Classic Kitchen Cabinets

Learn about the different options for classic kitchen cabinets and discover the reasons why this versatile cabinet design works great in many styles of kitchens.

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By: Amy McEvoy

If you're planning a kitchen remodel and feeling torn between styles, or simply want a versatile kitchen space that allows you to mix and match different designs, classic kitchen cabinets may be a great option for you.

Kitchen Cabinet Inspirations

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Contemporary Kitchen with Glass Backsplash

Yellow Kitchen Cabinets and Stainless Steel

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John Colaneri

Green Transitional Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen

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Debe Robinson

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White Traditional Kitchen

Tuscan Style Kitchen

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Contemporary Kitchen with Green Granite

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White Country Kitchen

White Transitional Kitchen

Cream Color Country Style Kitchen

Kitchen with Gray Cabinetry

Modern Stainless Steel Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Subway Tile Backsplash

Kitchen with Pendant Lighting

Kitchen with Island and White Cabinets

Red Kitchen Cabinets

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Kim Alexandriuk

Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo Edward Addeo View original photo.

White Cabinet Kitchen with Stainless Steel Backsplash

Contemporary style kitchen

Stove Top and Backsplash with Blue Gray Cabinets

Black and White Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen Design

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Retro Yellow and Green Kitchen with White and Brown Cabinets

Peter Rymwid View original photo.

Modern Kitchen with Red Pendants

White Contemporary Style Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen with Antiqued Cabinets

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Large Kitchen with Island

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Denver Parade of Homes Courtesy of Denver Parade of Homes; Photo by Jeffrey Aron Photography View original photo.

Kitchen with Island Seating

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Brown Contemporary Kitchen

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Nomita Joshi Gupta

Rustic Kitchen Island

White Traditional Kitchen Cabinets

White transitional kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen

White Kitchen with Round Island

Island Seatinv in Blue Gray Kitchen

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Kitchen Island Seating

Blue Kitchen

Green traditional kitchen

Urban Oasis Kitchen

Kitchen with Ladder

Neutral Kitchen

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Mary Broerman

White Kitchen

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Gina Samarotto View original photo.

Creamy Kitchen Cabinets

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Ben Herzog

White Kitchen with Dining Table

White Kitchen with Wood Island

White Cottage Kitchen

White Cottage Kitchen Cabinetry

White Kitchen with Chandeliers

White traditional Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Red Hood

Kitchen with Blue Backsplash

Cottage Kitchen with Black Cabinets

White Glass Front cabinets

Blue Kitchen Cabinets

Blue Kitchen with Glass Countertops

Stainless kitchen with white cabinets

Black Cabinetry

Blue Kitchen Cabinets

Contemproary Kitchen with Large Table

Transitional Kitchen with Blue Cabinets

Pale Kitchen cabinets

Black Kitchen Cabinets

And

John Colaneri

Large Kitchen with Island

From

Cheri Wentworth

Orange Kitchen Cabinets

Pink Modern Kitchen

Kitchen with Stove and cabinets

Contemporary Kitchen

White Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Elaborate Display Cabinetry

Black Cabinets in Galley Kitchen

White Cabinets

Classic kitchen cabinets are the unpainted canvas of kitchen design. They are no-frills with minimal additional adornments, but they allow for other styles to combine effortlessly. They also let you express your design aesthetic and personality via an infinite number of accentuating accessories and additions.

When it comes to materials, classic kitchen cabinets are almost always constructed from wood. Since wood is the most traditional cabinet material, it suits the classic style particularly well. Similarly, the color palette for classic kitchen cabinets is generally white, cream or beige, allowing for maximum flexibility when it comes to accessories, hardware and other design flourishes.

A great advantage of classic kitchen cabinets is that they can go a long way toward improving a home's resale value because their somewhat "neutral" style will have a much better chance of appealing to a wide range of prospective buyers than will cabinets built in a specific design style.

Although classic kitchen cabinets are something of a "blank slate," there are many style adornments you can add to them that will significantly increase their visual appeal and personality. You might also want to consider featuring contrasting colors when choosing floors and countertops. For example, dark hardwoods for floors and grays or blacks for countertops can add a great one-two punch of color contrast and aesthetic appeal. Additionally, simple, classic details like crown molding or glass-front doors can also add visual appeal and interest to your classic kitchen cabinet design, creating a traditional but still vibrant and appealing kitchen design.

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