Cabinets set the style for any kitchen, and with advances in functionality as well as beauty, your new cabinets should transform your food prep workspace.
All kitchens have trouble spots that can be fixed with the right design. Hire a certified kitchen designer, who’s adept at space planning, traffic control and up to date on the newest products.
The most popular cabinet doors today are flat fronted with hidden hardware for a modern esthetic. Look for “quiet closing” cabinets that close softly to prevent slamming. Storage that pulls down, rotates or lifts up can save your back and the need for a stepladder. Drawers that pull out under countertops are easier to use than shelves because you can see everything that’s stored. Cabinets that reach the ceiling can accommodate items you don’t use daily, like holiday dinnerware.
Many new kitchen cabinets come in various wood grains and stains, factory-painted wood, and porcelain or laminate fronts. Island cabinets often feature a contrasting color to the wall cabinets.
Be open to new products that can save you valuable time, such as built-in drink stations, refrigerated drawers and large trough sinks. Visit kitchen showrooms with your designer for more inspiration.
If you’re a seller refreshing your home for resale or an
investor selling a remodeled home, you should know that some updates won’t
impress today’s homebuyers. Inexpensive updates in lieu of the more durable and
sustainable materials that buyers prefer may scare buyers into wondering where
else you cut costs.
Single coat paint – Single coats can leave a ghost of the
previous color that peeks through, nor do they deliver the rich color and
texture of carefully applied second coats.
Peel and stick tiles– Nothing says cheap like peel and stick
tile for floors or backsplashes. Yes, you can remove them, but the real thing
wears and looks better.
Faux Granite – What makes granite beautiful and the focal
point of a kitchen or bath is the natural veins and spots of color. While some
laminates and quartz closely copy granite, you’re better off choosing a solid
color countertop replacement and putting the wow factor somewhere else, like a
decorative tile backsplash.
Acrylic one-piece shower/tub— It may look clean and new, but
you don’t want your bathroom to look like it belongs in a motel. Spend the
money for a new tub, fresh grouted tile and a contemporary glass door.
Painted cabinets – Paint eventually chips and doesn’t really
update worn, outdated cabinets. It doesn’t make up for the lack of easy sliding
drawers, pull-out shelving and hidden hinges that are standard features of
modern cabinets. New factory-painted doors could be an inexpensive update that
will look and wear better.