Kitchen Cabinets – Phoenix, Arizona
Whether you’re remodeling or designing a kitchen from scratch, cabinets will be one of the most important aspects of your design. Your choice of style, color and material will make a big visual statement to everyone who sees it.
There are some important limitations you’ll have to keep in mind when selecting your cabinetry. One is the decor and style of the rest of your home. You’ll want your kitchen to complement that nicely. Another limitation is the size and floor plan of your kitchen. Your goal should be to make the best use of your space while maximizing storage and convenience.
Most Arizona homeowners tend to prefer light brown or white kitchen cabinets. These can be accented nicely with backsplashes or accent walls done in southwestern colors like sunset red, cactus green, or sky blue. Here are some suggestions on how to optimize your storage space and convenience with different types of cabinets.
Kitchen Base Cabinets
Base cabinets will be the foundation of your kitchen design. These are the cabinets that rest on the floor and define the boundaries of your kitchen. Even if they simply run along the walls, mixing and matching them to create the perfect length can be something of an art.
If you have plenty of space away from the walls, you’ll probably want to consider installing a kitchen island. These can provide your kitchen with additional surface area and storage while also giving you the opportunity for a splash of style or contrast.
One Phoenix-area trend we’ve noticed is that people are placing fewer cupboards in their base cabinets and opting for more drawers. Drawers have the advantage of bringing the contents to you instead of forcing you to bend over and reach. With the wide assortment of drawer organizers available these days, drawers don’t have to be the chaotic mess they once were.
Besides drawers and cupboards, your base cabinets will also have to house your stove and sink so be sure to work those into your plan. One final thing you might want to consider are corner cabinets. These can hold either drawers or cupboards. The most popular configuration is a single cupboard with multiple levels of Lazy Susan platforms.
Kitchen Wall Cabinets
Your wall cabinets will share the same width as the base cabinets immediately below. Due to window, sink and stove locations, you’ll usually have to measure for the wall cabinets first and select base cabinets to match. In Arizona, kitchen wall cabinets usually go all the way to the ceiling to maximize storage space. They usually match the depth of the base cabinets for the same reason, but shallower versions are sometimes selected for stylistic reasons.
When space is available, wall cabinets can extend from floor to ceiling. These types of cabinets are great for storing anything from appliances to cookbooks. Wall cabinets offer you the greatest opportunity for creativity. Simple glass doors can add sparkle and dimension to your kitchen. Rolling doors, swing-up doors, pull-down doors, and pocket doors can add a great deal of functionality and convenience.
Some Phoenix-area homeowners are opting for the clean simplicity of open shelving. It provides a nice blend of traditional and modern styling while offering a wide range of organizational features. The wall between your base and wall cabinets, frequently called the backsplash, is also a great place for stylistic expression. Matching or contrasting granite backsplashes and countertops are a popular trend in Phoenix.
Kitchen Island Cabinets
When space is available, kitchen islands are a great way to add style and functionality to your kitchen. They don’t have to match your existing cabinetry. In fact, some of the best-looking kitchen islands provide a tasteful contrast with the rest of the kitchen. Because of this, you can add a great-looking island to your kitchen at any time.
That said, it’s best to decide on the functionality of your kitchen island before you choose a style. Do you want it to be an eating area with stools or would you rather make it a food preparation area? Perhaps you’d like it to be a serving area or a recipe desk. These are all common and useful functions, but you should know what you want before you select the cabinetry.
An eating area will usually have an extended countertop on the service side with doors and drawers on the kitchen side. A food preparation area might have doors and drawers on the kitchen side and shelving for books or decorative objects on the far side. Pull-out cutting boards are also a handy feature to consider.
Another popular option is a table-style island with a large shelf below for storing pots and pans. A simple serving area is a nice function for smaller islands. It can be either cabinet- or table-style and serve as a location for placing food items that are ready to be served at the table. Drawers can be used to store silverware, napkins, and other serving-related items.
Kitchen Pantry Cabinets
Modern pantry cabinets have become so ingenious that they’ve almost made the walk-in pantry obsolete. We now have doors that swing out to reveal many shelves on the opposite side that can store an incredible number of bottles and jars – just on the pantry door! Inside, we can install pull-out shelves, swinging shelves, and even Lazy Susan platforms on multiple levels.
There really is no end to the imaginative options in modern pantry cabinets. Their incredible functionality and convenience makes them far easier to use than any walk-in pantry could ever be. You really have to see them to believe them. There are also free-standing versions that can easily be added to any kitchen or off-kitchen area.
Kitchen Storage Cabinets
Storage cabinets are closely related to pantry cabinets, but they’re generally used for non-food items and can range from basic to ornate in appearance. Basic storage cabinets might be used to store cleaning supplies or pots and pans. They can share some of the same ingenious designs as pantry cabinets with behind-the-door storage and pull-out shelves. They can also be used to hold spices and cooking fluids.
There are times when you may want to show off the contents, such as with liquor, china, or fine glassware. For these occasions, there are storage cabinets with open shelves and glass doors. Storage cabinets can be built into base cabinets, wall cabinets, or be added as free-standing cabinets.
For even greater utility, storage cabinets on wheels are great for service on decks and patios.
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