When designing or remodeling your kitchen, add another finish among the cabinets. For example, if you are using natural maple cabinets and add darker or white cabinets in highlighted locations it will mix it up a little and add additional interest. Different height and depth of the upper cabinets will have the same effect and can add additional utility. Think out of the box. Have fun with it!
- Use open cabinets to display your personal style with color, texture and art.
- Use special glass! There are many options to create a unique environment: use a variety of textures and colors, or even recycled materials.
- If you are refacing or resurfacing existing cabinets, add legs, bun-feet, crown moldings and other special details to give the cabinets a new look or style reminiscent of fine furniture.
- Take advantage of all of your storage opportunities. Install pantries and full height cabinets. Use furniture for storage to add interest.
- Add organizers to keep your world easy to use, out of sight, and easy to find again. Options include mixer lifts, pots/pans drawers, and trays. Not only will your items be easy to find, but you’ll add considerable utility to the your cabinet space.
- Use drawers instead of doors. Drawers have deeper sides for containing equipment and the newer hardware available is much stronger and can handle these heavy loads.
- Add inlays of another wood species like zebra wood or burlwood. Less expensive laminated versions of exotic woods are also available for the recessed panels on your doors and drawers.
- Popular wood species are quarter-sawn white oak, Canadian red birch, Old French white oak and knotty chestnut.
- Align grains when you are using slab style doors and drawers.
- Consider handles and pulls as jewelry for cabinets. Dress them up, mix them up and have fun with them.
An interior designer can help blend the functionality you need with the look you want. A designer will provide you with drawings to critique and study prior to the building phase to make certain the room meets your functional and aesthetic needs.