When tackling a kitchen renovation, it is always good to start thinking about the kitchen cabinets early. These are the focal point of the kitchen. You have to be careful when selecting the materials, colours as well as style. Whether you love cupboards with glass doors or shaker-style cabinets, you will be spoilt for choice. There are, however, a few considerations you will need to make.
The first and the most important thing to do is select a cabinet style that matches the rest of the house. Is your home a heritage house with exposed beams? You have to select a cabinet style that blends well with your home. The key is to achieve a uniform look. Here are some of the most common design styles.
Traditional or Classic Cabinets
If you are searching for a cabinet style that ages perfectly, classic designs will be your safest bet. When in neutral tones, these cabinets end up being timeless. Classic kitchens are usually very detailed, so don’t be afraid of selecting a cabinet that combines glass-paned cabinet fronts with ornate traditional moulding. The preferred styles of cabinets in a traditional kitchen include:
- Shaker type cabinets
- Glass cupboards with ornate moulding
- Ceiling-high cupboards with ornate moulding
Contemporary designs are often mistaken for modern designs. Contemporary is a style that is a lot more refined, with minimalism and straight lines reigning supreme. If you want to choose this design, consider cabinets that have a flat front without knobs or pulls. The current trend is matte finishes. You also need to opt for fewer but large cupboards instead of multiple small cabinets. Contemporary design is not the best choice for you if you prefer open storage.
Ancestral style Cupboards
If you live in a heritage or ancestral home, you have to select your cabinet styles with care. You want to pay homage to the house’s history. If the original kitchen had a wood cabinet, you want to find cabinets that use this material in order to maintain a cohesive design. Needless to say, wooden cabinets cost more. They can, however, be stained or repainted to prolong their life and beauty. In terms of style, the shaker cabinets with a plank interior or plank cabinets will be great.
Modern designs borrow a lot from contemporary cabinet designs. The design is mainly distinguished by its clean and seamless lines. For a welcoming and warmer feel, go for modern cabinets with a combination of materials. You can select a flat cabinet or cabinets that have small moulding which frames the door. Unlike contemporary cabinets, with modern cabinets, you will be able to adopt open storage.
Other options you can go with include electric chic designs, rustic designs and farmhouse designs. You also have to make your decision on overlay kitchen cabinets, inset kitchen cabinets and partial overlay kitchen cabinets. While all this can be confusing, our team at Kitchen & Bath is happy to help you understand your options and help with installation. Kitchen & Bath Company to find out more.