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How to Choose the Right Kitchen Cabinetry for Your Renovation

Your cabinets are often the focal point of your kitchen, so you want to make sure you get them right during your kitchen renovation with CHART! We know it can sometimes be overwhelming with an endless supply of options and details to consider, so we want to help make things a little easier for you. Think of this blog as your beginner’s guide to kitchen cabinetry to help walk you through the decision-making process. If you need more help or want to see your choices come to life, give our office a call at (519) 576-0937 for more information! The CHART team is here to help you design the perfect kitchen cabinetry for your next home renovation project – here are some tips and tricks we always use when working with our clients.

Kitchen Cabinets

Decision #1: Door Style

The first step in choosing your kitchen cabinetry is to narrow down your favourite types of door styles. This is one of the most important factors for your kitchen’s new design because they are the most visible feature of your cabinets and have a huge impact on the finished project. Your cabinet doors should be reflective of your overall taste and fit the style of your home for a seamless design transition from room to room. Here are some of the most popular door styles that our team has installed during our client’s recent kitchen renovations.


This style of cabinet door is definitely the most common when our clients are trying to update their kitchens. They consist of a five-piece door with a recessed centre panel surrounded by four framing pieces. This is your door style if you like clean lines, simple design, and classic features because shaker cabinets fit just about any décor.

Shaker Kitchen Cabinets



Want cabinetry that is even cleaner than shaker-style doors? Flat-panel cabinet doors are the perfect choice for a simple, modern, and minimalist kitchen. This door style has hard, clean lines that make it a great fit for contemporary and modern feeling homes. 

Flat Kitchen Cabinets



Inset cabinetry is set inside the cabinet frame (instead of resting on the outside of the frame) to give this style a classic and smooth look. The doors fit flush with the face of the cabinets when closed and can include concealed or exposed hinges. This is your door style if you like clean lines and a traditional yet trendy look that will last for generations.

Inset Kitchen Cabinets



We always go for distressed cabinetry doors if our clients are looking for an antique-style kitchen renovation. This style might seem counterintuitive for some, but the distressed look is definitely making a comeback with the increasingly popular farmhouse style trend. You can choose any door style you like that will be distressed to give your kitchen that age-old, homey feeling.

Distressed Kitchen Cabinets



Speaking of the farmhouse trend, beadboard cabinet doors are the perfect choice for any of your modern farmhouse kitchen dreams. Often described as “cottage chic”, beadboard consist of a centre panel made to look like traditional beadboard panelling to give your home an old-world rustic vibe. This decorative door style brings some texture and pattern to your kitchen and is great for adding decorative flair to your cabinets.

Decision #2: Hardware Style

While you’re deciding on your kitchen’s new door style, you also want to be figuring out what type of hardware you want to go on these doors. Your choice of pulls and knobs will have a huge impact on the overall look of your space. Some hardware styles work best for different cabinet doors, so you want to make sure your choice will actually work well together. Here are the most common hardware styles we install for our clients.

Shaker Cabinet Hardware:

Since shaker cabinets are so simple, they are the most flexible door style when it comes to choosing matching hardware. Go for classic steel or nickel knobs and tubular or flat pulls if you are going for a modern look. If you want to play with your kitchen’s more traditional vibe, then choose glass or ceramic knobs and arced, footed, or accented wire bar pulls.

Shaker Kitchen Cabinets


Modern Hardware:

If you chose a flat or inset door style because you are going for a modern or contemporary kitchen, you should opt for hardware that is also more contemporary. These hardware choices will be all about minimalism and natural materials. You don’t want to go too flashy with your hardware because your cabinet doors work best with subtle and understated elements. Go for simple tubular, flat, recessed, C-channel or J-channel, wire, or tab pull bars.

Modern Kitchen Cabinets


Traditional Hardware:

The opposite can be said if you choose distressed or beadboard style cabinets and are going for a more vintage or antique style renovation. Most of the time, homeowners choose more detailed hardware to match these ornate door styles. Your hardware needs to be able to counterbalance the visual weight of your cabinet doors so go for more traditional drop or accented pulls, wooden or bin knobs, or hardware with decorative backplates.

Traditional Kitchen Cabinets

Decision #4: Colours & Finishes

When choosing the right colour for your kitchen cabinets you need to consider cabinet size, lighting, wall paint colour, and what mood you want to create for your space. We predict that some of the most popular kitchen colour trends for 2021 include sage, black and white, shades of grey, dark blues, and the classic white with warm woods. Colour is obviously one of the most important decisions when it comes to your kitchen renovation so our team of designers, decorators, and project managers will definitely be able to help guide your decision-making process so that you are always happy with the results.

Colourful Kitchen Cabinets

The finish of your kitchen cabinetry goes hand-in-hand with choosing your cabinetry colour. Some of the most popular finishes include stained, glazed, natural, and painted. Stained kitchen cabinets are great for enhancing the wood grain and adding a more natural feeling to your kitchen. Glazing your cabinets adds visual depth and interest to your room by accentuating the details of the wooden materials. On the other end of the spectrum, a natural finish lets your cabinet’s natural colour shine through (especially after varnishing) to give your kitchen a rawer look. You can also go for painted cabinets that are trendy right now because they give your kitchen a modern, clean, light feeling. Again, our experts will walk you through all of your options to make sure you are excited about the finish of your new kitchen cabinets!

Modern Kitchen Cabinets

Trust CHART to Build Your Custom Kitchen Cabinetry

Do you want help designing and building the perfect custom cabinetry for your kitchen renovation? Whether you’re at the very beginning concept phase or already have some designs in mind, we’re here to get the job done for you with top-notch quality and craftsmanship. We always make sure to consider even the smallest of details when it comes to your kitchen renovation because we are experts at creating spaces that are the perfect harmony of function and style. When beginning your home renovation projects, trust the Canadian Home and Renovation Team to make the right choices and help guide you through the process.

CHART is proud to be celebrating 40 years as one of the most prestigious renovators in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph area. Contact us to begin preparing your home for renovations or to get your custom home project started!

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