Kitchen cabinets are some of the most important parts of kitchen design. They are often the first thing visitor will see upon going into your kitchen. And on a functional level, your kitchen cabinet will make it easier or harder to get necessary ingredients out when cooking.
But there can seem like there are a thousand different styles, materials, finishes, and so on. Furthermore, you cannot just switch out cabinet styles like a pair of socks. So how do you know what works for you? Here are a few tips to keep things simple, functional, yet nonetheless aesthetically pleasing.
Don’t worry (too much) about Style
There are six main kitchen cabinet styles: Shaker, Craftsman, Flat-Front, Beadboard, Handle-Free, and Traditional, and each one has their advantages and disadvantages. But instead of trying to learn all the details, it is generally fine to go with the style that you like. Guests may come every now and then, but you are the one who is going to be looking at the kitchen cabinet the most. So go with the one that makes you the most comfortable.
The one exception to this is if you plan on selling the house within the next few years. In that case, figure out what is popular in the area and go with that. But even then, it is unlikely that any one style will be completely unacceptable.
Functionality and Storage
How do you use your kitchen? Are you a regular chef who neatly organizes a mountain of ingredients? Or are you someone who cannot even boil an egg? Depending on that answer, storage space and organization can be critical for your kitchen design.
The great news is that there are a myriad of option to get more space from your kitchen cabinets. Rotating shelving can make it easier to reach ingredients in the back of the cabinet. Custom shelves and drawers can give additional room. Try to get as many appliances and tools off the kitchen counter and into cabinets as possible for a better look.
Think about Finish and Color
Your cabinet finish and colors can make or break how your entire kitchen is designed. Unlike cabinet styles, it is important to think about how finish and colors complement the entire kitchen as opposed to sticking to your favorite color.
With colors, it is important to have a mix of colors that complement one another. For example, your cabinets should be a light color if the kitchen floors and wall are dark, and dark if they are light. Meanwhile, a finish can either make your kitchen look bright or cozy, depending on what you want. It is often a good idea to consult with an interior designer or at least another set of eyes for their opinion on how your kitchen should look like.
A Supporting Role
No one goes into a kitchen to stare at the cabinets. Your cabinets should play a supporting role which accentuates whatever you want your kitchen to look like. A good cabinet should be functional, offer storage space for whatever needs to fit, and have a style which looks good to yourself and others. Consider consulting with Creative Cabinets & Fine Finishes to determine the best cabinet for you.