||Although a great
deal happens in the kitchen, the look and feel of
the space is not often defined by what is cooked
or stored inside the kitchen. Instead, the look
and feel of the kitchen is largely decided by the
elements that make it up: the countertops and cabinets.
In the cabinetry even more than the countertops,
an opportunity exists to create a space with a great
deal of character and personality. And, importantly
for a busy kitchen, an opportunity also exists to
create a space that is efficient in both its productivity
and its storage.
The Look and Feel
As we have mentioned, the look and feel of the kitchen
space is ultimately going to be determined by the
stylistic elements within it. There is no element
of the kitchen that is more important than the cabinetry.
After all, the cabinetry in the kitchen is where
almost everything else that is stored in the kitchen
will rest. It’s rare for belongings to be
out in the open in the kitchen – the cabinets
hide everything instead. Therefore, it’s really
the cabinets, and not what you belong, that set
the stage for the room.
Cabinets come in two major varieties: frameless
and face-framed. Frameless construction cabinets
are made individually like individual boxes, and
are situated with a small gap between them. Face-framed
cabinets, on the other hand, are set in a wooden
frame upon which doors are placed. Face-framed cabinets
are considered more common in the United States,
while frameless cabinets are characteristic of European
Sizing and finishing for your kitchen
cabinets will have a big impact on the overall
appearance of the kitchen. After all, the kitchen
is the only room in the house that has cabinets
extending almost to the ceiling. Therefore the color,
material, and style of cabinets that you choose
will have a big impact.
Accessories too help to define the style of the
kitchen. Intricate knobs are very different than
simple ones, and cabinets without knobs at all are
also becoming very popular in modern kitchens.
your kitchen, it’s really important to
understand how you use the space now and how you
would like to use it after the remodel. What are
the aspects of your kitchen that you wish were different?
Do you need a little more space between the island
and the sink? Do you wish there was a little more
counter space next to the stove? The placement of
all of these important elements in the kitchen will
help to determine where you place your cabinets
and what types of cabinets you install. Do you wish
spices were easy to access? A spice drawer in a
pullout cabinet may be the way to go. Do you need
to be able to reach plates easier? Perhaps lower
lying cabinets would be of better help than much
taller ones. Understanding the way that you move
about the kitchen will help you to make the best
choices when picking and placing cabinets.