Kitchens and Pantries

Create the perfect intersection between what you need and what you’d love for your new kitchen.

A kitchen design that is uniquely you.

Perhaps you’ve seen a kitchen at a friend’s house, in a magazine or on the Internet. It spoke to you. But why? Maybe it was the finish. Or the function. Maybe it reminded you of somewhere you’ve been. We’ll find out what speaks to you—together.

The work begins with a simple question: What style kitchen have you been dreaming about?

From there, Zobel & Co. Kitchens will sit down with you and explain some of the inner workings of kitchen cabinetry and carpentry. We make the entire process illuminating and—most importantly—fun. So, we’ll explain important differences you may not have considered. Framed or frameless? Inset or overlay? Next, we’ll get into the details. Some clients are drawn to the clean lines of a contemporary flat-panel cabinet. Others are moved by the time honored Shaker style. We’ll walk you through all of the options, from wood types to colors and stains. And, of course, the associated costs.

We could not have been more pleased to have had Arthur with his extensive design skills guide us through kitchen design process. We found Arthur ever attentive to our vision while offering detail suggestions that would have escaped our consideration. This collaboration resulted in a finished product exceeded our expectations. Anyone seeking a collaboration with a truly gifted kitchen designer should look no further than Arthur Zobel.

George B.

Kitchen Styles

To help you get started, here’s a quick look at some of the most popular styles in kitchen design.

Classic Kitchens

In these kitchen spaces, you’ll find raised-panel doors in woods, such as cherry or painted maple. You’ll also see heavy, detailed crown moldings along with other embellishments and details. Classic kitchens often feature mullion or detailed glass doors, farmhouse sinks and lighting that conveys classic charm.

People who appreciate the aesthetics of a classic kitchen are often drawn to French Country design. French Country features heavy raised-panel cabinet doors with moldings, painted and glazed cabinetry in a variety of colors. You’ll also find corbels and legged work islands with a Classic kitchen design.

Transitional Kitchens

This style offers a mixture of contemporary and traditional. The cabinetry is often simple, Shaker-style (recessed flat-panel doors) with multiple finishes from dark to light. White is a popular overall color of these kitchens, and they involve a variety of finishes that give nuance to the design. Transitional kitchens typically blend in a second color or wood species.  This kitchen style works well for people who own older, period homes who want to introduce contemporary elements. 

Transitional is a very popular design style because of its versatility.

Contemporary Kitchens

Simply put, the contemporary kitchen category includes anything that is popular in current design trends. Contemporary kitchen design is forward-thinking. Innovative. Typically, its kitchen aesthetics involve flat panels, straight lines, open spaces, solid colors and minimalist style. A contemporary kitchen may be right for you if your personality or home design is simple and sleek, with pops of bold color. This design style is defined by its high functionality, streamlined surfaces and often stainless steel appliances.

A twist on this style is Classic Contemporary, which adds warm tones, traditional pieces like a farm-style dining set, traditional lighting over the island, old-world decorative pieces like worm-wood framed art or antique kitchen utensils, or wrought iron racks. Classic Contemporary combines old-and-venerable staples with today’s trending design

Farmhouse / Rustic

Farmhouse and rustic theme kitchens are popular whether they are a refurbished farmhouse, or combining crisp, modern elements to convey personality and give a nod to the location – projects like our Manhattan Farmhouse kitchen {add link?] or our a purely rustic off-the-grid Adirondack kitchen [add link?]. There are no rules to this style so often we’ll see industrial elements, like warehouse style lighting or repurposed steampunk era machinery make their way into these kitchens.  Barn wood cabinetry leads the way in many farmhouse kitchens using recessed panel (shaker) door designs. Open shelving often plays a role in this design set and distressed or cast iron hardware.


Depending on your floor plan, a pantry can describe an extra collection of cabinets, a deep wall cabinet, or an over-sized closet. Pantries provide extra storage space for your kitchen, and can be customized with a wide range of features that make it easy and convenient to store food, cookware, dishes, glasses and other kitchen elements. Imagine an area that provides you with helpful features like roll-outs, workspaces and tucked-away lazy susans. Whatever type of space you’re working with, we can design a pantry that reflects your unique style and functional needs

Butler’s Pantries

Butler’s pantries prior to 1920 were called Sculleries, from the Latin word ‘scutella’ meaning tray or platter. Sculleries were rooms off the kitchen or dining room where china, silver, and crystal were cleaned and stored.

Today’s Butler’s Pantry is still a room or area that isn’t part of the main kitchen plan, and is used for storage of dinnerware, kitchen appliances, food, and more. Often they feature a sink and dishwasher, some have refrigerators, even a second oven. Open shelves or cabinets with glass doors are common so stored items can be easily seen.

For those homeowners who love to entertain and have the space, we recommend a butler’s pantry.