When you’re planning to design a new kitchen for your home, the choice of kitchen cabinets will probably be one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make, both in terms of cost and the impact on the overall look of your kitchen. So, it’s not a decision to make lightly.
Sure, it’s easy to fall in love at first sight with an image of a dream kitchen you’ve found scrolling through social media. However, that doesn’t mean it will be the right choice for your particular kitchen for the long-term.
To help ensure you make a smart choice, try asking these four questions before deciding on a new set of kitchen cabinets (and if you have any lingering doubts, you can always chat with a professional!):
1. How Will the New Cabinets Fit in My Space?
Location, location, location is the first principle of real estate – and it ought to be your first consideration when deciding on new cabinets.
Take a moment to picture where your new cabinets will be, and think about how they will fit among your appliances and other furniture. You want to make sure your choice won’t clash with the rest of the kitchen.
Also, take stock of your storage needs. If you’re trying to maximize space in a smaller kitchen, choosing the right cabinets can help. Can you take advantage of space under a countertop to add a wine rack or extra pull-out shelves with dividers to organize all your kitchen gadgets? Maybe you want to keep your trash hidden? Or maybe you need extra space for food storage?
Be sure to measure the available space in your kitchen, and plan for cabinets that will fit your needs.
2. What Kitchen Color Palette Do I Want?
Another key consideration in choosing new kitchen cabinets is the color. Cabinets can come in a range of natural wood tones or be painted virtually any color you choose, though the most popular modern options are shades of white, off-white, gray, espresso, and blue.
Think about the overall color palette you want for your kitchen. What colors will you choose for your walls, floors, countertops, backsplash, and furniture? Will your cabinets stand out as a signature visual focal point or serve as the backdrop? What color contrast do you prefer, if any, between the cabinet door face and the hardware, and how will this fit with the overall color scheme?
3. How Do I Want My Kitchen Cabinet Doors to Look?
Kitchen cabinet doors come in a variety of styles. For example, one popular option is Shaker style doors, a five-piece design with a recessed center panel. This style works well in traditional and transitional style kitchens. Your choice of hardware on a Shake style door will also contribute to whether the overall effect is more classic or contemporary.
If you prefer a strikingly modern look, you probably want to choose flat or slab fronts. When you pair this style door with sleek, sturdy hardware your design will appear very minimalist and cutting-edge.
4. How Much Time Am I Willing to Spend on Kitchen Cabinet Installation?
As they say, time is money, and the time you’re willing to invest on kitchen cabinet installation may be the deciding factor as to whether you’ll prefer assembled or ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets.
Assembled cabinets will arrive to your door already assembled by the manufacturer and ready to be installed right away. They typically cost more, as labor is included, but you won’t need to spend so much time before being able to use them.
Ready-to-assemble cabinets are cheaper, but they arrive to your door with all the separate pieces needing to be put together. You’ll be able to save money, but you’ll also need to factor in the time required to assemble all the pieces yourself.
Would you like a FREE kitchen design? If you’d appreciate some expert advice in choosing new cabinets for your kitchen, speak with one of our RTA Wood Cabinets Kitchen Designers today at: 800-788-7575.