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March 4, 2014

Kitchen Remodel: Spotlight on Cabinets

Modern Kitchen CabinetsSo, you’ve decided to remodel your kitchen but you don’t know where to start?

Cabinets are the focal point for a new kitchen and by replacing them you can give your kitchen the face-lift it needs to become one of your favorite rooms in your home. However, the multitudes of fixtures, stain colors, styles and more options can become overwhelming if you don’t narrow down what is most important.  Here are some examples of the best design practices and also a few considerations to take into account before you go out and decide which cabinets are right for you!

Choosing the Right Cabinets

Overall Design

First you need to plan out your overall space and design elements that are most important to your remodel. Look at pictures of other kitchens that are similar to yours and choose which elements you like or dislike in their design. Once you come up with a list of priorities, and narrow down the design that you desire, you are more able to make other choices for your cabinets.

If you are not replacing anything but the cabinets in your kitchen, you have to consider the other features within your space and how the new cabinets you wish to buy will go with the overall look. For example, if you have wood floors and modern stainless steel appliances you want to make sure that your new cabinet color and hardware match with the existing elements. Bringing home door samples or paint colors is helpful in deciding if a certain element is right for your space.

However, if you are replacing the floors, back splash, counters or other elements within your kitchen, then this design process becomes easier. You can start from scratch and build in the colors you desire! Even though this may be easier to design all the elements, you must still consider the overall look or else the cabinets will appear outdated or out of place within the kitchen design.


The next thing you must consider while planning your new cabinet investment is how much you’re willing AND able to spend. The little additions and accessories within a kitchen do begin to add up in price… therefore planning a budget, and more importantly sticking to it is imperative.

According to HGTV, when remodeling your kitchen, approximately half of your budget will be spent on cabinets. Therefore, you must plan financially first and foremost and other design decisions will be based on the budget allowance. On average, a basic cabinet replacement for a kitchen remodel can cost $15,000. However, resurfacing the existing cabinets by painting or changing the hardware can save you and provide a great face-lift if you are on a tighter budget for your remodel.

Cabinet Types

Kitchen cabinets come in three types: stock “ready to assemble”, semi-custom, and custom. Each of these options come with many different accessories and options for hardware, color, door type (glass, wood, etc.) and are suitable for a number of kitchens depending on your needs. Even though you may be tempted to take the cheaper option with a “ready-to-assemble” cabinet, remember that you get what you pay for. Higher quality materials will last longer and should be considered if you have potential to resell your home and need to make adjustments according to other houses in the neighborhood. On the flip side, stock cabinets that are well built, can look fantastic, hold up well and be completely suitable for the application. You should invest in something that will give you the most bang for your buck and be conducive for your immediate needs, as well as your future needs.

Design Decisions

Once you have determined your budget and made a decision on which cabinet type you wish you proceed with; now you have all the fun decisions to make based on color, design and personal flair!

In order to get a better feel for the amount of customizable elements that you can achieve with some of the cabinets you can visit some quality cabinet suppliers websites for ideas. For example, Kitchen Craft provides an easy way to get started and plan either by room type, material or design. You can find many photos for ideas of different kitchen designs, as well as materials and finishes to best suit your needs. Another high quality cabinet provider, Merrilat emphasizes glass doors and hardware as their specialties for their designs. Don’t forget to take into account the surrounding rooms and whether you want your kitchen theme to be integrated with the rest of the house, or stand apart as a focal point.

With all of the design choice options, it is easy to become overwhelmed. It is important to remember that these providers have numerous options for your kitchen design needs but what truly matters is that you get exactly what you want for your remodel! Having an overall plan and looking over multiple options that best suit your needs is important to a making successful design choices. With these considerations in mind, you should be better equipped with the tools you need to make the best choice for your kitchen cabinet face-lift.

Know of additional factors to consider in choosing cabinets? Let us know in the comments below!

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