Updating that drab and dirty kitchen is one of the most common remodels that people want to do when they first purchase a home or are ready to update the house they have lived in for years. The foundation for any kitchen remodel is the kitchen cabinets. Though renovating your cabinets is one of the most expensive parts of a kitchen, remodel is also where you see the most improvement for your effort and expenses.
Top Design Trends of Kitchen Remodels
While many trends seem fleeting when it comes to kitchen cabinets and a kitchen remodel, these trends seem to stay around and remain popular for years to come.
- Open shelving though the trend of having open cabinets in the kitchen has been around for a while. This trend is useful to show off antique cookware or bespoke kitchenware. We do not see it ending anytime soon.
- A pop of color is another top kitchen remodel trend in the current market. If you love color, it is easy to add a little extra pop of color in some updated appliances or with a new hood as you are upgrading those kitchen cabinets.
- Sleek new kitchen cabinets is another trend. In the past, kitchen cabinets had a crown molding on the top and milled doors with designs. The top trend now has a cleaner look by removing the modeling and extra design elements. The practical side of this trend is that it gives you a little extra space for storage.
- One last trend we are seeing is matching the countertop with the backsplash. This trend helps limit the number of materials in your kitchen, giving you a cleaner look to your remodel.
What Materials are Best for Your New Cabinets?
When planning a kitchen remodel, one of the most important things to consider is the construction of your new kitchen cabinets. Though most people aim for solid wood, it has its drawbacks, so here are some of your options for materials and why they might work for your remodel.
- Medium Density Fiberboard- MDF is a composite material made from recycled wood fibers and resin. You find this dense and cumbersome product in a lot of the mass-produced cabinets in big box stores. Ikea uses this material in much of their kitchen cabinetry. The benefits of MDF is it is resistant to cracking and peeling and is easy to paint. It is also a smoother option than plywood.
- Plywood – This is material is not only cost-effective but also more stable and water-resistant than MDF. It will have an exposed plastic laminate or wood veneer to finish off the cabinet.
- Particle Board – This type of material is possibly the least used material for quality kitchen cabinet remodels because it is the least firm of all the elements. It is made by grinding up wood chips and gluing them together.
- Metal – Typically made of stainless steel, which gives a kitchen that contemporary feel, generally found used in commercial kitchens. It is harder to keep clean from fingerprints and scratches, but because moisture doesn’t affect it like it does wood, it is an excellent option for moisture-rich places.
As important as the cabinet box material is, most clients and designers think of the doors when they think of a cabinet remodel since this is what you see. If you are wanting to add that pop of color through painting your cabinet doors, then MDF doors are the way to go, though you will not be able to stain these because there is no grain. If you want that classic wood look in your kitchen, plan on using solid wood fronts to paint or stain. Just be prepared to filter through a range of materials and stain options to get the look you want.
There is a lot of knowledge that is needed to design and craft the right custom kitchen for your remodel, and the kitchen cabinet is the foundation because it is what makes up the majority of the kitchen. The style and design of them will play a big part in your kitchen remodel becoming your dream kitchen.