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The 411 on Kitchen Cabinets

When you decide to redecorate or entirely renovate your kitchen, there are plenty of factors that come into play. You start to dream of the perfect granite kitchen countertops to install and your mind floods with images of dramatic flooring and amazing accent pieces that will wow your guests. While all of these ideas are important to the final product, some of that initial creativity tends to be lost when it comes to kitchen cabinets.

While they might not be your top priority, eventually, kitchen cabinets always come into play and the exciting news is…there is a lot you can do with them! Gone are the days of standard light or dark wood options. These days, the market is flooded with creative, colorful and unique cabinet choices that will take any kitchen from boring to beautiful in no time at all. Whether you’re going for a sleek kitchen re-do complete with granite countertops, marble accents and Persian rugs or a rustic renovation with a distressed kitchen island and copper pans, there are kitchen cabinets out there to kick your kitchen up a notch. Here are a few important factors to consider when it comes to weighing your kitchen cabinetry options.

Picking the perfect paint

There is absolutely no rule out there that says you have to fill your kitchen with standard oak cabinets. And even if you do, there’s no reason they have to stay that way. Paint is an easy, versatile and often overlooked option when it comes to sprucing up kitchen cabinets. If your color palette is going to be rather generic, consider mixing and matching two or three paint tones and alternating between your cabinets. This will give you kitchen an interesting color dynamic right at eye level and it also might work as a good identifying technique when it comes to remembering where you put the plates!

Get glassy

Kitchen cabinets don’t have to just be built to hold cups, cans and plates. In fact, add a little glass to the front of your cabinet doors and you’ve created a unique display case that can also hold accent pieces you would rather not put on the wall. Not only does a glass front cabinet open up the space at eye level, but it gives you more decorative options, especially when it comes to those small, underused cabinets right above the refrigerator.

Don’t be afraid to distress

If it’s a more rustic approach you’re attempting to take, distressed paint on your kitchen cabinets would be a fun and aesthetically pleasing plan. Made to look worn and vintage, distressed paint in bold colors such as teal or even yellow can give your cabinets a warm retro look that takes family and friends back to the day with a simple glance up. Distressed cabinets also tend to show wear and tear less as small etches fit right in with the theme of the décor.

Don’t forget to handle your cabinets with style

And by handle we mean anything that works to open and close a cabinet door. Sometimes you get so absorbed in planning what the cabinets are going to look like that you forget about the important functional knob that can be an outlet for your creativity as well! Even if you decide to stick with standard cabinets, there is a vast cabinet knob and handle market out there bursting with colorful and unique choices. If you’re sticking with the rustic theme, old carbonized spoons can be bent into handles and attached for a homey feel. If you’re going the colorful route, consider brilliant ceramic handles or knobs that come in a rainbow of hues, patterns and even pictures! Use these details to your advantage as it doesn’t take much to spruce up an old cabinet with a new handle or knob.

Consider your surroundings

No matter what type of kitchen cabinets you choose to install, it’s always important to be aware of the other factors that play into your kitchen’s décor. For example, lighting can change the look of cabinets depending on whether your kitchen works in a brighter or dimmer atmosphere. Countertops also come into play with your cabinets. Especially if you have granite countertops, you may want to pull specific colors from the natural stone to accent on your cabinets otherwise, you might be upset to find that you’ve lost some of the overall effect if the colors don’t complement one another well.

Most importantly, remember that cabinets are a creative part of your kitchen and are meant to be worked with! If you paint and a few months later get inspired towards another color palette, you’re free to change it up. Let your creative spirit run wild when it comes to your kitchen and work with your cabinets to make them into testaments to your personal taste and style.