Choosing Cabinets to Compliment Countertops

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 2:26 PM


Welcome back to our blog! In our recent posts, we took a look at some helpful tips to consider when you’re planning out a kitchen remodel and cabinet upgrade. Today, we will shift our focus to looking specifically at pairing gorgeous cabinets from WoodCabinets4Less with existing or soon-to-be installed countertops in your kitchen. Here are some of the best cabinet and countertop trends.

Old World Elegance

One classic kitchen style that is frequently featured in homes across the country is the robust Old World kitchen. This rustic style is all about the workmanship found in the details on wood cabinets and on the furniture pieces. Texture, contrast, and lighting are all important aspects of this style. Light and dark is a key characteristic of Old World kitchens, so choosing a maple cabinet with a mocha stain finish like our Madison Mocha Glaze Cabinets can enhance the appearance of a light or natural stone countertop made of marble, granite, or limestone. On the other hand, light, raised panel cabinets with hand-applied pen accenting will compliment darker stone countertops. What’s more, cabinets with pen accents highlight the architectural features of the cabinet, such as the molding, corners, and bevels to reflect the style and craftsmanship that best suits an Old World kitchen. Some of our favorite styles that feature a hand-applied penned accent include: Cream Glaze, Cinnamon Glazed Maple, Mansion Pearl, Mansion Brown, and Belgian White Chocolate Glaze. Enhance Old World kitchen cabinets and countertops by adding elegant antiqued, free-standing furniture, decor, and rustic chimney hoods located over the stove.


Modern Charm

When it comes to modern kitchens, there are a variety of cabinet and countertops combinations to choose from. Generally, when planning out a sleek kitchen with modern features, simplicity is key. Because modern-style kitchens often feature whites, grays, and blacks, it really comes down to pairing a smooth cabinet style with a clean, polished countertop. For instance, for quartz countertops, a smooth, light cabinet such as our Calm White Shaker provides the perfect touch of elegance to contrast the gray color of the countertops. If your kitchen has an island, enhance the kitchen’s aesthetic by adding a cabinet with a rich finish, like our Cherry Glaze.

Concrete and travertine countertops are currently all the rage, so for this light material, choose a darker cabinet like our Espresso Shaker for a bold kitchen style that emanates sophistication.

No matter which kitchen style you’re going for, at WoodCabinets4Less, we offer an extensive selection of cabinets to match any countertop material, so that you can create the perfect kitchen to match your style. Shop WoodCabinets4Less and turn your kitchen dreams into a reality!

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Hello, and welcome back to the WoodCabniets4Less® blog! A kitchen remodel or cabinet upgrade is a huge investment that requires a great deal of planning. While devising a plan for your dream kitchen can be quite complex, depending on the size of the project and how drastic the changes will be, planning a kitchen renovation is also quite fun. In our last blog post, we started exploring tips to help you prepare and plan for a kitchen remodel and/or cabinet renovation and, today, we’d like to continue looking at more of these tips. To learn tips regarding the more fun aspects of a designing a kitchen renovation or planning a cabinet upgrade, please continue reading below.

It’s a Matter of Style

With the kitchen layout planning and budgeting out of the way, now comes the fun part. With so many handsome styles of RTA cabinets to choose from, it can be challenging determining which style and finish best reflects your individual style, and goes along with the characteristics of your entire home. Make a list of the kitchen styles you like, taking into account your kitchen’s floor plan, and the interior and exterior style of your home. If you’d like to go for a sleek, modern style, go for a shaker-style cabinet in a lighter wood tone, such as the Oxford White Shaker Cabinets or Silver Mist Shaker Cabinets. If you’re going for a more traditional style, go with an elegant birch wood cabinet such as the Mansion Brown Cabinets. Just make sure to choose a kitchen style that works with the other features of your home, especially with those found in rooms connected or near your kitchen.

Choosing Appliances

Once you’ve settled on an overall theme for your kitchen that best reflects the style you love, it’s time to choose the appliances. If you settled on a streamlined kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, you’ll want to amplify the style of the cabinets with appliances that enhance the color and finish. For modern kitchens, you simply can't go wrong with stainless steel or slate appliances, both of which will contrast nicely with white or light-colored cabinet styles. For a rustic look, slate appliances work, too, especially when paired with our Geneva Antique White Cabinets. Stainless steel kitchens are a classic choice because they work with any color, style, and setting. Stainless steel pairs especially well with our Madison line that features a glazed appearance, such as our Madison Black and Walnut Cabinets. Choosing the appliances comes down to style preferences; the key is making sure the appliances highlight the beauty of the cabinets.



