Kitchen Cabinets & Kitchen Design Ideas



Traditional Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Kraft Maid kitchne cabinets

KraftMaid Cabinetry--While Kraftmaid used to be known for rather standard USA looking wood cabinets, they now offer a large sleek euro kitchen line of cabinets. One of the largest cabinet makers in America. KraftMaid offers the widest selection available in built-to-order cabinetry, giving you the ability to personalize your kitchen with a custom look, without the custom price. This large website offers a cool feature:  As you see KraftMaid door styles, room ideas, storage solutions, etc.. that appeal to you, clicking on the KraftMaid scrapbook button will add these items to your planning scrapbook. Preview this scrapbook at any time to see what you've selected and to narrow your choices. When viewing your scrapbook you may click on the KraftMaid Scrapbook Remove button to remove items.
The selections you add to your scrapbook will remain for sixty (60) days. They suggest you print these at the end of each session and keep them with your magazine tear sheets, fabric swatches and other ideas you may collect during your research process. When you're ready to visit your kitchen design consultant, take your scrapbook. 

Wellborn kitchen cabinetsWellborn Forest Cabinets--located in Alabama, and dedicated to creating superior products at affordable prices. Wellborn Forest offers a variety of finishes, ranging from the light, natural appearance of wheat to the warm, richness of amber. Most Wellborn styles fall into the "traditional" category I think. Wellborn Forest also offers finishes that mimic antique, weathered, old-world finishes. These hand-wiped custom finishes offer a contrasting color over a base to accentuate the natural characteristics of wood. If you are seeking a bold statement in your kitchen or bath choose one of their thirteen Spice Collection finishes. These semi-opaque finishes are applied to hardwood, and then glazed to give a unique painted and weathered furniture look. This is a good place to start if you want a very custom look with different finish cabinets in the same room.

Custom cupboards kitchne cabinetsCustom Cupboards--Customized Cabinetry for kitchens, baths, offices, entertainment centers. The online door showroom is a small sampling of the custom door styles available from Custom Cupboards. You can contact them with your particular needs in cabinetry, or search for a dealer in your area. A new series is made from Lyptus®, a sustainable, renewable, high-yield hardwood, grown on South American plantations. Compared to similar woods, it hardness rating is greater than white oak, mahogany, jatoba, red oak, hard maple or beech. All their custom cabinetry includes maple dovetail drawers and great attention to detail.

Heritage Custom Kitchens --Top quality custom kitchen and bath designer and manufacturer. Click on the illustration, then have a good look around to see many fine examples of elegant custom and stock designs of kitchen cabinets.

Kitchen Cabinet Refacing--a different option to give your kitchen a new look at a low cost. What they do is put new classy doors on your old cabinet frames. It can make a huge difference and is a good choice for a new look if you are basically happy with the cabinet configuration.  Click Here to Request Information Now

Plain and fancy kitchen cabinetsPlain & Fancy Cabinetry--Makers of premium custom cabinetry, at a reasonable price. Founded in his garage by John Achey in 1968, plain and Fancy has grown into a major kitchen cabinet company. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, This Old House has just completed a showpiece project transforming a tired 1849 Greek Revival farmstead in Carlisle, Massachusetts into a modern home with historic depth. Plain & Fancy was a proud co-sponsor of the project, producing custom cabinetry for the kitchen, study, wet bar, laundry room and butler’s pantry.

Western Cabinets, Inc. is a manufacturer of nice looking wood kitchen cabinetry. It is difficult to tell from their website where to buy them.

Clive Christian Kitchen Cabinets
Clive Christian
makes handsome traditional 'fitted' kitchen cabinets of beautifully detailed wood, handmade in England. Click on Furniture, then Fitted Furniture, the photo gallery may give you some good kitchen design ideas.The 'where to buy' section gives showroom locations worldwide. 

