Shaker cabinetry has been a popular style for many years, and it’s no surprise why.
The simple, durable, and no-nonsense design works in a variety of kitchens, from traditional to minimalist and modern. But there’s another classic that’s quietly rising in popularity and will soon be the go-to for many renovations: the beaded kitchen cabinet.
With beadboard detailing on the front, this style is perfect for those who love the farmhouse look but with a modern twist. Typical beaded cabinets, once popular in rustic country kitchens, had fallen out of favor until recently. Thanks to interior designer Sarah Sherman Samuel, Semihandmade’s version is more streamlined and available in fresh colors from blush to desert grey and night sky. Curious to try beaded kitchen cabinets in your own home? These seven spaces are a major dose of inspiration.
Moody and Modern
Design: Sarah Sherman Samuel
Sherman Samuel’s old Palm Springs kitchen was one of the first to get the popular treatment in 2017. The designer turned her retro A-frame, which was once falling apart and in need of an extensive construction overhaul, into a beautiful desert retreat. Sherman Samuel opted for simple 2×6 white tile from Fireclay, a Homary faucet, budget-friendly IKEA countertops, plus bold Juniper SSS Beaded doors, and last but not least, Semihandmade floating shelves.
Cheerful and Colorful
Photography: Rowa Lee; Design: Ana Claudia Schultz
Designer Ana Claudia Schultz created a functional but memorable commercial kitchen for Sugarsuckle, a bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey. The owner aimed to transform the well-lit space, which doubles as a production facility and workshop with a communal table that seats up to 14, into something which sparked joy in all who visited. Modern brass hardware, Agave SSS Beaded doors, and a white geometric tiled backsplash make the 700-square-foot shop feel inviting.
Calm and Clean
Photography: Zan Passante; Design: Sarah Sherman Samuel
This once-dated Michigan home has been given new life. Client Eden Passante of Sugar and Charm turned to Sherman Samuel for her kitchen reno. The final result? A charming and modern layout that is equally functional as it is beautiful. The SSS Desert Grey Beaded kitchen cabinets created a calming feel against hardware from the designer’s collection with Park Studio La, and floating oak shelving.
Muted Mountain Views
Photography: Bethany Nauert; Design: Resident LA
The 1927 Los Angeles home of designer Lindsay Marcus of Resident LA got an impressive gut remodel with help from Spaulding Company contracting. She achieved the minimalist look by adding a picture window to capture the sweeping mountain views beyond her backyard. SSS Desert Grey Beaded cabinetry, sconces from Triple Seven Home, and a Cedar and Moss pendant finish off the muted look.
Bright and Blue
Photography: Kate Grewal; Design: Limonata Creative
Designers Nate Bachmann and Guilietta Pinna of Limonata Creative love renovating old homes, and this 1910 Baltimore home, which lacked central air but had good bones, turned out to be quite the intensive reno. The duo updated the century-old kitchen with IKEA cabinetry and dramatic SSS Beaded fronts in Night Sky, ceramic pulls from Etsy, and Kitchenaid appliances.
The Chic Rental
Photography: Lehua Noëlle Faulkner; Design: Homesmith LA
Homeowners Kira and Brett McCracken turned their Santa Ana, California, garage into a vacation rental with the help of designer Victoria Smith of Homesmith LA. They knew a practical (and hardwearing) kitchen was a must and opted for elevated vinyl flooring and quartz countertops for durability. The matte Semihandmade Night Sky SSS Beaded cabinets are bold, yet still neutral, and pair well against the neutral walls and mid-century hardware.
I personally still like the Shaker style over this. I never liked flat front cabinets. The colors a pretty though.