Cabinets play an important role in both your kitchen’s appearance and functionality. There are lots of options for kitchen cabinets; sleek stainless steel, traditional cherry, mahagony, hickory, shaker style, traditional style, tall cabinets are only some of the options.
One of the first steps in remodeling a kitchen is to design the kitchen cabinet layout and decide on the style and color of cabinets.
Dark Cabinet Finishes
Hues of chocolate and espresso are a current trend in kitchen cabinets. This versatile style can be incorporated in both traditional and contemporary kitchens.
Shaker Style Cabinets
While traditional remains the most popular style in kitchen cabinetry, Shaker has overtaken contemporary as the second most-popular style. This style features simple, square-paneled doors that complement nearly any kitchen.
Stainless Steel Cabinets
Stainless steel is a material prominent in most modern kitchens designs. Homeowners seeking an updated kitchen often desire stainless steel appliances and sinks, and stainless steel kitchencabinets work well with this look.
Historically they were used in restaurants, laboratories, and for medical storage, stainless steel cabinetry has moved beyond its industrial beginnings and is now found in high-end home kitchen designs.
While you can get a very sleek, angular look with stainless steel kitchen cabinets, it does show fingerprints and scratches easily so you want to make sure you are comfortable with a non perfect surface if your kitchen is used frequently. Fortunately, over-the-counter stainless steel cleaners are readily available so that fingerprints can be easily wiped away.
Besides being easy to clean, stainless steel is a durable and sanitary material—two very appealing characteristics for a frequently used room such as a kitchen. For the earth-friendly homeowner, stainless steel cabinets are considered a green product, meaning they are recyclable, non-toxic and easy to clean without the use of harsh chemicals. Additionally, steel cabinets are a great pick for outdoor kitchens, since they hold up quite well against the elements.
The primary feature of Hickory cabinets is the beautiful coloring and look of their wood grain. Hickory cabinets are gorgeous enough without being painted over, and natural or stained hickory wood makes for the best hickory cabinets. Even without painting, you still have a variety of options for your hickory cabinets and can find the perfect color for your room or project. The names and colors of stains for hickory cabinets vary between providers, but some of the available ones include linen, sierra, auburn, briarwood, light, natural, and ebony. The wide variety of colors and stains available is definitely one of the pros of hickory cabinets.
Another major feature of hickory cabinets is the ease with which you can find them. Many furniture and home improvement stores carry hickory cabinets in a variety of stains and colors. Smaller independent companies that specialize in cabinetry and furniture making are also very likely to have hickory cabinets for you to choose from. A visit to a hardware store, a flip through the White Pages, or a visit to a cabinet or hardware store will definitely yield hickory cabinets. The popularity and availability of hickory cabinets makes them another good choice for any home project.
In our grandmothers’ day, if a piece of furniture or a picture frame was distressed, it meant it had been around for generations and most of the paint had worn off in areas that had been rubbed by hands or nicked by being moved too many times. Today, the distressed look is sought-after, and it can add character and style to many types of decor.
The process is relatively simple. The first step is to determine what you would like the finished piece to look like. If below the distressed areas you would like to see an old paint color, as if the piece has been painted many times over, you will need to paint two colors. Consider a brighter color for the base coat so it shows up well as it peeks through the top coat. If you want the rubbed-off areas to reveal bare wood, the technique requires only one coat.
You also need to decide whether to add a stain to it afterward, which will mute or age the color(s) you’ve selected. To retain the integrity of your color choice, you may just want to paint clear polyurethane over the finished project. A water-based polyurethane that won’t yellow over time is a good choice.
There are lots of designs and choices for kitchen cabinets. Choose one that will work for you, you will be comfortable to gave in your home, match to the style of your home, and be easy to maintain.