Choosing the right kitchen cabinets

Kitchen Remodel
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Cabinets make up a significant component of any kitchen. Homeowners need to consider both style and functionality, but choosing the right kitchen cabinets doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With a little planning and professional design help, selecting cabinets for your kitchen can be a fun and interesting experience. The Braemar team offers several tips and suggestions when it comes to choosing the right kitchen cabinets for you and your family. 

Budget: As with any part of a home renovation, you’ll need to consider your budget. A kitchen renovation can be more expensive than other rooms in a home and cabinets often make up the bulk of the expense. There are a few key ways you can save money while still improving the look of your cabinets. If your cabinets are in good shape structurally, you can have them professionally painted or replace the doors and hardware to make them look brand new. If you do decide to buy new cabinets, you can select among a spectrum of prices. Your designer can help you navigate the plethora of choices based on your budget. 

Select a cabinet door style: The cabinet door is the most visible aspect of a cabinet so you need to ensure you like the way it looks and that it fits with your overall design scheme. When thinking about type of door, it’s helpful to ponder various profiles. For instance, traditional cabinet doors typically have raised paneling or flat decorative paneling including motifs and other elements.  In contrast, shaker or transitional cabinetry involves straight lines and minimal ornamentation. 

Know your wood type and color: Determining wood type or color of cabinetry is another important consideration. Wood options run the gamut from maple and oak to cherry and birch and everything in between. Some woods offer a smooth surface while others are more textured and grainy. Some are light brown with a reddish tone or dark brown with notes of black. Cost and durability will come into play when selecting type of wood. Whether you decide to stain or paint your wood cabinets, either choice will increase the beauty of your kitchen. 

Consider functionality: Cabinets are sometimes called the “workhorses of a kitchen.” Modern cabinets are more functional than ever before, offering drawer inserts, various shelving options, pullouts and additional options. You can get deep cabinets and drawers for pots and pans or corner cabinets in an effort to maximize space. When deciding on functional components of your cabinets, consider what you do most in the kitchen as well as the types of supplies and appliances you need to store. Experiences in your kitchen, whether cooking or entertaining, should feel efficient and seamless.  

Contemplate aesthetics: While it’s important to consider functionality, cost and size, any homeowner will admit they want their cabinets to offer some beauty to the kitchen. When selecting cabinets for your renovation or construction project, factor in aesthetics and the décor of the rest of the kitchen. Your kitchen’s overall style will affect your cabinet decisions. With so many cabinet options on the market today, you will find the right cabinets for your kitchen.

Maximize space: An important factor to consider is the amount of space you have initially. When selecting cabinets, consider storage and organization needs and desires. This will help you select cabinets that fit your budget, offer design appeal and maximize your space. As noted earlier, many of today’s cabinets offer storage within the cabinet itself allowing for more efficient organization. 

Selecting cabinets should be an enjoyable part of a kitchen renovation. Our Braemar designers are ready to help you create the kitchen you’ve always envisioned. 

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