When choosing new kitchen cabinets, you may feel overwhelmed by your options. Your cabinets will change the entire look, feel, and functionality of your kitchen, so it’s important to choose the right kind to suit your home. Not only do you need to be mindful of the style, color, and material, but the layout and size of your kitchen can limit your cabinet selection.
To narrow down your choices, we’ve compiled a few tips on how to choose the perfect kitchen cabinets.
1. Choose the right materials for your kitchen cabinets
Kitchen cabinets come in a huge range of materials. Particleboard, melamine, and other cheap materials not only look inexpensive but also offers harmful chemicals into your home.
If you are looking at different types of wood, remember that each type of wood will also look drastically different with each stain, lacquer, or glaze. Wooden cabinets will also need special care when cleaning or installing around an area with a lot of heat or moisture, such as a dishwasher or around a sink.
When selecting materials, it is a good idea to go to a wholesale cabinet supplier to get samples that you can test in the different lighting at your home. Don’t forget to put the samples at the same angle that the cabinets will be installed in order to get an accurate idea of the color, texture, and overall look the material would provide.
2. Consider how different cabinet styles will influence your home
Kitchen cabinets come in more styles than ever. Whether you want frameless cabinets, popular in Europe for their superior storage capabilities, traditional rail-style cabinets, or something modern and sleek, you will be able to find something that fits your needs and aesthetics.
Base cabinets traditionally have doors that you open, however, drawers make everything more accessible and ergonomic. Many hanging cabinets now have pull-down features you can utilize as well, which is perfect for people with limited mobility.
When deciding on a cabinet style, keep in mind how the rest of your home looks, the size, and layout of your kitchen, and whether the style would work well with the materials you are interested in using.
You may love the sleek modern kitchens featured in cooking shows, but if the rest of your home is a western-style cabin, it could seem out of place.
3. Choose the best kitchen cabinet hardware
Kitchen cabinet hardware is the icing on the cake when it comes to style and design. Many people underestimate how transformative such small items can be.
The kitchen cabinet hardware is easy to replace, so when choosing hardware, it’s the perfect time to take risks and try something trendy, whereas you may want to pick a more neutral option for the cabinets themselves.
Everyone should consider hardware like soft-close drawers and doors, and adjustable door hardware that will make your cabinets look uniform. You may also want to ask about a pie-corner base cabinet in lieu of adding lazy susan hardware to a corner cabinet, in order to better utilize the space.
4. Add the finishing touch with cabinet add-ons
There are a plethora of kitchen cabinet add-ons, from under cabinet light fixtures to touchless cabinets that open to reveal your trashcan. While you can go crazy with add-ons, they can get pricey very quickly. Things like light fixtures can be installed later if you think ahead and ask for cabinets with recessed bottoms or a valence.
When you decide on your kitchen cabinets, hardware, and accessories, your kitchen will be totally transformed and you will feel like you are in a brand new room every time you prepare a meal.
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