April 28, 2017

Walk into any kitchen and what’s the first thing you notice? (Assuming you’re not watching an episode of Hoarders …) The cabinets. Fabulous or frightening, often, the most visible and expensive element in any kitchen is the cabinetry. Whether light or dark, painted or stained, your cabinets let people know whether your kitchen is dying a slow design death or is the star of your home.

Is the Grass Greener?
During our Kitchen & Bath Remodeling seminars homeowners always want to know what’s popular in cabinet finishes. It seems to me that customers who have had stained cabinets trend toward painted cabinets, either white or off-white, while customers who have white cabinets tend to select rich wood tones. It might be the “grass is always greener” mentality or that people really like to change things up during a remodel. For others, after decades of golden oak they’ve just had it with visible wood grain. In actuality, we install fairly even numbers of stained and painted cabinets.

National Trends
According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s 2017 trends, white and gray are the most popular colors among painted cabinets. Blue and black cabinets are gaining in popularity. (We installed a rich blue island this past year that looks amazing. After pics of that project still to come!) With transitional style leading the pack, clean lines and simple door styles dominate kitchen designs.

Two Tones
Choosing two cabinet finishes is still a popular trend and is growing. As if selecting one finish isn’t enough! It’s common for perimeter and island cabinets to have contrasting finishes. Less popular but also on trend is selecting different finishes for upper and lower cabinets. You can also choose a different finish to define a specific area.

What Comes First?
Should you select your cabinets or your countertops first? I asked our project designer, Jenna Porter, if there is a rule regarding the order of selections and she said no. According to Jenna, “Some people come to us with a specific idea about their counters, so they look at cabinets that will complement their counter preference. Others have specific ideas about what they want their cabinets to look like and we select the other materials based on the cabinet choice. The selection process is very flexible.”

Before you set out to remodel your kitchen, take time to page through some design sites or magazines. You’ll start to notice that the things you like tend to look a certain way. These pictures help us know in what direction to steer you.

Replace or Refinish
What if you don’t have the budget to replace your golden oak? You’re not alone. If your cabinets are structurally sound, consider refinishing them. Fresh stain or paint can drastically change the look of your kitchen. We recommend you hire a professional for a great looking and more durable finish. (Plus the pros will complete the project in a single calendar year and you’ll maintain your sanity.) You’ll still spend a good chunk of money, but you’ll have an updated look for significantly less than the cost of new cabinets.

So what should you choose? What’s right for your space? The professional design team at Red House Remodeling can help you choose the right finishes for your new space. Contact us today at 222-2273 or click here to request a consultation.

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