Wouldn’t it be nice if the world revolved around you? Unfortunately, the realities of everyday life and your lack of gravitational pull make that impossible (no offence). So when the time comes to explore the limitless possibilities of cabinet design, you should make like the sun: Consider yourself the center of the universe for a little while and choose a cabinet design that lets you shine.
But what exactly does that entail? In short, it’s about using cabinet design to showcase your strengths and mask your… well… developmental opportunities. And in the process, your choices can make some powerful statements about you.
“Look at what I’ve done”
Did you used to hate those tests where you had to “show your work”? Maybe that’s why so many of us are reluctant to showcase our work later in life. We invest countless hours and dollars amassing the ultimate antique collection or pour our heart and soul into that pottery class, only to let the fruits of our labor rot in a closet all day.
With the strategic use of cabinet design, however, those days are gone. By opting for glass doors as part of your design, you can display those treasures for all to see and let them gather praise instead of dust bunnies. By doing so, you’ll bring new life and energy to a room as your collection becomes an integral part of the décor and elevates everything around it. Now if only showing your work on that physics exam could do the same thing.
“Look at what ELSE I’ve done”
What’s the point of being an over-achiever and keeping it under wraps? Thanks to the myriad of options available to you for cabinet design, you don’t have to. If you have a number of different items that are flaunt-worthy, you can use a variety of cabinet design approaches to give them their due.
For a vintage look to your cabinet design, try leaded glass panels with some artistic detailing.
If you’re one of those people who march to a different drummer, chicken-wire door inserts are hard to beat. They still allow your items to be the focal point of your cabinet design, but in a creative way that might earn additional accolades while complementing cottage and country decors.
“Don’t look now”
As any savvy politician will tell you, image isn’t just about how they see you. More often than not, it’s about what they DON’T see.
Perhaps your precious pieces are such that they look great from afar but don’t lend themselves to closer scrutiny. In that case, your cabinet design could incorporate frosted or textured glass doors to filter out the flaws. In this way, you can downplay mismatched dishware or define open storage without the need for neatness. It’s an effective way to put your best foot forward without stubbing your toe in the process.
“Look at it this way”
So you love everything about your dream home except the long stretch of mundane cabinets in the kitchen . If you’re not ready for a complete remodel, you can still preserve your reputation as a design diva with a unique cabinet design. Switch some of your existing cabinet doors for tambour doors that slide up, creating an “appliance garage” that is easily accessible and hard to ignore. Instead of lamenting the ordinary, your guests will heap praise on the creative cabinet design and, by extension, on you. And well they should.
We don’t get a lot of chances to perform at our best and soak up the applause, so when we do, we need to make the most of it. With the proper choice of cabinet design, you can place yourself squarely in the spotlight and take a few bows while you’re there. So maybe the world won’t revolve around you, but when it comes to being the centre of attention, why should the sun have all the fun?