Dura supreme wood kitchen cabinetsDura Supreme - offering excellence in handcrafted cabinetry in a variety of designs, styles and finishes. From Contemporary to Traditional or Country Rustic to Shaker, you'll find beautiful room and kitchens in their Idea Gallery, a handy Project Basics planning guide and a complete list of Dura Supreme showrooms near you. Alectra is custom-built cabinetry, so you can create rooms that match your sense of style. Choose from six beautiful woods: northern red oak, hard maple, cherry, northern knotty white pine, knotty alder and hickory, or the sleek, clean look of high-pressure laminates in a wide variety of colors or thermofoil. Custom-crafted, high-end cabinetry includes unique features like curved and decorative glass to create spectacular, one-of-a-kind rooms.

Holiday Kitchen Cabinets
Holiday Kitchens
---Mastercraft Industries is the home of Holiday Kitchens and Mastercraft Shutters (custom cabinet & interior shutter manufacturer) located in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Three Johnston brothers founded Mastercraft in 1946 as a result of the post-war building boom. Today they are one of the top 10 custom cabinet manufacturers in the country. The Holiday Finish is a high solids finish catalyzed varnish protective coating. This system is a recognized member of the "Super Finish" family that provides years of durable service. Each type of hardwood has its own unique personality. There are enough differences in color, grain and texture that you’re sure to find one wood, or several, to match your personal taste and decorating preferences for your cabinetry. The wood's description page has nice photos and info. You can locate a local dealer.

Direct Buy CLUB Discount Kitchen Cabinets offers a large selection of kitchen cabinets from 700 brand-name manufacturers and kitchen accessories such as sinks, appliances, and kitchen islands all at discount prices direct from the manufacturers. You can order in finishes including oak, cherry, maple, hickory and more. The top-quality, brand-name cabinetry is backed with the manufacturer’s warranty and delivered to you for wholesale pricing, plus shipping and handling.

Sophisticated Euro Style 'Fitted' Kitchen Cabinets

Russian Kitchen Design--Modern
Latini Russian Kitchens
--Very cool looking, sleek and contemporary kitchen designs. I am linking to a page with a lime green finish on the cabinets, very unusual. Nice, easy to navigate website. I like it totally. Homepage: Итальянские кухни и мебель Latini

Russian Kitchen, very modernKuhni Kitchens--Russia-- Both ultra modern and traditional wood kitchens. Bright yellow cabinets for instance. 

Komod Kitchens-  

AHOHC Russian Kitchens AHOHC Kitchens--More Russian kitchens, from the ultra modern to fake rustic old world wood look. Very interesting. Good photos. 

Кухня Трапеза Престиж 3000П - пластик--Russian home furnishings including contemporary, modern kitchens. 

Eurocomfort Kitchens--look for Модерн as it seems to mean Modern. An all flash site , but it loads fast and works well. Beautiful photography. Russia. 

Kuchen Planer--see how the Russians plan a kitchen. well, maybe not, a real slow loader and very confusing. 

Faraon Kitchen--Ultra Modern Faron-S --Another Russian kitchen company. Amazing how Russia has so many ultra modern kitchen companies and here in the U.S.A. we have almost none. 

Stayver Kitchens--Russia , ...check out the amazing colors the countertop material comes in. We use such more subdued colors in the USA. I find it hard to locate bright colors here. 

virs kitchens russian
VIRS Russian Kitchens--
very cool kitchen designs. Nice site, loads fast. They not only offer the sharp edged box-y modern kitchens, but also the curvy sleek look which I find more appealing.  

More VIRS Kitchen Cabinets Above Photos

Aster Cucine is the ideal target for people looking for a unique and luxurious design, where every detail fits perfectly. The US distributor of these beautifully crafted Italian kitchens is Urban Homes. Urban Homes offers "one-stop shopping" with in-house kitchen designers as well as experienced installation crews. They offer a wide variety of custom , semi-custom and European cabinetry as well as numerous countertop, flooring, appliance, light and hardware products.  You can get a free kitchen or bath quote.

Pedini Italian KitchensPedini Italian Kitchens has been producing kitchens since 1956 and was one of the first to develop the European modular kitchen concept. They provide essential design for the contemporary kitchen space. They offer several design lines. Every Pedini Kitchen includes an assembly instruction manual, and cleaning kit, and a guarantee that is valid for five years that covers all risks. Replacement parts in the exact kitchen cabinet colors are guaranteed for six years, altho most models remain in production for many, many years since they are so carefully designed. Pedini Kitchens have authorized dealers all over the world. Their website can lead you to one that services your area.  

