Posted on June 18, 2021
How to Choose the Right Kitchen Cabinets
Walk into your kitchen and take a good look. Now, imagine a fill-in door, the kind you find inside your home. This door should probably be about 2/3 the height of the cabinet, which usually is about 32″. Note how the hardware on this door matches the rest of the cabinets, and that the door hides the most-atory downward-facing cut outs since it is only about 2/3 the height of the cabinet. Now imagine a new set of cabinets, assuming this doesn’t already exist, and this includes a creative rocker in the middle of the room, instead of the usual downward-facing cuts out and each shelf neatly striped to match each other. The most appealing would be an entirely new kitchen in this remodeling scenario. Now compare this with your old kitchen, where the most-atory cut- outs (the ones under the main sinks) were on the far end of the room, and the shelves were in the middle. Play around with different configurations until the set looks good to you. Make sure the fertile space between the cabinets and walls doesn’t look cluttered (you will be amply rewarded for this later in the design process), but also leaving as much open space as you can.
Next, consider replacing the cabinet doors, if your cabinets are ordinary construction grade construction. Most cabinet doors are 1 ¾” melamine, but there are higher grade cabinets made out of plywood. The hinges and how they work are totally up to you, as are the knobs or handles, if you choose a coated (not stained) metal finish. These will not require much more than a good electric screwdriver, a handheld drill, a level, and a socket set. Only use a minor brand (Crescent Wrench, Canada) or a good brand name (O bleed hardware) with a reasonably sound reputation; they can be really expensive. Look at your available style choices. This includes cabinet doors with glass, in any style from contemporary to both traditional New England and local or regional and those made out of a few different woods. Lastly, choose hardware, such as handles (not only on the cabinet doors, but also on many kitchen cabinets that match the hardware), draw pulls and rosettes, and a nice bow.
Rearrange your appliances to suit your aesthetic theme. Ideally, you want to match your appliance style to your style, or at least conform to it. For example, if the style is contemporary, you might have granite appliances, a stainless steel stove and hood, and whatnot. Your cabinets may feature a couple of different colors and need a cabinet reface, or standards such as neutral colors or laid-back contemporary. Once you have some idea or theme in mind, start matching colors. Match the neutral colors with the colors of your cabinets: green, yellow, blue, or orange, depending on your tastes.
By choosing the highest quality, highest quality appliances for your remodel, there is a greater chance that your cabinets will look nicer, longer.
If your budget allows, consider replacing the cabinet doors. Why? They can be completely replaced with a new high quality finish with a minimum of grief. Choose the styles that best suit your tastes, but also remember to balance out each section of a stainless steel refrigerator with an in-built, very stylish, natural, wood wall cabinet.
Once the project begins, congratulate yourself. You will immediately love the results, both in function and aesthetics. Now sit back, entertain friends, and spend some time soaking in your beautiful new kitchen and soaking in the new, modern, stylish or traditional, but classic, cabinets.