The kitchen is the heart of your home, and you can decorate it avidly by selecting the appropriate kind of kitchen cabinets and countertops. The kitchen cabinets and the countertops can occupy the major portion of the space, so the look of the kitchen will depend on them a lot. There are various kinds of cabinets and countertops that vary in sizes and colors. Choosing kitchen cabinets and countertops may not be all that easy because there are so many options (type, size, material and all). You may get confused dazzled quite easily after looking at the catalogue or in store.
In this post, I want to discuss how to choose kitchen cabinets and countertops and if you are planning to do interior designing work in your kitchen or thinking to renovate your kitchen, then this is a must read.
The kitchen cabinets and the countertops are like the ornaments of the kitchen and the beauty of the space will be ensured by them. You will need the cabinets and the countertops for doing all the works like cutting, chopping, cooking, keeping the cooking utensils and other appliances etc. So, first you must decide the items that you will include in your kitchen, and accordingly the cabinets and the countertops will be designed.
Tips to choose kitchen cabinets and countertops for your kitchen
There are certain things that must be considered while you are planning to buy new countertops and cabinets for kitchen. Let us have a look!
1. The purpose
Why will you need the cabinets? What are the items that you will keep there? These are the most important questions and you need to have the answers. You can keep the cooking utensils, the crockery and the cutlery sets, the dinner sets, the plates, the spices in the cabinets. Sometimes wall bound cabinets are kept for the refrigerator. Keeping the refrigerator like this is beneficial, as it will not use up the counter space in your kitchen. Sometimes, you can also keep the appliances as well in the cabinets. So knowing the purpose is very important. The countertop will be used for cutting, chopping, the gas oven will be on the countertop as well. It is preferred to have a long countertop for your convenience as you need enough space to do all the kitchen works.
2. The Materials
The kitchen cabinets and the countertops are available in various materials. The cabinets can be made of hardwood plywood, particleboard, or medium density fiberboard. The best and the most durable is the one made of hardwood plywood. They are a bit more expensive than the other two as well. But this is a good investment as you do not need to change it anytime soon. There are various materials for the countertops too, like the granite, marble, tiles, but the best one is marble though. But you can use the other two materials as well. The granite ones are the hard and durable, and they look shiny and bright. Granite comes in various colours so you can choose according to the colour of the walls and the cabinets. The cabinets and the countertops are required every day, so it is better to go for some materials that are long lasting.
3. The colour
It is better to go for some darker shades, as the lighter shades may fade off easily due to regular usage. Choose a neutral or light colour for the walls, like a cream colour or pale pink, and then install deep colour cabinets and the countertops. I have used dark wooden polish cabinets, with blackish brown countertops, and the walls are pop corn white. This colour contrast looks really amazing and interesting. The cabinets and the countertops can retain the colours for years, without any sign of damage. You can go for cherry shade, or a blackish brown one, or even lighter shades, if you are confident that you can properly maintain the colour of the cabinets.
4. The size
The size of the cabinets and the countertops will be directly proportional to the size of the kitchen space. If your kitchen is small, then it is better to restrict the size of the cabinets, as else the space will look claustrophobic. Nowadays, there are many cabinets that are as long as from the ceiling to the floors. You can use up the walls and place some hanging cabinets, so as not to use up the counter space. If the counter space of the kitchen is visible, then the space will look clutter free and organized. Some kitchen cabinets can start from the floors till the height of the countertops. This will give you places for some utensils and items that you need daily, like the cooking utensils and the spices. In the high cabinets, you can stash the items that you do not need regularly, like some gorgeous dinner sets which you use only in case of occasions. The countertops can occupy the space round the counter space, so that you have enough places to do all the works.
These are the four major points that you have to deal with while choosing the cabinets and the countertops. These are the furnishing of the kitchen and also make the space look beautiful. Even if you feel bored and tired while cooking, the well furnished kitchen can cheer your mood. You can then actually enjoy cooking. I hope now that you have read my article; you have got an idea how to choose kitchen cabinets and countertops. Find an interior designer and get started with interior decorating for your home including kitchen and feel good about it.