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Kitchen Cabinets for Every Kitchen Style: Materials

Posted on: June 15, 2011

When it comes to your kitchen – whether it’s large or small, Tuscan, contemporary or historic, white or black or featuring many different colors – your kitchen cabinets tend to take center stage. They are generally the focal point of the kitchen and complement the style, not only making your kitchen more beautiful but more functional as well!

If you’re looking to make your kitchen cabinet selection process easier than ever, Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens can help. Offering Elmwood cabinets and our own line of custom cabinetry, we’ll make sure your Maryland, Washington, DC or Virginia kitchen looks exactly how you want it to!

There are a few basics to know about the different types of kitchen cabinets that will help make your decision easier. What material do you want to use for your kitchen cabinets? Better yet, what material should you use? For instance, although you may want stainless steel cabinets, it may not be the best choice for you if you have a traditional country or rustic style kitchen.

Wood Kitchen Cabinets

The most widely used material for kitchen cabinets is definitely wood – and its appeal stems from its timelessness, versatility and refined appearance.

Best used in: traditional, country, rustic, historic, Tuscan, Tudor/old world, European style and transitional kitchens

There are a great many kinds of wood to choose from, and wood cabinets look good in a variety of kitchen styles. Dark wood cabinets like ebony and walnut can give your kitchen an elegant, sophisticated feel, and they look particularly nice in classic traditional kitchens.

Helpful hints:

  • Solid wood generally expands and contracts in humid environments, which can lead to warping
  • Staining your kitchen cabinets does not protect the wood
  • If you want the grain of the wood to be visible, opt for either no stain at all or a transparent (or semitransparent) stain, and if you don’t want the grain to be seen, go for an opaque stain

If you want a rich, classic appearance for your kitchen or kitchen cabinets that complement a number of different kitchen styles and will never be outdated, wood cabinets are the way to go!

Glass-Front Kitchen Cabinets

For kitchen cabinets that can make your kitchen appear more light and airy or if you want to highlight certain accessories like china dishes or collectibles, kitchen cabinets with a glass front are perfect.

Best used in: contemporary/modern, transitional, country and small kitchens (like galley and historic kitchens)

Glass-front kitchen cabinets allow more air to circulate throughout the room and bounce light back across the ceiling and walls, which increases the brightness and gives your kitchen a more spacious, open feel. Whether you got for clear, frosted, bubbled or ribbed glass, your kitchen cabinets won’t scratch easily and will be super easy to clean!

Helpful hints:

  • Best used in a few cabinets of choice (you don’t want every single one of your cabinets to be glass!)
  • Work well on kitchen islands, where cabinets tend to store accessories and can be more decorative

If you want to bring more light into your kitchen or make your small kitchen appear larger, glass kitchen cabinets may be just what you need!

There are a lot of considerations to be made when it comes to choosing your kitchen cabinets, and we can help you every step of the way. Call Jack Rosen today for help with your kitchen cabinet design in the Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia area.

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