If you are like many homeowners today, you may have asked yourself, “What should kitchen cabinets be made of?” In this article we look at the three primary materials from which kitchen cabinets are made and discuss renovation tips to help you make a decision about your own cabinets. First, let’s look at wood. Wood is probably the most common material from which kitchen cabinets are constructed. While it is relatively inexpensive, it can be difficult to work with and maintain over time.
With wood you have the option of having it light or dark painted on the interior and exterior. If your cabinets are to be used mostly for storage, you might want to go light. For more kitchen work, you will want to have a dark color on the interior. You will also want to consider trim, knobs and pulls that are all matching dark woods. The beauty of dark woods is that the grain shows every imperfection. It will add a unique beauty to your kitchen that no other wood material can bring.
The next option is aluminum. This has a strong appeal to homeowners as it is very easy to clean and very light. This makes it a good choice for a do-it-yourself kitchen renovation, but is not always the best choice for an interior kitchen. Aluminium cabinets are often painted a light color, but some manufacturers produce cabinetry that is plain stainless steel with a light coating of paint. As with wood, there is a lot of flexibility here. For larger kitchen remodels, the light aluminum cabinets can often be used in conjunction with dark woods or wood-toned doors and have the desired effect.
Another alternative to aluminum kitchen cabinets is stainless steel. This type of cabinet is almost a throw away, but it does not have the same aesthetic appeal as wood. It is durable and it does show fingerprints much easier than some other types of cabinet. In many cases, it is also the right choice for a kitchen renovation.
You may also consider painting your kitchen cabinets, if you wish to do so. However, painting a dark cabinet may interfere with the natural shade of your walls. A lighter shade of color may work better in this case. For a bright and lighter look, consider using white paint and applying vinyl lettering to the cabinet fronts.
There are some instances where it is necessary to use a darker cabinet. If you are doing a kitchen renovation and intend to replace the entire kitchen cabinet set, one option is to simply remove the cabinet with which you are currently satisfied. This eliminates the need to have to figure out what color to use.
On the other hand, if you are planning to change the hardware on your kitchen cabinets, you should make sure that the change does not make the cabinets too dark. Many hardware companies make darker hardware colors to help their customers cope with their lighting constraints. However, if you are using an appliance drawer, and if you are replacing your kitchen cabinet doors, you may need to add more light-colored hardware. This can be done by using thin metal prongs in order to cover the exposed wooden surface on the inside of the drawer. However, make sure to choose a light-colored hardware. This will allow you to use the kitchen cabinet doors without any interference with the lightness of the room.
You should think carefully about the way you paint your kitchen cabinets. You want to choose light colors that will complement the rest of your kitchen and create a sense of light and air. Darker colors may cause your kitchen to seem smaller. However, if you use the proper kitchen renovation tips, you can get the effect you want while maintaining the overall size and shape of your kitchen.