Kitchen Cabinets and BacksplashesDory Otto
What’s Your Flavor?
Of course we are a custom woodworking company and we love designing and building anything wood, but kitchens are a favorite. The kitchen truly is the heart of a home and creating high functioning, beautiful kitchen cabinets is a real treat.
We have seen a lot of lovely kitchens over the years (and some pretty awful “before” kitchens too). Since wood is our area of expertise, we can gladly assist in the selection of species, stain color, and hardware selection. We know how to achieve certain looks and we know how to make a kitchen all it can be.
Once the bones are there – the important stuff like storage and workflow handled – it is time to add your personality to the space. If you aren’t overly concerned with resale and plan to be in your home for years to come, this is the time to have some fun. We are commonly asked for input on countertops and backsplashes. Two items that can really pull a kitchen together.
While granite has recently lost some of its must-have appeal, it is hard to think a natural solid surface will ever truly go out of style. Our advice is typically to make your selection based on how you use your kitchen. If you’re someone who loves to bake your needs will be different from someone who only microwaves. There are several high quality solid surface choices these days, so look for a surface that best meets your needs. As for color…well neutral sounds boring, but it doesn’t have to be. Quality countertops are an investment, so avoid trendy colors.
The backsplash is where you can have a little more freedom in our opinion. Again, if you’re staying put in your home, have some fun in this area. If you have always wanted a red backsplash go for it. This area is not one you want to re-do on a regular basis, but if the time came to change it up it isn’t the worst project around.
Houzz has a quiz to help you determine which material is right for you. Take the quiz to see what it suggests. Take the quiz here.
It can be a fantastic project to tackle yourself. If you’re considering a tile backsplash visit a Tile Shop location. They have tons of tile choices and vignettes to check out. They also offer a useful class for people interested in doing their own tile project. Yes, there are countless YouTube videos on how-to tile and even good old-fashioned books on the subject, but it is nice be able to ask questions and get real advice.
Warning: tile showrooms are known to cause confusion. The variety of choices may overwhelm you, so it may be helpful to look at some magazines or pictures on Houzz beforehand to see what you gravitate to. It is a bit like picking a flavor of ice cream at the ice cream shop. The most popular flavor of ice cream is vanilla, so you may end up with neutral – but we think it is good to branch out a bit…even if it is just to cookies and cream!