You spend a considerable amount of time in your kitchen either enjoying your dinner or cooking. The look of your kitchen can increase or decrease your appetite. Kitchen cabinets are an integral part of kitchen. The right kitchen cabinetry can make or break your kitchen’s functionality and style. Kitchen cabinet design includes everything from layout and placements of cabinets to the materials and finishes you use for its complete outlook.
Open floor plans are very common trend and placement of cabinets in it will reflect your choice for modern or traditional layout. Cabinets may be used above and below the kitchen counter. It creates division between kitchen and living or dining room in a more traditional way. Cabinets may also be placed in an island that is in the middle of the kitchen allowing for the more open floor of a modern kitchen.
Door styles of kitchen cabinet commonly define the style of kitchen. Cabinets resembling furniture is found in many traditional kitchen design. Hardware can give you an opportunity to express your personal design style. It is an inexpensive and easy way to change the look of your cabinets.
Kitchen cabinets can be customized with a wide variety of components that will allow you to express your design tastes while simultaneously addressing your specific cooking and storage needs. Kitchen cabinetry materials are often produced from wood, veneer, particle board, MDF, stainless steel, plastic laminate and Thermofoil, melamine, lacquer and acrylic.
Solid wood is never used for the entire cabinet. Not only would it be too costly, the cabinets would also be unstable and heavy. It is commonly used for cabinet fronts, counters, moulding, corbels, and edges. Many cabinets are built of a combination of solid wood and wood-based products such as plywood and particleboard. When your material choice for cabinet is wood, selecting the wood species depends on taste and costs. Your choice of wood will have the most impact on the cabinet’s ultimate look. Be sure to consider your environment and cooking style.
Wood veneer is made of strips of wood off of a tree and is much thinner than solid wood. It has two main advantages over solid wood: it costs less and its grain can be more consistent. It is less affected by humidity and temperature than solid wood. Wood veneer also makes an attractive option for cabinet interiors visible through glass doors.
MDF (medium density fiberboard) is an engineered wood product that is made up of wood fibers. The fibers are combined with an adhesive under pressure and formed into boards and panels. It is used in cabinet doors, shelves and cabinet boxes. It offers superior screw-holding power, clean edges and an extremely smooth surface. In addition, its edges can be shaped and painted.
Laminate cabinets come in all colors, patterns and textures. The layers are all pressed together under high heat. Laminate is used to cover exterior cabinetry surfaces, the fronts and backs of doors and some interior surfaces.
Stainless steel cabinets give a chic and stylish look. Stainless steel can be found on just about every design element in the kitchen these days. While you can get a very sleek look from stainless steel, it does show fingerprints and scratches. A durable and sanitary material, stainless steel cabinets are also non-toxic, recyclable and easy to clean without the use of harsh chemicals. Moreover, all-stainless cabinets are a great pick for outdoor kitchens as they withstand the elements quite well.
Thermofoil is a vinyl film applied to a substrate with heat and pressure. The application process makes it possible for thermofoil to resemble wood detailing more closely than laminate can. Most often white or almond, thermofoil cabinets are easy to care for and less likely to chip than painted cabinets.
Kitchen cabinets can be made from different materials. Each option has its merits. In fact, kitchen designers often use more than one material in cabinet designsor use the same material but in two different finishes or colors. Whatever the style and material you choose it should suit your design, tastes and practicality. So choose your material not just by style, but by cost, durability, water resistance, available door styles and finishes, and personal preference.