Doors that mean more!
By Gary Baker
No kitchen is complete without doors and a simple update of your kitchen doors can make all the difference if you’re after a quick refresh. But how do you decide what’s right for your kitchen?
Here are our top tips on what to consider when choosing your doors…
Getting a handle on handles
Handleless doors have been en vogue for some time now, and with so many options for handleless doors you’ll never need handles again. These white Corian Doors have finger pulls fabricated into them to allow for easy opening while maintaining the minimalist look. Finger pulls are a great option for kitchens with lots of cupboards where you might not have open edges for opening and closing doors easily, and they can even be highlighted and add interest using different colours.
If you’d like a completely flat, flush door then that’s easy to do, but make sure you can open and close them safely without injuring fingers by fitting doors that are slightly larger than the cupboard cabinets. If you’re worried about having space for overhanging doors then fitting a push open mechanism to your doors could be your ideal solution. Blum TIP-ON mechanisms like this are available for around just £9 and provide an elegant finish that will stop your doors from slamming loudly.
Getting your doors in shape
Doors don’t have to be square! When people think kitchen doors they tend to think four corners and four edges, but technology has moved on and brought with it a whole host of choice.
This fantastic sci-fi inspired kitchen has Corian doors fabricated to fit with the huge sweeping curves of the cabinets and units that give it its unique look. Made with rounded edges and in a variety of sizes, these doors prove that they don’t have to match to look fab. With this material, doors can be made in virtually any shape allowing for far more bespoke design.
Colour to complement or contrast
White is a mainstay of kitchen design, but changing your doors can introduce a new colour scheme and breathe new life to existing units and worktops. Choosing a subtle colour that complements your existing assets and accessorising with coloured appliances is a great way to update on a budget.
If you’re feeling really daring then you could go for bold, brightly coloured doors or even a rainbow of different coloured doors for a really funky effect.
And to finish…
Handpainted kitchens have been very popular for the last few seasons, but you can achieve the matt look with other materials too. A matt finish is a great option for kitchens with kids as they won’t smear as easily from sticky little fingers.
If you do decide to go for the gloss look then choosing an easy to clean material will work best, as they’ll require more wiping down to stay stunning. These glossy Corian doors are nonporous, making them durable and difficult to stain as well as hygienic. If they end up covered in floury fingerprints then you can simply wipe them down with a soapy cloth.
Looking for more inspiration? Why not take a look at our kitchens gallery for more dazzling door ideas.