How To Choose the Right Kitchen Cabinets for Your Remodel

Remodeling a kitchen is an exciting time as you see each step completed, bringing you closer to the end result you’ve been envisioning. Choosing kitchen cabinets can often times leave homeowners feeling worried—if the cabinets turn out to be ugly, there’s nowhere to hide them. However, when they turn out perfect, the whole kitchen comes together beautifully. The best way to choose the right kitchen cabinets for your remodel is to break down the process into a few steps. Let’s take a look at what those steps are.

Choose the Door

The door on the kitchen cabinets states the style. The slightest difference in design gives an entirely different feeling to the kitchen. So, when deciding on cabinets, look at the door options first. Here’s a list of a few of the different types of door styles:

  • Raised panel (raised center)
  • Slab (flat and smooth)
  • Shaker (recessed center)
  • Mullion (a glass center)

Choose the Wood

Wood also varies in kitchen cabinets, and what you choose makes a difference in their life and function. Not all woods are created equal. Choosing the right kitchen cabinets for your remodel is the next step to attaining your perfect kitchen. Let’s look at different wood options. They are:

  • Oak (The grain is easily seen and has white and red tones.)
  • Hickory (Blonde tones and splashes of darker colors provide natural contrast.)
  • Maple (This has a creamy color and light grain for a smooth finish.)
  • Cherry (This type of wood has deep, red undertones and a smooth finish.)
  • Birch (Birch has a smooth texture and strong, closely knit grain.)
  • Walnut (Walnut wood has straight, fine grain and ranges from chocolate to red in color.)
  • Pecan (This wood has wavy grain and beautiful contrasting colors.)

Choose the Color

Choosing the door style and wood was tough, but now it’s time for color! Choosing the color of your kitchen cabinets is a fun part of the process. Color choices and shades vary greatly, but you can narrow it down with a few ideas.


What’s the theme of your kitchen? A coastal theme needs light colors such as white or light blue. A rustic farmhouse kitchen looks great with distressed white or dark navy cabinets. Consider the overall feelyou’re trying to achieve in the kitchen and go from there.


The cabinets need to coordinate with the entire kitchen and vice versa, and that begins with the countertops. Choose a color for your cabinets that looks beautiful with the counters. Usually, contrasting the two works well—so, dark cabinets with light counters or dark counters with light cabinets. It’s a good place to start when comparing but remember, every option is possible. Many kitchens look perfect with all dark or all light colors. Play around with different samples and see.

How Many Colors?

Many homeowners choose two different colors of cabinets and end up creating unique, beautiful kitchens this way. This works by having one color on the top cabinets and another on the bottom. It’s best to put the lighter color on top.

Enjoy the process of choosing the right kitchen cabinets for your remodel. Although it’s overwhelming at times, use these steps to help in your decision, then sit back and admire your beautiful choices.

Gannage Design and Construction, your trusted kitchen remodelers in Paso Robles, CA, and all surrounding areas, is here to answer all of your kitchen remodeling questions. We specialize in making kitchens beautiful.

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