Cabinets/Vanities

Cabinets/Vanities


About Kitchen Cabinets Design

Kitchen cabinets design has evolved. No longer are they simple wooden or plastic cupboards attached to your kitchen walls. Cabinets design take up a large proportion of space within your kitchen and so should receive the appropriate consideration. They are available in an array of materials, designs, shapes and sizes. As consumers look for any way to utilize space, cabinets have had to adapt to provide the customer with the convenience that they demand.

As design trends have become more liberal, homeowners are following their individual tastes rather than the specific trends identified through design magazines. A kitchen remodel, unlike a new pair of shoes, is likely to last for years to come. For this reason it is important to choose a kitchen cabinets design which incorporates your own personal taste rather than the ,"flavor of the month". Often overlooked as a design feature, cabinets take up a significant portion of any kitchen remodeling project. An article from Better Homes and Garden (www.bhg.com) confirmed that "In the average $20,000 kitchen remodeling, cabinets consume 40 percent of the budget or $8,000". No single item in a new kitchen costs as much as cabinetry or contributes as much to the overall look. With so much being invested into your kitchen cabinets there is much to consider.

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Color

Your kitchen cabinets will set the tone for the whole room. Cabinets take up a very high proportion of space within the kitchen therefore the color you choose is key to tying the whole look together. Using the wrong color or material for your cabinets will have a very noticeable effect on the finished product. The same general rules of color and texture apply to kitchen cabinets design. Cool and light colors will act to expand the size of your kitchen whereas darker and warmer colors will shrink the size of a space. A good suggestion for kitchen cabinet color choice is to stick with something relatively neutral. Replacing kitchen cabinets is much more expensive than changing the color of paint on the walls.


The right material for your kitchen cabinets design

Cabinet materials have changed as trends have developed. Wood is the traditional choice and still remains very popular as identified by a survey conducted by the National Kitchen and Bath association in 2002 (www.nkba.org). They show that wood-finished cabinets make up 80% of all cabinet purchases. This figure is huge and shows that despite the move toward contemporary design, the traditional kitchen style is still very much 'alive'. Three of the most popular choices for cabinet materials are covered below;


Wood Cabinet

Can be used to reproduce many looks. The type of wood and finish you choose will shape the style of your kitchen. If deciding to go for wooden cabinets, thorough investigation is recommended into what type of wood with compliment your desired look. By using a different finish or varnish wood can be transformed.


Plastic Laminate Cabinet

This material is available in a range of colors and textures and so a very attractive choice. It can be used to achieve a smooth sleek look. Plastic laminate is a durable material and easy to keep clean which means it is ideal for the family home. The only drawback with this material is that it can be prone to chip if it is not cared for properly.


Stainless Steel Cabinet

Can be introduced into the kitchen to give the room a contemporary feel. Stainless steel particularly has seen a growth in popularity because of its modern edge and defined look. As a material it is eco-friendly, durable and recyclable. The main disadvantage with stainless steel is that it can show fingerprints and scratches quite easily and therefore is not as practical for a family setting as some of the other materials may be.