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How to Choose the Best Kitchen Cabinets

January 16, 2014 General, Interior Design 0 Comments

How to Choose the Best Kitchen CabinetsKitchen cabinets offer much more than just the practical value. Choosing the right cabinetry is a major part of designing a new kitchen. The following is a look at some of the most popular choices for cabinetry materials, doors and hardware.

Choosing Your Cabinets

It is worthwhile to purchase solid wood cabinetry rather than particle board. Although particle board is used by many manufacturers to cut costs, it won't last nearly as long or look as good as solid wood.

The most popular choice of wood is oak, which is available in a variety of stains. In-demand colors range from natural to honey to a very dark espresso. Maple and pine are also common choices because they are easy to work with and fairly cost-effective. The exception is ponderosa pine, which can be difficult to work with and is commonly sold pre-stained. The top-of-the-line choice is mahogany. It is rich and luxurious, and considered to be the height of style and class. However, it is very expensive and mostly chosen by homeowners that are willing to pay top dollar for the look of luxury.

When choosing wood cabinetry, it is important to consider:

  • Availablility
  • Durability
  • Aesthetic appeal
  • Stainability
  • Cost

Choosing Cabinet Doors

There are many door styles to choose from, including corner, pocket, swinging and flip-up. Putting careful thought into the functionality of the kitchen and choosing cabinet doors that are easily accessible can add much value to the design.

You can choose from flat, minimalist doors for a modern, contemporary look, or shaker doors consisting of a frame and single flat center panel, which works in traditional and contemporary designs. Both are available in a variety of woods, stains, paint colors and coordinating hardware. More expensive options include louvered doors with horizontal slats for a distinctive look, or inset cabinet doors with exposed hinges for a classic look.

Glass doors in a variety of patterns can be used for a contemporary look with sleek, decorative hinges. Glass doors are often styled from sheets of sliding glass on recessed tracks. Glass doors can be used on backless cabinets, or be factory finished with heavy-duty epoxy paint for a perfect glossy finish.

Thermofoil or medium density fiberboard (MDF) doors are another durable and cost-effective option. MDF doors are created by affixing a plastic coating wrapped over a core and then baked in intense heat. These doors are available in a variety of imitation grains and colors; the downside is that they can discolor over time and are difficult to repair, which is also the case with laminate doors. They are popular and affordable, but they do not offer the same quality as natural wood.

When choosing cabinet doors, it's important to consider:

  • Functionality
  • Durability
  • Style
  • Cost

Choosing Hardware

Adding hardware to cabinetry can change the style of a space. Designers can base their choice of hardware on the other finishes in the kitchen, but there is no need to match cabinet hardware to fixtures and lighting. Mixing finishes can add character and depth to the style of the room.

Cabinetry hardware — from hinges to knobs and pulls — are available in satin nickel, oil-rubbed brass, polished chrome and steel finishes, as well as vintage glass and ceramic. You can choose long and dramatic tubular bar pulls, short, classic flat bar pulls or mix-and-match.

When choosing cabinetry hardware, it's important to consider:

  • Style
  • Functionality
  • Cost

Choosing the right kitchen cabinets is an important part of designing a functional, stylish living space.

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