European Kitchen Cabinets

Browse helpful info on European kitchen cabinets, and get ready to add a sleek, modern design to your kitchen.

Contemporary Kitchen With Khaki Colored Backsplash

Contemporary Kitchen With Khaki Colored Backsplash

Light brown tones dominate this contemporary kitchen for a cohesive, streamlined look. Frosted glass cabinets and gold pendant lights break up the monochromatic space.

By: Sean McEvoy

European kitchen cabinets are generally defined by a sleeker, more contemporary look than their American counterparts. One of the chief facets of European kitchen cabinet design is that they generally do not feature a frame, which is a trademark of American cabinets. This frameless design allows for a "seamless" look, which disguises the entire frame of the cabinet.

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Classic Contemporary

This wide-open kitchen offers plenty of room for dining and entertaining, and the mix of natural and man-made materials embodies the best of contemporary style. Design by Alan Tanksley; photography by William Abranowicz

From: Alan Tanksley

Unconventional Lighting

In this New York kitchen, designer Andrew Suvalsky showcases a modern Louis Poulsen pendant lamp re-plated in polished nickel. Photography by Seth Boyd

Multipurpose Living

With two separate islands, there is plenty of space for storage, prep and on-the-go dining. The Electrolux Hood suspended over the range adds sculptural flair. Design by Stephanie Maheu; photography by Adam Frehm

Tone-on-Tone Color Palette

Toronto-based designer Frankie Castro created a natural look in this contemporary kitchen with earth-toned tiles and a tree branch chandelier. Photography by Celebration Studios

Entertain With Ease

This kitchen by Linda McDougald Design and Postcard from Paris opens right onto a comfortable great room, allowing for easy living and causal entertaining. Photography by Rachael Boling

Artful Details

A glass penny-tile backsplash adds pop-art punch. Because the colors are all neutral, the homeowner, a floral designer, can add flowers and accessories without making the space feel chaotic. Design by Lindsay Schultz; photography by Kelly Moss

Nature-Inspired Textures

Designer Andrew Howard chose reclaimed tiles and elmwood cabinetry for the unique look of this kitchen. Photography by Jessie Preza

Another advantage of European kitchen cabinets is their overall ease of use. In contrast to American cabinet design, European cabinets do not feature rails or stiles, which can interfere with access to the interior.

If you're considering European kitchen cabinets, it's likely that your overall kitchen design is more contemporary or modern. In terms of materials and colors, this opens up a wide range of options, with a few popular choices standing out.

Laminate is frequently used for European kitchen cabinets. This lightweight material was once considered somewhat flimsy, but new manufacturing techniques have made it much stronger and more durable. It's available in a wide range of colors, including the bright, bold hues that can work well in modern kitchens.

In terms of hardware, most European kitchen cabinets feature fairly sleek, understated hardware, often in simple metal designs.

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