Craftsman Kitchen Cabinets Bring Timeless Charm to Your Cook Space

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There's a reason why craftsman homes are still so sought after more than 120 years after they came about. They're classic and constructed with durable materials, and yet, they're undeniably cool, sleek, and even modern with their linear details, cozy fireplaces, and dark wood finishes. And the same is true of the kitchens found in these timeless abodes.

Brimming with style thanks to wood countertops and artistic backsplashes, these culinary spaces just aren't complete without craftsman kitchen cabinets, which often spotlight smooth, clean lines. Whether you're lucky enough to live in a real-deal craftsman home or simply want to capture the look (perhaps with a modern take) in your culinary space, we suggest you start with these tips and inspiring designs that are bursting with retro charm.

1. Paint them in a modern hue.

With moody blues, lively greens, and dark blacks dominating the color trends, craftsman kitchen cabinets will allow you to play with the most popular shades out there. You can't go wrong with white or a wood finish for your built-ins, but we think they'll look even more contemporary in a right-this-minute color, like sage green, as seen in this kitchen designed by Winn Design + Build. You can even take things a step further and give them a subtle distressed finish.

2. Dress them up with hardware.

Or, if you're happy with the color of your cabinets and prefer not to paint them in a new hue, why not swap out the hardware? You'll instantly harness a fresh take on craftsman style in your kitchen with brass knobs and linear pulls, which is what Heidi Caillier chose for this stunning design.

3. Opt for the two-tone look.

Craftsman kitchen cabinets don't have to be limited to one color. If you can't decide, enjoy the best of both worlds and give the two-tone look a try. It happens to be very on-trend at the moment and it will add modern flair to your culinary headquarters, too. Let Jill Warren Design show you how it's done with this green and white combo.

4. Lighten things up.

You can never go wrong with a classic all-white palette, and that rule applies to Craftsman kitchen cabinets, too. Keep things light and bright to achieve a modern and clean look. For example, this Santa Monica cook space, designed by Evens Architects, looks fresh and oh-so-charming alongside a muted subway tile backsplash and chrome accents. The wood flooring and island countertop add just enough warmth.

5. Showcase them in traditional walnut.

If you want your craftsman kitchen cabinets to echo traditional aesthetics, we recommend turning to a dark wood like walnut. In this space belonging to Ashley of Joyfully Growing, the built-ins certainly look timeless in a dark wood finish, but the decor is distinctly modern with open shelving and a white subway tile backsplash.

6. Make them warm and cheerful.

The beauty of craftsman kitchen cabinets is that their designs are so simple, you can paint them in virtually any color and they'll still look amazing. With Shaker style door fronts showcasing uncomplicated square panels, you can paint them with ease to match your color scheme. But we think yellow is a particularly cheerful hue, as witnessed in this craftsman bungalow.


Shelby Deering is a lifestyle writer who contributes to national magazines and websites, including Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Well+Good, and more. When she's not writing, you'll find her shopping flea markets, hiking, and going for walks with her corgi.

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