How to Plan Your Kitchen Cabinet Design

When it comes to designing your kitchen, you have virtually limitless options for customizing the look as you wish. In addition to choosing appliances, countertops, fixtures and color palettes, you can infuse your personality into your cabinets to create a truly original look.

Here’s all you need to know about choosing the perfect kitchen cabinets for your needs and customizing them to your overall kitchen design.

Choosing Kitchen Cabinets — Practicality

Your kitchen cabinets are one of the biggest aspects of one of the busiest rooms in your home. Though there’s a lot to consider as far as the look of your cabinets, which we’ll cover later, there are also practical considerations to ensure you get the most from your investment.

If you’re looking to remodel your kitchen on a budget, pre-fab cabinets offer a high-quality option that can give your kitchen a sleek look and stand the test of time. It just requires you to put in some time and effort to examine your options.

Select Quality Materials and Design

If you’re looking for a remodel that will last for years, quality materials are essential. Cabinets are available in everything from top-quality hardwood to chipboard and particle board, so you’ll want to look for the best quality cabinets for your budget. Hardwood is a superb option, but even plywood or fiberboard can be good choices if properly treated. Avoid chipboard and particle board when possible.

When looking at kitchen cabinet design, you want clean cuts and full-finish inside and out. Check for quality hardware and a drawer-front that is separate from the actual drawer. Quality joint construction is essential; if you see staples, walk the other way. Choose cabinets with right-angle dovetail joints, if you can find them, but tongue-and-groove joints are also good, as are dowel, dado or finger joints.

Consider Your Layout

After determining the kind of material you can afford, carefully plan the layout of your kitchen. Not every cabinet you install needs to be identical, so if you have some that are still fine and fulfill their needs, you may be able to repurpose them. A good example is the cabinet under your sink. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to replace that without a full renovation. What you may be able to do, however, is take steps to improve your existing layout that will maximize your existing space and your efficient use of what you have.

Look for Innovative and User-Friendly Features

Cabinets today offer a wide range of innovative and user-friendly features that will make using your kitchen fast, easy and enjoyable. Look for features such as storage and organizational systems, slide-out shelves and larger drawers. A Lazy Susan is always a great option for organizing your pantry. Be sure to do your research to ensure you’re getting the best option for your needs.

Choosing Kitchen Cabinets — Aesthetics

Once you find high-quality, durable kitchen cabinets, you can focus on the fun part. You have endless options for the aesthetic look of your cabinets, from the stain or paint color to the hardware.

Choose Your Color Palette

Paint is one of the most transformative parts of any room. When you’re designing your kitchen, the color of your cabinets has a huge impact on how the space looks, how the design flows together and how open the room feels. Because cabinets take up so much space, it’s important that cabinets are a color that works well with the rest of your decor.

Here are some tips for choosing your cabinet color palette:

  • Let the design guide you: In many cases, the design of your cabinets can help you determine the best color. For example, a traditional kitchen design works best with classic, neutral colors like white, ivory and cream. Rustic designs work well with warm wood tones. Modern kitchens are quite striking with cabinets that are cool earth tones, like charcoal or gray, with contrasting bright colors, like red or yellow.
  • Think about kitchen size: Your kitchen size and lighting can impact your paint color. If you have a small kitchen, choosing brighter colors will help the space feel larger and more open. Dark colors are a better choice for larger, well-lit kitchens.
  • Consider future plans to sell: If you’re planning to sell your home in the future, it’s a good idea to stick with neutral tones that will appeal to a larger buyer group.
  • Don’t feel tied to a single color. You might be drawn to a certain bright or bold color, but you notice it feels too dominant for the entire cabinet. Instead, use it as an accent against a basic earth tone or neutral color.

Pay Attention to Design Details

No matter how you design the rest of the kitchen, you can use the small details for your kitchen cabinets to reflect some of your personality. Small touches have a huge impact on the look of your kitchen and give it a polished, customized touch.

Here are some ideas for a little extra flair for your kitchen cabinets:

  • X designs: You can replace the front of your cabinets with glass featuring an “X” design as a way to add more style and visual space to your kitchen. It allows you to showcase beautiful glasses, dishes and other features as well.
  • Metal drawer pulls: Metallic tones are a hot trend in kitchen design. You can use silver, brass, bronze and copper hardware on your cabinets to add a pop of color and texture to your cabinets. Metal hardware works well with dark cabinet colors, but you can still pop light cabinets with the right metallics.
  • Steel designs: Steel adds a sophisticated and industrial look to your kitchen and is easy to keep Stainless steel is attractive for appliances, but you can also use a well-placed steel cabinet or drawer for a touch of industrial flair.

Ready to Start Your Remodel?

With all these tips, you’re ready to customize the look of your kitchen with unique and interesting cabinets. When you’re ready to start your remodel, let Kitchen Solvers help. Our experienced team of experts can implement a stylish and unique design for your new kitchen remodel. Contact us today to plan your design and get the kitchen of your dreams.

Also be sure to check out our blogs, Design Tips to Help With Your Kitchen Remodel, Steps to Take When You Plan Your Kitchen Remodel and A Step-by-Step Guide to Planning Your Kitchen Remodel for more information on planning your kitchen remodel.

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