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.
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.