There are so many types of kitchen cabinets that it can be a nightmare to finally decide on the style that suits your kitchen. From color and style to hardware there’s a lot to think about when choosing kitchen cabinets, so I’ve compiled my top tips to choose the right ones for your kitchens, or to give you ideas if you want to go bespoke .
Choose your kitchen style
Although many cabinet styles can suit both modern and traditional kitchens, it’s useful to understand the feel you want your kitchen to have before choosing doors or color schemes. It’s also practical to think about the space you have available when choosing your style, as although both contemporary and traditional kitchens can work in both large and smaller spaces, some of the best energy-saving technology space often looks more modern. However, useful technology such as carousel corner cabinets can be hidden behind traditional doors, so size should be considered, but it is not the only factor.
Choose your doors (now this is the hard bit)
There are many different styles of doors available, as well as the option to go custom (often not as expensive as you might think). Here are a few of my favorites:
Shaker: This must be one of the most common styles, known for its signature square frame with sharp corners and an inset panel. Although very popular, there are so many different variations, in colour, material and finish, it won’t feel like an off-the-shelf kitchen. Customized in finish to match the rest of your kitchen, Shaker cabinets are a popular choice as they can fit seamlessly into any modern, traditional or timeless kitchen due to the classic style and range of handles that can be used .
Flat: Perfect for any modern kitchen, flat cabinets are simple yet stylish; ideal for minimalists and contemporary design lovers alike. They avoid any expensive details so, dependent material, can be a cost-effective style. Hardware can be added to create interest if desired, or go for handleless solutions to keep the lines sleek and uninterrupted.
Entrance: Often used in more traditional style kitchens, inset cabinet doors are, as the name suggests, inset into the frame, thus allowing exposed hinges. While the cost of attractive and visible hardware often makes this style more expensive, it adds a sense of ‘country kitchen’.
Choose the hardware to complement your style
Although the doors themselves can be versatile for a variety of kitchens, the hardware is often the key to connecting the cabinets to the rest of the room. If modern is what you are looking for, choose the sleek lines of tubular bar pulls or contemporary doors without handles. For a more timeless feel, the arched bar pulls or legs work well with any cabinet style. If you like a traditional country kitchen, use accented wire pulls or handles with exposed faucets. These will give the cabinets a rustic and traditional feel no matter what style the doors are. Cup handles on drawers with matching knobs on cupboards always provide a timeless yet traditional feel to any kitchen.
If modern is what you’re after, nothing screams contemporary like a handleless kitchen. But don’t worry; there are more options than fingerprints sticking to your beautiful cabinets.
Overhead cabinets with doors slightly longer than the frame allow you to pull the doors from below. For lower level drawers and cupboards there are a few options to choose from. Traditional handleless cabinets feature a rail behind the front door that gives you the space to get a good grip. The next option, and my favorite option, are push-to-open mechanisms. These, as the name suggests, are electric drawers or cabinets that open the doors slowly when pushed and often have a slow-close mechanism for careful closing. These have no gaps for children to get their fingers caught in, or grooves to catch crumbs, however beware of sticky fingers, especially on high gloss surfaces. The last option is to have a narrow channel at the top of each drawer to create a lip so you can pull it open. However, these channels are often very shallow, so it can be difficult for people with big fingers or long nails to get a good grip.
Written by Ellie McDaniel, an avid blogger and digital marketing professional who is passionate about interior design and creating beauty. She represents Anthony Mullan Furniturean award winning independent furniture company specializing in bespoke kitchens.