The heart of any home is the kitchen – and the focal point of any great kitchen is its cabinetry. Modern kitchen cabinets offer the perfect blend of style, functionality, and convenience to create a cooking space you’ll truly enjoy spending time in. From clean lines to clever storage solutions, upgrading with today’s cabinet designs can fully transform the look, workflow, and efficiency of your kitchen.
- Assessing Your Current Kitchen Layout
- Choosing Materials and Finishes
- Key Design Elements to Upgrade
- Estimating Your Remodeling Budget
Assessing Your Current Kitchen Layout
Before selecting new cabinets, take stock of your existing kitchen’s footprint and storage needs. Consider the following:
- What are the room’s dimensions and traffic patterns? Pay attention to work triangles between key appliances and entries/exits.
- How are base and wall cabinets currently arranged? What’s working and what’s not?
- Where do you prep, cook, entertain, and clean up in the space? Identify your kitchen’s work zones.
- Do you have enough storage for dishes, pots/pans, food items, appliances, etc? What about specialty storage needs?
Answering these questions will help you identify layout improvements and choose cabinet components that truly suit how you use the kitchen.
Choosing Materials and Finishes
Today’s cabinet options let you customize with materials, colors, and finishes to achieve your ideal aesthetic. Key considerations include:
Wood Species and Stains
If you’re going for a more modern style, go with lighter woods like ash or maple. If you want to make a statement, choose darker woods like walnut or cherry. Whether you prefer paint or stain, sample finishes on wood swatches first.
Hardware and Handles
Detailing like hardware and molding finishes off your cabinetry with flair. Go for brushed metals, aged bronze, or glass/crystal knobs to complement your style.
Coordinate your countertops and cabinets to tie the whole kitchen together. Quartz, granite, butcher block, and laminate all pair beautifully with certain cabinet colors and wood grains.
Key Design Elements to Upgrade
Beyond materials, focus your remodeling efforts on elements that improve functionality and elevate form in your cooking space.
Well-designed cabinets organize your kitchen items for efficiency. Consider roll-outs, angled corner lazy susans, drawer dividers, pull-out shelves, and other smart additions tailored to your storage needs.
Today’s cabinetry integrates appliances seamlessly into your cooking area. From warming drawers to coffee stations to wi-fi enabled fridges, built-ins help appliances visually recede.
Task lighting, accent lighting, undercabinet lights – all help highlight (or hide) elements in your new kitchen. Use lighting to call attention to architectural details or art in the adjacent living space as well.
Estimating Your Remodeling Budget
With so many options to select, adding new cabinets, fixtures, and more can get pricey. Carefully assess what cabinet components to splurge on vs standardize. Get quotes from designers and contractors early, and determine if you’ll DIY portions of the install. With some savvy planning and intentional design choices, you can realize your dream kitchen within your budget.
What are the most popular cabinet door styles right now?
Shaker-style cabinet doors with recessed rectangular center panels and a square frame are currently very popular. They have a simple, classic look. Slab cabinet doors – flat panels with no frame – also remain popular for their clean, sleek aesthetic.
What types of cabinet materials should I choose?
The main kitchen cabinet materials are wood, laminate, thermally fused laminate (TFL), and metal. Wood cabinets provide a rich, traditional look but require more upkeep. Laminates are affordable, durable, and offer nearly any color/pattern. TFL is very resilient and mimics real wood. Metal stands up to heavy usage.
How much does it typically cost to replace kitchen cabinets?
For midrange semi-custom cabinets installed, costs often range $150-$350 per linear foot. So a typical 10×10 kitchen with 30 linear feet of cabinetry could run $4,500-$10,500 with installation. Higher-end custom work can be $500+ per linear foot installed.
Should I reface or fully replace my existing cabinets?
If cabinets are structurally sound, refacing by replacing doors and drawer fronts can provide a fresh look for less cost. If cabinets are damaged, dated, or layout changes are needed, full replacement allows customization of shapes, sizes and finishes.
Can I install new cabinets myself?
With some carpentry skills, patience, and helpers, DIY cabinet installs are totally feasible. To make it easier, choose ready-to-assemble cabinets and ask retailers about helper technologies like augmented reality mobile apps for accurate positioning. Consider getting professionals for trickier tasks like hanging wall cabinets or cutting countertops.