Styles of Cabinets
When you begin remodeling your kitchen, you may be unsure where to start, and the cabinets are a great spot. Especially if you’re having trouble figuring out what theme will best fit your kitchen, picking out cabinets could help you to style the rest of the kitchen and dining area. Here are some styles to look at when choosing your Colorado kitchen cabinets.
The most common cabinet door in most kitchens is the shaker-style cabinet. Shaker cabinets use simple, clean lines to create a door that can work with different kitchen themes or styles. It is a flat-panel system that can be changed to look traditional, contemporary or modern.
Choosing shaker-style cabinetry means you can choose from many variations of wood, stain, paint, finish and even hardware. The versatility of this cabinet style gives your kitchen a custom feel because you can combine and change out parts of the cabinet you don’t like, such as the handles or paint color.
This Colorado kitchen cabinet style is also good if you know you’ll remodel your kitchen in the future. It’s easy to pick cost effective materials that can be switched out at some point, or you can pick luxury finishes to keep for a lifetime. Shaker-style cabinetry is a classic design that fits any budget, whether it’s small or unlimited. Shaker-style cabinets are perfect for cottage-style kitchens and look absolutely stunning in a pure white.
If simplicity is more your style, flat cabinets can make a perfect cabinet door in your remodeled kitchen. Flat cabinets are a flat-paneled cabinet door typically made of either laminate or wood. There aren’t many details to the cabinet and its minimalist look lends a hand in keeping a kitchen look clean, modern and simple.
Many people choose flat cabinets because they’re in it for the long haul - they have a classic look that will last and can come in many colors. The one detail to keep in mind is that most flat cabinets have exposed hinges because of the way the door fits precisely into the frame.
With a typical cabinet, the hinges are hidden so the look isn’t important, but with a flat cabinet you’ll have to pick a hardware that you like and that fits into your kitchen style. Flat cabinets are ideal for the modern, contemporary look.
Thermofoil cabinets are not always found in luxury kitchen designs because everyone simply loves hardwood. If you already have thermofoil cabinets that you love then you don't always need to rip them out to revamp the look. In fact, thermofoil cabinets can be given new life with a fresh coat of paint and possibly some faux finishing. It's not a bad idea to keep them if you like the style because they have a reputation for being very durable.
Typically thermofoil cabinets only come in solid colors or imitation wood. It’s better to pick darker colors in this style because although it is durable, sunlight and heat can cause lighter colors to yellow. It’s also difficult to repair any damage if it somehow does occur, which makes investing in thermofoil cabinet both a benefit and a risk, as it is so hard to damage them in the first place.
If you love a luxury, handcrafted look, then louvered cabinets might fit well in your kitchen remodel. These cabinets are made with wood slats. These slats, which are usually used on windows or interior doors, add to the architectural style and can be a good way to add ventilation to some cabinets.
The doors have space between each wooden slat, so air can freely flow through. Louvered cabinetry is detailed and gives kitchens a homey, handmade feel as well as a good dose of character. Louvered cabinets tend to have a higher price tag, but they’re made of quality wood and can add an extra function to cabinets needed to hold things like cable boxes.
Is your dream kitchen cozy and warm? Cottage style cabinets add a homey feel to a kitchen remodel, and beadboard paneling can give a kitchen that cottage type look. Beadboard cabinets make kitchens feel bright and clean, especially if the cabinets are a white, yellow or tan color.
The only downside to beadboard cabinets is that the cracks in the door can need extra cleaning, so they aren’t the best option for those of us who prefer to spend as little time cleaning our kitchen as possible. Then again, if you darken the beadboard with an accent color then it makes any dust gathered show up less. Here's an example.
Distressed cabinets give any kitchen a shabby chic look. If you love the antique theme of some kitchens, ordering distressed or worn-looking cabinets could really add beautiful detailing into your kitchen remodel.
The distressed look of cabinets usually consists of rubbed off door corners, an appearance of peeling paint and even hardware the looks rusted or used.
It may sound less luxurious that other cabinet styles but with the right kitchen designer and cabinet manufacturer, distressed cabinets can make any home feel cozy and upscale. Many manufacturers can even do extra distressing to cabinets that don’t have the exact look you want.
CUSTOM & SEMI-CUSTOM CABINETS
The best way to know which cabinet styles will best fit your new kitchen style is to talk to a Colorado kitchen remodel contractor. Your contractor should be able to help you figure out which designs fit our personality and needs, as well as your budget.
The contractor can also help you to make sure that the cabinets you choose complement the rest of the kitchen’s new design. If you don’t find a cabinet style that you’re crazy about, you can always have custom cabinets designed. This may take more time and money, but it assures you that the new cabinets in your home are exactly what you envisioned.