What Look Are You Going For?

What kind of dream kitchen do you envision? Is it sleek and modern? Rustic? Elegant and elaborate? Refined? Casual? Formal? Your choices are endless, but your choice plays a huge role in determining which kitchen cabinet door color will work for you. Remember: This is a style and color you’ll be living with for years, so think about what you’ll be happy with 5 and 10 years from now.

Is maintenance a concern?

As much as we might love the look of certain kitchen cabinet door styles, they might not fit with our lifestyles. A busy family with young children and everyone busy and on the go might want door colors that can hide dirt and grime. Shaker style cabinets are an excellent choice because they are smooth and have a flat finish. A family with older kids who probably won’t ram toys into cabinet doors or smear jelly on drawer fronts can enjoy a more bold kitchen cabinet color. Consider your family’s lifestyle and life stage when choosing your kitchen cabinet door style.

What kind of cabinet hardware do you envision?

For some of us (present company included), the cabinet hardware, knobs, and pulls are important to the overall kitchen look we’re going for. But not all cabinet hardware works with all kitchen cabinet door styles. If the hardware is important to the look you’re trying to achieve in your dream kitchen, you might want to choose it first, and then choose your kitchen cabinet door style to complement the hardware—rather than the other way around.

As we said above, your kitchen design choices are almost endless and it can seem as if your door style choices are as well. Taking into account some other factors can help you narrow down your choices and choose a style you’ll be happy with for the long term.

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