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  • Writer's pictureChris Arnett

Picking The Right Doors For Your Cabinets

I was with a customer recently and we were looking at all the door styles available to them and working to determine what would be the best fit for their kitchen. More often than not there are just one or two, sometimes three clear winners for the cabinets. However, there are a number of factors you can consider when looking at new door styles for your cabinet refacing project.

Understanding Your Options: Cabinet doors come in various styles, materials, and finishes. From traditional raised panel doors to sleek flat panel designs, the options can be overwhelming. Here's how to navigate your choices:

  1. Consider Your Overall Kitchen Style: Whether your kitchen is modern, traditional, or transitional, choose doors that complement the overall theme.

  2. Examine Material Options: Solid wood, MDF, HDF, or laminate? Each material has its own look and feel, as well as benefits and drawbacks.

  3. Choose a Finish: Painted, stained, or natural? The finish can significantly impact the appearance of your cabinets.

  4. Think about Layout. Are you extending your kitchen project into other areas? If so, consider your current wall colors and decor to make sure your kitchen flows nicely into your other spaces.

Finding the Right Match:

  1. Analyze Your Space: Consider the size and layout of your kitchen. Smaller spaces may benefit from simple door designs, while larger kitchens may allow for more intricate styles.

  2. Think About Functionality: Some door styles may be more suitable for daily wear and tear. Discuss your lifestyle and needs with your contractor or designer to find the most practical options.

  3. Keep Your Budget in Mind: Cabinet doors vary in cost. Knowing your budget can help narrow down your options.

Tips for Selecting the Perfect Doors:

  1. Utilize Samples: Seeing a door style in your actual space can be very different from viewing it in a showroom or online. Ask for samples to check how they look in your kitchen.

  2. Consult a Professional: Working with a designer or contractor experienced in cabinetry can provide valuable insights and ensure you make informed decisions.

  3. Consider Trends but Stay True to Your Taste: While it's important to be aware of current trends, choose doors that reflect your personal style and will withstand the test of time.

Picking the right doors for your cabinets doesn't have to be a daunting task. By understanding your options, analyzing your space, considering functionality and budget, and working with a professional, you can identify the perfect doors for your kitchen. Remember, the right cabinet doors not only enhance the aesthetics of your kitchen but also add to its functionality and durability

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