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Grey SLC Cabinet Benefits: Hiding Dirt, Flexibility, Balance

When selecting a color scheme for any kind of kitchen cabinet upgrade you’re considering, one area that’s often a strong candidate is that of neutral colors. In particular, one of the most popular general color schemes for kitchen cabinets, especially over recent years, is grey.

At AWA Kitchen Cabinets, we’re proud to provide Salt Lake City clients with the very best kitchen cabinet products from top manufacturers, including MasterCraft, Yorktowne and more. We stock a full selection of cabinet color options, including for those who want to go with grey or other neutral schemes. What are some of the key benefits of grey cabinets in many kitchens? Here are several in this two-part blog series.

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Ability to Hide Dirt

One of the single most notable benefits of grey cabinets – or any other neutral cabinet color, for that matter – is the way in which it can help to hide dirt. If you have young kids in the house who are always tracking in mud and other outdoor debris, or if you simply don’t want your kitchen cabinets looking dingy all the time, a darker neutral shade like grey can help to mask some of that dirt. Just be sure you’re still cleaning them on a regular basis!

This is also true for people who have pets or who do a lot of cooking. If you’re constantly dealing with food splatters, for example, darker cabinets can help to reduce the appearance of those stains.

Aesthetic Flexibility

Another big reason why people love grey kitchen cabinets is because they offer more aesthetic flexibility than other colors might. With such a versatile neutral shade, you can really go in any number of design directions. For instance, if you want a more contemporary look, you can pair grey cabinets with stainless steel appliances and sleek hardware. Or, if you’re going for more of a rustic vibe, grey can also work well with distressed wood floors and other natural materials.

In the end, it really just comes down to personal preference. But if you’re someone who likes to change up your décor every few years or so, grey cabinets can give you the perfect blank canvas to work with.

Balancing Light and Dark

You don’t want to make a room feel too dark, especially a kitchen, which is why some people might shy away from grey cabinets. But the truth is, as long as you balance them with some light colors and finishes, they can actually help to brighten up the space.

For example, if you have dark countertops, pairing them with grey cabinets can create a nice contrast that helps to break up all that darkness. Or, if you have a lot of windows in your kitchen, the grey cabinets can act as a nice backdrop to showcase all that natural light.

There are really endless possibilities when it comes to grey kitchen cabinets. So if you’re considering this color scheme for your next cabinet upgrade, be sure to check out our selection at AWA Kitchen Cabinets — and to contact us for any and all of your SLC cabinet needs!

Selecting Kitchen Cabinet Doors: Structural, Finish, Customization

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the initial factors to consider when selecting a cabinet door for your new kitchen cabinets. From the layout of your kitchen itself to the style you’re looking for and more, there are several such variables to be keeping in mind during door selection.

At AWA Kitchen Cabinets, we’re here to help with every part of your kitchen cabinet selection process, with options ranging from our Classic collection to several others. What are some other key elements to keep in mind as you’re choosing the ideal door for your cabinets? Here are several.

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Structural Factors

While you naturally will care a lot about the visual appearance of your cabinet doors, it’s important not to forget the basic structural considerations as well. Make sure that the door you select is the appropriate size for your cabinets, for starters. If you’re unsure, our team can help ensure that you make the best choice here.

Additionally, think about how the door will actually attach to the cabinet. There are several different common styles here, including but not limited to:

  • Overlay: In this case, the door overlays the frame of the cabinet on one or more sides.
  • Inset: The door is set inside the frame of the cabinet.
  • Partial inset: A hybrid of the first two, the door is set inside the frame on one or more sides but overlays it on others.

Proper Finish

While we’ve already discussed style, both above and in part one of our series, it’s important to consider how that style will actually be achieved. In other words, what sort of finish will your cabinet doors have?

One popular option is a natural wood finish, which can range from light to dark depending on the specific species of wood you select. For a more contemporary look, painted finishes are also an option, with white being a particularly popular choice.

