The kitchen has evolved into the key gathering place in a home, making its appearance crucial to its atmosphere. As the popularity of open, large kitchens grows, homeowners are not using as many traditional wall cabinets and are leaning towards more modern styles. Before you begin your kitchen modernization, consider the following options and tips:
Types of Cabinets
Cabinetry is available in three classifications, each providing different features.
Stock cabinets come in standard sizes and shapes, and are usually available to take home from home improvement stores on the day of the purchase. This style is perfect for remodelers on a budget as it is considered the economy-grade style.
Semi-custom cabinets are built based on certain options of size and style a remodeler may choose. These cabinets make up the largest cabinetry market and require a long lead-time for delivery.
Custom cabinetsare made by hand to tailor the remodeler’s standards. These cabinets are the most expensive of the three types but cater to the homeowner’s specific style. The price varies widely according to size, materials and options.
If you are happy with the overall layout of their cabinetry, then refacing might be an option to consider. Refacing gives existing cabinets a “facelift” by removing existing door and drawer fronts and replacing them with new ones, but is an option only if the basic cabinetry and drawer boxes are in good shape.
Whether you are refacing or replacing your cabinets, Karen Winstrom from Dura Supreme Cabinetry and Heather Argo from Kraftmaid identify the following modern trends to consider:
- Unusual and exotic wood species
- Letting the natural wood grain show
- Hand-detailing and distressing
- Molding to add interest
- Furniture-like accents including feet and legs
- Functional storage
- Door inserts such as glass, stainless steel, louvers and rattan
Chic Cabinet Makeover Tips
When choosing semi-custom or custom cabinetry, you’ll have a choice of wood species; each with a specific grain and color which affect the look of decorative finishes. Here are a few characteristics of some of the more popular woods:
Recent Wood Trend
Knotty Maple Wood is a newly popular option in wood species for your cabinets. Best as a complement to classic Western-American architecture, this species offers the following characteristics:
—Quality Cabinets, www.qualitycabinets.com
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