In any kitchen design, your cabinets are the stars of the show. They’re the prominent feature in the room, making your cabinet selection one of the most important style decisions you make.
Sound like a lot of pressure? Choosing the right kitchen cabinets can feel like a daunting task.
But before you panic, know it doesn’t have to be that overwhelming. With a few tips and tricks up your sleeve, you can get the exact kitchen statement you want with style to match.
Let’s look at 6 must-know tips for choosing gorgeous kitchen cabinets for your home.
When deciding on kitchen cabinets, use your home’s interior style as the jumping off point to narrow down your selections. You’ll want to make sure you have a design that flows seamlessly from the kitchen to other rooms in your house.
Is your home rustic, modern, or traditional? Do you live in a historic house? Is there a color theme that carries throughout?
These are the type of things to keep in mind when choosing the style and design of your cabinets. For example, you wouldn’t want to put a rustic kitchen into a modern home. So focus on cabinets that keeps with the design of your interior decor.
To frame or not to frame? That’s a question everyone runs into when deciding the construction features of their kitchen cabinets.
Traditional cabinets construction uses a frame style. This means that a frame gets attached to the front of a cabinet box. It gives the cabinet extra strength and the door something to attach to.
Framed cabinets also allow for more flexibility when it comes to door design. Plus, the frame gives added dimension to the finished look.
Frameless cabinets mean just that, a cabinet box without a frame attached. This is a European style that has become popular in the United States, usually in contemporary homes.
Without a frame, the cabinet door overlays the entire face of the cabinet. It’s a flat appearance that gives clean lines to a kitchen. It also provides more storage space inside the cabinet.
One more bonus feature to frameless cabinets, double door cabinets don’t have a vertical frame stile between the two doors. This makes it easier to store large items such as countertop appliances and serving dishes.
Since cabinet doors are the most visible feature of your kitchen cabinets, many people find it the most overwhelming feature to choose. And that’s not surprising considering how many style options are available.
This is where you refer to your home’s interior style and narrow down your choices based on decor.
Contemporary or minimalist homes work best with slab or flat panel cabinet doors. Slab doors can have finger grooves, ridding the door of hardware to keep a clean, simple appearance.
More traditional, rustic, or country style homes will benefit from raised panel doors. These come in a large variety of designs to suit any taste.
A good compromise is the popular Shaker-style cabinet doors. It has a flat frame with a recessed flat panel. Its versatility makes it great for both modern and traditional style houses.
Now that you have the style narrowed down, it’s time to think about color. This is where you can inject a lot of personality into a kitchen to make the statement you’re aiming for.
Wood tones are obviously a traditional choice. It visually warms up the space, especially in homes that don’t already have a lot of wood features.
On the flip side, painted cabinets can go in both traditional and modern kitchens. Neutral tones, such as white and gray, make the room light and bright.
For more drama, don’t be afraid to use bolder colors. For example, black cabinets look sleek and stylish. Blues or greens play on more pops of color.
Two-tone cabinets are another option. Paint the upper cabinets a lighter color while the lower cabinets are in a darker, complementary color. Even the kitchen island can have a color all its own.
Kitchen storage isn’t just about cabinets anymore. Open shelves have become popular not only for its creative use of storage, but for adding eye-catching displays to enhance your kitchen’s style.
Open shelving is great for modern or minimalist kitchens. They open up the room to give your kitchen a light, airy feeling.
But they’re also ideal to pair with traditional kitchen cabinets. If you have beautiful glassware, vases, or cookbooks you don’t want to hide behind cabinet doors, open shelving makes them a beautiful focal point of the room.
The key to using open shelving is to keep them neat and organized. Place every day, functional items near the bottom for easy access. And mix in decorative touches for a custom, designer look.
Is maximizing storage in your new kitchen top on the priority list? Do you need easy access to items such as your cookware, serving dishes, and baking tools?
There’s no doubt that drawers offer a better use of space. With its deep storage capacity, having as many drawers in your base kitchen cabinets as possible will give you the easy access and storage space you need.
But if you prefer the look of doors, you can have the best of both worlds. Slide-out track systems allow for drawer space to be hidden behind cabinet doors. That way, you get the drawer features you need without sacrificing the cohesive look of doors.
Make sure your kitchen cabinets reflect your style personality. By using these tips, you can make the heart of your home the gorgeous room everyone will want to hang out in.
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