New cabinetry can transform a room like nothing else, especially when looking to update an older home. Whether you are building a new home or remodeling an existing home, the wrong kitchen or bathroom cabinet decision can be costly. To set you on the right path, here is how to make the right decision when you are ready to buy new cabinets for the kitchen or bath.
Style – Modern, contemporary cabinetry can work in any home, but traditional cabinets with lots of intricate details and/or finishes do not. Simple is always better. Frameless offers more interior room than traditional framed cabinetry.
Details – Functionality matters more than the look. Cabinets are made up of simple boxes. The size of the room and your storage needs determine whether you have drawers, doors and organizational inserts. Fancy finishes and pricy molding are personal, not investments.
Color – Select the color or material which is right for the home. Super dark black, charcoal, espresso or navy cabinetry might be hot today, but in five or ten years you’ll see it differently. White is always classic.
Mix and match colors, keep neutrals against the wall and put the flash on the island.
Secret tip: Many European style manufacturers, like the blue Downsview cabinets pictured above, produce a plain box for the cabinet, the color or finish comes from the doors, drawers and panels applied to the cabinet, which means the whole look can be transformed down the road without needing a whole new kitchen.
Pre-fab, semi-custom or custom cabinetry – Let your space guide your cabinetry needs. Customizable cabinetry is not always expensive and pre-fab isn’t always cheap. In certain unusual sized (often smaller) spaces, custom or semi-custom cabinetry can multiply the storage capacity of a room in ways pre-fab cabinets can not.
Things to consider:
- How long you plan to stay in the home
- Expectations for your neighborhood
- Architecture of the home
- Exact needs, storage and performance requirements of new cabinetry
Mistakes to avoid:
- Assuming the price of the home dictates the price of the cabinetry.
- Buying the same cabinets for kitchen and bathrooms.
- Not shopping around is a huge mistake, review options by different cabinet manufacturers for the right cabinet solution.
- Unless the salesperson of a builder model home is an actual designer, their opinion has no value for the workability of your home.
- Skimping on design will cost you money and enjoyment. Interior designers schooled in kitchens and baths or NKBA designers can be your most valuable resource, they will save you dollars and create the right kitchen or bath for your home.
Cabinetry can also be one of the largest single item investments in a home, it is worth doing it right.