Cabinet wood choices for your bathroom

The bathroom is one of the most vital rooms in your home, so choosing the right cabinets...

The bathroom is one of the most vital rooms in your home, so choosing the right cabinets for the space is essential. The best cabinet wood choices and finishes for your bathroom will ultimately lend themselves to the function, design and flow of your home.

There are endless designer-inspired finishes out there, and it can be difficult to choose just one to add to your palette. But with a little help, you'll be able to choose a finish that inspires and speaks to you. Keep the following tips in mind when considering new cabinets for your bathroom.

The importance of good lighting. One thing to think about is how much natural light your bathroom gets - or whether it gets any natural light at all. An abundance of natural sunlight can affect both the appearance and wear of your bathroom cabinets. Natural sunlight contains UV rays that can distort certain wood finishes, such as mahogany, hickory, cherry, maple and oak.

Acquire a sample of the finish to view in your home environment. When dealing with natural cabinet wood choices and deciding what finish is right for you, it's a good idea to get a sample to bring home with you so that you can get a feel for color variation. This is true whether you're buying prefab cabinets or customizing your own cabinet finishes. Keep in mind the appearance of any wood finish can vary and darken over time with age, exposure to sunlight and humidity.

Walnut, cherry and maple are all great choices for natural wood cabinet finishes. Cherry gives an overall modern look. Even though it's a more traditional look, oak is another good finish option in a bathroom: It's inexpensive, durable and easy to work with. Custom cabinet finishes can give a superior look, while prefabricated finishes really only offer a cheaper price and less natural wood grain options.

Sketch out your bathroom layout. Drawing a design of the bathroom will allow you to gain a better perspective of how you use the space so that you don't buy more than you need.

Break down and allocate portions of your project materials. This list will distribute your budget according to your needs and desires. That way, you'll know what you want to spend the majority of your budget on and how much money you'll have left over to allocate to unexpected costs or additional services or materials.

Ask a contractor. If you don't already have a contractor heading your bathroom remodeling project, it's a good idea to get a second opinion before selecting your bathroom cabinets. For more suggestions and ideas on prefab cabinets versus custom wood cabinet choices, contact your Atlanta-area bathroom remodeler.

New cabinets are just the thing to reinvigorate a tired old bathroom space. While it's a good idea to keep the above considerations in mind when shopping around, your bathroom cabinet choice should ultimately speak to your personal aesthetic; you can't go wrong if you choose a look you love.

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