We know it is hard to believe that once upon a time, the kitchen was not the center of activity in the household that it is today. The kitchen was a place for Mom to busily prepare meals, while Dad and the kids waited patiently in the dining room for her to serve them their dinner. Today, the kitchen is a light, wide open space where everyone gathers together to cook a meal, visit one another, do homework on the center island, grab snacks, and yes, even sit down to dinner. The kitchen has become the family multipurpose room. Bright, cheerful, airy, full of life and laughter, the evolution of the kitchen from Mom’s exclusive domain to today’s inclusive family and friends’ gathering place has been a positive one.
At Captain Cabinets, we offer contractors and do-it-yourself homeowners the opportunity to create a kitchen that lives up to its 21st century evolution. We provide high-quality, long-lasting, affordable, ready-to-assemble cabinets that are easy to install and lovely to look at. As the kitchen has evolved, so have the styles and innovation of both cabinets and appliances. Countertop space has increased, the room itself has become much more open and airier, and lighter colors have been introduced to highlight a streamlined, sleek, and modern room. Minimalistic, clean cabinet styling, ample and convenient, behind-closed-doors storage space, flat-front cabinet doors, sleek hardware, all of these modern décor updates have
turned the kitchen into a showcase room instead of a jumble of mismatched furniture, overcrowded countertops, and linoleum floors.
Not only are kitchens these days defined by their open space and light colors, but they are also characterized by the style and color of the cabinets. Cream, white, grey, or beige natural colors are the trend for kitchen cabinets in 2023. And these neutral colors will never go out of style. Not only do your kitchen cabinets offer you storage space, but they also influence the overall design and style of the room. Traditional details are infused with lots of light—either natural light from wide open windows, or from just the right styles of modern and unique hanging or ceiling lamps.
Some kitchen cabinet companies are mixing two tones of light and dark finishes or paint colors to bring a somewhat eclectic look to kitchens. Two-tone cabinets are a great way to create the illusion of space in a small-sized kitchen. If you put white, gray, or beige cabinets above and a slightly darker shade of cabinets below, the eye is immediately drawn to the brighter shade above, giving the impression that your kitchen is more spacious than it actually is.
And kitchen islands remain one of the trends that just won’t go away. In fact, kitchen islands are one of the most sought after additions to new or renovated kitchens. Islands provide generous storage space, ample room for drinks and food for entertaining friends or family, doing homework, working on a laptop or tablet, and more. Kitchen islands, when done right, can be the focal point of any kitchen, combining color, style, and functionality. And they increase the value of your home.
How do you make kitchen cabinets more functional? Built-in spice racks. Pull out trash caddies. Added Lazy Susans and risers. Drawers stacked below the countertop instead of an array of cabinet doors and shelves. Pull out shelves make it much more convenient to get pots and pans, small appliances, or mixing bowls. Make sure you have enough space for cookware, silverware, glasses and stemware, small appliances, cooking utensils, serving utensils, knives, cups, bowls, plates, mugs, spices, canned goods, dry goods, etc. Make room for a pantry to store canned and dry goods, other small appliances that you only use on the holidays, and cleaning materials. A pantry is also a great place to store your container of pet food, a small vacuum for quick clean up, and stacks of Tupperware.
Modern Innovation for Countertops
Today, the bright, splashy colors used on walls or cabinets in the past are no longer considered a suitable choice for your kitchen. Instead, cabinet finishes and construction materials that are in neutral colors, such as shades of beige, gray, and white, have become the go-to colors. Tile backsplashes, granite, marble, or quartz, countertops, and shaker style cabinets are popular and timeless. Backsplashes can add bright, colorful accent colors to a modern kitchen. They can bring “personality” to your countertops and cabinets. The trends for backsplashes in 2023 include tiles in bold shades of green, red, blue and yellow.
Textured subway tiles are also one of the most popular kitchen backsplash trends for 2023. This classic tile style has a timeless aesthetic, lending a vintage-inspired look to a kitchen. And you can switch it up by changing the traditional horizontal tile orientation to a vertical one. This tile orientation draws the eye to the sides instead of up and down, giving the impression of a larger space.
Kitchen countertops are in use every single day. Busy family kitchens need tough countertops to withstand maximum use. We do food prep on them, drop our groceries, spill things, grab a quick sandwich, and sit on them. That’s why countertops need to be constructed of strong, study materials.
But you also want countertops to look stylish and complement your kitchen décor. Granite, marble, quartz countertops are popular choices for 2023 and beyond. Natural stone comes in a variety of thicknesses, textures, and colors. Granite is a strong, durable, naturally hard stone that is heat and stain resistant, and extremely hard to scratch. And it is easy to maintain. Because granite is taken out of the ground in large slabs that are then cut to size and polished, each countertop is completely unique. Variations of white colored granite countertops are the most common finish, as well as mid-tones, earth-tones and grays.
Marble is softer than granite, but because it is a natural stone, it is still resistant to breaking, cracking, or scratching. Marble is more upscale and elegant in appearance, and it is more expensive. It comes in a variety of colors with veins of darker colors running through it. Quartz countertops don’t need to be sealed like other materials mentioned above. Quartz is easy to clean, scratch and stain resistant, and impervious to heat. It can also
be joined together with seams that are barely visible. White and gray are the most popular quartz colors.
Have you seen the refrigerators on the market today? Separate third drawers for storing wine, cold cuts and soda. Access to online shopping lists. Door locks and alarms, LED controls, hidden icemakers, expandable shelves. Sensors and cameras that track when food is removed or needs to be restocked. You can even look up recipes on your refrigerator! And they are much more energy efficient.
Integrated smart tools are now available in ovens, stoves, dishwashers, microwaves, and refrigerators. They can help us store groceries, prep ingredients, and even cook our meals. Unique gadgets, innovative designs, environmentally friendly, energy saving. These are all attributes available in new appliances today. And they fit right in with your ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets and kitchen islands.
As a contractor or a do-it-yourself home builder or home renovation specialist, you have a wide range of custom kitchen upgrades to choose from. From cabinet styles and colors to innovative and functional design options, to smart appliances and more innovations than we yet know what to do with. Captain Cabinets offers contractors, carpenters, design firms, and do-it-yourselfers fast, affordable, and stylish solutions for quality Ready-to-Assemble kitchen cabinets and design ideas and options at wholesale prices. We have a wide range of styles, colors, and services, so that we can guarantee your satisfaction.
In addition, Forevermark, our primary brand of cabinets, is known for their superior wood construction, a wide selection of cabinet and drawer hardware, and environmentally friendly paints and finishes. And because they are fully certified for their quality and durability, we stand behind all their collections.
At Captain Cabinets, we pride ourselves on our customer service, our fast delivery, affordability, and our commitment to a fully satisfied customer. Won’t you give us a call today and let us show you our collection of fine, high-quality, ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets, design and layout options, and innovative plans for your modern kitchen?