white inset shaker kitchen with gold accents and brick wall in Amagansett, NY designed by DirectCabinets.com

How to choose the right kitchen cabinets for your Long Island home

When it comes to kitchen renovations, one of the most crucial decisions you'll make is choosing the right kitchen cabinets. They not only provide functional storage but also contribute significantly to the overall aesthetic of your space. If you're a Long Island homeowner embarking on a kitchen remodeling project, this blog post will guide you through the process of selecting the perfect kitchen cabinets for your home.

white inset kitchen with cambria ironsbridge countertops and white oak floating shelves by DirectCabinets.comWhite Inset Shaker Cabinetry in Amagansett, NY 
Project in collaboration with Wirth Design Group | Photo by Steven Bruno

  1. Assess Your Needs and Style: Before diving into the world of kitchen cabinets, take some time to assess your needs and personal style. Consider your storage requirements, preferred design aesthetics, and the overall ambiance you want to create in your kitchen. This self-reflection will help you narrow down your options and make more informed decisions. 

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  2. Explore Popular Cabinet Styles: Long Island still loves the shaker door style. In fact, 90% of sales here are shaker.  But we urge you to research and explore different cabinet styles such as flat-panel, raised-panel, or recessed-panel (YES, these are different than Shaker) cabinets. Take note of the characteristics that resonate with your vision and align with your home's architectural style. 
    Types of cabinet door styles- flat panel, raised panel, recessed panel cabinet doors

  3. Consider Quality and Durability: Kitchen cabinets are a long-term investment, so it's crucial to prioritize quality and durability. Look for cabinets made from sturdy materials like solid wood or plywood. In fact, we do not let our Long Island customers order anything other than all plywood construction. Why?  Because living on an island means we have higher levels of moisture and humidity. Particleboard or medium-density fiberboard (MDF) does not hold up as well as plywood in moist environments. Read more about the advantages of plywood construction here.  And remember: well-built cabinets will withstand the test of time and continue to serve you for years to come.

    Particle board, MDF vs Plywood Construction

  4. Selecting the Right Finish and Color: The finish and color of your kitchen cabinets play a significant role in the overall aesthetics of your space. For Long Island homes, popular choices often include light painted finishes and neutral tones that create an open and airy atmosphere. However, don't shy away from exploring bold colors or contrasting finishes if they align with your personal style. Consider the existing color scheme and lighting in your kitchen to ensure a cohesive look.  It's also important to note that stained finishes will hold up better against wear and tear than painted finishes.

    Fabuwood Allure Galaxy Indigo blue shaker kitchen with cook top, stainless hood and caesarstone countertopFabuwood Galaxy Indigo in Manhasset, NY

  5. Seek Inspiration: Gathering inspiration is an integral part of the cabinet selection process. Browse through interior design magazines, websites, and social media platforms to collect images and ideas that resonate with your vision. Pay attention to kitchens in Long Island homes to get a sense of the popular trends and design choices in your local area, especially if you plan to sell the home in the near future.  Once you have a good collection gathered, you'll start to see styles and colors you are continuously drawn too.  Remember, what you love never goes out of style!

    White shaker kitchen with stainless steel luxury appliances- wolf, subzero with black decorative hardware.Kemper Larson Coconut in East Hampton, NY

  6. Consult with Professionals: Choosing kitchen cabinets can be overwhelming, especially with the myriad of options available. Consider consulting with kitchen design professionals or visiting showrooms on Long Island. They can provide valuable insights, recommend reputable cabinet manufacturers, and guide you through the decision-making process.


Selecting the perfect kitchen cabinets for your Long Island home requires careful consideration of your needs, style preferences, and the overall functionality of your space. By taking the time to assess your requirements, explore different styles, prioritize quality, optimize storage, and seek inspiration, you'll be well-equipped to make an informed decision. Remember, consulting with professionals can also provide valuable guidance throughout the process. Enjoy the journey of transforming your kitchen with beautiful and functional cabinets that will enhance your Long Island home.

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