Storage is a key aspect of any kitchen. As you plan the stylistic elements of your kitchen remodel and cabinet upgrade, don’t forget about the storage space. You’ll want to determine if your existing kitchen has plenty of storage space or if it requires more. For many, cabinet upgrades are key when they want to improve the aesthetics of a kitchen, but cabinets are also a functional element of every kitchen. Adding taller wall cabinets that run the length of the wall space up to the ceiling can provide ample storage space. What’s more, adding built-in pantries can add a touch of elegance and improve your kitchen’s storage capacity.


Ah, yes. You can’t forget about the countertops. In fact, one of the most important steps when planning either a partial or full-kitchen remodel is making sure the countertops and cabinets pair nicely together. Because these are two of the most visible aspects of any kitchen space, they can either make a kitchen look stunning, or drab and lifeless. If you prefer darker-toned wood cabinets like our Shaker Slate Cabinets, lighter stone countertops will provide a nice contrast to make the kitchen cabinets stand out. If you prefer lighter cabinets, like our Simply Shaker White Cabinets, go with darker granite countertops.  

Adding or Updating an Island Feature

If you have space, adding an island to your kitchen provides an additional workspace, more storage, and can even feature sinks, stove top burners, and wine racks. If you already have an island and you’re updating the cabinets and countertops everywhere else in your kitchen, upgrading this feature is a must. Let’s say you choose the Stone Creek Shaker Cabinets for your main cabinet features. A nice way to add contrast to these cabinets is by choosing cabinets for the island that offer contrast, yet enhance the beauty of both. In this scenario, going with a darker cabinet like the Black Shaker will pull the kitchen together. The countertops on the island can be a different tone from those on the main countertops, which will also provide a lovely contrasting appearance.

Thank you for reading our short blog series focusing on tips to help you plan your kitchen upgrade or cabinet remodel. Remember, planning is the key to creating a kitchen that will bring you joy for years to come. Proper planning helps ensure that all areas of your kitchen remodel are covered, including the aspects of style, functions, and accessibility. Planning ahead also helps you create a kitchen where every aspect compliments another, creating a whole aesthetically-pleasing space that fits your style and lifestyle. For the most extensive selection of elegant cabinets, shop WoodCabinets4Less today. Have questions about your kitchen design? Contact us today to speak to one of our kitchen design and cabinet experts for help with planning the perfect kitchen.

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Hello, readers, and welcome back to the WoodCabinets4Less blog. In our last post, we looked at plywood, what it is, and the benefits of plywood features in cabinets. Today, we would like to turn our focus to cabinet glazing, which is an important aspect of cabinet finishing. Kitchen and bathroom cabinets are not only functional objects found in these rooms, they are also the most visible aspect of these spaces and, depending on the color and finish, can either make a room look gorgeous and welcoming, or dry and dull. With two different types of cabinet glaze applications available—full-body glazing and pen accent glazing—we’ve had many customers ask about glazing techniques and the difference between them and, in today’s post, we’ll explore both of these techniques. Please continue reading below to learn more.

What Is Glazing?

Glazing is the application of a thin transparent or semi-transparent coating on the surface of the cabinet door that alters the look of the finish.It can deepen or lighten the original/base color of the cabinet door stain or paint. Glazing is applied by hand or by brush to the entire door once the cabinets have been stained or painted and then cured. The glaze is then wiped off by hand. As a result, the glaze articulates the details of the cabinet such as the molding, bevels, and corners, while adding depth and color to the finish. Our Madison line offers some great glazed looks: Madison Pewter Frost, Madison Charcoal Frost, Madison Chocolate Frost & Chocolate Walnut Frost offering glaze and finish distressing are a few great options for those looking for a glazed cabinet style. Our premium line also offers countless glazed finishes on many wood species: Alder, Maple, Cherry, Hickory, Walnut and is also available in rustic wood style as well.

Benefits of Glazing

Glazing is great for creating a rustic, yet sophisticated look, especially on traditional raised panel cabinets. Some of the benefits of glazing include:

  • Creates depth and highlights cabinet features.

  • Adds subtle shading on cabinet doors and fronts for a stylish look.

  • Excellent for those looking for a more traditional kitchen or bathroom style that emanates elegance.

  • Perfect style for country or mountain homes with rustic or modern features.

  • Glazing adds a touch of class to any kitchen or bathroom.

  • Works well with a variety of kitchen and bathroom appliance finishes.  


What Is Pen Accenting?

