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Cabinet Refacing and Kitchen Design Options

by Allison E. Beatty
KitchensAndCabinets.com Columnist
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If you are looking for a completely new kitchen design, consider these projects in addition to refacing your cabinets. Or, pick and choose a few and create a more subtle change to your kitchen design.

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Kitchen Cabinet Wood Makes a Difference

During a cabinet refacing project, one important decision involves the type of cabinet material. Consider:
  • Cherry cabinet doors.
  • Maple cabinet doors.

Kitchen Cabinet Door Style

The style of cabinet door also will make a big difference. Look for:
  • Cabinet doors with rounded arches.
  • Raised panel doors for a traditional look.
  • Contemporary cabinet doors with flat fronts.

Replacement Windows Add Style

If your kitchen design has an old, unsteady window, consider a replacement window with:
  • Energy efficient features.
  • Easy to operate latches.
  • Pull down sections to make cleaning easier.
  • Low maintenance vinyl cladding.

Try Cabinet Organizing Products

A cabinet refacing project offers the perfect opportunity for enhancing cabinet functionality. Try:
  • Roll out drawers for holding pots and pans.
  • A Lazy Susan for storing canned goods and making corner cabinets more useful.
  • Built in spice racks.

Add Granite Countertops

Adding a sleek granite countertop can take your kitchen design to a new level. During a cabinet refacing project, add a bold black or a more subtle cream granite countertop to highlight your new kitchen design.

Wall Tile Designs

Kitchen wall tile can add a fun accent to your kitchen design. Among the popular styles are:
  • Natural stone, such as marble and granite.
  • Terra cotta porcelain wall tiles.
  • Glass and metal wall tiles.

Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Styles

One way to spruce up your newly refaced cabinets is to update the cabinet hardware. Look for sleek satin nickel round knobs or rustic wrought iron pulls.

Lighting Enhancements

There are many lighting options to make your kitchen design more modern. Try:
  • Hanging pendants over an island
  • Canned lights in your food preparation area
  • Under-cabinet lights for style and function.

Use Paint to Boost Kitchen Design

Paint provides the finishing touch to any kitchen design. As you plan your cabinet refacing, look for paint colors and textures that blend with new cabinet door styles. Earth tones remain popular, as do bold blue, yellow and red.

About the Author
Allison E. Beatty is a syndicated real estate writer who has been writing home improvement columns for 15 years.

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