Additionally, there are several textured options to choose from as well. These can include everything from a hand-rubbed finish that creates a vintage look to more modern glazes and distress techniques.

Customization Potential

Last but not least, it’s important to consider how much potential your chosen cabinet doors have for customization. If you’re planning on adding hardware to your doors, for example, make sure that there’s enough space to do so without detracting from the overall look of the door.

Additionally, think about how easy it will be to actually customize the door once it’s installed. If you’re planning on painting or staining your doors, for example, you’ll want to make sure that the door material itself is conducive to that process.

These are just a few of the key considerations to keep in mind as you’re choosing new cabinet doors for your kitchen. Want to learn more? Contact AWA Kitchen Cabinets today. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about any of our cabinets, countertops or other kitchen products.

Selecting Kitchen Cabinet Doors: Layout, Style and Cost

There are several important elements to be thinking about when selecting new cabinets or cabinet accessories for your kitchen, and doors are chief among many of these conversations. Your cabinet doors define the aesthetics and many of the functional elements of your cabinets, and many homeowners spend significant time considering their choice in this area.

At AWA Kitchen Cabinets, doors are just one of numerous, comprehensive elements we’ll assist you with for any of our kitchen cabinet products, which include base cabinets, utility cabinets, wall cabinets and many other options. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over some the key variables that impact your door selection, plus how to consider each of them as you make this choice.

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General Layout

Firstly, you’ll want to think about the layout of your kitchen in order to understand how many doors you need, and what sizes will work best. If you have a smaller kitchen, for example, you might choose to go with fewer, larger doors rather than lots of small ones.

You’ll also want to decide on the number of doors per cabinet. For example, do you want one door per shelf, or two doors that open up to reveal the entire contents? There are pros and cons to both styles, so it’s important to understand how you want to be able to access your cabinets before making a decision.

Style Considerations

After you’ve determined the general layout of your kitchen, you’ll want to move to a closely-related but more specific conversation: style. After all, the style of your kitchen cabinets will play a significant role in dictating the style of the doors you ultimately choose.

There are numerous door styles to pick from, and some of the most popular options include:

  • Slab Doors: These doors are characterized by their simple, flat faces and lack of embellishments. They’re a popular choice for more modern or minimalist kitchen designs.
  • Shaker Doors: Shaker doors are similar to slab doors in their simplicity, but they feature a recessed center panel that gives them a bit more visual interest.
  • Raised Panel Doors: As the name implies, raised panel doors feature a center panel that’s raised above the rest of the door. They’re a popular choice for more traditional kitchen designs.
  • Glass Doors: Glass doors are a great way to add some extra visual interest to your kitchen cabinets. They come in many different styles, so you can find an option that fits well with the overall aesthetic of your kitchen.

Cost

Naturally, cost is always an important consideration when selecting anything for your home, and this is especially true of kitchen cabinets. After all, they’re a significant investment, and you’ll want to be sure that you’re getting the best possible value for your money.

The cost of cabinet doors will vary depending on the style, material and other factors. If you’re working with a limited budget, it’s important to be realistic about the style of doors you can afford.

In our next blog post, we’ll continue this conversation by talking about some of the more specific considerations you’ll need to make when selecting cabinet doors. For more on kitchen cabinets or to start browsing our door selection, contact us today at AWA Kitchen Cabinets.

Choosing White SLC Cabinets: Kitchen Elements, Lighting, Style

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on choosing the right shade of white for your new kitchen cabinets. As any cabinet or interior design professional can tell you, simply saying “white” as your color selection doesn’t end the conversation at all — there are actually several varieties of this color, and choosing the right one involves a little bit of knowledge.

At AWA Kitchen Cabinets, we’re proud to assist clients throughout Salt Lake City with all their kitchen cabinet needs, including a full range of color options that includes frost white, seamless white and several other varieties. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over some other themes to keep in mind when selecting the proper white variation for your cabinets.

