In the previous article we explained the basic kitchen cabinet construction and the elementary choices an owner has to make when remodeling their kitchen. In this article, we would like to further explain the different kitchen cabinet options and the materials most suitable for your type of project. We at the Artistic Kitchen Designs (located in Brooklyn, NY) have compiled some of the latest trends in kitchen designs that should meet all of your needs.
When deciding on the type of material to use for your new kitchen cabinets consider your family needs, your budget, and the latest design developments. While choosing the materials for your cabinets you should decide if you want to use wood, metal or laminate. All of the materials have their own unique benefits and drawbacks, and you should carefully evaluate your options. For example wood is a very versatile material and can be painted or stained any color of your choosing. However, wood also has a tendency to warp over time and to lose its shape. This might be a particularly big problem in warm climates or areas that undergo significant yearly climate changes. On the other hand, metal cabinets are less versatile and tend to show scratches or fingerprints quite easily. But nevertheless this might be a good option for families, since these cabinets are extremely easy to clean and are highly durable. The last and the least expensive option would be laminated cabinets. Laminated cabinets are actually made from layers of craft paper and plastic sealant. The obvious advantage of laminated cabinets is the price and the limitless color options. However, the disadvantage of using this material is the relatively short shelf-life and the fact that they are almost impossible to repair ones they have been damaged.
After choosing the materials for your kitchen cabinets you must also consider the type of finish you want for your base. If you have chosen laminated cabinets then you are done, since they already come in a specific colors pre-selected by you. Conversely, if you chose wood or metal you still must decide not only on the color but also on the final finish. With wood you will have to decide between leaving the wood in its natural state or painting it with an opaque color. If you leave the wood in its natural state you will be able to see the wood grain through the varnish. Certain types of woods are quite beautiful and could be showcased wonderfully with the right stain and varnish. Other types of woods are less striking and would be best displayed with a coat of opaque paint. On the other hand, if you have decided to go with metal, your choices for a finishes are a bit more limited. There are different types of metals that could be used for cabinets, but usually people use stainless steel. However, if you want to decrease the visual impact of totally stainless steel kitchen you can add some wood or other unique materials (ex. glass, ceramic, other metals) to parts of your kitchen.
Please keep in mind that although we have described some of your options when it comes to your new kitchen cabinets, this is only the beginning! There are limitless combinations of materials and some very unique finishes available to the particularly selective consumers.