When it comes to modern and sleek cabinetry, there's nothing quite like the European style. Contemporary and chic, European cabinetry can easily transform any kitchen into a high-end space. But what exactly is European cabinetry? And how can you infuse it into your own home here in Tampa Bay?
Miriam Johnson, the Cabinet Chic shares how to infuse European style into your space.
High Style: European Cabinetry
European-style cabinetry (often referred to as “Euro-style”) is characterized by a sleek, frameless design. Different from American cabinet design, European cabinets do not feature rails or stiles, which can interfere with access to the interior. This choice allows for more storage space inside the cabinetry, making them a popular choice for small bathrooms or kitchens.
This style of cabinetry is all about clean lines and minimal (if any) hardware. The focus is on the quality of the materials and construction, rather than on ornate details. This results in a sleek and modern look that is perfect for contemporary homes.
Amazing Advantages of Euro Style Cabinets
The advantage of incorporating European-style kitchen cabinets into your space is their overall ease of use. Plus, they look amazing too! Their clean, modern style is timeless and looks gorgeous even years after installation.
If you're interested in infusing European style into your custom cabinetry, there are a few things to keep in mind.
- Opt for high-quality and durable materials
- Choose simplicity over ornamentation.
- Consider neutral or wood tones over bright colors
European-style kitchen cabinetry focuses on straight edges and linear forms.
Are European Style Cabinets Right for My Space?
If you are considering European kitchen cabinetry, your overall kitchen aesthetic is likely more contemporary and modern. This opens up a wide range of options when it comes to materials and colors, but a few popular choices stand out.
Bright and bold colors work well in modern kitchens, and in terms of hardware, most European kitchen cabinets feature fairly sleek, understated hardware in simple metal finishes and designs if they have hardware at all.
And they aren’t just great for the kitchen either. European cabinets can modernize the bathroom, laundry room, or home office. There are truly no limits when designing your custom cabinetry, now that’s happiness built-in!
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Match Any Design Style
If you want to go sleek and modern in your kitchen, European cabinetry may be the way to go. They are more visually appealing and can be custom-made to match any design style, architectural detail, or vision.
We love European-style cabinets here at C & C Cabinets!
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Design Details: It’s All About the Drawers
European-style cabinets are sleek and uncluttered; expect storage options galore throughout. When using them in your home, we recommend opting for push-pull opens, including a toe-kick drawer. These drawers are usually installed below lower cabinets in a space that is rarely used.
Toe-kick drawers can store pan lids, baking sheets, and other thin items.
Another place to incorporate unique storage space is under the sink. Most kitchens have doors in this space, but if you switch it up by adding a drawer here instead, you can organize the space more easily. You can design a series of drawers or a sliding organizer that houses your daily items instead of a large open cabinet that hides your garbage bin.
Go Sleek: Hide Away the Essentials
To fully lean into the sleekness and luxuriousness of European-style cabinetry, you need to keep your kitchen free of common kitchen clutter. Keep your countertops clean, and install an “appliance garage” to hide small appliances like toasters and coffee machines in your sleek European cabinetry.
Plus, racks and hooks on the sides of your cabinet doors can hide utensils and spices, keeping everything within arm's reach without adding clutter or mess to your countertops.
Another thing to consider is having your cabinets designed to disguise large appliances behind cabinetry doors as well. You can have your microwave built into your cabinetry to keep it out of sight or install panel ready appliances so the clean lines of your cabinetry don’t get broken up as your eyes scan across the kitchen.
Stunning Storage: Centering the Space with an Island
Your sleek cabinetry doesn’t have to end at the kitchen island either. A custom kitchen island can become your main space to prep, work, store, and entertain!
European-style cabinets are perfect for kitchen islands as they aren’t bulky and have clean lines. Depending on the size of your island, you should be able to fit two sets of European cabinets under the countertop.
Maximum Storage and Style
Anywhere in your kitchen that you have space, make use of it! This is especially true if you have a small kitchen where space is limited. With a little creativity, you can use the small areas that normally go to waste, like installing organizers in the awkward gaps between your appliances and the cabinetry.
Of course, your appliances need power, but you may also want to plug in your phone or tablet when using a recipe. Instead of breaking up the clean lines of your backsplash, have the outlets installed in a drawer to create a functional charging station. You can also outfit your island with outlets so you can use it as a workspace.
Go Sleek & Modern
European cabinetry offers a sleek and elegant design, making them an excellent choice for modern or contemporary home styles. Our team of craftsmen is here to help you design the perfect contemporary cabinetry that fits your specific design style.
From stunning built-in cabinetry to custom millwork, C & C Cabinets can do it all! Schedule a design consultation with the Cabinet Chic, today for your Tampa area home!