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Other Kitchen Elements

As you’re looking to determine the ideal white shade for your kitchen cabinets, it’s important to also keep in mind the other design elements that will be present in the room. After all, the cabinets themselves are only one part of a much larger picture — and if everything isn’t working together in perfect harmony, it can create a look that doesn’t quite come together the way you might like.

For instance, if your countertops are a dark granite or another similar material, choosing a very light white for your cabinets could result in too much of a contrast. In this case, you might instead want to consider going with an off-white shade that’s still bright and clean but doesn’t provide such a stark difference.

Lighting Themes

Another important consideration is the type of lighting that will be present in your kitchen. If you have a lot of natural light coming in, for example, you can get away with choosing a brighter shade of white without having to worry about it washing out the rest of the room.

However, if your kitchen doesn’t get a ton of sunlight or if you tend to keep the lights dimmed for a more relaxing atmosphere, it might be best to instead go with a softer white tone. This will help prevent the room from feeling too sterile or cold and ensure that everything comes together in the way you want.

Cabinet Style

Also at play here is the style of your kitchen cabinets themselves. If you’re going for a more traditional look, for example, you might want to consider choosing an off-white shade that gives them an antique feel.

On the other hand, if you prefer a cleaner and more modern aesthetic, a brighter white color can create a sleek and stylish look. No matter what your personal preferences might be, there’s definitely a white shade out there that will suit your needs.

For more on how to choose the ideal white cabinets for your kitchen, or to learn about any of our kitchen cabinet products or services in SLC, speak to our team at AWA Kitchen Cabinets today.

Choosing White Cabinets: Differences and Comparisons

So you’ve decided to go with white as the primary color for your new kitchen cabinets, one of the most popular colors for such items in many homes. That means your work selecting the color for your cabinets is completely finished now, right? Wrong.

At AWA Kitchen Cabinets, we’re here to offer a huge range of kitchen cabinet styles, from base cabinets to utility cabinets and many others — and we offer every color imaginable in our spectrum of selection options. We’ve assisted many clients who wanted to go with white for their cabinet needs, and we’re here to tell you: Simply saying “white” doesn’t end this conversation by a long shot. What do you need to know about the different varieties of white for kitchen cabinets, and how do you choose the ideal shade for your kitchen? Here’s a primer in this two-part blog series.

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Not All White Colors Are Created Equal

When it comes to kitchen cabinets, the term “white” is an umbrella for a wide variety of colors, from “off-white” to “pure white.” And each color in this spectrum can create a different look and feel for your kitchen.

For example, let’s say you’re interested in creating a bright, airy space with your new kitchen cabinets. In that case, you might want to consider choosing a “pure white” color for your cabinets. This shade is typically associated with a clean, crisp look that can really open up a space.

On the other hand, if you’re trying to create a more warm and inviting kitchen space, an “off-white” color might be more your speed. These colors often have slight tints of other colors (such as yellow, blue, or green) mixed in, which can give your kitchen a softer look overall.

There are even “antique white” colors available for kitchen cabinets, which can give your kitchen an elegant and timeless feel. These colors often have brown or gray hues mixed in, providing a bit more of a “neutral” look.

Undertones and Comparisons

For many people, especially those without a particular eye for color, understanding all of the different undertones in white colors can be confusing and overwhelming. Some feel they can’t truly tell the difference between, say, “pure white” and “off-white.”

One of the simplest methods here: Get a look at multiple white color variations, which we’ll be happy to provide to you in swaths or other samples, side-by-side. This can give you a much better idea of the slight variations in color between two “white” options.

You might also want to hold these swatches up against other colors in your kitchen to see how they might compare or contrast. For example, if you have stainless steel appliances, how does the white color look next to that?

In part two of our series, we’ll go over how to consider white variations against your other kitchen elements, plus some other important themes here. For more on this, or to learn about any of our custom kitchen cabinets or related products, speak to the team at AWA Kitchen Cabinets today.