Hand-applied pen accenting is applying a transparent, semi-transparent, or colored coating to the grooves and bevels found on cabinet doors, particularly traditional raised panel styles, to highlight the architectural features such as the molding, corners, and bevels. Adding either a single line, double, or multiple lines to the bevels on the cabinets creates the illusion of a high contrast to accentuate every detail of the cabinet. This glazing technique may also alter the appearance of the surface texture of the cabinet, creating the illusion of deep grooves while drawing attention to the craftsmanship of the cabinets. Some of our styles featuring a penned accent glaze are: Cream Glaze, Cinnamon Glazed Maple, Mansion Pearl, Mansion Brown, and Belgian White Chocolate Glaze.

Benefits of Pen Accent Glazing

Pen accenting is a premium finish that offers an excellent way to add a unique, antiqued look to any kitchen or bathroom. Some of the benefits of pen accenting include:

  • Hand-applied pen accent provides a concise line.

  • Cabinets have a depth and contrast, unlike other, more streamlined cabinets.

  • Adds a vintage, rustic, or Old World look to any kitchen or bathroom.

  • Works especially well for rustic and country style homes.

  • Enhances the appearance of stone countertops.

  • Goes well with a number of kitchen appliance finishes and hardware features.

While both of these glazing and pen accent glazing techniques are simply a matter of taste and style preference, either can significantly improve and enhance the aesthetics of any kitchen or bathroom. For those looking for a more modern, sleek cabinet, check our shaker line, which includes our Oxford White Shaker and Storm Grey Shaker cabinets. If you would like to upgrade the appearance and function of your kitchen or bathroom with glazed or pen accent cabinets, contact our cabinet experts today at WoodCabinets4Less and start designing the kitchen or bathroom you’ve always wanted.

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Hi there, and welcome back to the WoodCabinets4Less® blog! Before starting on the actual kitchen renovation or cabinet upgrade, planning every aspect of the project is crucial, rather than just jumping right into it. Last time, we spent some time going over the benefits of ordering sample doors before choosing the cabinets you would like to install in your kitchen or bathroom. No matter what your project entails, if you’re ordering RTA Cabinets, Semi-Custom Cabinets, or Custom Cabinets from us, you will want to order sample doors before settling on a style and finish. Sticking with the planning process, we would like to look at how the layout, style preferences, and other elements of your kitchen can affect its appearance and function, so before you start a kitchen remodel or install new cabinets, here are a few things to consider.

Check the Layout

Unless you plan to completely gut your kitchen, your kitchen’s existing layout will impact the design of your remodel or upgrade. For instance, if your kitchen’s floor plan is L-shaped, the cabinets most likely run across the either the partial or full length of the wall space above the countertops. This floor plan is much more open while providing excellent storage space, which may also allow for the addition of an island. For a U-shaped layout, cabinets are usually featured on two or three walls, providing ample storage space; however, this layout generally limits the amount of standing room. A galley layout is a much narrower kitchen with cabinet space running along the length of opposing walls. Like the U-shaped layout, standing space is limited, but cabinet space is abundant. These are just few of the most common kitchen layouts, and understanding how features in your existing kitchen are laid out can be helpful when planning a renovation or cabinet installation.

Plan Your Budget

Kitchen renovations can range significantly in cost. It’s best to take some time to write out your design ideas and make a list of what you hope to achieve with the renovation. Here are some questions to ask yourself when planning out your project’s budget:

  • What do I love and hate about my current kitchen?

  • What am I you hoping to achieve with my kitchen remodel and/or cabinet upgrade?

  • How will this space be used? Do I plan on using the space to cook and store things or will I also use the space to entertain guests?

  • Do I have plenty of cabinet, closet, and general storage space or could I use more?

  • Do I have enough space in my kitchen to add new cabinets, countertops, appliances, and other features?

  • How does the kitchen connect to other rooms in the house?

  • Is there natural lighting from a window and/or door leading outside?

  • How will the lighting effect my new cabinets and wall color choice? Will it change their appearance?  


Asking these questions and making a list of ideas underneath each can help you determine exactly what you want to get out of your kitchen renovation. As you shop around for your materials and decide on which WoodCabinets4Less cabinets best fit your style, make note of the costs. Also, write down what it might cost for a professional cabinet installation, if necessary. You can then establish your budget accordingly so that you know exactly what you have to work with. Keep in mind that things come up and accidents happen during renovations, so it's best to give yourself a bit of leeway in your budget.

