A. Mixing and matching different styles of cabinet handles, knobs and pulls is a way to add visual interest to your kitchen. You can use one style of hardware for wall cabinets and another for base cabinets, and you can use a third, different style for drawers.

Some people like to use cup pulls for drawers and bar pulls for their kitchen cabinet doors.

You can even mix cabinet hardware finishes if you want a bold look. The variety of available finishes provides the freedom to mix and match.

Read more in about kitchen cabinet hardware in this article.

A. Choices for kitchen countertops include stone, wood, glass, quartz, concrete and laminates, to name only a few. Is any one of these the “best”? The decision comes down to what you like, the look you are going for in your new kitchen and, of course, how much you want to spend on countertops.

Read more about countertop materials in this article.

A. “Shaker” refers to a style that has become popular because it’s classic, simple and timeless. It’s extremely versatile and works with Traditional, Transitional and Contemporary designs. And it’s known for its excellent craftsmanship. The cabinets used in today’s Shaker kitchens reflect the type of furniture built by the Shakers. The most well-known feature is the 5-piece door with flat panel.

Read more in our article about what goes into a Shaker style kitchen design

A. Framed cabinets have what is called a face frame that is attached to and covers the front of the cabinet box. Cabinet doors get attached to the face frame, creating a strong, sturdy cabinet.

Frameless or unframed cabinets don’t have a face frame. The cabinet door creates the “face” of the cabinet. Some people think they’re less durable than framed cabinets because the cabinet door gets attached directly to the cabinet box. Frameless cabinets are slightly larger because of the space saved by not having a face frame.

Read more in this article about the differences between framed and frameless cabinets.

A. Lighting is an important consideration for any new kitchen, and LED lights have replaced incandescents, fluorescents and halogens as the ideal choice. We will work together to create the right balance of lighting for ambient, task and accent layers of light in your new kitchen. We will make sure that the work you do in the kitchen, from meal prep and cooking to homework and list-making, will be well-lit.

This article explains why LED are the best choice for kitchens.

A. Kitchens today need more storage than ever before. People have so much “stuff”. Appliances, cookware, blenders, mixers, food processors and boxes of cereal easily fill up every available inch of space.

Luckily, manufacturers have invented creative storage solutions to help solve kitchen organizing dilemmas. I’ve found that I spend almost as much time figuring out in-cabinet storage as I do designing the kitchen layout.

This article talks about some of the many storage solutions available for new kitchens. And this article goes into detail about in-drawer storage, as more people use drawers for storing dishes and pots and pans.