Four key elements to consider when choosing cabinets for your kitchen

The sheer variety of kitchen cabinet styles in the market is practically infinite. Before you get lost in the details, here are five key elements that can guide you to your kitchen cabinet match.

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Cabinet material

Kitchen cabinets can be made in hardwoods like oak, maple, birch,, hickory, or high-end hardwoods like walnut or cherry. They can also come in synthetic or hybrid materials such as laminate, melamine, thermofoil, metal, and stainless steel.

Door style

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Cabinet doors are perhaps the most visible part of your kitchen cabinets. Popular door styles for kitchen cabinets are Shaker, Louvered, flat, inset, beadboard, raised panel, and arched cathedral.

When in the market for kitchen cabinet styles, Frank LaMark of Cabinets Direct recommends having five to ten images of your dream kitchen and cabinetry on hand during canvassing to narrow down the search more easily.

Cabinet hardware

The pulls and knobs on your cabinetry should complement your chosen door style. Common hardware used with traditional Shaker cabinets are nickel and steel, vintage glass or ceramic, vintage pulls with exposed screws, tubular pulls, flat pulls, and accented wire pulls.

Cabinet color and finish


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Colored cabinets uplift the overall look of a kitchen. Create palettes by mixing and matching trios of a wood grain, a bright hue, and a muted tone or neutral. Stains are a good alternative to full color. They add a pop of tint but keep the beauty of the wood grain in focus.

Kitchen design professional Frank LaMark is president of Cabinets Direct, an online retailer of ready to assemble, custom kitchen cabinets serving customers in US, Canada, and South America. More of the company’s information, news, and updates can be found here.


Spaced out: Top design tips for small kitchens

While the kitchen is often regarded as the center of the home, not every house or apartment is blessed with unlimited room for cooking meals and storing food. Here are some design advice to maximize style and efficiency in a small kitchen.

Colored cabinets

Brightly colored cabinets and similarly vibrant décor placed strategically can grab attention and move the line of sight around the room, giving the viewer the illusion of space in a small area.

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Multi-tasking island

A kitchen island that is outfitted with multiple features, such as a countertop for prepping and chopping, cabinets underneath for storage, and space for seated dining, maximizes the use of an area with a modest size.

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A big window breaks up a wall view and lets natural light shine through. This works volumes in giving the illusion of space to a small room.

Sliding surfaces
Kitchen design expert Frank LaMark favors ready-to-assemble cabinets and islands that can be further customized to suit a kitchen owner’s needs. An innovative custom feature on the kitchen island is a pull-out table or surface on casters that slides out for dining and slides back in after use.

Bold color and texture choices for the kitchen backsplash add depth to the kitchen wall and expand the appearance of a small room.

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Frank LaMark, cabinetry and kitchen design professional, is president of, an online retailer of ready-to-assemble, custom kitchen cabinets to customers in US and Canada. His blogs and updates on kitchen design and cabinetry may be found here.