Which Kitchen Cabinet Styles are Right for Your Home?
When it comes to selecting kitchen cabinetry materials, finishes and accessories, what you choose is all about what makes you happy. Homeowners looking to inject personality into the heart of their home can turn to just about any aesthetic for a kitchen that truly reflects who they are.
Whether your home is sleek and modern, farmhouse chic, transitional or something in between, there are so many timeless and trendy options for your kitchen renovation. Want a pop of colour? Consider turning your kitchen island into a focal point with a custom hue. Want to create more visual interest? Try upper and lower cabinets in contrasting colours. Choose a door profile to soften the look of flat front doors, blending modern and traditional touches.
What Type of Kitchen Cabinetry / Materials are in Demand?
Wood and wood substrate is always a top choice. At Incredible Home, we always provide top quality laminate or birch plywood cabinetry “boxes.” Once you’ve chosen your configuration, you can choose from a wide variety of colours, finishes, textures and profiles.
Popular Colours for Kitchen Cabinetry
White remains one of the most popular choices, followed by wood tones. Warm oak tones are making a comeback after being banished from many homes after a surge of popularity in the 80’s and 90’s. The difference is the new oak is finished in a cooler tone and paired with contemporary hardware and accessories to suit today’s kitchens.
There are also more greens in light or jewel tones, as well as blues that range from cobalt to a grey-based navy. We designed this white custom kitchen with a bold pop of colour provided by the appliance —a Ferrari red range. This goes to show that even if you’re feeling colour-shy about cabinets, you can still have a little fun with colour. The colour you choose is a very personal choice and we want you to love it every time you see your kitchen. That’s why we offer a huge range of custom colours to suit virtually any décor scheme.
What Kitchen Cabinetry Finishes are in Demand?
After choosing your colour(s), you’ll choose the finish. High gloss is increasingly popular, particularly in modern homes. At the other end of the spectrum is a matte finish, favoured for a variety of styles, from contemporary to transitional. In the middle is the traditional semi-gloss finish. Paired with modern hardware, semi-gloss is an excellent choice for transitional or shaker cabinets.
You can also embrace open shelving for sections of your kitchen. If you have tableware you love to display, open shelving is ideal for creating storage and décor simultaneously. Glass panels are another beautiful option for incorporating light and brightness into kitchens.
Using a mixture of wood and glass against a neutral background looks stunning and adds depth to just about any kitchen. If you like the idea of having different upper cabinets and lower cabinets, consider different finishes for each set.
You can even have your island finished in a sleek darker tone with glossy white kitchen cabinets to create eye-catching contrast. Simple solutions like this can take any kitchen from cookie-cutter to magazine-worthy. Along with the finish, you’ll be able to choose custom opening styles.
We offer many opening styles for modern kitchen cabinets:
- Drop-down opening
- Folding opening
- Lift-up opening
- Parallel opening
- Up and over opening
Which Types of Hardware are in Demand?
Brushed nickel is a perennial favourite, but if this basic finish isn’t bringing you joy, there are many other options. When choosing your handles, knobs and pulls, be sure to take the hardware positioning, cabinet colour, profile and finish into account. Also, don’t be afraid to mix and match. Just because you have stainless appliances doesn’t mean you have to commit to stainless hardware too. You can warm it up with gold or brass handles.
Opting for a contemporary look, you can try horizontally placed hardware or easily skip using hardware entirely.
For transitional door styles, anything from oil rubbed bronze to glass handles will work. A nod to your grandmother’s 1920’s-era faceted glass knobs, the new look for glass is a sleek tubular shape. These newer style handles add just the right amount of gleam to the doors and provide a nice change from the expected metals. It’s also what you don’t see that matters – with our soft close doors and German engineered hinges and drawer slides, our custom kitchens exude quality.
Some popular choices for cabinetry hardware finishes and designs:
- Etched brass
- Rose gold
- Matte black
- Bin or cup shaped pulls
- Oversized long handles
- Exposed screws for an industrial / rustic feel
- Flat edged handles
- Rounded (tubular) handles
- Minimalist knobs
What Type of Accessories are in Demand?
A kitchen functions best when it’s designed around a “work triangle.” We offer a complete selection of kitchen accessories and we’ll work with you to design every inch of your kitchen to work smarter. This will make meal prep and cleanup easier and more enjoyable than ever.
A large component of a kitchens function is to maximize use of space. This is where hidden drawer organizers and cabinet accessories really shine. A drawer dedicated to herbs and spices, a prep sink beside the cooktop, and a handy phone charging station are just some of the ways that you can make your kitchen more functional than ever. Big coffee fan? Why not create a coffee centre that contains everything you need to make the perfect cup?
For a space saving solution in smaller kitchens, backsplash railing systems let you hang and store frequently used items like knives and utensils. A tip out tray is the perfect way to replace a faux drawer by the kitchen sink and even something as minor as a pull out towel rack under the sink can make all the difference in convenience.
Cabinetry is a key part of creating your desired look and feel in a kitchen. At Incredible Home, our expert designers, cabinet makers and installers will all work with you to create your dream kitchen, from cabinets and cupboards to hardware. We can design the ideal layout to make the most of your space, design clever organization and help take the guesswork out of colours, textures and finishes. To get started on your gorgeous new kitchen, book a consultation or visit our Victoria, BC showroom today!