Cabinet Materials

We’ve posted previously about the use of metal finishes in the kitchen, most recently about how metals can be the perfect choice for open shelving in multifamily buildings. But if you’re considering incorporating metal finishes into your kitchen décor – or even mixing metal finishes, which is perfectly acceptable these days – there are some design rules you should follow.  This article from the Daily Herald lays out some of those rules, such as avoiding the use of matching sets, limiting how many metal finishes you mix and dispersing the various metals throughout the room.  So, feel free to be creative in your home, by including metals in various finishes and types. Think of it as jewelry: When you wear a stainless steel and gold watch, you can wear silver or gold – or both. As long as you tie everything together, it works....

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We couldn’t agree more with this article. There are so many choices that must be made when choosing kitchen cabinets – from cabinetry color and material to how they’re configured and accessorized using hardware. One of the up-and-coming trends we’re seeing is the use of display cabinets with metal grate fronts instead of traditional glass, as described in this article. The look adds a layer of sophistication to the space and matches the industrial aesthetic we are seeing in the many multifamily properties we work on. Read the full article here....

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If you think cabinets are just for the kitchen and bath, think again. Cabinets have tremendous versatility and can be integrated into the design of virtually any room in the house. Your options are limited only by your imagination and your budget. While cabinets aren’t, and shouldn’t be, limited to kitchens, that room can be a good starting point, establishing a design “base” that can be carried through the rest of a home. Of course, how you use cabinetry depends upon the specific line you choose and how customizable it is, but I’ve used “kitchen” cabinets in libraries, dens, home offices, playrooms, living rooms, mud rooms, bathrooms and even closets – pretty much everywhere they could go in a house. And in almost every design, I treat them not just as storage, but as pieces of furniture that help anchor the space. Think sideboards, hutches, armoires, benches…the list goes on and on. If you’re looking to add cabinetry to a room or replace what’s already there, there are several decisions you’ll need to make that impact everything from cost to design. Stock vs. Custom Cabinetry Stock cabinet lines are less expensive than custom, but you’re more limited with your designs than if you opted...

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