9 Tips to Help Choose Kitchen Cabinets That Fit Your Style
Since your kitchen cabinets are at eye-level, they’re one of the first things you’ll see when you enter your kitchen.
Because of this, your cabinets can either make or break your kitchen.
Old cabinets or cabinets that are out of style will make your kitchen look shabby or out-dated. So how do you pick the right cabinets for your kitchen?
We’ve put together these nine tips to help you choose kitchen cabinets that’ll fit your style.
So let’s dive in!
1. Set a Budget
Before you start looking at cabinets, you should come up with a budget. Otherwise, you might fall in love with a cabinet you can’t afford. The cost of any cabinet, even if it seems small, can add up fast.
2. Think About What You Do/Don’t Like About Your Current Cabinets
Once you have your budget set, the next step is to look at your current cabinets and come up with a list of things you do/don’t like.
Do your current cabinets have features you must have? Do you have how they look? Do you need more storage? Do you want to change the design?
Write these things down so you can have them in front of you when you start shopping. Without a hard list, you might forget something or get distracted by all the available choices.
3. Pick a Style
There are a few things you should consider when it comes to picking a style for your new kitchen cabinets.
First, you should consider the style of your home. You wouldn’t want to buy sleek, modern cabinets if you live in a rustic barn house. Go with something that will match your house’s design aesthetic.
The next choice you have to make is whether you want closed or open shelving.
Open shelve cabinets have been growing in popularity over the last few years, but they aren’t a good fit for every kitchen. You should only consider open shelving if you’re always an organized person.
Messy stacks of dishes in open shelve cabinets will detract from the rest of your kitchen.
4. Consider Any Extra Features
Extra features can make the price of your kitchen cabinets go up, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth it. Many extra features can maximize your kitchen storage space or make your cooking easier.
Here’s a quick look at some additional kitchen cabinet features you might want:
- Spice drawers
- Pull-out trash cans
- Pull-out tables
- Pull-out cutting boards
- Roll-out drawer trays
- Appliance garage
- Swing-out shelving
- Lazy Susan
If you do want extra kitchen cabinet features, make sure you account for them in your budget.
5. Take Current Trends into Account
You should be aware of the current kitchen cabinet trends as you’re shopping.
For example, white is still a popular color for kitchens, but there are other colors rising in popularity. Grey is one of those colors, and many homeowners are choosing their appliances in reds, blues, purples, greens, and more.
And while displaying some of your kitchen appliances, such as a blender or coffee maker, used to be the “look”, now the trend is to keep those items out of the way and out of sight.
Buying cabinets that are out of trend can leave you with a kitchen that looks out of date and somewhat boring. It’s always a good idea to research the current trends before you make your final cabinet choice.
6. Choose the Material
Wood isn’t the only type of kitchen cabinet material out there.
You can choose from a number of materials, including the following:
- Thermo foil
- Stainless steel
Out of all these choices, wood is still the most popular. But even if you decide to stick with solid wood, you have to choose the type of wood you want.
Here’s a list of some of the wood types you might have to pick from:
You can even choose to design your kitchen cabinets out of exotic woods like mahogany, teak, or tigerwood.
If you aren’t sure what type of wood will look good in your kitchen, you can always talk to a kitchen designer to get a few suggestions.
7. Think About the Construction
There are three main types of kitchen cabinets: custom, semi-custom, and stock.
Custom cabinets are the most expensive. They are designed specifically for your kitchen. On the other hand, stock cabinets come in basic shapes and are much cheaper. Semi-custom are a mix of both.
Unless you have an unusually shaped kitchen, stock cabinets are a good choice for most homeowners. They cost less than custom cabinets, but they’re still high quality.
Make sure you research and read more about these types of cabinets before you make your final choice.
8. Pick a Color
Your preferred color might determine the type of material or wood you need. However, you can always stain or paint your favorite wood into different shades.
There aren’t many limitations when it comes to color.
But to make sure it fits in with the rest of your home, make sure you think about the overall style of your house and pick a color that matches the design.
9. Use All the Available Space
Many kitchens don’t have enough storage space. Because of this, you should do your best to use all the available space in your kitchen.
Think outside the box.
Come up with clever storage hacks that fit in areas you would have normally overlooked.
How to Choose Kitchen Cabinets That’ll Fit Your Style
Before you choose kitchen cabinets for your remodel, you’ll need to set a clear budget. After that, consider things like the style of your home, kitchen trends, your favorite material, and—of course—your personal preference guide you through the shopping process.
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