Tips for choosing and installing new kitchen doors
Kitchen doors set the impression for the entire room. They're the first things visitors to your kitchen will see, so you should give some thought to the first impression they'll make. As with many other home accentuations and accessories, the two most important features to look for in new or replacement kitchen doors are low maintenance and durability.
Many homeowners choose to go without kitchen doors at all. There are a couple advantages to doing this: your kitchen is more accessible, the house seems bigger and there's nothing to take care of in between. They also won't reduce your floor space the way kitchen doors that open into the room do, leaving you more flexibility for placing kitchen tables and kitchen chairs.
However, kitchen doors do add a lot to the space: they can turn your kitchen from a neutral meeting or entertaining room to a sequestered sanctuary. They add a touch of formality to your kitchen and they prevent kitchen accidents from affecting the flooring or carpeting in other rooms in the house.
Choosing Your Door Material
The most popular materials for kitchen doors are wood and glass.
Wood doors have a classic look and are available in a wide variety of colors, stains, glosses, varnishes and washes. They are durable, but you also have the option of purchasing wood veneers for doors made of less expensive material. This is cheaper and can actually make your door even more resistant to temperature and humidity fluctuations in the kitchen. Wood needs care and maintenance to preserve its original luster.
Wooden kitchen doors can also be fitted with laminate casings for protection and durability. Laminate can be finished in a wider variety of textures and colors than wood, and can even be made to mimic the look of real wood. Laminate is a very low-maintenance material – spills can be cleaned up with just a paper towel.
Glass doors are versatile and fit in with a wide range of kitchen themes and looks. Whether you have frosted glass for privacy or clear glass for a stylish physical separation between two rooms, glass is an appealing material.
Kitchen Door Handles
No matter what look you're going for with your kitchen doors (and kitchen as a whole), choosing the right kitchen door handles is an important part of the process. Whether you have simple silver kitchen door knobs or an ornate brass handle set makes a huge difference in terms of what your kitchen says about you. Keep in mind that kitchen door handles have to be functional as well as attractive. You don't want to make it too difficult to move from room to room when you're cooking, cleaning or serving.