Cabinetry Smarts—Kitchen Basics 101

Sometimes the problem with making your kitchen, and kitchen cabinets seem better is not color, or glass accents, or even overall design. It’s removing the bottlenecks created by overcrowding or clutter. Clutter on the shelves, on the counters or all over, can disrupt the look and even the flow of people through your kitchen. No bright color or glass panel is going to offset the look of visual chaos or lack of kitchen efficiencies. Outside of clutter, there are other important issues to consider: 

Quality is a very important aspect to consider and is sometimes overlooked for price. The number of cabinets you have is not as important as the quality of the cabinetry. The fewer cabinets you add to your kitchen renovation, the less expensive it will be. ALWAYS choose quality over quantity.

Choose quality hinges and runners, including soft-close drawers, and custom-made cabinetry. Go for large fillers and ill-fitted modular cabinetry. Keep the cost down by keeping the cabinet countdown. Design the kitchen layout to keep it light, bright and with an open plan, without using tons of cabinets.

Symmetry is also very important when putting your cabinet design together.The eye is naturally drawn to appreciate symmetry and repetition. When you're renovating, keep your kitchen cabinetry simple and appealing. Elegance has a way of being understated, and simplicity is key. Keep the wall cabinetry sizes the same where possible. Drawers look nice when they are large and expansive - if you have multiple sets, keep them the same size, with the same proportion of drawers.

 Light, Bright Spaces work very well in many circumstances. A kitchen that is white makes the space feel bigger and airier. White is also a universally appealing color and leaves a blank slate so buyers can re-envision the space.

Keep the space open, bright and light cabinetry. If you want some contrast, go for a darker bench top. Backsplashes should be kept fairly neutral too - try to introduce texture instead of color into the backsplash. If you are looking to sell your house, you probably don’t want to consider darker-color cabinetry, which can make the space feel closed. While adding a strong color may suit your taste, it may not be to everybody's liking. Moreover, if selling, keep in mind while white may not be the most daring color for your cabinetry, it's the most popular. The more neutral and elegant the space is, the more potential buyers you will attract.

As a final note, hundreds of styles of cabinets are made from a broad range of materials: fine hardwoods, laminates, veneers, painted particleboard, and more. Considering this and the fact that kitchen cabinetry is often the most costly part of a new kitchen, it only makes sense to choose cabinets wisely and care for them well.