What’s the most important part of a kitchen? When you walk in, you might look at the color scheme, the layout, and the style of the entire space. But the focal point that draws it all together, and the first thing that meets the eye? The kitchen cabinets.
When you’re doing a kitchen remodel, you have virtually unlimited options for your cabinet redesign, which might feel overwhelming at first. Here’s what to keep in mind on exactly how to plan your cabinet remodel.
Selecting your materials
Besides being one of the first things that someone notices in a kitchen, the cabinets also tend to be one of the most used features of the area. Because of that, you want to make sure you give extra through to selecting the materials for your cabinets. There’s a wide range of options for you to choose from: particle board, chipboard, or high quality hardwood.
While hardwood tends to be the most durable, if your budget doesn’t allow for it, you can get your plywood or fiberboard treated to stand up against the test of time. If you are able to select hardwood, you can choose from materials such as cherry, red oak, hard maple, ash, pine, and more. Ask your contractor what type of wood they believe would complement your kitchen remodel the best, and spend some time picturing the different styles in your home.
Considering your layout
If you’re satisfied with the current layout of your kitchen, then you won’t need to think too much about changing the placement of your cabinets. However, if you’re looking to rearrange the design completely, then this is your chance to really optimize the placement of your cabinets.
If you’re doing this more full type of kitchen renovation, then those plans are something to go over with your contractor. Add cabinets under your sink, remove corner cabinets in favor of full cabinets, and more. You can also ask your contractor how to make the most of the space you have if you don’t have the budget for large scale remodel. Remember, cabinetry tends to account for the highest cost of remodeling any kitchen, so it’s going to make a big difference in the look of the entire room – your contractor can help you.
Adding extra features
If your cabinets are old and outdated, you might not even be aware of all the extra features you can add to them when planning your cabinet remodel. You can choose from:
- Spice drawer inserts
- Compartmentalized drawer dividers
- Slide out shelves
- Larger drawers
- Lazy Susans
- Pullout drawers
- Toe kick drawers
- Rollout pantries
- Pull out step stools
- Cabinet lights
- Under cabinet shelving
- Corner shelf carousels
- Hinged corner turnout shelving
And more. Instead of going with traditional, rectangular spaces, there are endless ways to maximize your space. Don’t settle for an average cabinet remodel – plan to add extra features to your space, and you’ll be creating storage space that you didn’t even know you had.
Selecting design details
As there are endless options for planning your cabinet remodel in general, there are endless options for design details on the cabinets themselves. The smallest touches on your cabinets can have a huge impact.
For example, you can choose a paneled window for the front of your cabinet with glass, an X design, or a full glass-front cabinet. You can add drawer pulls in silver, brass, brone, copper, or another of your choosing. You can get shaker cabinets, flat-front cabinets, or a whole number of other styles. You might even want to throw in some open shelving.
Create a list of kitchen cabinet details that you like the most. You can browse Pinterest to see how they look in different kitchens, and research which styles you like the best. When you’ve written your list, start crossing off options until you get to your favorites. You’ll have created the formula for your favorite cabinet ever.
Researching photos of cabinets that you like is always a great idea, but seeing them in person can enhance your ideas of what you like and what you don’t like. You can feel the materials for yourself, and see all the different styles laid out for your next to each other. It’s also helpful to see how the cabinets function, especially new added features that your old cabinets might not have had.
Choosing the color palette
When you’re figuring out how exactly to plan your kitchen remodel, color is not something to forget about. In many cases, the design itself will guide the color. If your kitchen is more traditional, it will tend to lend itself to a neutral color palette like white or ivory. On the other hand, modern kitchens might call for earth tones, and rustic styles match well with warmer colors and natural wood.
If you know that you’re going to sell your home in the future, it’s a good idea to keep a more neutral color palette in general because a larger number of people are likely to like them. You can also ask your contractor about doing two different tones that complement each other.
Now that you have more ideas on exactly how to plan your cabinet remodel, you’re ready to start. Cabinets Plus USA is ready and waiting to give you the kitchen cabinet makeover you’ve always thought about. If you’re ready to get a hassle-free, expertly designed kitchen renovation, then you’ve come to the right place.