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Putting Together Your Custom Kitchen Cabinetry Design

Posted by info on 3/1/2011


Figuring out the overall design concept for your custom kitchen cabinets will take you through three distinct stages: style selection, material selection, and finally the selection of the cabinet finish, decorative accents, and hardware.

Stage 1: Cabinet Style Selection
Within the standard classes of styles (Traditional, Contemporary or Modern, and Rustic) the variation in specific cabinetry styles is almost overwhelming.  The best way to arrive at an overall style concept for your kitchen cabinets is to look through the digital kitchen design portfolios here, browse the numerous publications that feature countless kitchen remodel projects throughout the world, and select the pictures and features that you find most attractive.  Our past clients have done this and noted a specific shape to the island they liked, specific kitchen layouts, or have even come across a project that they wanted to replicate exactly: at the end of this design research phase we will essentially piece all your preferred components and ideas into an overall concept for your kitchen cabinets.  We also have strong relationships with local interior designers that can assist you in putting together a professional design for your overall vision that we can then build to.
Stage 2: Cabinet Material Selection
Now that you have put together a general idea of what you want the cabinetry to look like, you need to figure out what you want the cabinetry to be built out of.  You therefore need to decide on the material for the construction of the cabinet boxes, or the interior of the cabinetry, and on the material to be used for the doors and drawer fronts.  The pros and cons of the different materials typically used for both the interior and exterior are shown below:

To get a better idea of the choices you have for the cabinet doors and drawer fronts, browse the two galleries above that show the more common door styles used.  The doors and drawer fronts are separated into two categories: applied moulding & mitered, and standard selection.  Applied moulding and mitered doors (where the corners are connected in an angled diagonal fashion) are the premium choice and typically cost more than those you will find in the standard selection category. While not shown in the galleries here, there are also a number of premium carved doors, as well as custom doors that we can hand-craft to your needs.
Stage 3: Cabinetry Finish and Decorative Details
This is by far the most exciting stage in the cabinetry design process and allows you to truly customize the façade of the cabinetry in any way you like.  There is literally limitless variety in the type and color of finish we can use for your project, from distressed espresso finish to just natural clear lacquer.  At this point in the process, we typically provide our customer with a sample board that shows several different colors on six or so different types of wood.  Once you identify which color you generally prefer, we typically will make another sample of colors that are a few shades darker and lighter from the previous color you selected, together with any additional effects requested like distressing and glazing.

With the finishing type selected, you must now decide on the decorative elements you would like included in your cabinetry.  This includes any column effects, carvings, medallions, braiding, and mouldings.  These are more commonly made using plaster or flexible resin material that allows the details to incorporated into a variety of cabinetry shapes; this material is stained and lacquered in the same way as natural wood and results in the same stunning final effect.  We typically purchase the effects selected by the customer from a catalog we provide through a company called Pearl Works, which offers one of the largest variety to choose from – click here to access the full catalog.

We hope you know have a better understanding of what to expect when it comes to putting together your design vision for the cabinetry in your home or office.  It definitely takes some time and patience but we are always here to guide you through the process and make it as effortless and exciting as possible!
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One Response to “Putting Together Your Custom Kitchen Cabinetry Design”

  1. Posted by Kitchen Cabinet Installer on 3/1/2011

    Great custom cabinet designs! Such intricate details. Thank you for sharing.

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