When it comes to kitchen cabinets, most of us crave custom design. Whether it’s posh crown moldings or ingenious storage solutions, custom design is all about the details. Add a personal touch to your kitchen cabinets with these 12 ideas that bring designer style to the heart of your home.
Few things leave designer fingerprints like crown molding does. It can bridge the gap between you wall cabinets and the ceiling, allowing for a seamless transition. In traditional kitchens, it can give one last flourish of detail.
Go with matching panels for your cabinet ends, for it extends the design element throughout your kitchen. Like decorative legs, they have a furniture-style look. This type of detail goes especially well in traditional or Mediterranean spaces. A matching end comes integrated into the cabinet or as a separate piece. You can install your own; just make sure there’s enough room first. Some panels are up to ¾ inch thick, depending on the manufacturer.
From chunky to Mission style, table legs always catch the eye. Place them at the ends of you island or work them into your cabinet layout for a true furniture feel.
Neutrals remain the go-to hues to use for kitchen cabinets, so a stroke of green or blue is a daring design choice. It can be a risk that pays off. The effect is a bright and bold design with just the right amount of pop, and your neutrals will also stand out.
Whether transparent, frosted or seeded, a glass door front sets the stage for a glimpse of dishware finery or dazzling décor, especially when choice lighting is involved. This type of display can make your kitchen design open and inviting, which lets you and your guests feel right at home.
If you’re stuck between two cabinet door styles, don’t be afraid to use both. Complementary styles can strengthen your kitchen’s overall look, while opposites can produce an attractive transitional design. This kitchen shakes it up with a mix of modern slab door fronts and Shaker-style cabinets.
A timeless piece, a beadboard is perfect for rustic, farmhouse or beach-style kitchen designs. It also adds a small design element without compromising the simplicity of your design. Use it as the finishing touch for your cabinet ends or find a door style that has it built in.
Don’t always settle for cookie-cutter storage options. A custom wine rack drawer is one way to give your cabinets a designer touch (and house a growing wine collection). Other popular options are spice rack drawers, peg pullouts for utensils, and tray dividers for baking sheets. Custom built-ins show personality and are a perfect blend of form and function. Read our recent blog post for more custom storage ideas.
Wainscot panels adorn the backs of cabinets. They can make your island appear more elegant, and make it look more like an independent piece of furniture than an island.
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