Measuring for New Kitchen Cabinets: Obstructions and Final Layout

In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked into some of the basic themes to consider while measuring your kitchen for new cabinets. This is a relatively straightforward process, and having a simple idea of what’s needed and how to proceed will allow you to move through it without issue.

At AWA Kitchen Cabinets, we’re happy to offer a huge range of kitchen cabinet options that includes base cabinets, wall cabinets, oven cabinets and many others. We’ll also provide basic tips on many other parts of the cabinet process, including how to measure your space. Here are a few other general steps to follow as you’re navigating this part of your cabinet installation.

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Noting Obstructions

We left off in part one with you taking simple horizontal and vertical measurements of the desired cabinet space. Once this has been completed, the next important step is to take note of any and all potential obstructions that might be in the way.

These can include things like windows, pipes, outlets, switches, etc. You’ll want to make a simple diagram or sketch of your kitchen space that notes these potential obstacles so that you can avoid them when making your final measurements.

If you have any questions about potential obstacles in your kitchen, our team at AWA Kitchen Cabinets would be happy to help.

Note Appliances and Utilities

Down related lines, it’s also important to make note of any appliances or utilities that might be in the way of your new cabinets.

This can include ovens, microwaves, dishwashers, refrigerators, and more. It’s important to take into account both their dimensions as well as how they’re currently being used in order to make sure that your new cabinets will be properly outfitted.

For instance, the presence of power sources or water lines might mean that you need to adjust the placement of your new cabinets. These are all simple considerations that can be made ahead of time in order to streamline the process.

Plan the Overall Layout

Now that you have a full idea of the space you’re working with as well as any potential obstructions, it’s time to start planning the overall layout of your new cabinets.

This is where you’ll really start getting into the nitty-gritty of measuring individual cabinet spaces and figuring out how everything will fit together. A lot of this process will come down to personal preference, but there are a few general guidelines you can follow.

As a rule of thumb, base cabinets should be placed 24 inches away from each other in order to allow for proper countertop space. Wall cabinets, on the other hand, can be placed up to 48 inches apart in order to give you more leeway with design.

Oven cabinets and other specialized units will have their own specific measurement requirements that you’ll need to take into account. But following these simple guidelines should give you a good foundation to start from.

And once you’ve got your layout, all that’s left is to select the cabinets that best fit your space — and you’re done!

For more on how to measure your kitchen space for new cabinets, or to learn about any of our kitchen cabinet products, speak to the team at AWA Kitchen Cabinets today.

Measuring for New SLC Kitchen Cabinets: Materials and Measurements

There are a few important steps that will need to be followed while you’re designing and installing new cabinets in your kitchen, and one of these is measurement of the area. You need to know some precise dimensions as you go about this process, from the basic width and depth of your cabinet areas to a few possible others.

At AWA Kitchen Cabinets, we’re here to help with a wide range of kitchen cabinet needs for our Salt Lake City clients, from base cabinets to wall cabinets and many others. Measurement is one area we’ll be happy to provide simple recommendations and assistance with, as well. In this two-part blog series, we’ll dig into the basic steps you should be following when it comes to measuring your kitchen space for new cabinets.

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Materials Needed

This is a simple job — all you need is some grid paper, a tape measure, and some kind of writing device. If you have all these, you’re good to go!

Drawing the Floor Plan

The first important step here is to generate a simple, straightforward floor plan of your kitchen space. This will help you understand the dimensions and layout of your kitchen, as well as what’s currently in it and where everything is situated.

Begin by sketching out a rectangle on your grid paper that represents the outside perimeter of your kitchen space. Then, draw in all important features within this rectangle, including doors, windows, appliances, and any pipes or other protrusions that might be in the way. Be aware that for this first draft, measurements don’t have to be perfect — you’ll get to that later.

Horizontal Measurements

Generally, we recommend starting with horizontal measurements first, as these will give you a good foundation to work from. Measure the width of your kitchen space at its longest point, then measure the depth at its deepest point. These two dimensions will be important when it comes to sizing and designing your cabinets.

