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Doesn't it seem like every fancy appliance they make these days
is now made of stainless steel? Refrigerators, toasters,
coffee makers, microwaves and dishwashers all made of steel are
a must nowadays to give your kitchen that modern and updated
look. So why not take it a step further and add metal
kitchen cabinets instead of the standard wood cabinets? You may
think that having that much metal in one room may be overkill,
and you may be right. However, there are certain major
advantages to metal as well as ways to make sure your kitchen
doesn't look too industrial. You don't necessarily want
your house guests thinking they are walking into commercial
cooking center, right?
How to Use Metal Cabinets to Make a Unique Kitchen
There are many customizations you can make to not overdo the
industrial look of your kitchen. One idea is to combine
the metal with plastic hardware (handles, hinges, etc)
for contrast. By using plastic you can pick colors that
match your paint, dishes, or any other features you have.
Another hardware option is to choose pieces that are of a
different color or style of metal than the cabinet door. You can also customize the
actual doors by ordering them with holes to
fill with glass or other decorative pieces. Lastly, you
can order your cabinets with different finishes and metal
accents. By using copper, brass or brushed nickel, you can
achieve a more customized look. In addition, by adding
texture to the finish, you make it easier to conceal those
fingerprints left by people who don't wash their hands!
Potential Downsides of Metal Cabinets
Like anything, there are also some negatives
to be aware of when it comes to metal cabinets. The first
is to understand that just because the cabinets are made of
strong durable metal, this doesn't mean that they are all
resistant to warping. Why is this you ask? Many
metal cabinets actually have some sort of wood at their core
which helps to dampen the 'tinny' noise you get when opening and
closing the doors. Depending on the wood used, it may be
more prone to warping or even water damage. It is a good
idea to get cabinets with plywood or wood at the core instead of
particle board or fiber board. This will ensure that the
cabinets will better resist water and will also provide better
support for those heavy loads. That large stack of plates
you have can cause a weaker cabinet to bend over time. If
you don't want to switch to lighter paper plates, make sure to
get a cabinet with plywood or wood at its core.
Another potential downside to consider is the
fact that metal can dent. Just like your car, it's
possible to get small dents and scratches on the doors.
This is another reason why many times it makes sense to get
brushed metal or some sort of texture that will conceal small
dents and scratches. Lastly, you should make sure the
metal is durable and not prone to rusting. The last thing
you need is a bunch of rusty metal cabinets in your kitchen.
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