Kitchen Cabinet Design Inspiration

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As I continue to design our kitchen in preparation for a remodel next spring, I’m deciding on cabinets I’d like. I’m leaning heavily toward the British-style cabinets that look like individual pieces of furniture with feet.

Most cabinets you see hover above the floor with a kick plate like this:

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This is perfect in the right space, like the above. But in an antique house like ours, there are almost no closets, all furniture is freestanding (or teeny-tiny cabinets hidden behind walls), so kitchen cabinets that also look like furniture just seem natural. This is especially true given that we don’t have space for any upper cabinets! No matter what, this kitchen will have to be different than a modern American kitchen, so might as well embrace the freestanding look.

The biggest inspiration for me has been this kitchen from deVol:

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Just like ours, it has the antique beams, and limited upper cabinet space. Such pretty little feeties! Also like ours, it’s very crooked. This isn’t something I particularly aspire to – one of the main reasons for re-doing our kitchen is that the floor joists were never shored up when it was done twenty years ago, which has led to the floor sinking around the island, range and fridge. We have to take everything out and shore up and level the floor before we do anything else! As-is, we’re dealing with a structural time bomb…

Here’s another gorgeous kitchen with feet on the cabinets …


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And how about that stove? Beautiful.

The other thing that is nice about this look is that it fits very well with full height cabinets, like this one:


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We have space for two of these in our kitchen. Right now we have cabinets that are primitive style, with black crackle paint and faux antiquing. Not my jam. I’d like to make these cabinets consistent with the kitchen cabinets.

From DeVol, a lovely long run of cabinet with little feets…


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Another thing that will go beautifully with this style of cabinets is a freestanding island. Here’s a beautiful one styled in a more modern fashion (though I have to wonder if you can see the plumbing underneath?):

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What do you think?  Classic or passing fashion?  You may also notice that all of these have simple shaker fronts!  Clearly I lean toward that cabinet profile …

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