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