Practical Design Tips for Your New Kitchen Cabinets

On the face of it, the benefits of purchasing bespoke wood kitchen cabinets may appear to be mainly cosmetic. While the artistry in the design stage, the craftsmanship in the production and the attention to detail in the installation all contribute to a stunning result that will last for decades if treated well, it's the smaller details that may go unnoticed that can make the biggest difference.

Even the most aesthetically pleasing kitchen can become a source of irritation if certain aspects have been poorly thought out. Thankfully, modern kitchen cabinet design is full of ingenious touches that have been developed from years of experience in making the most of the resources available.

Professional designers of kitchen cabinets are adept at achieving something as practical as it is beautiful, but it's always handy for the customer to have their own ideas too. Whether utilizing every nook and cranny, including lighting or incorporating green waste solutions, modern kitchen cabinet design is constantly evolving.

Smarter storage space

While cutlery and crockery don't typically require too much space, storing a large number of other kitchen items can present something of a challenge.

Thanks to their irregular shapes, appliances like blenders or steamers require more space, meaning your cabinets may be filled quicker than you thought they would. Building in more space may be easier said than done, but there are certain areas where old kitchen design would often neglect.

Installing kitchen cabinets above the refrigerator is one way to make the most of the space available. While it may not be the most convenient place to reach every day, it's ideal for storing large items that are only used occasionally.

For lower kitchen cabinets that back into the dining room, extra shelving can be installed to further maximize space and provide a convenient place for condiments and other mealtime items.

Brighter use of lights

Smartly installed lighting is one of the most important considerations in making a kitchen look its best. However, it's not all about the aesthetics, as inadequate lighting can lead to safety issues.

Incorporating downlighting in your overhead kitchen cabinets will help ensure the work areas of your kitchen are always well lit, eliminating the chance of light from the main fittings being blocked out, by either yourself or your cabinetry.

With cleverly positioned light switches, your kitchen cabinets can provide all the light you require at the convenient touch of a button; helpful when preparing food, cleaning, as mood lighting, or even to show off your kitchen should you ever come to sell your home.

Greener waste solutions

With less trash being simply thrown away and more being recycled, using separate bins in the kitchen is a great way to ensure you are doing your bit for the environment.

Of course, multiple bins are bound to use more space than the single one commonly placed under the sink, but smart cabinet design can help. By fitting the separate bins into a slide-out or fold-out kitchen cabinet, the increased convenience will only encourage their use, which is in turn good for the world around us.

With the environmental challenges faced by all of us, modern kitchen design should look to be as green as it possibly can. Providing a built-in recycling sorter helps with this while keeping the trash bins out of sight.

Along with further smart space-saving solutions and built-in lighting, your bespoke kitchen cabinet designer will always be looking for ways to create something as practical as it is beautiful.