While plastic laminate cabinets might seem like a relic of another era, they actually are a practical, Affordable Cabinets, and — dare we say it? — stylish alternative to conventional wood cabinetry. “The general public doesn’t have an understanding about the durability, flexibility and options that laminate offers,” says Julie Cavanaugh, the owner of Design Matters, an interior design firm in Los Gatos, California.Cavanaugh estimates Affordable Cabinets that only about 15 percent of her clients request laminate cabinet faces, and a good chunk of those are for rooms other than kitchens. But the material doesn’t deserve to be neglected, she believes. It’s usually a cost-effective option and more environmentally stable and easier to care for than wood.Wood-patterned laminate can emulate exotic materials and graining without the limitations and Affordable Cabinets scarcity of the real thing. “You can make beautiful lengths of book-matched cabinetry, because the cabinetmaker is in control of the patterning and the repeat,” Cavanaugh says. The price is another incentive: Cavanaugh estimates that laminate cabinets can save homeowners an average of 15 to 30 percent over wood versions. "Designer Ines Hanl outfitted this Vancouver kitchen with cabinets faced in a textured-wood laminate. The combination of light and dark finishes not only makes the space feel lighter, but Affordable Cabinets limits the pattern repetition that can cheapen the look of laminate.The Sky is the Limit Design“Statement” cabinet pulls add an upscale touch to the kitchen and help dress up the laminate finish.The Sky is the Limit DesignStainless steel offers a nice contrast to all the faux wood, elevating the elegance of the space while being easy to maintain. A Affordable Cabinets peninsula once bisected the kitchen of Allison Woods’ and Ken Masel’s 1960s Seattle home, trapping whoever was cooking in one half and rendering the remaining space almost unusable. So the pair ripped out the old cabinets and started from scratch.
The bold, striated laminate they chose (Modern Edge from Nevamar) gives the Affordable Cabinets newly completed kitchen graphic punch and echoes the short oak floorboards adorning the rest of the house.
The couple found many of the products on Houzz, including the lighting fixtures, faucet, sink and stove hood. “Houzz was really great in helping me to find the exact right piece at the right price,” says Woods.
This kitchen, in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, was designed by Chelsea Atelier Architect utilizing custom cabinets fabricated by Poggenpohl. The Affordable Cabinets textured laminate is Teak Lava, a gray with warm undercurrents and a three-dimensional grain that recalls real wood.Chelsea Atelier Architect, PCThe striations in the laminate lend pattern and character to the space, offering a warm counterpoint to the cool white finishes used elsewhere in the room.
… as do high-end appliances and cabinet pulls. The darker wood finish on the bottom cabinets helps anchor the space, while the white upper units, with Affordable Cabinets their glass doors, almost seem to disappear into the background, making the kitchen feel bigger."
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