Kitchen Cabinetry Materials, Finishes & Accessories

Cool Kitchen Cabinetry Materials, Finishes & Accessories

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 CabinetryKitchen Cabinetry Materials, Finishes & Accessories

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:


  • Chrome
  • Brass
  • Etched brass
  • Gold
  • 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!

Kitchen Renovations in Victoria BC

Thinking about a Kitchen Renovation?

What you Need to Know Before Moving Forward with a Kitchen Reno


Now that you have decided to renovate your kitchen, what are your next steps? Home renovation projects need to be well planned and a kitchen renovation is no exception!Kitchen Renovations in Victoria BC - new oven

Before you meet with your kitchen designer it is ideal to create a rough layout of your existing kitchen, take photos of each wall, build a folder with a few inspiration images, and consider budget and timeline for completion.

Your new kitchen remodel needs to reflect your personal style, how you use the space and functional needs.

Some of the elements we consider when designing your kitchen include:

  • Which fixtures and/or appliances are you planning to keep and what if any limitations do we need to work around such as plumbing and range venting.
  • How do you use your kitchen? How many people use the space? Do you need additional pantry storage? Would you benefit from designated areas for baking and canning? Do you need space to entertain? Do you need space for casual dining?
  • Are you changing flooring material?
  • Can we reconfigure the layout to add a kitchen island or peninsula?
  • Are there spaces adjacent to the kitchen that can be incorporated as pantry or additional storage?
  • Electrical and plumbing changes including additional plug in locations and rough-in for appliances that require water lines.

Renovating Kitchen Cabinets

When it comes to your kitchen cabinets you have several options for materials which will allow you to work within your budget. The two main materials used for kitchen cabinetry are wood or a wood substrate with an applied finish. Each offers different options for colours, textures, and finishes. Your kitchen cabinet decisions are likely the most important ones you will make when remodelling your kitchen. Your cabinets will be the first thing people notice and their functionality and purpose will add significant value to your everyday enjoyment.

Kitchen Countertops, Accessories & Lighting

In keeping with this added value proposition, you will need to consider the countertops, accessories, lighting, and hardware that best fit with your needs. This is one area where a little more budget allocation can have a great payback. The kitchen is the heart of the home after all!

Choosing Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen Renovations in Victoria BC - island kitchen

There are many choices for countertop and backsplash materials from solid surfaces such as quartz and natural stone as well as porcelain, butcher block and laminate. We work with several local supplier/fabrication shops here in Victoria BC and recommend looking at Colonial Countertops as a starting point.

Choosing Kitchen Accessories

Accessories elevate and add function to a well-designed kitchen. There is an abundance of choice for accessories to customize the inside of your cabinets; corner solutions, garbage/recycling/composting, spice storage, drawer organization are just the beginning.  Check out a full range of kitchen accessories here.

Choosing Kitchen Hardware

Hardware is the jewelry of the kitchen and the right choice will bring the whole kitchen together. Things to consider when selecting hardware include shape, size, material, and finish. Positioning on the cabinetry is a detail not to be missed either.

Getting the Right Lights for your Kitchen

Finally, let there be light. Along with finding ways to bring in as much natural light as possible you will also want to ensure that you take full advantage of the variety of options for cabinet lighting including under cabinet, over cabinet, toe kick lighting and lights to the interior of cabinets.


That should give you a good idea of what you need to know before moving forward with that new kitchen renovation. In Victoria BC, come by our showroom to talk to our expert kitchen designers, cabinet makers and installers or give us a ring at 250-381-6511 and let’s get started on your new kitchen reno!