Choose Your Kitchen Cabinets like a Pro

Choose Your Kitchen Cabinets like a Pro

A kitchen isn’t complete without cabinets.

Essential for storage and a huge factor in kitchen style, cabinets are one of the first things people want to change in their own kitchens. But walking into a store can feel overwhelming. The choices are endless, and even after you think you’ve chosen a model, you have multiple options for color, hardware, and layout.

Every house we have remodeled together came with a kitchen in dire need of an upgrade, so luckily we have a lot of experience selecting new cabinets. Keep reading to find out our process for choosing the perfect kitchen cabinets for your kitchen.

1. Choose a Cabinet Door Style

Cabinets take up a lot of space in the kitchen, which means they are visible from every angle. We asked you to help us narrow down our cabinet door style for our first vote for The Fish Flip House! You are helping us decide between Applied Molding (A), Flat Panel with Inside Bead (B), and Raised Panel (C), all from Kitchen Cabinet Outlets.

When you are selecting a door profile, don’t get stuck on the color just yet, as the store models don’t come in every color available. We always recommend going to the store to see cabinet styles in person, and narrow down your selection to three or four options. Take pictures of the styles you like, so that you don’t forget and have to start over on your next visit.

2. Color and Finish

Once you have selected a cabinet door style, select the color and finish of your cabinets. All white in the kitchen has been popular for the past few years, with a timeless, clean look that can be played off of with pops of color throughout the rest of the kitchen. A natural wood finish is also always in style.

For our current renovation, we are currently talking about adding more color. Full color on cabinets and countertops creates a bold statement, while two-tone (white counters with colored cabinets, or vice versa) gives you a balance. Take a look at what is inspiring us here.

3. Storage and Organization

Deciding on a kitchen layout and mapping out the cabinets you need for optimal storage is next up in our process to the perfect kitchen cabinets. With incredible storage options, you can get everything from spice racks, pull out drawers, deep drawers, and high cabinets. Being selective and purposeful in laying out the cabinets will help you plan a kitchen that will be easy to maneuver.

4. Hardware

Next up is selecting hardware. The hardware you choose can make a kitchen appear modern, traditional, country, or rustic. Decide if you want knobs or pulls, and then narrow it down to the style that fits your vision.

If new cabinets aren’t in your budget, consider swapping out the hardware. This alone can completely change the look of your kitchen.

5. Practicality

We actually got this last tip from all of your comments! So many of you consider what is easiest to keep clean and take care of. This can be a big factor in choosing the color, finish, and even the door profile (some people said door profiles with more detail are harder to keep clean!). Think about your everyday lifestyle to help you stay practical in your choices.

We can’t wait to find tally up the votes and reveal the winner of the cabinet doors! Which style did you vote for The Fish Flip House? Stay tuned for the winner during our Live Reveal this Thursday!

1 Comment
  • I am thinking of replacing my kitchen cabinets as part of my remodeling process. I like that you mentioned selecting the color and finish of my cabinet. Since I’m thinking of making it look like a modern one, I think I shall go with the classic all-white as you suggested in the article. It’s helpful that you also put emphasis on the storage function of it. I’ll take note of that when I look for cabinets online.

    February 19, 2020 at 9:25 pm

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