As any homeowner will know, a change to your kitchen cupboards can really make or break the overall look off your kitchen, taking it from average to amazing in just one simple change.
The world of kitchen cabinets can be a confusing one however; there are a wide range of colours, styles, woods, designs and finishes – knowing where to start can be a little overwhelming.
Fortunately for you, we have taken the hard work out of your decision – read on for everything you need to know, and make the perfect selection to spruce up your kitchen.
Custom or Prefab?
One of the first decisions you will need to make is whether to go custom made, or prefabricated. Both have their pros and cons, and a custom job can be amazing if you have a kitchen with lots of small spaces, or awkward corners – your designer will work to make sure that no inch of space is left unused. On the downside, custom cupboards are in the pricey side, so may not work so well if you are on a tight budget.
Storage or Space?
There is good news if you are caught between plenty of storage or a spacious design – with the right cupboards, you can have both. Gone are the days of a simple box filled with a few shelves; you can customise your kitchen cupboards to your exact needs with flexible shelving, extendable units, and clever space-savers which offer the illusion of plenty of space, while also keeping everything neatly tucked away.
Drawers or Cupboards?
You may also ponder whether or not cupboards are the best fit for you at all – depending on your layout, kitchen use and lifestyle, drawers may be easier. Remember, these can be super deep or extra wide to include pots and pans, and a combination of chic drawers paired with just a few cupboards can add a really striking look to your kitchen, as well as ensuring practicality.
Style or Suitability?
Once again, the range of cupboard options on the market means that a choice between style and suitability is no longer an issue – you can enjoy both factors in one kitchen. Think about how you plan to use your kitchen – are you an avid baker, or an aspiring Masterchef? Do you see the kitchen as the hub of the home, and homework central? All of these aspects and considerations will have an impact on the style of the kitchen you choose – there is no point in having the baking ingredients on the opposite side of the room to the cooker, or filling the wall with cupboards if you prefer to order in. Make sure your kitchen works for you – and not the other way around.
Modern or Traditional?
As with anything in life, kitchens go through trends and fashions. While it is important to opt for a style you like, just be aware that anything ultra-modern could risk becoming dated in a few short years – this is fine if you have the budget to update with the times, but if these cupboards need to last, perhaps opt for a classic, timeless finish.