The first thing is to decide whether you want custom cabinets, stock cabinets, or something in between. Sometimes this decision will be dictated by price, sometimes by lifestyle, and sometimes by the needs of your specific kitchen.
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Andrew opted for semi custom cabinetry from Aya Kitchens for his basement renovation. “Semi-custom means we customize our product line to suit your space. Everything is made to order so you pick your door style and colour from our selection and your kitchen is made especially for you. But working from a standard selection of kitchen cabinet styles and sizes allows AyA to keep its costs lower than a fully custom kitchen”.
One of the biggest complaints people have about their kitchens is lack of storage. When planning the layout and deciding whether to go with stock or custom kitchen cabinets ask yourself the following questions:
In many cases it can be a good idea to map out where everything will go in the finished kitchen so that you can ensure you’ve got enough storage.
There’s a door style to fit everyone’s taste, whether it’s modern, classic, or something in between. If you’re going with custom cabinets you can choose pretty much anything, whereas semi-custom will have fewer options. With stock what you see is what you get. When making a decision about door styles consider not just the look you want in the kitchen, but the style of the rest of the home. Even if the kitchen is a completely self-contained room it’s still important for it to connect to the rest of the home so that rooms flow together.
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In Andrew’s kitchen we chose the Manhattan door from Aya’s Urban Collection. “People are leaning towards a clean look, more modern and transitional, and Andrew’s style fits the look perfectly.”
Solid wood, laminate, paint – these are just a few of the finishes available. Like with door styles, the color and finish you choose should reflect your personal style and compliment the other colors and materials in the room (such as the floors and countertops). It’s also important to think about the return on investment. As a rule it’s best not to go with anything too trendy as it can become dated. In kitchens light neutrals and classic wood finishes are usually best for either maintaining or increasing the value of your home. The experts at Aya kitchens note that grey is still the most popular color, especially when mixed with black and white.
No matter what kitchen cabinets you choose, hardware provides the finishing touch that can either dress it up or dress it down. As a general rule you want the hardware to align with the style of the cabinet doors. For example, on a sleek cabinet door you want simple knobs and pulls with a clean silhouette. However with that said, you can also create a striking look by juxtaposing the simple with the extravagant. And don’t forget about the hinges. If you’ve chosen a cabinet style with exposed hinges they should be the same finish as the rest of the hardware.
Don’t forget about decorating. Just because the contractor’s done it doesn’t mean your job is over. You still need to buy furniture, window treatments and accessories. Make sure you’ve included these in the budget.