Convenience and fine design for the young people’s kitchen Scavolini--The "Best Seller" kitchen from Italy. Scavolini was founded in Italy in 1961. It is the top Italian kitchen manufacturer withover 1000 Scavolini sales centers in Italy and 250 Scavolini stores in foreign countries.Scavolini exports Italian kitchens to over 50 countries worldwide.That is a lot of kitchen cabinets !! Noisy music website alert.  

Boffi, founded in 1934 near Milan, by brothers Dino, Pier Ugo and Paolo Boffi, chose to take a path of experimental design and advanced manufacturing. The specialty is kitchens and baths. They have a showroom on the west coast in L.A. and one in SoHo on the east coast. Check their website for international dealers and photos of some 'far-out' kitchen designs.

SCIC Ambienti Cucina , The huge Italian SCIC manufacturing plant can create your kitchen cabinets in 100's of finishes and combinations of materials. They not only manufacture extremely contemporary kitchens, they also make wood cabinets and kitchen cabinets in rather traditional patterns. Be sure to see the line they call "High Quality". Also click on the link called "Cheapness" , I think what they meant the link to say was something like "Specials" :o) Their website is flash heavy and may be slow but they have a lot of information. To see SCIC Ambienti cucina go to

Snaidero, Very sophisticated Italian kitchens are made by Snaidero, they have catalogs so go to their website to see their version of high-tech contemporary & modern kitchens and get a catalog. Snaidero is Italy's leading manufacturer of high-quality kitchen cabinetry.Snaidero USA has Flagship studios in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami, as well as 15 privately owned and operated Snaidero exclusive showrooms nationally and has product showcased in over 30 private retail outlets coast to coast. In addition Snaidero USA distributes product to operations in Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.Snaidero is the kitchen of choice for several luxury residential hi-rise developments, including Bristol Towers, Santa Maria, Porto Vita, the Michael Graves project, 1500 Ocean Drive, The Pinnacle, IL Villagio, The Palms, and Ocean Club in Miami as well as several new projects in Las Vegas.

German kitchen design G K's German Kitchen LLC is located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and has, for 14 years, made a lasting impression on kitchen design by importing and installing European fine kitchen cabinets, & furniture. GK's products are made in Germany and manufacturered under the highest quality standards. They make both traditional wood cabinets with beautiful detail and sleek modern contemporary fitted kitchens. Some of their partners include: Miele, Kueppersbusch, Hans Grohe, Dornbracht, Blanco, Villeroy & Boch, Duravit, Kesseboehmer, Kludi. The German Kitchens website has a slideshow of various kitchen installations and contact info.

Arclinea tecnologia creativa is an Italian kitchen manufacturer with showrooms in Boston, Chicago, N.Y., Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Mexico City. You can see their ads in Elle Decor and other US magazines. Their website is 

Strato Kitchen DesignsStrato Kitchen Design--An entertaining website to say the least, gives you an indication of the level of creativity of Strato Kitchen Design, an Italian company. The emphasis is on door to door architecture and how one contacts this company remains a mystery to me even after spending quite some time on the website. Marco Gorini appears to be the designer behind this ultra sophisticated approach to kitchen cabinet design and website frustration.

Composit Italian Kitchens Composit Kitchens, Italian Kitchens of Life. Be sure to un-block pop-ups to see this website. It is loaded with stylish slideshow photos of modern Italian Kitchens. The translations in the English version are somewhat funny. 

Fiamberti Kitchens was founded in 1974. They specialize in the production of modern and classic modular kitchens. The website shows lots of photos of modern modular kitchens, many using bright happy kitchen cabinet colors with metal and streamline design.

