Remodeling Tips: How to Transform Your Kitchen With a Cabinet Makeover

Posted on by Teresa Metke
Kitchen Remodel Portland

Change the Design of Your Kitchen By Updating the Cabinets

Many homeowners view things such as the lighting, major appliances, or an island as the main features of their kitchen. While these are definitely things that can add to the design, the real heroes of the kitchen are the cabinets. Whether you are looking to do a full kitchen remodel or are just trying to refresh the design, there are a few simple things that you can do to update the cabinets.

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover Ideas

If you are looking to take on a significant overhaul to update your kitchen design, you should contact a local remodeling contractor to make sure everything gets done right. However, there are a variety of ways you can update your cabinets without spending a lot of time or money on the project.

Refresh the Look With Some Paint

Simply adding some new paint to the cabinets can instantly change the look and feel of your kitchen. If you are struggling with the space feeling dark, choosing a light color can help brighten the room up. Conversely, if you feel that your kitchen is too bright or is all white and lacking dimension, choosing a darker color can help add some visual contrast. Going bold is also a great choice if you are looking for a simple way to add character to the room. Natural and stained wood cabinets are very in right now, along with darker shades of charcoal, navy, and emerald green. Just keep in mind that you can easily take a stained cabinet and paint it a different color, but it is difficult to go from a painted cabinet to a stain.

Add Some Bling With New Hardware

Cabinet hardware has come so far, and one of the easiest ways to update your cabinets is to swap the old hardware with some new pieces. Think of hardware like the jewelry of the room. Plain cabinets and drawers can instantly be dressed up with some new knobs or pulls. Brass is a beautiful, chic metal that is very on-trend right now. It’s a great way to add a little warmth and glamour to cabinets that are neutral or cool-toned. If shinier metals aren’t your style, try a burnished metal or an oil-rubbed bronze for a more rustic or antiqued look.

After deciding on your preferred finish, there are a variety of hardware styles to choose from as well, such as knobs, pulls, and handles. For a sleek, cohesive look you can choose the same style for all of the cabinets and drawers. Or you can go for a combination of knobs, pulls, or handles for a little more variety and visual interest.

Install New Cabinet Doors

Another easy way to update the look of your cabinets is to change out the doors for a newer style. This is a great choice for homeowners with cabinet boxes that are still in good shape. Instead of removing the whole cabinet, you can update the look by swapping out the old door for something that is more on-trend. Try going for a Shaker-style or a flat front. Shaker cabinets are a timeless style with flat recessed door panels that compliment a variety of other design styles. Flat-front doors, or slab doors, offer a simple minimalist look. Their solid, flat fronts make them easy to clean, and they are great for featuring hardware.

Convert Kitchen Cabinets into Open Shelving

Open shelving is a great way to change up the function and design of your kitchen. It not only allows you to play with the layout and styling of the shelves, but it also makes everything easily accessible. There are so many ways you can create this look. You can remove the doors and paint the inside a fun color, or paint it to match the exterior. Covering the inside with a printed wallpaper is also a great choice and adds instant flair and style. You can also remove the middle section of the door and replace it with glass or a wired mesh for a more rustic or industrial look.

Install Under-Cabinet LightingKitchen Design Portland

Adding lighting under your cabinets offers both form and functionality. The lights can help better illuminate your workspace when you are reading recipes and doing prep work for a meal. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to work in a kitchen that doesn’t get good light, especially at night. Under-cabinet lights also cast a diffused glow that creates ambiance and helps make the room feel more inviting. They are also great for setting the mood while entertaining when you don’t want to rely on bright, overhead lights.

More Ways to Update Your Kitchen

The possibilities for making over your kitchen are endless.  The cabinets are a favored go-to for an accessible project that can instantly change the look and feel of your space. However, there are countless other projects homeowners can do to achieve the kitchen of their dreams.

Design-Build and Remodeling Experts

If you are thinking of renovating your kitchen, the team at Metke Remodeling and Luxury Homes can help. Whether you need assistance with the design, or the construction, or both, our in-house team of designers, craftspeople, and project managers will work with you from start to finish. Our results-driven focus and expertise in the field have awarded us with a reputation for excellence. We take great pride in the design-build process and are committed to making your dream home a reality. For more information, contact Metke Remodeling and Luxury Homes today to get started on your next home remodeling project!

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