Those design magazines and websites you’ve been dreaming over certainly have some beautiful cabinets. We love them too! However, the reality is that most of us can’t always afford what we want.
Instead, Caruso Kitchens encourages homeowners to buy the highest quality cabinets they can afford and to emphasize form and function as much as they do aesthetic appeal. Cabinets play a huge role in a kitchen’s overall functionality. Few things are more disappointing and frustrating than investing in a beautiful kitchen that fails to meet your specific needs.
Here are some things to consider when choosing cabinets for your new or remodeled kitchen.
Determining how much to budget for cabinets depends on many factors, but your kitchen project budget is the best place to start.
The industry average for new and remodeled kitchens is that cabinets account for about 50% of the project budget. In other words, if you spend $30,000 on your kitchen remodel, expect to spend roughly $15,000 on your cabinetry.
Of course, you can spend more or less than the industry average. But that’s a good number to keep in mind as you consider all your cabinet options.
Depending on your tastes and your home’s architectural style, you may choose a slab, shaker, flat panel, shaker, beaded, raised forum cabinet door style, or perhaps a glass inset, mission, or arched cathedral style. Here’s a brief description of each type.
The look of a kitchen depends significantly on the finish selected for cabinets. There are a lot of considerations in choosing materials and finishes. From solid wood to plastic laminate, the makeup of your kitchen cabinets impacts their cost, durability, and appearance.
For a natural look, the best option is still solid wood. Hickory and oak wood wear better than maple and birch. Painted cabinets show dirt, fingerprints, and food spills more readily than stained wood. A satin-painted finish hides fingerprints better than a matte finish.
Cabinet styles with grooves and beads are harder to clean and maintain. If you want cabinets that are easy to clean, choose lighter colors, which are better at hiding dirt than darker colors.
When choosing cabinets, consider what you’ll be storing in them. Some homeowners prefer multiple drawers beneath countertops; others choose shelves. Decorative content like crystal and china may merit a decorative or patterned glass door.
Hardware choices are critical to a stylish kitchen. Choosing the right pulls, knobs, and handles are vital to creating a modern and attractive look. There is an extensive range of styles, finishes, and colors available.
Caruso Kitchens has been creating award-winning kitchens for Colorado homeowners for three decades. Our skillful designers will put their 150 years of combined experience to work helping you create the kitchen of your dreams.
We proudly serve the entire Denver Metro Area from our main office in Lakewood, Colorado. To schedule a no-obligation appointment, contact us today.