Aster Cusine of Italy says " The kitchen is the heart of the family's life, the room where the whole family meet and share their experiences. Aster performs living the kitchen smooth and easy. Every item, every move, every action, every detail; they all narrate the harmony and balance that pervade our home." Aster is the ideal target for people looking for a unique and luxurious design, where every detail fits perfectly in the harmonic project of their own kitchen. Established in 1983, Aster is today a young and dynamic company, always ready to interpreter the new trends in the market in terms of product and service. The modern kitchen collection by Aster shows contemporary kitchen cabinets and design that with the numerous innovative solutions allows a project an exclusive and unique environment in your kitchen. 

Elmar, an Italian kitchen company can create a traditional European kitchen with handcrafted cabinets as well as a modern contemporary fitted one. The emphasis is on creativity in both their kitchen design and the website which will drive you crazy with it's slow loading Flash.

HausScape is a new alternative for architects, interior designers, and customers looking for very cool modern, contemporary furniture and fitted European kitchen cabinets. They are located in the Miami, FL area and you must visit their showroom or download a PowerPoint set of images.

Dada has been producing kitchens at Mesero in the province of Milan since the early Seventies. It offers a wide range of kitchens, each one designed with the same attention to detail and manufactured to the highest quality standards,taking pride in what they do ... pride in things well designed and manufactured even better. Very contemporary cabinets, the website has English language and great photos

Rossana RB Kitchens, considers the kitchen as the continuation of the "living" space of the house, a place of sophisticated elegance, thought for cooking but also a meeting space for socialization. Contemporary/ modern  kitchen cabinets. See many photos of Italian kitchens on this site which gives you a choice of html or flash--choose html !

Binova Techno-Logical Kitchens says ""keep nothing in your house that you can't USE or don't find BEAUTIFUL" and we agree ! Nothing is left to chance. The result is a perfect balance between function and elegance. As with most Italian kitchen manufacturers, there is an English language section of their website.

Berloni Kitchens of Italy has many series of contemporary Italian kitchens plus a traditional kitchen cabinet series.. They refer to the contemporary kitchens as "TREND" and the really-really contemporary kitchens as "NEW"

Cucine LUBE Italian kitchens, says it makes a kitchen to live it. The very hi-tech site shows contemporary kitchens made from fine woods and metals--modern kitchen cabinets. LUBE sells modern fitted kitchens worldwide.  

Bulthaup Kitchen Cabinets--1949 Martin Bulthaup founds the Martin Bulthaup furniture factory in Bodenkirchen, near Aich (Lower Bavaria). Today they make very high tech kitchens they call Kitchen Architecture, System 20 and System 25 to ensure a pleasurable cooking experience and superior quality of life, they say.

Poggenpohl-For more than 110 years, the German company Poggenpohl has become the most well-known kitchen brand in the world. Poggenpohl has been exporting its products to more than 50 countries for many years now and commands a strong global presence. See  and click the English link on bottom left for the English language version of the Poggenpohl site. Poggenpohl, world renown leaders in high-performance European luxury kitchen design and manufacturing. They are now a division of Nobia Group...see below.

Nobia kitchen systems
Nobia is Europe's leading kitchen company with sales of approximately SEK 10 billion and around 6,200 employees. The Nobia Group owns a number of well-known brands with strong positions in the Nordic countries, Germany and the United Kingdom. Sales are made mainly through specialized kitchen studios. Nobia Groupis a multi-billion dollar Swedish conglomerate with 17 international kitchen and bath cabinet factories.

Siematic Kitchen Cabinets--German kitchen manufacturer, Siematic has been creating upscale fitted kitchen components since 1929. They offer over 81 door styles and 90 standard finishes. For a more complete look at the breadth and scope of the SieMatic line, order the SieMatic Kitchen Book. SieMatic is a company with a pioneering spirit rooted in the heritage of sophisticated product design and precision engineering. Currently available in over 45 countries on five continents, SieMatic is the leading brand of high quality kitchen furniture in the world with a well-earned reputation for creating the ultimate in style, design and functionality.

