Add Some Zest with New Cabinet Doors
So you’ve finally decided to redesign your kitchen. You want to make it look better and be much more functional, but where can you begin? You don’t have an unlimited budget, and you don’t want to have to tear down walls to install new wires or piping, thus rendering your kitchen inoperable during construction. So what can you do? Fortunately, an easy and affordable way to spruce up your cooking space is to install new cabinet doors. In fact, even if you keep everything else the same, installing new doors can make a huge impact on the look and feel of your kitchen.
Before we can jump into the vast world of cabinetry, we first have to understand what exactly we’re looking for in the first place. Thus, we should look at the components of our new cabinet doors so we can make an informed decision. The door is broken into four parts:
Just because your current cabinets are made of wood doesn’t mean that the door has to be as well. A fantastic way to give your home a much more elegant look is to install cabinet doors that use glass panes. This also serves a functional purpose as it allows you to see what’s inside without having to open it up. While wood is certainly the most common material, incorporating glass can have tremendous results.
Do you want your cabinet doors to have recessed paneling or raised paneling? Do you want them to look ornate and stylish or simple and modern? The important thing to remember is that whichever style you choose it should compliment your overall kitchen aesthetic, not clash. For example, if you have modern stainless steel appliances, then you will want simple, minimalist doors. If you have an older home with lots of personality, then an ornate finish will help provide some rich decor. Some of the most popular door designs are:
- Cathedral: raised panel with an arch
- Shaker: recessed panel and simple edges
- Slab: smooth and flat
- Beadboard: decorative paneling with raised panels
Do you want to have a doorknob on your cabinet? An ornate flourish, perhaps? The handles for your cabinets can have just as much impact as the style, mostly because it can be decorative as well as functional. When deciding on a new door, figure out the best handle to compliment the design. For example, Shaker style doors are best with a minimalist rectangular handle, while cathedral doors will look better with decorative knobs.
Finally, you should choose a color that matches your kitchen’s appearance. Even if the doors themselves come without any color, you can quickly add some vibrancy by painting them. One way to help make your kitchen pop, in fact, is to paint the sides of the cabinets one color and paint the doors differently. For example, white cabinets with black doors.