As we have mentioned in nearly all our previous posts, the kitchen is an aspect of your kitchen you need to attach a great deal of importance with. It is where the meal is cooked and eaten with the family, and thus becomes an integral part of your family regime. It keeps the family together and ensures quality time spent together in these busy times.
However, the various aspects of a kitchen are what makes it attractive, inviting and comfortable. It not only needs to be comfortable and inviting for the ones coming there to eat but also for the one cooking in it. With regard to this aspect, the kitchen cabinets play a vital role in your kitchen.
Kitchen cabinets or your pantry cabinets store all your essentials from ingredients to all the cups and dishes.
The placement of your kitchen cabinets is important while planning a kitchen set up or while planning a kitchen makeover. The one in trend currently is the idea of open floor plans, but your decision about placements of kitchen cabinets will determine whether you chose to stick to that plan or not. Some people like to place their cabinets above the countertops while some prefer it below. Both have their own charm and are effective in their own way. Depending upon your choice and convenience you could choose from these two. Cabinets, if you want to be a little more innovative, can be placed in an island in the middle of the kitchen, following the open floor plan.
Up next, the most important thing is the material you want your kitchen cabinet to be made of. There is a wide variety to options available in the market and you need to do your research really well according to your budget to obtain the best available option. Wood, laminates, stainless and glass are popular choices nowadays. Wood adds a rustic finish to your kitchen while stainless steel adds a more corporate and contemporary feel to your kitchen. Glass as usual is elegant and classy.
From the category of wood:
There are several kinds of wood on offer, like red oak, white oak, hickory, cherry, hard maple, birch, ash and pine. Each of the varieties has a different aspect of speciality ranging from appearance, durability and cost effectiveness. In the context of colour, most woods can be stained to modify colour and tweak a few shades here and there. However, some woods happen to be more stain friendly than the others.
Other than wood, other options include laminate and Thermo foil. Thermofoil is a good option if you’re trying to replicate the look of wood. High-pressure-treated laminate cabinets are highly durable but are generally heavier than wood, while their low-pressure-treated varieties are lighter but less impact-resistant.
Stainless steel kitchen cabinets:
Also an option which you can seriously consider before investing in kitchen cabinets. Moving beyond its initial use in industries mostly, stainless steel is being implemented quite a lot nowadays. They work best with stainless steel sinks and appliances. However, stainless steel has one fundamental drawback, which is, that fingerprints and scratches are very visible. Cleaners are available which can help wipe out the fingerprints. The scratches over time, however, add a charm of their own to the steel. Coming to utility, stainless steel is a very good option. It is highly durable and very easy to clean and maintain. For the eco-friendly bit in you, stainless steel is recyclable, non-toxic and easy to clean without the use of harsh chemicals. They, however, happen to be costlier than wood cabinets. While this option often seems cold and lifeless to some, a good available option is to mix and match stainless steel cabinets with wood flooring or panelling for a more transitional look.
Up next, you need to think about the cabinet doors.
Door style goes on to accentuate the style of your entire kitchen. Modern cabinets, following the slender contemporary style, has streamlined doors with minimal ornamentation. Traditional doors have more ornamentation with curved posts and elaborate border designs. If you are someone, who is remodelling the kitchen and want an entire kitchen makeover, replacing the cabinets can do wonders to the look and feel of your kitchen.
Custom doors: which have been doing the rounds are quite in trend. These cabinet doors are designed by you and are built entirely according to your preference. If while remodelling, you wish to match the cabinet doors with the cabinet boxes, choose from options like paint, staining or refacing the boxes, which will help maintain consistency. Open shelving designs which are embellished with decorative brackets and moulding are also options if you plan to do away entirely with kitchen cabinet doors.
If you happen to be someone who loves experimenting with her own personal style, hardware might be the option for you. Faux finishes and brilliant paint colours are cheap and yet brilliant ways to completely change the look of your kitchen. These options are comparatively inexpensive and you can freely experiment. Also, the paint and other equipment are readily available and easy to implement.
Installing glass panels has a simple DIY process and will let outsiders peep into the cabinets. They can change the look of your kitchen from traditional to contemporary. However, your cabinets remain cluttered and cramped, this is not a very good option.
This post was written primarily to give you basics about kitchen cabinets. With the amount of technology and innovation that has taken shape in the kitchen industry in the last few decades, the options available are far more in number. No longer do kitchen cabinets mean the same old boring stuff. Kitchen cabinets have been remodelled and restructured and experimented with to a great extent. Do your research well. For best results, it’s advisable that you consult a kitchen interior specialist regarding this matter and I assure you, the results will not disappoint you.
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