Top 10 Custom Cabinet Designs for New Jersey Homeowners

Charcoal gray kitchen island with custom kitchen cabinet

If there’s a kitchen renovation in your future, you’ll want to keep the following custom cabinet design ideas front of mind. The best part is custom kitchen cabinets don’t have to be outlandish or overly expensive.

Whether you’re a homeowner or a contractor helping your clients, these 10 stunning projects are sure to get the creative juices flowing.

Why Kitchen Cabinet Design Is Important

The kitchen has a major influence on a home’s overall design style and mood. You can easily switch out interior design elements like paint, rugs, furniture and textiles, but a kitchen space requires heavy, detailed renovation and is often a much greater investment.

The kitchen layout, countertops, appliances and cabinets are a more permanent decision, so planning and forethought are required prior to embarking on a kitchen transformation.

Taking custom kitchen cabinet ideas and turning them into a full-blown, working kitchen can be an overwhelming process — but it doesn’t have to be. By arming yourself and your client with knowledge of the process and by working with the right partner, it’s possible to achieve a kitchen you’ll be proud to include in your portfolio and your client will love for years to come.

Custom kitchen cabinets with black and white combination, chrome appliances incorporated

Find Out How the Process of Creating and Designing Custom Cabinet Works

Creating a custom cabinet design is all about blending style and functionality. First, professionals recommend starting by focusing on the layout. Functionality should always win over any aesthetic design plans, but it’s possible to achieve a win-win project that achieves both.

Ensure Proper Heights

Make sure the upper and lower cabinets are at reachable lengths and can fit the capacity of all occupant’s dishes, pots and pans, pantry items and more. Layouts can invite, direct and restrict access to differing degrees such as keeping small children out from underfoot or from getting into lower cabinets that contain cleaning suppliers, sharp tools, etc.

Want an Island?

Figure out if a center island is desired, if shelves should match or if an island is overkill. Make sure the layout of the range or hood, if applicable, allows for proper ventilation. Cabinets will be built around appliances and extra amenities, so figuring out the location of each one in the kitchen is important.

Structural Safety

If the project is a renovation, you’ll need to assess how the new layout changes will affect the structural elements of the space. Structural integrity is of the utmost importance to keep occupants safe, so you’ll need to to ensure the home’s foundation is supported.

Homecrest Custom kitchen cabinet design

Electrical Updates

After structural elements are planned, be sure to note any necessary upgrades to the electrical wiring, light set-ups, gas and water lines. Utility updates are often where the bulk of expenses can really add up, so don’t forget to include utilities into the initial budget and check in on any updates to expenses often.

Pick the Aesthetics

Once the layout, structural elements and utilities are squared away, the fun can begin. This is where you can start picking out your design elements from hardware and backsplash to lighting fixtures and countertops to accents and custom cabinetry.

Planning custom kitchen cabinets can be done easily online with a variety of planning tools from large home design and home improvement retailers to smaller, more customer-centric building suppliers. Figure out what style, design and layout is wanted before even setting foot in a store.


Pricing is a huge component of considering custom kitchen cabinets. There are multiple ways to make sure you don’t overspend — focus on essential design elements, cut out extras like glazing or specialty storage features and forgo intricate woodworking if there are budget worries.

Always remember to factor in the cost of labor and round up budget predictions just in case of unforeseen installation issues, incremental additions to the project or extra supply needs come up.

White Custom kitchen cabinets with floating island and wall oven

How To Find the Best Kitchen Designs That Fit Needs and Preferences

In order to find the best designs that fit you or your client’s needs and preferences, effective communication is key. Options are almost endless when it comes to custom cabinets.

Talk with your cabinet partner about materials and the subcategory of each material (e.g. wood can be further categorized as red oak, hickory, cherry, etc.). Factors such as durability, longevity, size, appearance, cost, color and hardware should all be considered.

Where to Go for the Best Kitchen Cabinet Designs Ideas

Find a supplier that you trust and who has a wide array of options to choose from.

Builders’ General has a plethora of options for your next project. As a leading supplier of kitchen cabinetry in New Jersey, Builders’ General can help you create the space of your dreams with our wide product selection and customer support. Our products suit any taste and budget, with a variety of styles, colors and accessories. See all we have to offer here.

Custom designed upper kitchen cabinets with drawers

10 Custom Kitchen Cabinet Ideas for Inspiration

With brands like Homecrest, Starmark and more, Builders’ General has a wide selection of custom kitchen cabinetry brands sure to suit your next project. Here are our 10 favorite custom cabinet designs from some of our best-selling brands that are sure to impress.


Homecrest cabinets are designed to be accessible, priced to be attainable and constructed to be sustainable. For a limited time, Builders’ General customers can receive exclusive 25% off the most popular Homecrest door styles.

Custom kitchen build with Homecrest cabinets that create dark & rustic look.

With Homecrest, you can go dark & rustic to create an elegant, yet cozy kitchen.

Or, you can add an interesting pop of color, defining your unique style.

Or, for a more timeless and classic look, you can choose clean white cabinets.


StarMark Cabinetry is a leader in the custom kitchen cabinet market, and Builders’ General loves partnering with them. StarMark has a variety of kitchen cabinets and bath vanities to fit all spaces and styles. From traditional to transitional to contemporary, StarMark can help everyone create a space that’s stylish and functional.

Black and white custom designed kitchen with brass accents by Starmark

Black and brass, with white up top, is an underrated color scheme sure to wow guests. It’s eclectic and eye-catching without being too trendy.

Starmark kitchen designsCustom made kitchen created with Starmark paneled cabinets created to give the warm and inviting farmhouse feeling

Paneled cabinets help give a farmhouse-esque feel, and it creates a warm, inviting environment.


Fabuwood believes that your kitchen cabinets should help develop a sanctuary that offers a perfect balance of functionality and ambiance. They have a range of styles, materials and finishes, all available at Builders’ General. Fabuwood helps clients achieve a luxury kitchen at affordable prices, without compromising on comfort, quality or efficiency.

White cabinets with stainless steel accents is a gorgeous combo that never fails to please.

Gray cabinets with chrome accents and white marble countertops are a unique and stunning combination we can’t get enough of.

Builders’ General Cabinetry Partners

Have a manufacturer in mind? Builders’ General probably carries it. With partnerships like Homecrest, Fabuwood, Starmark, Mantra, Craft-Maid, Decora, Diamond, Signature Custom Cabinetry, Tedd Wood, Wolf and more, any cabinet you can dream up, we can help you build it.

Builder’s General is here to help you through the process of designing your own custom kitchen. We have all the materials you need and are ready to assist you in making the process efficient and easy as we help you build the kitchen of your dreams.

We have kitchen design experts on staff, and can schedule a complimentary one-on-one appointment to begin your project, no obligation.

Visit Builders’ General webpage for more information or visit one of our locations to get started today.