Everything You Need to Know About Custom Cabinetry & How to Choose Kitchen Cabinets

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Your cabinets are one of the most important design elements of your kitchen, which is why it’s so important to know how to choose kitchen cabinetry. Your kitchen cabinets determine how much storage space your kitchen will have, as well as setting the tone for the style of the kitchen. At Alisha Taylor Interiors, we understand this is no easy decision. Today we’ll discuss how to choose cabinets and the different cabinet options available to you.

How To Choose Kitchen Cabinets

Choosing your kitchen cabinetry is a big decision, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult one. Here are our tips for finding kitchen cabinets.

Consider the Layout of Your Kitchen

Next, you have to decide what you want from your kitchen cabinets. Start by considering the layout of your kitchen. Is it a large, open space or a galley kitchen? The goal of custom cabinetry is to maximize your storage space based on the space you have, no matter how large or small.

This is also a good time to consider how often you use the kitchen and how much storage space you need. Do you spend more time eating out or do you like to plan large meals for friends and family? Do you need a pullout trash can near the sink, or are you considering a back kitchen?

You don’t have to go through this process alone. Schedule a design consultation with Alisha Taylor Interiors to create your vision for your dream kitchen. You can discuss your needs and your designer can observe your space to come up with the best plan for your kitchen cabinetry.

Modern vs. Traditional Cabinetry

When considering the style of your kitchen cabinetry, one of the biggest questions is whether to choose traditional or modern.

Modern cabinets tend to be sleek and minimal in their designs. They can most often be found in white, black, or a shade of gray, allowing for neutrality that suits most kitchen designs. Most often, modern cabinets can be found in contemporary-style homes.

As a rule, traditional kitchen cabinets have more intricate designs. They have more beveled styles, and in addition to painted traditional cabinets, you’re also likely to find traditional cabinets with exposed, stained wood. Traditional does not mean old-fashioned. Rather, traditional designs have stuck around due to their timeless quality.

A Pinterest search may help you find a cabinet style that you enjoy. You can even pin your favorite cabinet images and show them to Alisha Taylor.

Consider Different Color Combinations

One option for custom cabinetry finishes is to be painted all one color. This offers a sleek, cohesive style. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. You may choose two complementary colors. You could paint the top kitchen cabinets one color and the bottom kitchen cabinets another color. These choices can add character to your kitchen design.

Color is one of the best ways to set the mood in your kitchen. Do you want a cozy, warm kitchen? Natural wood stains might suit your kitchen cabinets well. If you’re looking for a more open and airy feeling, white cabinets could be the way to go. For a stark contrast, we even like to play with blue and navy as a cabinetry finish.

It might help again to search Pinterest for cabinets that speak to you and your vision for your kitchen. Another tip is to make a trip to a hardware store and look at paint swatches. You may even be able to bring samples home to view them in your kitchen.

Don’t Forget to Consider the Rest of Your Kitchen

Take stock of your entire kitchen when choosing your kitchen cabinets. What color are your other appliances? Or, if you plan to replace appliances, what colors do you want them to be? What about your walls? Your kitchen backsplash? Or your countertops?  You want your cabinets to flow with the rest of the kitchen, so it’s important to consider the kitchen as a whole.

Pick the Best Hardware

Hardware includes the handles used to open your kitchen cabinets. You might choose metal handles, wooden knobs, or magnetic closing cabinets. Round knobs are often used for overhead kitchen cabinets, while pull handles are used more frequently for drawers. However, you don’t have to be bound by convention if you like the idea of knobs for drawers and pulls for cabinets. Consider your options and pick the best choice for you and the design.

Alisha Taylor Can Help You Choose Your Kitchen Cabinets

Whatever you choose, your kitchen cabinets should be the best fit for your kitchen, not just now but for years to come. That’s where Alisha Taylor can help. Alisha Taylor has been helping homeowners for over 20 years, and her team brings years of experience and expert eyes to every project. Contact Alisha Taylor today to learn more about how we can help you choose your kitchen cabinetry, or to schedule a design consultation.

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