Ideas for Your Kitchen Cabinets

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Dramatic Dark Cabinets

If your current kitchen is light and airy, consider adding visual weight to the space by selecting a dark cabinetry color, such as the black ones featured here. With open floor plans, cabinetry that contrasts with surrounding colors defines the kitchen area and creates a strong focal point for the room. However, it’s important to unify the colors you choose to use; the dark veining in the marble countertops complement the cabinets, and the stainless-steel hardware ties in with the appliances and stools.

Sleek Cherry Cabinets

Sleek cherry cabinets line walls and provide plenty of storage for kitchen supplies while two appliance garages (not shown) between the upper and lower cabinets clear the limited counter space of bulky appliances and keep them close at hand. For an artistic focal point, consider breaking up a wall of cabinetry with frosted glass doors; it’s a demure way to display china and stemware.

Custom Cabinets in Patina Stain

Custom cabinetry transforms an awkward corner into the perfect place to stack a coffee center, microwave, and TV. A patina stain ages new cabinets and old-world hardware gives the crowning touch. If you’re starting from scratch, be bold and use two different finishes. The stain on the island blends with the finish of the hardwood floors and the wall cabinetry complements the light tone of the walls.

Maximize Small Spaces

Even the smallest kitchens can live large. Consider increasing countertop height to maximize storage underneath, and give extra thought to how cabinet doors will open to keep even tight corner storage easily accessible.

Light colors make small spaces feel larger, so consider airy colors for your cabinetry, walls, and tile. If space allows, increase your storage by extending cabinetry into adjoining nooks or all the way to the ceiling.

Read more at Better Homes & Gardens