New Kitchen Cabinets – Where Do I Start?

The Kitchen is considered the “Heart of the Home”. It’s the place where your family gravitates to in the morning and at night. If you are considering a kitchen renovation or building a new home, you are probably realizing how many cabinet styles are available:

Traditional . . . These cabinets typically feature full overlay or partial overlay doors with visible or concealed hinges. Enhancements such as crown molding, posts, corbels, trim and glass mullion doors complete the look.

  • Materials – Birch, cherry, hickory, maple and oak, although oak has fallen out of favor recently
  • Stain – Mid tones to dark with a wide range of glazes
  • Design – Arch top and raised panel doors
  • Hardware – Cup pulls and a wide variety of knobs are available in several finishes. Detail in knobs can pick up detail from cabinet doors

Contemporary . . .  Contemporary is at the opposite end of the spectrum. This look is void of most moldings and extra enhancements.

  • Materials – Bamboo, birch, hickory, maple, stainless steel, white or bold color laminates
  • Stain – Light, dark and everything in between.  Look to the rest of your home for color cues
  • Design – Full overlay, flush doors, recessed flat panel or shaker style.  Clean lines with minimal detail, often with lots of clear glass doors. Moldings above upper cabinets, if used, are clean and simple
  • Hardware – Oversized, stainless-steel, painted or wire pulls and knobs. Almost anything with an artistic flair works with contemporary

Country . . . A warm look that goes hand-in-hand with a country kitchen.

  • Materials – birch, hickory, maple and pine
  • Stain – Painted, glazed and distressed finishes; pine with natural finish
  • Design – Raised panel, beaded detail on doors.  Generally, cabinet frames are partially exposed (as opposed to full overlay doors where most of the frame is covered by the doors).  Can also have doors flush with cabinet frames
  • Hardware – Copper, oil rubbed bronze or brushed pewter cup pulls and knobs

Old World . . . This style incorporates the ornate regality of European flavor with modern amenities of today. Old World cabinetry takes on the look of furniture.

  • Materials – Cherry, maple and sometimes walnut
  • Stain – Rich dark finishes or an aged, painted look
  • Design – Large, ornate range hood, overlay trim, intricate corbels and posts.
  • Hardware – Distressed French lace pulls and knobs, sterling nickel pulls, burnished brass leaf pulls

Consider your home’s overall architecture when planning your new or remodeled kitchen. Create a satisfying atmosphere that reflects your family’s lifestyle.


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