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Glass Kitchen Cabinets Are Like Open Shelving, Without the Dust

Six spaces where they’re clearly the best choice.

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A lot goes into picking the right cupboard fronts. You want something that suits your style as well as your practical needs; something that walks the fine line between form and function. Might we suggest glass kitchen cabinets? Somewhere between open shelving and closed-door cubbies, they let you put your favorite plates and glassware on display without racking up dust. After all, you didn’t spend months tracking down the perfect set of vintage enamelware for it to sit hidden away. 

Turns out, the design is also an incredibly versatile one: These six spaces prove just how much flexibility it provides, beyond simply modern farmhouse

For a Modern Moment

modern green kitchen with bar stools
Courtesy of Naked Kitchens

Take a cue from Naked Kitchens and cover your uppers in textured glass, along with a mod circular hook to slide them open. The lack of bells and whistles keeps it feeling sleek; emerald green paint is basically the only splashy statement you need anyway. 

For a Traditional Touch 

cream colored glass front kitchen cabinets and red rug
Photo by Aaron Bengochea

You can’t go wrong with Shaker-style cupboards—particularly when they double as an entertaining station. Photographer Sunny Shokrae wanted something pared back for her Brooklyn kitchen (to offset the bold blues and reds that pepper the rest of the townhouse) and chose an off-white hue to complement the panes. 

For a Mixed Medium 

forest green kitchen cabinets marble counters
Photography by Travis J; Design by Studio McGee

Break up the monotony of regular fronts with a line of glass kitchen cabinets up top, as seen in this Shea McGee–designed space. It’s a great way to tiptoe into the look and give your home some visual intrigue. Keep your valuable heirlooms safely stored in the top rack, where they can be admired from afar but won’t be at arm’s reach for prying little hands. 

For a Color-Blocked Corner

pink glass front kitchen cabinet against green tile backsplash
Courtesy of deVOL Kitchens

Why not use your storage as a way to bring a pop of color to your home? We love DeVol Kitchens’s combo of berry and green, and it got us thinking about other palettes to try. Rust and cobalt? Apricot and olive? The possibilities are endless and the risk is low when all you need is a pot of paint to revamp the cupboards. 

For a Peek of Plates

teal kitchen cabinets copper backsplash
Photography by Richard Powers

We all have favorites; display yours judiciously. That’s the thinking behind this teal room from Commune Design, where we can only assume closed doors hide a jumble of appliances and mismatched dishes, while the clear side shows off the chicest bowls and stemware from the homeowner’s collection. 

For a Rustic Retreat

rustic kitchen white cabinets wood counters
Photography by Zio and Sons

Anthony D’Argenzio snapped a shot of this little butler’s pantry, and it has all the makings of a charming nook: Butcher block counters? Check. Zellige tile backsplash? Check. Simple white cabinets that highlight a medley of vintage cookware and copper pots? Check, check, check. It may be a tiny area, but it packs a big punch. 

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Elly Leavitt

Writer and Editor

Elly enjoys covering anything from travel to funky design (tubular furniture, anyone?) to the latest cultural trend. Her dream apartment would exist on the Upper West Side and include a plethora of mismatched antique chairs, ceramic vessels, and floor-to-ceiling bookcases—essential to her goal of becoming a poor man’s Nora Ephron. You can probably find her in line at Trader Joe’s. You will never find her at SoulCycle.