Are you dreaming of finally upgrading your kitchen? You've been looking at photos and watching remodeling videos so now it's time to make a plan. The process of designing and creating a new kitchen can be both exciting and intimidating. With so many varieties of cabinets available in different colors, materials, and styles, it can be hard to know where to start.
Do you go modern to match current trends? Or traditional which could end up looking dated over time?
Cabinets are one of the first things that people will notice about your kitchen remodel, so make an impact with these tips from the Cabinet Chic!
Creating a Kitchen Layout
But first, a floor plan... You may want more space, functionality, and storage when designing your dream kitchen cabinets, but how do you account for all that? A floor plan, of course!
Start with a floor plan for your kitchen and decide where your appliances will go for optimum functionality, and then orient your cabinets around them. There also are ways to incorporate cabinet designs that will make appliances such as your fridge look built-in.It’s a perfect time to discuss custom cabinet organization options with C & C Cabinets. From creative spice racks to pot and pan holders, there are many ways to make your cabinet space more functional.
Drawers or Cabinets? Many people like a combination of drawers and cabinets, depending on their design aesthetic and needs. Kitchen drawers are great for maximizing storage space (and stashing all those pots and pans), but keep in mind that drawers can be more expensive than cabinets because of the sliding mechanisms.
Unsure of what cabinets would work best for your space? Contact C & C Cabinets for a design consultation; we will discuss your floor plan, storage needs, and design aesthetic for your Tampa Bay home!
Consider Material and Profile
The profile and finish of your cabinet doors are important to the overall theme of your kitchen. Narrow your choices by selecting a door profile first and then move on to the finish.Door profiles are available to fit styles such as modern, traditional, minimal, farmhouse, cottage, and more.For finishes, glossy cabinet doors are popular, and solid stained wood presents a more traditional look.
If you like a little of both aesthetics, lacquered cabinet doors with matte hardware work well for a classic-meets-modern vibe.One thing to consider when choosing finishes is that glossy styles are easier to clean.
Inspire your kitchen reno: Cabinet Door Styles
At the C & C Cabinets, we offer fully custom finishes that range from stained, painted, distressed, hand oil rubbed, glazed, gilded, faux, and more! Contact us to chat about cabinet design.
Decide on a Color Story
Even if your kitchen's color story is simple, it still needs to be cohesive. A haphazard mix of colors can create an unbalanced look that doesn't feel inviting or comfortable. Therefore, choose a few key colors that complement each other well and stick with them throughout the space. For example, you might use shades of white and gray as your primary colors and then add pops of blue or green for contrast.
Take the opportunity to make your cabinet doors a focal point of your kitchen and incorporate complementary tones, bright colors, a two-tone scheme, etc., to fit your home’s design theme.
We like to think of cabinet hardware as the jewelry of your kitchen cabinets. Hardware comes in many different shapes, sizes, and finishes. From classic pulls and knobs to modern handles and hinges, there are endless possibilities for customizing your cabinets. Adding a unique twist with hardware can be a budget-friendly way to update your kitchen without a full renovation.
Do not underestimate the need for high-quality fittings, handles, doorknobs, and cabinet pulls. Think in terms of what is practical, stylish, and chic.
Learn more: Choosing Cabinet Hardware
Additional Design Considerations
Your cabinets should seamlessly fit your kitchen’s design, and thoughtful touches can make an enormous difference. Does your lighting add drama? Could custom molding or millwork create that beautiful touch that completes the room?
Lighting — Adding under-cabinet lighting can not only improve the ambiance and drama of your space, but it also serves a practical purpose - providing ample light to your countertops at night. This simple addition can transform your kitchen into a brighter, more functional space. Usually, LED strips are located underneath wall-mounted cabinets. When they are on, your kitchen will be illuminated with a warm glow.
Childproofing Childproofing your kitchen can be done in several ways. Installing child safety locks on cabinets and drawers can prevent access to dangerous items such as knives and cleaning products. Covering electrical outlets with outlet covers can also prevent electrocution if young children stick their fingers or other objects into them. Additionally, keeping any sharp objects out of reach or locked away is crucial in preventing injuries.
Design Chic Custom Cabinetry with C & C Cabinets
If you are ready to design beautiful — and functional — cabinetry, the Cabinet Chic can help. From expert cabinet design services and color consultations to computerized renderings, we can create custom kitchen cabinetry to make a statement! Contact us for a design consultation anywhere in the Tampa Bay area today, (813) 876-6780.