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Kitchen Cabinets – Creating A Look

One of the most important choices you’ll have to make when remodeling a kitchen is what type of kitchen cabinets to install.

Along with the appliances, cabinets are the star of the kitchen. They determine the style and color scheme you’re going for, but also have to be functional.

If you’ve been looking around, trying to decide which kitchen cabinets would be best for your remodel project, we’ve broken down some of the choices for you.

Style of Kitchen Cabinets

The cabinet style will set the tone for the rest of the kitchen You’ll likely choose your backsplash and lighting based on the style and color of cabinets you choose. Here are some of the most common kitchen cabinet styles:

  • Flat: For a clean, sleek-looking kitchen, flat-paneled cabinets are the way to go. These cabinets work well in a traditional-style kitchen or a modern-themed space, depending on the color and material.
  • Shaker: Shaker style cabinets have been one of the most popular kitchen cabinet choices for decades. These cabinets are versatile and timeless. Shaker cabinets come in a wide variety of colors and are recognizable by their five-piece door with a recessed center area.
  • Inset: Inset cabinets provide a clean look. With this type of construction, the cabinet and the door look like one piece because the cabinet door sits inside the frame. These cabinets have recently become more popular but have been around for hundreds of years. The inset cabinets of today are a refresh of the cabinet style used in Victorian homes.
  • Mullion: You could consider mullion cabinets for a fun, decorative accent. These are cabinets with glass doors and decorative molding over the top of them. If you have dishes or glassware you’d like to display, this is a great option.

Cabinet Finishes

Next, you’ll need to determine the finish of your kitchen cabinets. The finish you choose is important for both appearance and durability. These are the most common choices:

  • Painted: If the natural or stained wood look isn’t your cup of tea, painted kitchen cabinets are a popular choice. They provide the flexibility to design your kitchen around virtually any color scheme. Painted cabinets can provide a warm, cottage feel, a cool contemporary look, and everything in between.
  • Stained: To add color to wooden cabinets without losing the beauty of the wood, cabinets finished in a stain or varnish are a popular choice. There are quite a few choices available, ranging from light/natural to rich, dark stains. Wood-finished cabinets can give the look of fine furniture and complement the woodwork in your home.
Remodeled kitchen with white painted cabinets and a large island with stained wooden base cabinets

Cabinet Hardware

Cabinet hardware is the finishing touch that ties everything together. The choices are unlimited. Seriously, there are far too many to list, and choosing cabinet hardware is like choosing jewelry. It’s all a matter of personal taste.

Also, cabinetry hardware can often be changed with relative ease, just as long as the new hardware fits the same holes drilled in your doors and drawers.

All of the above are the primary elements that affect how your cabinets look, and the statement they make in your kitchen and home. The functional aspects – like the cabinet types, the drawer guides, the hinges – that’s a matter for another article.

In any case, if you’re ready to start remodeling your kitchen and need help choosing the right kitchen cabinets, just call us! We’ll be glad to help.

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