Kitchen cabinets are costly. Don’t make them trendy

The latest colors and trends are tempting, but a kitchen should be timeless, says Barbara Miller, design director for the Neil Kelly design and remodeling company.

It’s expensive to remodel a kitchen, and cabinets can make up 30% of the costs, so make sure you or an owner five to 10 years in the future won’t think the look has gone out of style, she says.

A sure-fire solution: White cabinets.

Since Neil Kelly started remodeling homes in Portland in 1947, “we have never stopped selling white cabinets,” says Miller, referencing a statement made by owner Tom Kelly, whose father founded the company.

She says styles and hardware have changed, but white remains popular in the Pacific Northwest, as does wood-grain cabinets.

The easiest way to ensure a kitchen has a timeless feel is to match key elements with the architecture and era of the house: A Colonial Revival house

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Shopping for New Kitchen Cabinets, Explained

Flimsy shelves, chipping veneer, and awkward drawers are all signs it might be time to break up with your kitchen cabinets. Fortunately, today there are plenty of new cupboard options and styles in the sea—er, store. You just have to figure out what your type is. 

To get the nitty-gritty details out of the way so you can get to the fun part (renovating) faster, we tapped Home Advisor’s expert, Dan DiClerico, for advice. “New cabinets are really the biggest ticket item for the majority of remodels,” he notes. Typically, the addition will account for a third of your total budget (although he notes in a lot of cases, it’s more than that). “You could spend $100,000 on new cabinets if you wanted to—some people even do,” says DiClerico. Take a deep breath: The average cost of replacing old cupboards with new ones is around $5,000. 

Essentially, the range

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How to create design contrast with two-tone kitchen cabinets



a kitchen with wooden cabinets and a mirror: How to create design contrast with two-tone kitchen cabinets


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How to create design contrast with two-tone kitchen cabinets


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Whether decorated with contemporary, clean-lined tables, antique Shaker-style cabinets, or the ever-sought-after subway tile backsplash, the all-white kitchen has been so popular for so long, it’s hard to imagine it ever going out of style.

However, this doesn’t mean other kitchen design trends have been waiting patiently in the wings. It’s 2020, and the moment for two-tone kitchen cabinets has arrived.

Not only has color—from black to blue, gray, and green—come back into the kitchen in a big way, but so have wood finishes.

If you’re entertaining a kitchen renovation, consider mixing and matching color and wood finishes in your cabinetry and other elements to give your kitchen the warmth and character it may be missing.

Allison

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