Today's options span the gamut, ranging from traditional and ornamental to modern and minimalist
If your last attempt at refinishing or repainting your cabinets left your kitchen looking like an arts-and-crafts project gone wrong, it may be time to start from scratch. Whatever your budget and taste may be, there are plenty of options to choose from, spanning from traditional and ornamental to modern and minimalist.
"Simplicity is the trend now," says architect and designer Laurie Haefele. Even Old World styling is toned down, featuring less detail, she says. Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry's latest line, Saddle Chic, offers this simple, casual look, in a traditional framework. The cabinetry is made to order.
On a budget? A less costly option is stock cabinetry, like the Del Ray Collection from American Woodmark. The standard-size cabinets are customizable through optional features, like door style, finish, and hardware. Here, a maple spice finish with a recessed veneer panel provides a clean and simple look.
The same American Woodmark collection gets a makeover with a different finish and door style. The doors are inspired by Mission-style furniture, and the finish is cherry chocolate. Glass cabinet fronts further customize the look and provide visual interest.
Contemporary is back, and companies are getting on board with new cabinet offerings. For instance, Merillat's fusion door style comes in a one-piece slab for a clean look. The simple, semi-stock cabinets can be transformed into more elaborate versions with Merillat's moldings and other decorative accents.
For a modern look at a moderate price, Canac's new Soho thermofoil door style comes with clean lines and minimalist styling. Thermofoil is a vinyl-like material, which is applied to the face and edges of a slab door using heat, pressure, and adhesive. The latest wood-look colors from Canac include chocolate pear, nutmeg, and hazelnut. For an even more high-end look, the company partnered with Kohler Co. to create tinted accent glass inserts, which coordinate with Kohler's kitchen sink colors: vapour blue, vapour orange, and vapour green.
You can meditate and cook at the same time in this Zen kitchen by Greentea Design. The Mizuya cabinets are made from solid beams of elm or gingko wood salvaged from old houses. The modular pieces can be used in different configurations and adapted for any purpose.
Mixing and matching cabinet finishes or styles is a great trick for creating an eclectic look. When doing this in your kitchen, Haefele advises, "the more opposite the better." Trying to make it match will end up looking contrived, she says. Here, Kraftmaid's new peppercorn finish is complemented by accent cabinetry in toffee.
The unfitted look can also be achieved with unique color combinations. Quality Custom Cabinetry combines their Provence, Lancaster, and Manor House cabinets with glazed yellow and putty painted and distressed finishes for a vibrant, uplifting kitchen design.
At the high end are European cabinet lines like the Venus from Snaidero, designed by Ferrari car stylist Pininfarina. With its clean lines and symmetrical curves, this kitchen is sure to impress the neighbors. Featured is the ebony wood with a matte finish. "It's more common today to pair an exotic wood with matte laquer instead of a high-gloss finish," says Haefele.
Poliform takes stainless steel to new heights in the Verenna collection's Time kitchen. The tall stainless units and black matte painted glass accents are warmed up with natural oak framed doors with integrated handles. When creating a clean, modern look, integral handles are a must, says Haefele. "Nobody wants to see handles on contemporary cabinets," she says.
Poggenpohl's Plusmodo line was created by furniture and lighting designer Jorge Pensi, based on the dual concept of displaying and concealing. Made of thick aluminum honeycomb with elm fronts, the cabinets feature sliding doors, enhancing functionality and ergonomics by eliminating the need for hinges.
Love the look of Italian cabinetry, but can't bear the sight of the price tag? Part of KraftMaid's Venecia semi-custom line of cabinets, the Lustra Collection's Capri door style in a tiber cherry satin thermofoil finish offers a sleek, modern look at a moderate price. The frameless construction and the finish's horizontal graining give the cabinets a European look. The line is available in 28 door styles and 31 color and finish options including exotics, glass, and metallics.
These cabinet lines may be beautiful, but we all know it's what's on the inside that counts. Along with looking good, cabinets need to function according to our lifestyle needs. This double pull-out spice organizer from Plain & Fancy placed beneath the cooktop keeps spices close at hand for an active cook.