Best Kitchen Cabinets

Learn about the style and quality seen in the best kitchen cabinets for your individual home.
Gray Cabinets In a Sleek Transitional Kitchen

Gray is the New White

Wondering what color to paint your cabinets? The kitchen industry's leading manufacturers say that while white cabinets continue to be tops, gray is the shade they're betting on to break white's top spot. This kitchen by Wellborn pairs soft gray cabinets with richly stained wood showcasing yet another kitchen trend — combining cabinet colors is a trendy look that's holding strong. Image courtesy of Wellborn Cabinets

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Wellborn Cabinets

By: Amy McEvoy

As you begin your kitchen remodel, one aspect that will become readily apparent is that cabinets are an essential element in kitchen design, and you'll want the best kitchen cabinets your budget can handle.

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Not only do kitchen cabinets serve the important practical purpose of storage, but they also take up the most real estate in your kitchen. This means they'll play a big role in determining the overall look of your space.

The best kitchen cabinets you can choose will embody the style and function you desire for arguably the most important room in your home. In general, the quality of the cabinets you choose will be determined by the overall budget for the project. There is a wide range of cabinetry available in the market today from the highest-end custom cabinetry to the ready-to-assemble or stock kitchen cabinets you can pick up at your neighborhood retailer. Materials and labor go a long way to determining cost, as will the additional features and accessories you add to your cabinetry.

In terms of materials used in your cabinetry, there is also a range in quality. Solid wood is often considered the best cabinet material as it provides the most natural beauty and durability. It also comes in a wide range of colors and styles, so it gives you some design freedom to express your distinct tastes. There is a range in cost of wood cabinets depending on the type of wood chosen. Wood is also more expensive than any of the alternative composite cabinet materials available. Thermofoil and laminate are examples of cabinet materials that are of lesser quality and are less expensive than wood. They provide alternatives to homeowners who want a particular look but who are constrained by a tighter budget.

In terms of finishes and accessories, the best kitchen cabinets will often have the most bells and whistles. Unique color-matched finishes are available with custom cabinetry, along with hand-painted faux finishes, glass-paneled doors, and decorative wood carvings. Additionally, internal accessories such as lazy Susans, gadget garages, recycling bins and spice or wine racks can be added to meet the homeowner's unique functional needs. High-end hardware is also found on the highest-quality cabinetry, often made of unique materials and high-end metals.

Whether you choose custom cabinets or stock, wood or laminate, choosing the best kitchen cabinets for your kitchen space will result in a functional and attractive eating and cooking space in your home.

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