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Modern kitchen cabinets tend to fall flat—and not in the traditional sense. The thing that separates this style of cupboard from old-school Shaker or antique inspired is the unadorned doors. And while that is a defining characteristic, it doesn’t mean modern cabinets have to be simple wood or glossy white.

Our favorite takes on the look involve loads of color, ultra-functional configurations, and, yes, even really smart interior organizers, because what is an of-the-moment space if not one that actually serves your everyday needs? Ahead, we rounded up 13 examples of modern kitchen cabinets we love.

The Retro One

The biggest compliment Sight Unseen cofounder and editor in chief Jill Singer has ever received on her Long Island kitchen is that it gives off “elevated ’50s Hamptons” vibes. And it’s true, the small space packs a lot of nostalgia in with its baby blue millwork (it’s painted in Farrow & Ball’s Hazy) and Bauhaus-inspired sliding upper cabinet door. 

The Cozy Cabin One

Dark wood cabinets made sense for Karie Higgins’s Oregon home on the river—the rustic setting called for warmth. But to give the doors a Scandinavian-inspired edge, she opted for integrated pulls instead of traditional hardware. 

The Dramatic One

What’s more modern than flat-slab cabinet fronts than ones that are stained black? Interior designer Hillary Rielly, co-owner of Inform, ensured her charcoal-colored oak kitchen still felt light and bright by opening the space up to the living room, swapping uppers for open shelving, and keeping the skylights.

The Flintstones-esque One

So your doors are supersleek—the framing that holds them in place doesn’t have to be. Australian designer Tamsin Johnson surrounded hers in plaster. (Psst: Tadelakt and micro-cement are textured options that aren’t porous and don’t stain, so you can chop, slice, and dice away.)

The Graphic One

Imagine a feeling or place and let that mood inspire your cabinet design. Latham Thomas says she wanted her kitchen to “make you feel like you’re on vacation,” so she brought in tropical hits of pink and purple and arranged them in a color-blocked system. (Pro tip: If you’re not up for a DIY, HomeAdvisor makes it easy to find a subcontractor near you to tackle the project.)

The Two-Tone One

You don’t have to go with rainbow brights for your space to exude getaway vibes. Keep half of your cabinets natural wood and paint the rest in a dark hue (the hunter green in this small kitchen was inspired by the outdoors). 

The One That’s All About Hardware

Flat panels can look one-dimensional, so ditch dainty knobs and install extra-long pulls that (nearly) extend to the floor. A variety of wood such as ash absorbs tint with no trouble. 

The Groovy One

A little touch of texture doesn’t always equal traditional. Keep beaded doors feeling cool and collected by opting for quirky handles. Bonus: Oversize half-moon pulls tell guests exactly where the pantry is. 

The Family-Friendly One

Modern kitchen cabinets are ones that streamline your space from the inside out. Take it from designer Regan Baker’s San Francisco home: Hiding bulky kitchen tools and appliances in a Calacatta Oro marble–clad appliance garage offers the best of both worlds. You don’t have to stare at your ugly metal microwave or baking sheets when you’re not using them. 

The Double-Duty One

Do you know what’s really a step above the rest? When your cupboards double as a stairwell. These mint green ones look totally seamless because there’s no distracting hardware in sight (you push on the doors to open them). 

The Classic Contrast One, But With a Twist

A quintessential kitchen design move is to paint the uppers white and the lowers a darker hue, creating an illusion that the ceiling is taller than it really is. Put an updated spin on it by incorporating a third color into the mix. This red, white, and blue scheme is playful without feeling patriotic. 

The One That Makes You Look Twice

London designer Clare Gaskin’s kitchen cabinets only look like your typical contemporary ones, but she spiced up the white by lining the sides of the drawers with Farrow & Ball’s punchy Charlotte’s Locks, a nod to her husband’s favorite color, orange. 

The Solid Wood One

In an all-wood kitchen, spice up the millwork by going up and around the vent hood (see how it’s discreetly hidden in the middle-upper cabinet). No one can say this head-to-toe look is sterile.