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When choosing the cabinetry that's right
for you, balancing cost with style, function and the hankering
for that perfect pantry can prove as difficult as a complicated
mathematical equation. Save the calculations for tablespoons
and cups of flour. Choose what you like.
When it comes to what's fashionable, personalization
still reigns supreme in the kitchen. More specifically, homeowners
continue to choose items that are more "me" than
"me, too," meaning that you can start your decision
making process by scrapping the concept of must-haves. Butter-yellow
French country cabinetry may be on the cover of your favorite
home magazine, but if you don't love it, forget it.
Maple has eclipsed oak as the most popular
wood for cabinet doors. Cherry comes in third, followed
by hickory and pine. But your wood options don't end
there. Adler is creeping onto the scene in a big way,
thanks to its natural, knotted look, while exotic woods
like mahogany are becoming a tad bit more everyday.
Don't agonize over framed or frameless construction—the
decision has become much less significant than it used
to be. Save your energy for selecting your door style.
Choices range from flat to raised to curved, and may
be plain and simple or intricately carved. In more traditional
kitchens, you’ll find inset and lipped doors;
partial overlay and full overlay provide the clean lines
associated with more contemporary designs.
If wood isn't for you, there's no need to worry. Take
your pick of shiny polyester and plastic laminate options,
opt for stainless steel, or go for glass in clear, frosted,
ribbed, etched and leaded versions.
You're not at the finish line until you've
selected a finish for your cabinets. Light stains will let
the natural beauty of the wood show through. The popularity
of painted and glazed finishes has broadened their offering
among stock and semi-custom manufacturers. For a truly unique
look, go the specialty route with a distressed or crackled
Use pulls and knobs to further personalize
your kitchen. A Shaker style door in cherry can go from traditional
with a brass knob to contemporary with a nickel pole.