Of all the finishing touches that make a kitchen sparkle, cabinet finishes can really make an impression on the design profile. Painting your cabinets is relatively easy and inexpensive, but if you’ve been thinking that your kitchen is missing something, and you aren’t sure what it is then you can try comparing new cabinet finishes for a more satisfying look. This post will go into how to choose the finish that makes the most sense for your kitchen.
Cabinet Finish + Design
One way to narrow down your choices here is to go by the overall design era of your kitchen. A small thing like your cabinet finishes can date your kitchen with surprising accuracy. Specific treatments like glazes and patinas fit in best in traditional and mid-century settings. On the other hand, you’ll most likely find neutral or white painted cabinets in contemporary kitchens because of their sleekness. Natural, unfinished cabinets are also an option that has become very popular in the past few years.
Cabinet Finish + Function
For the most functional, comfortable kitchen you’ll probably want cabinet finishes that melt nicely into the background. Staining wood is more expensive than painting, and requires a bit more time for drying and sealing, but it’s also better because it offers durability. Lacquer finishes dry down to a non-porous finish, so they clean very easily. The shine of lacquer doesn’t appeal to everyone, but when used over natural wood the effect can balance out to a subtle glow around the room.
Cabinet Finish + Style
You’re not putting all of this thought into a small part of your kitchen for no reason, so you’ve got to make sure that people can see your vision. Cabinet finishes make the best impact when they contrast their surroundings. This doesn’t have to be a drastic contrast, but it’s nice when they command some attention. You can achieve this by comparing different finishes to your cabinets to determine what makes sense for your home. Remember that it’s your space, and you make the rules! Mixing finishes, metals, and styles can add authenticity and personality to your kitchen.
Out with the Old, In with the New: How Can We Help You?
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