Kitchen Cabinet Options

Learn about the different options for kitchen cabinets and decide what's right for your home based on your budget and style.
Galley Kitchen With Wood Cabinets and White Counters

Galley Kitchen With Wood Cabinets and White Counters

Wooden cabinets warm up this space and provide ample storage while solid white countertops keep the room bright. Cheerful green accessories add character and connect the kitchen to the adjacent green dining space.

By: Amy McEvoy

As you start to renovate your kitchen, you'll notice right away that you'll probably spend a big chunk of your budget on cabinets. As such, it's important to know your kitchen cabinet options.

Painted Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

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Chic White

No matter what style you're trying to achieve in the kitchen, you can't go wrong with open shelving and framed artwork. Design by RMSer Biolau.

It's the New Black

Play up the contrast of white walls by painting kitchen cabinets black. By taking off the doors and adding inexpensive moldings, RMSer laylapalmer creates a sophisticated and versatile kitchen.

Add Comfort With Warm Beige

Warm beige adds a relaxed feel to this gourmet kitchen from the 2009 HGTV Dream Home. Paired with gray countertops and walls, the soothing cabinet color keeps the space charming instead of drab.

Go Bold With the Island

One of the hottest trends in kitchen cabinets is an island featuring a dramatic hue. Surrounding white cabinets set the scene, but an onyx island brings high style to this traditional kitchen. Design by RMSer myuncommonsliceofsuburbia.

Sophisticated Gray

Gray is a refined, classic shade, but it also evokes a more modern feel than its black counterpart. Designer David Stimmel chose a hand-applied painted sheen for these birch cabinets, which allows a hint of the natural wood grain to peek through the soft gray tone.

From: Dave Stimmel

Kid-Friendly Cabinets

Keep an eye on the kids while cooking dinner by integrating their playroom into the kitchen. Designer David Bromstad paints the lower cabinets with chalkboard paint for playtime, while the upper cabinets get a bold red treatment.

Mix It Up

Can't decide on one color for your cabinets? Paint the top and bottom cabinets different colors. Since blue and yellow are complementary hues, they're the perfect combination for this Old World kitchen. Design by Linda Adams.

It's important to know all of your options for buying or building your kitchen cabinets so that you choose wisely and are pleased with the final product. One thing to consider as you get your kitchen remodeling project under way is that you don't necessarily have to purchase entirely new cabinets.

If your existing cabinets are of good quality, still function, and their current existing layout works with the blueprint of your new kitchen, try refinishing them for a new look. Re-staining or repainting kitchen cabinets is the most affordable way to achieve a new look in your current kitchen. You can also try applying wood veneer to the existing doors to give them a fresh look as well. Finally, something as simple as replacing the hardware on the doors and drawers of your existing cabinetry can go a long way in changing the look of your kitchen.

If you want to change the layout of your kitchen, or if the quality of your existing cabinets isn't good enough to keep in your remodel, you can always buy new cabinets. There are a variety of options for purchasing new kitchen cabinets including custom cabinets, semi-custom cabinets and stock cabinets.

Custom kitchen cabinets are just that—built to the exact specifications of your kitchen in the materials you choose. Custom cabinets allow you complete freedom over the function and layout of your kitchen, which is very appealing to many homeowners. The downside to custom cabinets is that they are very expensive and they require the longest amount of time to be built.

One step down in cost and labor-time is semi-custom cabinetry. Semi-custom kitchen cabinets are built with the homeowner's specific kitchen size in mind but are pre-built in specific dimensions. The range of colors, door styles and finishes is not as extensive as with custom-cabinets; however, they are significantly cheaper.

If semi-custom cabinets are still too high in cost, you can consider using stock kitchen cabinets. These are the least expensive type of new kitchen cabinet and are premade in standard sizes. Some people might be leery of the quality of stock kitchen cabinets; however, there are many manufacturers in the cabinetry market that offer a wide range of quality and options. If stock cabinetry is your choice for your kitchen, it is recommended that you research the options of manufacturers in your area and visit the showroom to see first-hand the quality of the cabinetry you are purchasing.

Once you've picked out your specific kitchen cabinets, the fun can begin. Accessories such as door handles, knobs and drawer pulls, organization systems within the cabinets, and decorative finishes can be chosen to give you the custom look you are hoping for. Hardware comes in a variety of options at various price points, as do the cabinet interior organizational systems you can choose to add. Before choosing your finishing touches, be sure to research your different options to give yourself the function and design aesthetic you are hoping for in your new kitchen.

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