European cabinets (sometimes referred to as “Euro-style”) are characterized by their sleek, frameless design. Oftentimes these cabinets can appear to be hidden due to their minimalist design that fits them tightly within the cabinet structure. Due to their design, European cabinets also tend to eschew center stiles (the piece of wood often found in the center of cabinets).
Homes built in the United States differ greatly from those built in Europe. Most European homes are far older than the ones in the U.S., and have much less standardization. This presents unique challenges for homeowners and has led to the creation of what is referred to as European style cabinets, which is now a popular trend for American homes.
But there’s a lot you need to know about European style cabinets if you are considering them for your kitchen, bathroom or home office.
The Start of European Style Cabinets
Homes and flats in European countries can be centuries old. Hundreds of years ago, homebuilders didn’t have the capacity to construct homes with many of the standardizations that are common in modern abodes. For homeowners in the 21st century, this presents an interesting problem that European style cabinets address. As modular units, these cabinets fit well into most spaces and are considered far more adaptable than American ones.
Furthermore, homes in Europe are usually much smaller than those in the United States. That means less space for cabinets and other storage solutions. European style cabinets are modular, frameless and use hidden hinges to maximize storage space in your kitchen or bathroom. Often times, hidden hinges are referred to as European style hinges because they are so synonymous with this style of cabinet.
American Style versus European Style Cabinets
The biggest difference that you’ll notice between these two American and European style cabinets is the frame. American style cabinets use a frame, whereas European ones do not. There are many benefits offered by both options, and they tend to vary, whether you’re talking about cost or time required for installation. Depending on the aesthetic you are trying to create in your home, European style cabinets might not be available in the style you want, but you’ll find that the sleek, modular and contemporary look of frameless and hidden hinged cabinets works well with any number of interior design motifs.
Also, without the bulk of a frame, European style cabinets provide more interior space than American-style ones. For those families with smaller homes, European-style cabinets provide much-needed additional storage space and better functionality.
European Cabinets: The Perfect Cabinet for Any Space
Many also consider European style cabinets to age better over time. Their clean, contemporary style is timeless and looks stunning even years after installation. For those who might sell their houses in the not-so-distant future, European-style cabinets can add value and a visual flair to your home. In aggressive real estate markets, even small details such as cabinetry can differentiate your property from others and help seal the deal.
Since European style cabinets are very minimalist in look and feel, you can pair them in a kitchen, bathroom or office that makes use of vivid patterns, eye-catching motifs and other daring aesthetic choices. The beautiful simplicity of these frameless cabinets pairs so well with many different home designs and can serve nearly any space perfectly.
Interested in European Cabinets in Your Home?
If you are in the Phoenix, AZ or Las Vegas, NV areas and are interested in learning more about installing European-style cabinets in your home, call Authentic Custom Cabinetry today. We offer more than 30 different finishes to create cabinetry that’s ideal for your space. From bold, glossy colors to natural wood textures, our frameless cabinets are versatile, stylish and functional. Kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets, office cabinets, and more. Contact us today for details!
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