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Blue kitchen cabinets have been on-trend for years, and it’s no surprise why. Blue ushers in feelings of calmness and serenity, making it a natural pick for a main gathering space. While white, cream, black, and other traditional neutrals continue to be popular, blue kitchen cabinets are just as versatile. Navy can read both simplistic and modern, while brighter hues can add a pop of color. These kitchens appeal to many aeshetics and show off the staying power of blue.


Bold and Sleek

Design by Limonata Creative; Photography by Kate Grewal

While Shaker-style cabinets have been the go-to for years, beaded cabinets are an updated take on the traditional farmhouse classic. Designers Nate Bachmann and Guilietta Pinna of Limonata Creative updated this 1910 Baltimore home with an homage to its roots. Semihandmade SSS Night Sky Beaded fronts pair with rustic floating shelves, Etsy hardware, Kitchenaid appliances, and vintage art and ceramics. 

Pretty in Pastel

Design and Photography by Mallory Fletchall

Mallory Fletchall of Reserve Home remodeled her Brooklyn rental in just three weeks. With “absolutely zero renovation experience,” she and her husband, David, crafted a budget-friendly plan. “When we first came to see the apartment, we loved every detail except for the kitchen,” she explains. “It was dark and incredibly outdated.” There were green laminate countertops, 90s-era details, and a matching backsplash that needed to go. Semihandmade’s Supermatte Slab fonts in Agave, a powder blue tone, complement faux marble DIYed countertops. “We started with what was definitely going in, and let the design unfold from there,” she says. “Everything was really designed around that agave color, which is really the only colorful hue in the space.” 



Design by Velinda Hellen; Photography by Sara Tramp

Designer Velinda Hellen was planning to start demolition on an extensive kitchen, dining, and living room renovation one week before the pandemic began. The build for Los Angeles couple, Mer and Olly, would have to be colorful, full of storage, and all done on a budget. It was finally completed last September. 

“They actually referenced boho style, Mediterranean, Scandi minimalism, English pub, and traditional farmhouse,” says the designer. “I had to figure out how to blend all of these styles in a way that felt cohesive.” She used Semihandmade DIY Shaker fronts painted in Sherwin Williams’s Riverways as a nod to Olly’s English heritage, Caesarstone countertops, Fireclay tile, and floating shelves. 



Design by Brown County Barn Burner; Photography by Ash & Co Creative

Sherwin Williams’s Rainstorm was the perfect choice for this Nashville, Indiana, rental. The owners, a husband-and-wife team, designed four rentals on a single wooded property, which also includes flexible-use events space. In this unit, custom MDF floating shelves, subway tile, and butcher block countertops allow the bright blue paint and Semihandmade DIY Shaker fronts to be the star.

Light and Airy

Design by Midwest Eclectic; Photography by Allison Moore Photography

Designer Jennifer Farley of Midwest Eclectic got the opportunity to preserve a piece of the past when she revamped a Tudor-style home in Wichita’s College Hill neighborhood. “The house was most likely built around 1930, but we don’t have any documents. We just had to go off of the general history of the neighborhood,” she says.

The kitchen, which hadn’t been touched in 50 years, had mental boxes, vinyl flooring, and little storage. Semihandamde’s SSS Agave Beaded fronts add a much-needed dose of color, while vintage-inspired lighting and historic-style flooring complete the look. 


Light and Dark

Design and Photography by Rosy Alexander

Designer Rosy Alexander merged sleek and cozy elements for a Scandinavian feel in this Raleigh kitchen. Plenty of natural light, oak shelvings, and rich blue cabinets, Semihandamde’s quarterline fronts in Night Sky, are the perfect blend of light and dark. Plus, the layout provides plenty of room for cooking and entertaining, resulting in a design that is “equal parts safe and equal parts bold,” she says.

Island Living

Design by The Brownstone Boys; Photography by Nick Glimenakis

While brownstones are beautiful, they often require a lot of work to transform the historic homes into functional spaces for modern-day families. One couple hired The Brownstone Boys to overhaul their 1890 brownstone in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. 

In terms of aesthetic, they leaned dark swapping the original wooden cabinetry for Semihandmade’s Supermatte Night Sky Shaker fronts to bring a touch of the Hawaiian islands to the Brooklyn home. (The couple got engaged, and later married, in Hawaii). The room also features SSS Quarterline fronts in white, creating a trendy two-tone look that brings even more drama. 

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