have to look into something like this, and see what it would look like in my home.