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Kitchen Cabinet Buying Guide

A quality kitchen is a key feature of any home.  The saying “The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home” has never been more true than what it is today.  Most entertaining and family life takes part in the kitchen. 

You may feel a bit lost in where to start the process of planning for a new kitchen.  The choices seem endless.  Some can start the process with a clear picture of what they want in the end.  Many have a more difficult time picturing the end result.  This kitchen cabinet buying guide offers you suggestions to make the process easier to begin.  

Where to Begin?

Certain things should be considered at the very start of a new kitchen project.  

-How long do you plan to stay in your current home?  Is it worth investing in a “dream kitchen” or would a simplified remodel work instead?

-Is the extent of your plans fitting with other comparable homes in the area?

-Is your budget in alignment with your desired plans?

-Have you decided on appliance sizes to determine final specifications?

Having answers to the above questions would be key to getting started on the design process.

Thinking About the Future

Although you need to be happy and content with your new kitchen, it is wise to always consider any future buyers of your home.  You will want to ensure that your kitchen would appeal to most.  It is still possible to add personal touches to your kitchen in the balance.  However, consideration should be given to very custom and unique features that may be better for those who do not plan to sell their home in the near future.

The Layout is Essential

The layout and planning of the kitchen design is the starting point before any selection for cabinetry style.  Any new kitchen should ensure it offers proper clearances and traffic flow in the key working areas.

AYA Kitchens provides a helpful image for deciding on the layout of your kitchen.

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Get someone to sketch things out for you

Some people are great at creating their own sketches, but most of us need a professional to help us capture your ideas. Having a good sketch of the layout and design you want could be a great way to gain some perspective and to get an idea of how it would work.

Your Cabinet Choices

There is a vast selection of cabinet styles, colour, and materials to choose from.  Consideration can be given to including more than one of each as well.  The choices made will be dictated by the final desired look for your kitchen.  The kitchens of today are demonstrating more character and contrast.  Popular choices are combining various options in a complementary style.  

Cabinet doors

One of the easiest ways to get started on your desired look is to identify which cabinet door style you like. Innovative Kitchens by Design has 3 categories including Urban, Transitional and Classic.

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AYA Kitchens provides a helpful kitchen cabinet door style guide to determine your desired look.

Cabinet material

Review the different types of kitchen cabinet material. You can choose from:

  • laminate
  • painted
  • maple
  • oak
  • cherry
  • exotic

View our gallery for more cabinet and material combinations.


Once you decide on your ideal kitchen cabinet door style and material, there are many different finishes to choose from, from standard off-white to modern greys, to standard and premium wood finishes.

Download the AYA Design Guide to give you more details on finishes, colours, ornamentation and specific cabinet options for corners, etc.

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Choosing the right cabinetry is an important consideration for kitchens of all sizes and budgets. A home with a quality kitchen brings a higher value than those without. The kitchen is the gathering spot for both friends and families.  Your kitchen should reflect your lifestyle and make you proud to gather in it. 

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