The cabinets in your kitchen, bathroom, and any other room, are the perfect place to emphasize the unique style and personality of your home. Because there are a lot of things to consider to find the right fit, we’ve narrowed it down for you. Here are five aspects you should consider when picking new cabinetry.
Picking the Right Wood
The three most important elements to selecting your wood are the wood type, color, and grain. This includes whether your wood is hard (such as birch, oak, or maple) or soft (such as pine, cedar, or spruce). Color refers to the natural color of the wood. The lighter the natural color of the wood you pick, the easier it can be manipulated. Grain is the texture and patterns that are natural within the wood, creating a unique design. Each of these elements affects the overall look of your cabinets.
Choosing Your Color
Cabinets can come in a wide array of colors and finishes, which is both a good and bad thing. It means you can paint or order your cabinets to come in the perfect color for your room. But it also means there are an almost endless amount of choices. The color of your cabinets will once again go with your overall style for the room. Do you want a more modern look? If so, go with a bright colored cabinet or a dark wood cabinet against light paint. If you prefer a more classic style, then you will want a more muted or neutral colored cabinet, closer to the color of your paint.
Opening the Right Door
One big thing to consider is the style of the door of your cabinets. Doors are an important visual aspect of your cabinets. Some common types include shaker, louvered, beadboard, flat, inset, distressed, and thermofoil (more on the different types in an upcoming article!). If you’re going for a simple look, shaker or flat doors might be right for you. Louvered or inset doors can create a more classic look. And distressed and beadboard cabinets can give a more modern look. Each door style has a specific look and general function, and goes a long way in creating the overall appearance of your cabinets.
Your cabinet hardware (which includes the knobs, pulls, handles, and hinges) goes a long way in adding personality to your cabinets. Since most cabinets require you to choose the hardware, this is a great place to add your own special, unique touch. Just make sure that you strike the balance of beauty and practicality, leaving you with cabinets that are beautiful to behold and yet easy to open.
The accessories of your cabinets can include things like crown molding, decorative toe kicks, and fillers. Accessories can add a special touch, style, or grace to the overall look of your cabinets.
With these different aspects to consider, you can end up with a lot of different options. Try mixing and matching. Most cabinet stores have wood and color samples you can take home. Take these with you when you pick out paint and hardware to help you find the style you want.