The kitchen is the heart of the home and your cabinets are the main focus of the kitchen. So when you are going to choose new kitchen cabinets, it is important to get it right. The problem is there are literally thousands of options you need to consider when you are choosing kitchen cabinets. So, narrow down your options using these five things.
Set a budget for your kitchen cabinets before you do anything else. Everyone has a limit that they can spend on kitchen cabinets, so find out what yours is. If any options you find will put you above your limit, it is no longer a possibility. Remember that no matter what look you are going for, you will be able to find something within your budget. So when you are shopping be sure to stick to the price you set.
Keeping your budget in mind, start looking at the material you would like your cabinets made out of.
-Laminate cabinets are typically your lowest priced option and can give you the look of real wood without the price. They are durable but when they do get damaged they are very hard to repair, so be sure to take this into consideration.
-Metal cabinets, like stainless steel, are hard-wearing and easy to take care of. Metal cabinets cost more than laminate, but they will last much longer.
-Wood cabinets are by far the most expensive choice but they are durable and timeless. If you want wood cabinets but are working on a budget, be sure to look at the less expensive woods like pine and oak. Though choices like cherry and maple can be beautiful, they are very expensive, which puts them out of reach for many home owners.
You are also going to need to narrow down your choices based on the type of construction you can afford.
-Stock cabinets are the least expensive construction option. They come in a limited number of sizes which can make creating the perfect kitchen difficult. However, with good planning and some creativity, you can get a beautiful look with this type of cabinetry.
-Semi-custom cabinets give you more options than stock cabinets but do cost more. This type of cabinetry is made to your requirements at the manufacturer and then is delivered and installed in your home.
-Custom cabinetry is the most expensive type of construction but allows you to make your cabinets fit your kitchen and your needs perfectly. If you have a large budget to work with, having your cabinetry custom built is the only way to go.
Once you have chosen your material and type based on your budget, it is time to look at the color that you want. Decide first whether you would like a painted or stained finish.
If paint is the look you are going for, make sure you do not go too bold if you intend on selling in the near future. Staying in the neutrals, like white or brown is the safer way to go. However, if you are planning to stay in your home for quite some time, choose the color that makes you happy.
If stain is the route you prefer to go, look to the other wood colors in your home for inspiration. Staying within the same wood color throughout your home will make your home feel more unified. They color does not have to match perfectly, but at least try to keep the color within the same family.
Once you know what color you would like your cabinets to be in, it is time to choose a style for the doors. If your home has a modern feel, then avoid choosing doors that are very ornate. If you want the style of your kitchen to be more traditional, be sure that the style of the cabinets fits. Since your cabinets will be the primary focus of the room, make sure that the style you choose makes since.Choosing your kitchen cabinets can be overwhelming, but if look at these five things individually the process will be much less stressful. So set your budget and choose your material, construction, color, and style. Once you do, you will be enjoying the beautiful new kitchen cabinets that you chose.