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Asian Style Kitchen Cabinets

Particularly along the Pacific Rim, Asian styles are as
influential in home décor as they are in cuisine. If you’ve chosen
an Asian theme for your home, carrying it into the kitchen is easier
than ever.

But Asian elements work well in other settings too. In recent
centuries, Chinese and Japanese design and craftsmanship influenced
Western movements from Arts & Crafts to high tech. In turn, Asian
artisans adopted Western influences and made them their own.
Asian-style cabinetry, whether traditional or modern, harmonizes
nicely with Shaker, Mission, Modern, Contemporary, Industrial - just
about any style that emphasizes simplicity and straight lines. With
the right color, finish, and accessories, manufactured cabinets in
those styles can be perfect.

The Japanese
influence is seen in simple wood cabinets with a timeless quality: the
wood itself is carefully chosen for its beauty, and the craftsmanship
is meticulous. It’s all about practical storage, efficiency, and
making the most of tight spaces (e.g. some Asian manufacturers offer
cabinets with sliding doors). The wood finish usually ranges from
mellow to dark, and hand-wrought iron pulls and hinges complete the
look. Versatile and classic, these cabinets look as great in an Arts &
Crafts setting as they do surrounded by stainless steel. You can
customize the features and finishes of cabinets available from many
U.S. manufacturers to get a compatible look.

You can also opt to have your cabinets made in Asia (often using
traditional methods and recycled wood) in a number of different styles
and finishes. If, like Asian customers of years past, you tend to see
these cabinets as heirlooms, you might also like the fact that many of
these wall cabinets and islands are freestanding. Which may save you
money on a future remodel - and also means that if you move, it’s
relatively easy to take the cabinets with you.

Another popular look: plain, unadorned cabinets painted with a
lacquer-like enamel finish. It’s hard to go wrong with red, but black
is also a dramatic choice. Again, less is more. This clean,
uncluttered style works well in homes from the most formal Asian
décor to hip contemporary.

If you prefer your styles a bit more cutting-edge, you’ll find that
Asian thinkers have made an art form out of industrial design for
decades. And since their ideas have taken hold all over the world,
you’ll have no trouble adapting them to your own kitchen. Here’s an
opportunity to use stainless steel, glass or brightly colored melamine
finishes to make your statement. Think smooth, clean surfaces -
showrooms may refer to sleek frameless cabinets as “European,”
but with the right treatment, they’re very Asian.

Keep in mind that whatever era or mood they may evoke, Asian-style
kitchen cabinets share some essential qualities. While the décor in
other areas of the house may be downright ornate, the kitchen is all
business, designed as a practical, efficient workspace.

That doesn’t mean sacrificing beauty. Whatever the style, the
design is simple and elegant - and all the elements have to work well
together. If you’ve got some strong ideas of what you’d like but
you’re not quite sure about how it all harmonizes, quality time with a
good design professional is a very good investment.

If you prefer your kitchen cabinets a bit more cutting-edge, you’ll find that Asian thinkers have made an art form out of industrial design for decades. This is where you’ll find stainless steel, glass, or brightly colored melamine finishes. Here is some more information about Asian-style kitchen cabinets, and what they can do for your space.

Costs

The cost of Asian-style kitchen cabinets depends on which material you choose for the cabinet frame and doors, the overall project size, and the cost of labor in your area. It’s best to get a price quote and go from there.

Pros

Asian-style cabinets focus on practical storage, efficiency, and making the most of tight spaces.

These cabinets are known for versatility and classic minimalist aesthetics.

Asian-style cabinets are available in a number of different styles and colors.

Cons

Many see the look as less traditional and more contemporary or modern.

Durability

While the durability of Asian-style kitchen cabinets depends on the materials used (some are made from recycled wood, for instance), the craftsmanship is considered to be meticulous. Therefore, with normal wear and tear, they should last for many years to come.

Maintenance

Again, the maintenance required for Asian style kitchen cabinets depends on the materials they are constructed with. However, most kitchen cabinets can be kept clean with a damp cloth. For tougher stains, a cleaning solution of dishwashing detergent and water will generally do the trick.

Common Questions and Answers

What do traditional Asian style wood kitchen cabinets look like?

Usually designed with a Japanese influence, Asian-style wood cabinets offer a timeless quality. The wood itself is carefully chosen for its beauty, and the craftsmanship is impeccable.

The wood finish usually ranges from mellow to dark, and h

Are all Asian style cabinets “traditional?”

Quite simply, no. This is where sleek, contemporary styles reign supreme. Think smooth, clean surfaces rather than traditional or ornately decorated.

History

In recent centuries, Chinese and Japanese design influenced Western movements, from Arts & Crafts to high-tech. In turn, Asian artisans adopted Western influences and made them their own.

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