For many people, the kitchen is the heart of a home. Not only is it where all of the meals are prepared, it’s a place for family time and for self-expression through food. And a kitchen should be a reflection of the people who spend time in it, right? Right. So if you want to build a kitchen that’s uniquely you, here are a few things to consider when selecting materials for your kitchen cabinets.
No matter the wood you choose for your kitchen cabinets, it’s important that you consider the grain. Not only will it determine the texture of your cabinets, it will provide the “look” for a modern kitchen design. If you’re going for rustic, maybe you’ll want a rougher grain. For European kitchen designs, you may want a sleeker material with a finer grain. In those cases, veneered cabinets are likely to provide much better grain matching than traditional wood cabinets.
Above all else, color is indicative of a kitchen’s style. For lighter cabinets, you might want to select a wood like pine, hickory, or ash. But fortunately, you’re not married to a single color for the entirety of your life in a home. A recent survey revealed that 42% of people actually prefer white cabinets in their kitchens, but as previously mentioned, a kitchen should be uniquely you. Wood stains and even paints can completely change the look of a kitchen if you’re in need of an update. One of the best woods for staining is birch, as it can actually replicate a beautiful cherry or maple appearance when stained correctly. The vast majority of kitchen designers may recommend this option because of its versatility.
The way your cabinets are built will have a decent effect on their appearance. For example, wooden cabinet drawers can be created using dowels, rabbets, or dovetails. Those kitchen cabinets constructed with dovetails will require more wood to create, but may ultimately be more durable. If longevity is something that matters to you in kitchen design, it’s important that you take construction into the mix. Whether you’re in need of new cabinets or an entirely new kitchen, don’t forget to take these things into consideration when you’re selecting building materials.