Stainless steel in the kitchen has always been a popular choice in restaurants and industrial cook spaces for its durability. But unless you are chef Thomas Keller, it's not often that the culinary novices among us will opt for metal cabinets out of fear of messy fingerprints and the potential for dents. However, we're on a mission to inspire a change of heart in regard to this versatile material that is warp- and stain-resistant. Here are eight kitchens featuring stainless steel cabinets to set your heart aflutter.
1. Mix and Match
2. A Kitsch Kitchen
If you thought stainless steel kitchen cabinets would be expensive, then you are wrong as these metal door fronts can actually be bought straight from everyone's favorite Swedish company: IKEA. We think they look splendid paired with kitsch patterned wallpaper, helping to round out the kitchen's eclectic style.
3. Retro Inspired
These stainless steel cabinets are a retro lover's dream with their rounded edges, flush-mount doors, and functional hardware. The team over at Festen Architecture left the rest of the kitchen fairly minimal, ensuring that the cabinets would always be the star of the show.
4. Clean Living
5. A Moody Palette
6. Organic Values
The stainless steel kitchen cabinets in this Beijing cottage's cook space take on a whole new life and become an even bigger statement. Architect Christian Taeubert paired them with organic materials, rustic textures, and warm tones, which impart a modern twist on a bucolic space.
7. Shelf Appeal
If your style leans utilitarian, then stainless steel is the material for you. This setup features steel cabinets on the lower half of the kitchen and stainless steel open shelving on the upper half. Just throw in a practical stool for reaching those high shelves and presto — you've got yourself a functional yet stylish cook space.
8. A Contemporary Take
This beautiful design by the team over at Emerick Architects has the crisp look of a professional kitchen but has been softened with decorative touches — such as pendant lighting, open storage filled with culinary tchotchkes, fresh blooms, and large steel frame windows. It's open, airy, and full of natural light.