Kitchen cabinets may be one of the most overlooked ways of updating the home. When most people think of kitchen cabinets, storage and utility probably come to mind. However, with people opting for more open interiors and new and remodeled homes, kitchen cabinets are not only practical for storage; well-selected cabinets can serve as a way tie the kitchen design with the family room.
There are several styles of kitchen cabinets from which to choose. Almost any style can go with any size house since cabinets may be scaled down to fit smaller spaces. Kitchen cabinet materials and finishes are available to fit any budget. Popular cabinet finishes include cherry, maple and oak. Painted cabinets are also popular with white being a choice in many kitchens. For those who dare to be different, a distressed cabinet finish might be preferable.
It is important to select cabinets made of durable materials. Solid wood cabinets may be out of the price range of some people, but there are cabinets that have some solid wood, and engineered wood components are also available.
Before selecting kitchen cabinets, it is wise to consider who a kitchen space will be used. A heavily used kitchen means that closet doors will be opened and closed more often. Opening and closing the units can result in wear and tear on hinges so choosing cabinets with high-quality hardware makes sense. Kitchen cabinet shelves should be constructed of materials that are sturdy enough to hold heavy cookware such as cast-iron skillets and equipment like mixers. Drawers should have self-closing guides and be strong enough to handle constant opening and closing. Drawers with dovetail construction are better suited to heavy use than drawers with stapled joints.
Another important aspect to consider when selecting cabinets for the kitchen is the depth of the cabinet shelves. Nothing is more frustrating that moving into a new home or having new cabinets installed and learning that they are not deep enough to hold large pots, pans or small appliances. Also shelves should be removable and easy adjust so pitchers, tall glasses and other items may be placed in the cabinets with ease.
Choosing the right cabinets for the job also means selecting the best counter surface. Ideally, the counter surface material should complement the cabinets. This is not to say that it must be a perfect match. Sometimes a major contrast in colors can give a kitchen an eclectic and upscale look. However, the colors and materials should add to the design rather than detract from it.
Laminate counter tops would not be the best choice to use with cabinets constructed of fine wood. Granite or another upscale material would be a more perfect partner for more cabinets made of more expensive materials. Likewise, the cabinets should be comparable to the appliances. A gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances looks even more stunning when the cabinets are high quality.
These are just a few of the factors to consider when choosing cabinets. Selecting the right cabinets for the kitchen can add beauty, interest and value to a home.