Not only is cabinetry a lifesaver when it comes to storing all those pots and pans that you've accumulated over the years: it's usually the first thing that your and your guests' eyes are drawn to whenever entering the kitchen. It'd better look cohesive!
When you choose cabinetry, you can't afford to overlook functionality nor materials and design. Sounds like a lot? Not if you follow our expert tips!
Consider what you need to store as well as the layout of your kitchen and your existing cabinets in order to choose cabinetry that complements them. If you don't have many, you'll probably need a couple of different types:
Wall cabinets allow you to fill up rooms with taller ceilings and are a handy option if you haven't got a lot of floor space left. Because they don't require you to crouch to open them, we mainly recommend them for items that you use almost every day, such as glassware, plates and ingredients that you always need at hand when cooking;
If you've got quite a bit of floor space left and bulkier or heavier items to store (such as pots and pans), get a few base cabinets. They can include either cupboards, drawers or a combination of the two;
Corner models are a handy space-optimizing option to utilize those nooks where nothing else would really fit;
Do you mainly need some extra cabinetry to store food? Perhaps you prefer stocking up on non-perishable items? A pantry cabinet will be the best addition to your kitchen! Tall, thin and including lots of small shelves, these cabinets are ideal to make the most of narrow walls or corners.
What is the best material for kitchen cabinetry?
Wood is the most common material when it comes to kitchen cabinetry: it's durable, non-toxic and incredibly versatile, perfect to complement all kinds of décors.
While it's obviously available in lots of different styles and finishes, the main choice will be between solid wood and laminate.
The former is a beautiful traditional option that can make your kitchen unique thanks to its natural variations but is a bit more expensive and could get damaged by humidity and drastic temperature changes, so make sure you ventilate your kitchen; laminate is a more affordable and modern alternative that is quite durable and a bit easier to maintain.
If you love the idea of wooden cabinetry but were after a more budget-friendly option, veneer woodis a good compromise: it consists of sheets or slices of solid wood glued onto a different material.
However, it's not as durable and it can discolor over time when exposed to direct sunlight for years.
Poly-vinyl chloride is an affordable option consisting of plastic sheets. Easy to install, waterproof and, unlike most woods, termite-proof, it's certainly a practical solution.
Unfortunately, it's not available in many color options, and it can yellow a bit with age.
Cabinetry made of metals like stainless steel or aluminum is generally more expensive but certainly strong and incredibly durable, as it's unaffected by humidity and heat.
Their surfaces are also easy to clean, but you might need to wipe them more often as fingerprints show more clearly, and metal cabinets aren't usually available in lots of finishes.
You can consider a glass front for some of your wall cabinets, as it helps make smaller and darker rooms look larger and brighter. You can use it to showcase your best items such as crockery and glassware… which also means that they should always be tidy!
What are the different types of cabinet doors?
Shaker doors are one of the most popular designs for kitchen cabinetry: featuring a central panel, they're perfect to create a cozy and traditional look. You can either opt for classic raised panels or more versatile recessed-panel designs;
Flat or slab doors follow a more streamlined and minimalist design, usually without any type of decorative elements;
If you want to go for an even more minimalist approach and a sleek look, you can consider no-handle models, as long as you're happy to wipe them more often;
Instead of the traditional hinged doors, you might want to opt for a sliding alternative if you have a particularly small kitchen that wouldn't leave you much room to move around when you open a couple of cupboards.
Lily is a modern designer with great appreciation for sleek architecture, a love for art in its many forms, and a passion for sharing her experience with people. If you’re looking for advice on how to modernize your old-fashioned place or make your new restaurant a visual blast, she’s definitely the one to ask.