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.

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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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