Remodeling your kitchen gives you an opportunity to express your creativity and personality. Your kitchen cabinets can help reinforce the theme or style you choose, so here's a guide to some common types of cabinetry based on their characteristics and advantages.
Characteristics: Tend to be constructed from wood and are a white/cream color
Advantages: Can significantly improve a home's resale value due to neutrality of colors; allows for a blank slate for the remainder of your kitchen design, so you can get creative with tile, countertops and other artistic touches
Characteristics: Simple, efficient, understated design, this design tends to forego any flourishes of style or design statements in favor of simple and efficient functionality; tend to focus on high-quality woods traditionally found in the northeastern US (the ancestral home of the Shaker movement), typically using durable woods like maple and cherry
Advantages: Their simplicity allows you to choose other bold pieces in your kitchen such as modern floors, bold colors and interesting counters or backsplashes; the use of wood cabinetry creates a warm, inviting mood in your kitchen
Characteristics: Sleek, angular design and simple ornamentation
Advantages: Can combine materials such as wood, laminate, metal and glass depending on the style you are looking for
Characteristics: Typically uses woods such as pine (which shows the natural knots and grain in the material), cherry, oak, maple and hickory; antique metals are used for door knobs and handles
Advantages: Woods such as cherry, oak and hickory are very durable and fairly inexpensive; the use of wood cabinetry will create a warm and inviting mood in your kitchen
Characteristics: Woods are the traditional choice of material (hickory, maple and cherry are common) and are often painted and have antique hardware; typically defined as a casual and eclectic design, which is sometimes called "shabby chic"
Advantages: Cottage style design may lacks doors, which can be time and money saving; wood cabinetry aligned with the cottage/"shabby chic" style can have an unexpected soft and romantic effect in your kitchen
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