Once you have these basic horizontal measurements, you can start measuring individual areas within your tape measure as well.

Vertical Measurements

Next up, take basically the same approach but with vertical measurements. Measure the height of your kitchen space at its tallest point, then take note of any lower areas where the ceiling might dip down. These measurements will be helpful when it comes to designing taller cabinets or ones that need to accommodate a sloped ceiling.

Again, once you have these basic numbers down, you can start measuring individual areas within your kitchen space as well.

In part two of our series, we’ll go over some other important themes to keep in mind as you go about the measurement process for new kitchen cabinets. For more on this or any of our cabinet services to clients in SLC or nearby areas, speak to our team at AWA Kitchen Cabinets today.

Personalizing Kitchen Cabinets: Pop-Outs, Compartments, Pet Beds

In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked some basic themes you might consider as you’re looking to personalize or customize your kitchen cabinets. Cabinets serve both practical and aesthetic purposes, and there are ways to customize them in both these areas that make them not only useful, but also attractive and appealing.

At AWA Kitchen Cabinets, we’re happy to offer the very best selection of kitchen cabinets and cabinet accessories in SLC and other parts of Utah, including numerous custom options to consider. What are some other common ways clients go about personalizing their cabinets, and which of these areas might you consider for your new cabinets? Here are a few ideas.

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Pop-Out Appliances

We went over fold-out and slide-out surfaces in part one of our series, and a cousin to these is the pop-out appliance. While not as dramatic or extreme as either of the other two, this is a nice way to make things like your coffee maker, blender, or toaster oven more accessible while still keeping them stored away neatly.

There are numerous ways to build a custom nook or cubby for your appliances right into your cabinet design. A lot of this will come down to the size and shape of the appliances you’re working with, as well as how often you use them. You might even consider a rolling appliance cart that can be wheeled out when needed and stored away when not in use.

Hidden Compartments or Cabinets

In other cases, you may opt for a more hidden approach to appliance storage. If you don’t want your coffee maker or toaster oven on full display all the time, you can have a false front or door installed that will match the rest of your cabinets when closed but can be opened to reveal the appliances stored inside.

You might also consider a hidden cabinet or two that can be used to store away less-used items, like holiday dishes or serving ware. These can be installed high up out of the way or even below your countertops.

A Pet-Bed Cubby

One great use of cabinet customization for those who have pets is to incorporate a pet-bed cubby into the design. This can be built to match the rest of your cabinets and can be installed at just about any height. It’s a great way to keep Fido off the couch and give them their own little space in the kitchen. For instance, a pet-bed cubby in a lower cabinet can double as a food storage area, with the bed on top and food stored below in pull-out drawers.

These are just a few of the ways you might personalize or customize your new kitchen cabinets. As always, our team at AWA Kitchen Cabinets is happy to help you explore all the options and find the perfect cabinets for you. Call us today to learn more!

Personalizing Kitchen Cabinets: Stacking, Finishes, Fold-Outs

Personalization is a major concept for many homeowners, and the kitchen is a common room where this sort of theme is applied. Within the realm of kitchen cabinets, for instance, there are numerous upgrades or other options that will allow you to personalize or customize your cabinets in particular ways without losing their basic functionality.

At AWA Kitchen Cabinets, we’re proud to offer a wide array of kitchen cabinet options, from base cabinets and wall cabinets to utility cabinets, oven cabinets and more — and we’re happy to work with you on numerous personalization themes or upgrades you might be considering. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over a number of different ways you may choose to go about customizing your kitchen cabinets.

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Storage and Stacking Upgrades

Cabinet organization is a major theme for any kitchen cabinets, and there are many personalized upgrades you can add on to get the most out of your storage options. Cabinet stacking, for example, is a great way to add vertical storage space and make better use of your available cabinet real estate. You can also upgrade to specialty shelves or bins that will help organize your pots, pans and other cookware.

