Kitchen remodels are tricky business. The average homeowner will remodel their kitchen exactly once every 15 to 20 years, and with good reason: remodels are time-consuming, expensive, and stressful. So why, you ask, do we keep doing it? That’s easy. We do it because at the end of the process, we’re left with a beautiful, functional investment in our home that we can enjoy for years to come.
Designers serve a dual purpose in the kitchen remodeling process. They want to make sure your kitchen functions optimally. Do the cabinet doors and drawers open fully without hitting appliances or each other? Is there good work flow between the sink and appliances? Is there enough walking space between the sink and the island? A good designer will take all these and more into account. If you’re like most people, however, you also want your designer to help you choose an updated look for your kitchen, which includes cabinet and countertop colors that won’t be outdated in a year or two. Here are just a few tips to help choose cabinet colors you won’t regret.
If you’re renovating for your own benefit, you can afford to tailor your new kitchen to your own tastes and preferences. You might like a clean all-white look, or you might prefer a distressed cottage feel with a pop of aqua or teal in the island. However, if you want to prepare to sell your home in the next few years, you’ll want to go more neutral. White-painted or natural maple cabinets are a good choice in this case.
The worst design decision you can make is to choose the absolute latest in colors and styles, because you don’t know what kind of staying power these new trends have. The best way to achieve a look that is both trendy and timeless is to look at repeated trends over the course of several years. White (and all of its variations: ivory, cream, almond, etc.) has been one of the most popular cabinet colors for the better part of a century. Shades of gray have made an appearance as a softer alternative to white. Muted, earthy wood stains are also classic, and offer versatility when changing paint or countertop options over the years.
When choosing wood tones, it’s important to remember that wood naturally darkens over time, and different wood species darken in different ways. Cherry wood tends to get darker faster than oak or maple, for example. It’s always a good idea when viewing door samples to ask your designer how old the sample is, to give yourself an idea of how your new cabinet might differ in tone from the sample you’re viewing.
Ultimately, your cabinet color choice should reflect your personal style, and should be something you’ll be happy living in for many years to come.