Kitchen Upgrades with Great Kitchen Cabinet Choices

beautiful modern kitchen

If you don’t have the budget for a complete kitchen remodel, or don’t want to go through the mess of one, you can always do a kitchen upgrade instead. This makes a lot of practical sense as well. According to reports, a minor kitchen remodel (think kitchen upgrade) can give you back 80% of your investment by increasing the value of your home. You should think about that if you plan on selling your home anytime soon.

How can you do a kitchen upgrade? That’s easy. You simply choose one major element in the kitchen to change. That should make a big difference in the look of the kitchen. Many people go with replacing the kitchen countertop with granite or engineered stone, which usually means changing the sink and fixtures. Others take the opportunity to switch out the kitchen cabinets. Either choice comes out to about the same cost.
If you do choose to change your kitchen cabinets, make sure you make the most of it by choosing the right kitchen cabinets. Kitchen cabinets take up a lot of real estate and are quite visible, so they have a great impact on the look of your kitchen. If you have an open layout, it will have a great impact on the look of your house. Here are some great ideas for choosing kitchen cabinets.

Bold and beautiful

with bright green or orange cabinets
Most people choose neutral or natural colors for their kitchen cabinets, the most common of which is stained wood. This is the safe choice, as they make a muted statement. However, you may want to think about cranking it up a notch. Choose bold colors such as bright green or burnt orange, especially if you have a mostly neutral kitchen. Bold and bright colors will make your cabinets stand out, so you want to keep the tone down for the rest of the kitchen to avoid making it look overwhelming. Choose a smooth finish to make the cabinets look sleek.


White space

kitchen with white tall cabinets up to the ceiling
A small kitchen is fine as long as you have a high ceiling. A great way to make your small kitchen with a low ceiling look bigger is to choose white cabinets. Most people know white create the illusion of space. However, to create the illusion of height, you want white tall cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling flanking regular wall cabinets, which should go all the way up to the ceiling as well. If you already have white cabinets, you can simply replace one or two with tall cabinets. If your cabinets are not white but still in good condition, you can paint them white and add tall cabinets. You should fill in any space above existing cabinets with MDF board and crown molding. If the space is considerable, you may be able to add some type of closed storage.

Open and closed

kitchen with both glasses inset and solid front cabinets
Glass inset cabinets are a great way to make your kitchen look bigger and display some nice things without keeping them out in the open. However, most people have something to hide. You may have necessary things in your kitchen that are not exactly display-worthy, or you may not have the time to keep all your cabinet interiors in pristine condition. You can even add some lighting in these cabinets to make them really pop. The light can also highlight special things, like crystals and heirlooms. The others can have regular solid cabinet doors where you keep the workhorses in your kitchen.


Finishing touches

kitchen cabinets with reclaimed wood look
Wood cabinets are common and tend to date, but if you want its warmth and comfort in your kitchen, you can get the best of both worlds. Up style it by choosing a less traditional finish. Instead of a simple wood stain, go for wood veneers with a smooth finish. Combine it with glass shelves and gleaming engineered stone for a modern look. Reclaimed wood is a good look for today’s kitchen cabinets. The great thing with using a wood veneer is you can choose less expensive wood species without compromising the luxurious feel.


Shelve it

kitchen with open shelves
Open shelves are a great alternative to glass cabinets to bring in some color into the kitchen without committing to anything permanent. Choose neutral or white closed base cabinets and drawers to set off your open shelves that take the place of wall cabinets. Put your colorful cutlery, pitchers, glasses and cookware on display to liven up your kitchen. You can also put up your kitchen garden to make a fantastic backdrop for your cooking mastery. It is a great way to combine function and form without skipping a beat or spending money on mere decorations and accents.



Upgrading your kitchen with new kitchen cabinets is a practical idea. You can make big changes in the look of your kitchen without putting out big money by simply choosing the right storage solutions for the space. These five tips should help you get out of the box and start thinking style with kitchen cabinets. To make sure you get what you want, however, you should get your kitchen cabinets from established cabinet supplier. You will you get a wide range of options across established brands in one place. Cabinet Land Kitchen and Beyond is just the resource you need.

We offer free consultation services and quotes, so you can have the benefit of our expertise without spending a dime. We carry only the top cabinet brands, including Schrock, Fabuwood, J and K Cabinets, Forevermark, and Wolf Cabinets, at prices up to 50% lower than big box stores. Our turnaround is none too shabby, either, compared to our competitors such as Cabinets To Go, Advance Cabinets and Handsome Cabinets.

We are a local remodeling company with a showroom located in Schaumburg, Illinois. We service the Illinois area in general, but if you are in the Chicago, Schaumburg, Arlington Height, Des Plaines, Hoffman Estate, and Elk Grove Village area, we are within easy reach.
Visit us today to see what we have to offer. We service Chicago land and have the expertise and resources to complete virtually any type of kitchen cabinets – ON TIME and ON BUDGET with top quality craftsmanship for all your kitchen upgrade needs.