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Choosing Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops

Cabinets and countertops with unique designs are good options to add some zest in your kitchen. When designing your kitchen, keep these elements in mind – cabinet construction, door designs, and countertop materials.
Choosing Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops

Your living room has soft cushions and sofas to make it cozy. Your bedroom has a big soft bed, and your bathroom may have pretty tiles or a stylish bathtub. In the kitchen, it’s the cabinets and countertops that give it character and make it more than place to prepare meals. That’s why it’s important to choose the right ones to go with your kitchen décor. Here’s a quick guide to choosing cabinets and countertops for your kitchen.

Cabinet construction

There are three construction types for kitchen cabinets: stock, custom-made, and semi-custom made. Stock cabinets are the ready-made ones that you buy right at the store. They are the cheapest option and they come in the most popular colors and finishes. They’re great if you’re on a budget, but fitting may be a problem. You may need filler strips to cover up the space when it’s too small.

Semi-custom cabinets are made to order, but you can only mix and match a number of styles, colors and finishes. Size may not be customizable, so it’s only a slight improvement over stock ones. If you have highly specialized needs, you may want to look into custom-made cabinets. These are made according to your precise specifications, from the size down to the smallest details. Of course, the catch is that they’re more expensive—up to several times the price of a stock cabinet of the same size.

Door designs

Door design is the most common identifier between cabinet styles. The slab door is a simple flat panel covering the entire front of the cabinet, creating a smooth, sleek look characteristic of minimalist styles. A raised panel has a smaller frame glued over the door to create an accent, sometimes with decorative edges. It fits best in large kitchens that lead into formal dining rooms. If you’re going for a country look, the recessed panel may be the style for you. In this style, the panel is placed behind the frame, sometimes split into two smaller frames. You can also add a curve or arch to the top for a bit of variety.

Countertop materials

Countertops come in a wide range of materials, all with their own range of colors and finishes. Here are some of the most common:

  • Laminate: Laminates are made from sheets of compressed paper and resin glued to a fiberboard and covered with a synthetic laminate. They are one of the weakest countertop materials, but they do their job for people on a budget.
  • Wood:Wood countertops went back into fashion when a more durable finish, known as watershed protectors, was invented. The main advantage of wood is its warm tone, which contrasts an otherwise dull or cold kitchen. rock maple is often used because it can double as a chopping surface.
  • Stone:If you want something that will outlast even your home itself, stone countertops are your best option. You can choose from rough, natural stone to colorful granite and soapstone countertops. Stone goes well with glass and wood for contrast.
  • Ceramic tile:Tile countertops are one of the most popular, and for good reason. They come in virtually all colors, sizes, and finishes, and most types are unaffected by heat. They can scratch and stain, however, so always have some tile cleaner handy for mopping up spills.
  • Solid surface:Solid surface countertops offer the sturdiness of stone and the lightness and color of laminates. But their biggest advantage is that they actually cushion falls, so you can drop a plate onto the counter and it won’t crack.