Nolte Kitchens--German kitchens can be had from Nolte Kitchens. See German craftsmanship at in English or lots or photos, music, and voice (annoying) of languages including English at

Küppersbusch Kitchen Cabinets--Founded in 1875 by Friedrich Küppersbusch, Küppersbusch has continually refined and perfected its production capabilities without turning its back on traditional kitchen craftsmanship and attention to detail. The heart of the Küppersbusch kitchen design philosophy is simple "Personalization". By combining a wide selection of styles, functions and features, Küppersbusch has integrated fashion, function and technology to create unique kitchen environments that are designed to reflect the lifestyle and personality of the homeowner. Küppersbusch is your specialist brand for built-in kitchen appliances, See this worldwide company --  

Moben kitchen cabinets
--Cargo a supremely versatile freestanding kitchen system that can be used with any door front and a range of appliances. They feature Falcon professional stainless steel appliances from Moben Kitchens. Moben Kitchens offers quality, innovative design and exceptional value for money, and with over 200 showrooms nationwide, you're assured of the highest quality service. 

You can spend hours and hours on the forums and reading the articles at  This Italian site is totally about kitchens and kitchen design, and you can see it all in English. Wonderful site !!

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Kitchen Design and Layout 

Choosing the right kitchen isn't always a question of taste. Personal preferences sometimes clash with the spatial characteristics of the room. Not only the space available, but the shape of the room can vary a lot, so consider all the possible arrangements.

italian-kitchen-wall.jpg (8423 bytes)Linear arrangement
If the kitchen is very narrow, it would be better to reserve just one wall for the working area of the kitchen. If the furnished area seems not enough you can always increase it vertically using practical wall or suspended units. That way the rest of the room will remain open enough for easy movement.

italian-kitchen-galley.jpg (9499 bytes)"Railroad" arrangement-also known as "Galley"
It's the same principle as the previous example, but with the furniture built up along two parallel walls. This arrangement is recommended when the kitchen is wide but not particularly long: one of the walls will be dedicated to the "working" part of the kitchen (washing and cooking areas), while the other can become a convenient area for preparing meals. The center of the room will stay free to permit easy movement between the two sections (as long as extra people stay out, I grew up in a house w/ a tight galley kitchen and my mom spent a lot of time saying "Get out of the kitchen"--I swore I would never build a house w/ that type kitchen.

italian-kitchen-peninsula.jpg (9146 bytes)Peninsula or Island arrangement
A peninsula might be the ideal choice for anyone who wants to have an area for eating a quick snack or who simply wants an additional place to prepare food. Whether you want it equipped with accessories or not, a peninsula is always modern and captivating and doesn't disrupt a classic corner arrangement: the important thing is to leave enough space for people to pass by easily and to sit down (a passage of 90 to 110 cm).
Availability of space is even more important for an island: located in the center of the room it goes well with a linear arrangement of kitchen and amounts to a modern composition.

italian-kitchen-corner.jpg (9546 bytes)Corner arrangement
Should you decide to place the table in the center of the room, the ideal would be to put the kitchen furniture in the corner. This arrangement is also the best if you have a kitchen which opens without dividing walls onto the dining or living room. The corner where the kitchen furniture will be installed should always be that which is opposite the dining room.

italian-kitchen-horseshoe.jpg (11937 bytes)"Horseshoe" arrangement
If your space is large enough to creatively furnish without worrying about problems of dimensions, you could opt for the three side arrangement: the table stays in the center, food preparation and conservation are distributed to the two parallel sides while washing and cooking share the internal side.

Many specialty kitchen sinks are available now---especially since the Internet can assist in shopping outside your neighborhood. See Kitchen Sink Sources here
The same is true of kitchen countertops. See our complete list of kitchen countertop suppliers and manufacturers.

Kitchen cabinets are a hot do-it-yourself project for home owners, and are a great way to update the look and functionality of your home. Kitchen cabinets can be professionally installed by a designer, cabinetmaker, or can be bought and assembled in kit form by a homeowner. Kitchen cabinets are highly customizable, and are a great way to express yourself in your home. You can purchase the very inexpensive, plain version of the kit cabinets at the big-box home improvement stores and jazz them up with specialty faux paint finishes, stenciling or custom hardware. See our long list of online kitchen cabinet hardware suppliers.

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