Taking Cabinets to New Heights

Gustavian gray Swedish kitchen at Karlavagen 76Extra tall kitchen cabinet doors kiss the ceiling.

While the monochromatic paint colors were the first thing to grab my attention in these kitchens, the next features noticed were the extremely tall cabinet doors.  Many worry doors of this size will warp over time and avoid, but an experienced cabinetmaker should calm any fears.  Custom cabinetry in this Swedish apartment was painted a soft Gustavian gray, famous in the region and favored by many around the world.  The wall of cabinets and the uppers are inset, while the lower doors and drawers are slab front.  By designing the upper cabinets “legs” to rest on the counters, the two end sections become hutch-like.  Classic Carrara marble slabs were used on the backsplash and counter for a modern feel.  Top of the line appliances were hidden away, including a smooth cooktop that virtually disappears, for an uncluttered kitchen.  Original details of the building, such as high baseboards and white walls, were kept and restored.  We’re seeing more white pigmented oak floors nowadays, no doubt a rebellious move from those tired of the dark stained flooring that have been so popular in the past decade.

Ben Moore Coastal Fog kitchen cabinets by Standard Creative Birmingham ALCloser to home, raised panels were mixed with tongue and groove doors that, from a distance, look to be wood paneled walls.  A collection of soft Benjamin Moore paint colors (listed below) created a calming place to entertain.  Surf Green polished granite counters and cooktop backsplash added more of the color, while the island was topped with a white quartzite – a natural stone that looks like marble but is much more durable and resistant to stains.  The cooktop base and vent hood were raised to accommodate the homeowner’s height.  Strip outlets were installed to the underside of the upper cabinets in both kitchens to leave an uninterrupted backsplash.  Two more kitchens where the cabinets raise the design bar.

For other innovative kitchen designs see Antique Gray Hutch Kitchen and Barcelona Modern Kitchen.

Ben Moore Coastal Fog kitchen cabinets by Standard Creative Birmingham ALBenjamin Moore Paint Colors:
Cooktop and Island Base Cabinets – BM #1531
Paneled Cabinets – BM Coastal Fog
Wall and Ceiling – BM Early Morning Mist

(Sources: Karlavagen 76, Standard Creative)

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2 Responses to “Taking Cabinets to New Heights”

  1. Jane F June 20, 2013 at 7:58 am #

    If/when I were to redo my kitchen I would go for something that looks like that top one. Of course, it’s Swedish.

  2. Tricia Rose June 20, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    LOVE extra tall cabinets, why stop short? You need a handsome ladder of course.

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