An additional point of consideration is that many kitchen are tall enough to allow for upper and lower cabinets. You should go for these, even though they might seem more costly at first, simply because in the long run, when you've accumulated enough things in your room and you start to feel the need for more space, you will be happy to have additional space in your upper cabinets for things you don't need every day.
The last consideration to include is the aesthetic value of the cabinets. After all, the cabinets will also contribute to the overall look of the kitchen, in fact, more than any other component. As such, the outer design must mix well with the background design and colour scheme. Sticking to traditional kitchen cabinet designs and colour schemes is always a wise decision since, such designs would help in selling the house in the future if required. People often get turned down looking at the kitchen of the house, if the cabinets are mismatched, if the walls are not of the right colour, if the cabinets are rusty or weak. Taking these considerations into mind staying with neutral colour choices for the kitchen area is a safe choice.
The first step to a new kitchen that really works for you is to make a list of what is not working in the existing kitchen. List all the elements that are worn out and need replacing. List appliances and counters that are in inconvenient places. If the kitchen area is too small, look for areas that it can expand to. Maybe it is next to a formal dining room you never use, or a living room that is too large and can give some space to the kitchen and still serve it's function well. The wall between the kitchen and living room can be replaced with an open counter space. For structural changes like this, you will need a professional contractor.
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