Kitchen cabinetry is the focal point of any kitchen and one of the most expensive items in the room. The style, finish, and hardware you choose are all determined by the design style of your kitchen.
Rustic kitchen cabinets
If a farmhouse, rustic or simple country kitchen is your preferred design style, you will want to choose cabinets that reflect that decor. The features of rustic kitchen cabinets include:
- A rough and distressed finish. Paint may appear to be peeling, edges are scuffed and grooves are darkened with age.
- Hardware is simple in design with a rusted, oil rubbed or matte finish. Shiny finishes are never used. Vintage pulls are always a lucky find.
- Many rustic kitchens use open shelving in place of upper cabinets to give the kitchen a vintage look. These shelves can be used to display jars full of dry goods, pretty cups, and saucers, crystal, cooking spices, etc.
- Door inserts are often made from recycled barn wood with the original paint or finish left intact.
- Coordinating countertops and backsplash areas use old fashioned white porcelain tiles to maintain the rustic appearance of the kitchen.
- Use additional cabinetry to create a hutch for the adjoining breakfast room or dining area.
Painted kitchen cabinets
Painted kitchen cabinets can be used in a rustic, country, French country, cottage or farmhouse style kitchen.
- White painted cabinets brighten up a cottage kitchen. Nickel hardware and a simple door design add to the overall country kitchen feel. For added detail, beadboard can be inserted into the center of the doors and given a distressed finish. Fancy corbels add even more interest to the tops of cabinets and, with the addition of a shelf connecting the corbels, provides additional display and storage space.
- Cabinetry painted a fun color such as barn red or muted blue adds a touch of Americana to a country kitchen. Keep these colors muddy and muted to avoid being overwhelmed by the bright colors. Depending on your own personal taste, hardware can be simple metal knobs and pulls or unique pieces that depict kitchen items such as fork, spoon and knife drawer pulls or whimsical farm animal designs.
- Gray is a very popular color in decorating right now and gray painted kitchen cabinets are the perfect color for painted cabinets in a rustic country kitchen. Add glaze and use distressing techniques to avoid a “battleship” look. Warm it up with beautiful hardware with satin nickel or bronze finish. A simple shaker style door front or an added beadboard insert will also warm the gray color.
French country kitchen cabinets
French country kitchen cabinets feature warm wood tones that may be distressed to show signs of age. Door fronts can be embellished with beveled molding with a slight arch at the top for a bit of French flair. Hardware can be wrought iron pieces, rusted metal or oil rubbed bronze, again with an aged patina.
Details can be added to all country style kitchen cabinets that add a custom look and create convenient storage for all your kitchen needs. These might include:
- Beveled molding
- Custom hardware that is available in a wide range of designs including grape clusters, vine and leaf motifs, floral patterns or designs that reflect a special hobby such as sailing, golf, tennis or hunting. These items allow you to really personalize your country kitchen.
- Glassdoor fronts that break up a long row of cabinetry, reflect light and provide additional storage and display space for dishes, crystal, and kitchen collectables.
- Special finishes such as glazing, striping and other techniques that add character and dimension to cabinet doors.
- Interior details such as a lazy Susan for easy access to spices and oils; special pull out drawers that utilize the often wasted space in the back of cabinets; corner units; customized drawers for utensils and knives; adjustable shelves; hooks for cups; wine glass inserts etc., etc.
- A bookshelf rack placed on the side of cabinets for easy storage and access to cookbooks.
- Built-in wine racks and bottle storage
- Under counter lighting
And don’t forget the backsplash when it comes time to design your country kitchen. You can carry the countertop material up to the wall for a smooth transition or you can create a unique backsplash out of a different material. For example, tumbled marble tiles add a rustic look to a French country or Italian country kitchen while a smooth porcelain tile is pretty in a cottage or farmhouse kitchen.
It is possible to turn a functional and utilitarian space such as a kitchen or bath into a warm and inviting space through the selection of appropriate finishes for your kitchen cabinets and hardware.