Replacing your kitchen cabinets are a more cost-effective way of updating your kitchen without investing in a full on re-fit, however you do have to part with some cash so it's a good idea to see what's on the market and choose your finish with care. Kitchen trends update with the seasons and they can change as often as the fashion trends in the shopping malls; the best way to make the most of your decision is to choose something classic and timeless, that will always be in vogue and promises style and chic for years to come.
Wooden cabinets are always a classic choice and will never go out of fashion, they can also be practical too; professional cabinet makers ensure that their materials are naturally sourced, sustainable and Eco-friendly. When it comes to deciding which wood to use and how to finish it, there are hundreds of options to choose from. Timber comes with a wide range or characteristics from knotted oak styles to smooth and minimalist ebony; all of these then can have more character added or removed with different lacquering or varnishing.
A popular and timeless choice is to have your cabinets painted in a particular color; white is always a winner and works well in humble cottage kitchens or alongside stainless steel in cutting edge, modernist environments. It's casual and understated whilst brimming with elegance. If white is not your color, consider light, natural colors that can compliment the timber.
High gloss finishes are a great choice for a kitchen trying to obtain the modern look. Acrylic finishes can be expensive but they are solid, durable and easy to clean. The major downside to acrylic finishing is that it comes in a very limited range of colors and wood veneer is not one of them. Polyester is another popular high gloss finish which comes with a cheaper price tag and a wide range of colors and style options
If you've got a collection of fine china and would prefer to keep it on display, then you should consider glass or Perspex doors. Glass doors come in a wide range of styles, from completely transparent to opaque. You can combine glass with wood to create completely different and exciting combinations from traditional to modern.
On top of all of these choices there are hundreds more, from laminate solutions to stainless steel fronts. No matter what you want, there is a cabinet-maker who will go the extra mile to give you the finish that you desire. Before you contact a cabinet-maker, it's a good plan to have a rough idea of what you want and how large your budget is. Try to search online or through catalogs for your ideal style to get an idea of how much it should cost, and then take it to your master cabinet-maker who will refine your plan and offer creative solutions to keep your costs down.
Your kitchen cabinets will be the most prominent feature of your entire kitchen, so it's important to spend some time on the design process!