If you’re looking for a way to store your dishes and glasses, consider cabinet door mount racks, which can hold a large number of items securely. Similarly, you might want to add a lazy Susan or other rotating storage option to make it easier to access the items at the back of your cabinets.

Custom Finishes and Colors

One of the simplest and most popular ways to personalize your cabinets is to choose a custom finish or color. There are numerous finishes and colors to choose from, and you can mix and match as you see fit. If you have a favorite color, for example, you can have your cabinets painted in that color to really make them stand out.

If you’re looking for something a bit more subtle, you can choose a custom finish that will give your cabinets a unique look and feel. There are a number of different finishes to choose from, including wood grains, metallic finishes and more. With so many options available, you’re sure to find the perfect finish for your home.

Fold-Out and Slide-Out Surfaces

Many homeowners choose to add fold-out or slide-out surfaces to their kitchen cabinets, as these surfaces can provide a lot of extra work or storage space. For example, a fold-out cutting board can be a great way to add an extra surface area to your kitchen, while a slide-out pantry can be perfect for storing canned goods and other food items.

If you’re looking for a way to add even more counter space to your kitchen, consider adding a fold-out or slide-out surface. These surfaces are a great way to add extra work space or storage space without taking up any additional cabinet real estate.

In the next part of this blog series, we’ll go over several other themes you might consider here. For more on how to personalize kitchen cabinets, or to learn about any of our cabinet options, speak to the team at AWA Kitchen Cabinets today.

Which Cabinet Face Style Is Best for You?

When it comes to kitchen design, picking the right kind of style for your kitchen cabinets is essential for defining the long-term aesthetic of your kitchen. The faces of your kitchen cabinets are what make the kitchen design, as so much of the visible surface area will be impacted by them.

Later down the line when you’re looking to refresh your kitchen, it’s easy enough to paint over the current finish of the cabinetry. However, when you do this, you won’t be able to fundamentally change their style.

This is why picking the right face style of cabinets now is vital. There are several factors you need to consider when looking to purchase new kitchen cabinets in Salt Lake City, but most importantly may just be style.

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Understanding the Major Cabinet Styles Available

There are a lot of possible kitchen cabinet styles for you to choose from, but some of the most go-to designs are raised panel doors and shaker-style cabinets. These are popular for several reasons, which we will explore, and have been staples in homes for many years now.

Both of these styles have lasting beauty and style that make them timeless, so your kitchen renovation won’t be dated in a few years.

Raised Panel Doors

Raised panel doors are often the kinds of kitchen cabinets people picture when they think of kitchen design. These doors have layers of wood details that create a look of tiered detail. These cabinets are well suited for traditional and cottage-style kitchen designs. They often have more complex designs, so they look more luxurious. They’re perfect if you prefer a more visually engaging design. However, many also come in a simpler finish.

Get a cabinet maker in Salt Lake City that values quality and good service, to ensure that your cabinet dreams will stay your reality for years to come.

Shaker Style Doors

Shaker cabinets have a much more contemporary finish than a raised panel design. The shaker cabinets are also tiered, but in a way that focuses on the streamlined look that is more popular among modernists and minimalists.

However, these also look very good in eclectic kitchen designs that often include busy, patterned, or colorful finishes that are meant to draw the eye. The shaker style design has become so popular because they are easy to clean, versatile, and can work well in a wide variety of kitchen designs.

Get the Best Cabinets in Salt Lake City

If you’re interested in the cabinetry styles available at AWA Cabinets and Countertops, consider how you can get some of the best kitchen cabinets in Salt Lake City by getting in contact with us!

We offer a wide variety of cabinets in Salt Lake City in a wonderful selection of colors that can fit nearly any style and price point.

If you need base and wall cabinets in Salt Lake City, AWA Cabinets and Countertops have you covered! Get a free estimate for your kitchen renovation idea today!