These are some of the first steps to take when planning out your kitchen renovation and/or cabinet remodel. Join us next time as we continue looking at more tips for planning your kitchen renovation project. For the best selection of gorgeous, high-quality kitchen cabinets, check out our line of RTA Cabinets, Quick-Ship Semi-Custom Cabinets, Pre-Assembled Cabinets, Semi-Custom Cabinets, and Custom Cabinets, where we’re sure you’ll find a cabinet style you’ll love.

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Hi there and welcome back to part two of our short blog series. In our last post, we began venturing into the realm of plywood, what it is, how it is made, and introduced some of the benefits of plywood cabinet boxes. You may want to read part one before reading further. In today’s post, we will continue exploring some of the advantages of plywood construction in cabinets. All of our cabinets feature a plywood cabinet box, as well as base cabinets that feature plywood drawers and bottoms, so we thought it would be beneficial to explain the ins-and-outs of plywood to inform our customers and help eliminate some of the confusion on why it is a better material for cabinetry, while also teaching our customers a little more about the components of their cabinets. Please read on to learn more.

A Quick Refresher

In part one of our plywood blog series, we explained that plywood is a sheet material made of three or more thin layers of wood or plies of wood veneer; each sheet is usually thinner than ⅛ inch and bonded together with an adhesive to create flat panels for the interior cabinet box. You’ll find all of our cabinet boxes feature a 7-12 thick ply. These thin layers of maple or birch veneer are actually part of the plywood, as each veneer or ply is glued with its grain at right angles to adjacent layers creating strength and durability. This process of alternating the wood grain that creates a stable panel material is called cross-graining and has many key advantages as a sturdy cabinet material. One of the benefits that we mentioned in part one relates to the hinges and drawer slides; because plywood is incredibly strong, drawer slides remain attached securely to the inner hardwood plywood material, thus creating smooth  drawer movements. Also, because plywood is constructed to be a durable material, its use in cabinet boxes improves the quality of the cabinet, yet there are many more benefits associated with plywood cabinet box construction listed below.


Cost Effective

While plywood is used in a variety of cabinets, it is typically featured in higher-end cabinets. This does not necessarily mean it always makes a cabinet more expensive than those that utilize other materials; in fact, it is a more affordable option in the long run. Plywood is not made of wood chips like some other composite wood materials used in cabinet construction. Rather, it is made of wood sheets that are compressed together between front and back maple, birch, or even cherry wood veneer layers, and often finished in a light clear coat. Because this wood is much more durable than other wood composites, not only will you get a quality cabinet, but you will also get a sturdy cabinet box that can withstand the tests of time. So even if you pay a little more money up front, the investment will be well worth every penny in the long run.

Easy To Assemble

The sturdiness that plywood offers means that cabinet boxes are easy to assemble. Plywood is designed to hold nails, screws, and mechanical fasteners securely, allowing cabinet hardware to be attached with ease. Additionally, plywood is less likely to split when securing screws and cabinet hardware in place. This adds an extra level of quality to cabinets with plywood cabinet boxes and drawers while also making it easy for both DIYers and professional contractors to assemble these cabinets without worrying about harming the plywood.

Natural Wood Appearance

For those who love the beauty of natural wood, plywood offers the appearance and feel of natural wood, as the wood’s natural patterns including knots, wood grain, and mineral streaking is clearly visible.  

Strength and Durability

The cross-graining construction of the individual wood veneers or plies that are placed together with adhesive and then compressed create a structurally sound panel that can be used in a variety of ways. Plywood is incredibly versatile and is frequently used in the construction of cabinet boxes for just this reason; the sturdy sheets of plywood create strong cabinet box bottoms, tops, sides, backs, shelving, and also provides a solid base in cabinet drawers. Additionally, plywood is designed to last. Unlike particleboard that is used in lower-quality cabinet construction, plywood will not dent, break apart, or scratch as easily. Plywood is also a far better material where areas of potential water leakage or spillage is a possibility. Unlike particle board that absorbs water and expands before turning to dust, plywood will stand up far better to leaks and spills.

This concludes a short blog series that explored plywood and its uses in cabinet construction. Plywood is an excellent panel material that provides durability, strength, and quality for cabinet boxes and drawers. We hope you have found this information helpful. At WoodCabinets4Less, our goal is to provide you with top-quality cabinets for your kitchen and bathroom, while also offering tips and advice relating to all things cabinets. Please check back next time to learn more about our cabinets. Also, be sure to check out our superior collection of cabinets for your next kitchen or remodel project. Thanks for reading our blog and we will see you next time!

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