Generally speaking, there are three (four if you include the flooring) main elements that are going to come together in order to create the overall ‘feel’ of your kitchen – the counters, the cabinets, and the appliances. Of those three, you really need to focus on the counters and the cabinets during the design phase of the kitchen remodeling process. The appliances are going to be picked out toward the end in most cases, and they will probably be either stainless steel or black in color. However, the whole spectrum of colors is available to you in terms of counters and cabinets, so you are going to want to make sure you get these choices right.
Here are some things to consider…
- Think Function First
- Don’t Look for a Perfect Match
- Variety within the Cabinets
Think Function First
Assuming you are going to go with some form of stone counter – and you should, of course – you are going to need to make sure that your lower cabinets are up to the task of holding up the counters. Stone counters can get to be rather heavy, meaning your cabinets need to have the structural integrity necessary to act as a reliable base. Pretty much any new cabinet is going to be up to the task, but you may have to check on the strength of refurbished cabinets before setting a solid piece of stone on top.
Don’t Look for a Perfect Match
While you do want your cabinets and your counters to work together visually, you don’t necessarily want them to match perfectly. In fact, trying to match these two elements should be avoided, for a couple of reasons.
First, you are going to have a hard time perfectly matching a stone counter to a painted or stained wood cabinet. You might be able to get close – but getting close would only highlight the fact that they don’t match exactly. More likely, you will want to use the opportunity of picking out counters and cabinets to feature two different colors that can play off one another nicely.
Second, you should avoid trying to match your counters and cabinets perfectly is the fact that the end result would make for a rather boring décor. Between them, the counters and cabinets in your kitchen are going to take up a significant amount of space – if they are all the same color, there won’t be much to break up the monotony of the design.
Variety within the Cabinets
If you opt for a natural stone counter, you are probably going to have more than one color represented within that slab. When that is the case, consider using multiple colors for your cabinets in order to play off the various tones included in your stone. For instance, you could choose one color to use for the cabinets under the island, while a different color is used on the cabinets which hang on the wall and sit under your sink. Adding this kind of variety is an easy way to create a unique overall design while keeping everything properly coordinated. You can’t have a great cabinet and counter combination without first having a great counter – and that is where Stone World comes into the picture.
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