All the Ways You Can Customize a Kitchen with Cabinets To Go

Posted May 29, 2019 by Katlyn Droke

Most people don’t walk into a showroom, point to a kitchen setup, and say “I want that one exactly like it is.” There is almost always some kind of customization involved. Colors, materials, layouts — just to name a few of the common customizable specs. But kitchens should be customizable. They are a reflection of you and your family, after all. When designing a kitchen for yourself, you have three major choices to make: cabinets, countertops, and flooring. But each of those come with several other minor choices. All of those choices can get complicated, quick. With all of the options available for each and all the different ways to combine those options, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.

So where do you start? Let’s simplify the process with a checklist.

  • Cabinets

    • Layout
    • Style
    • Color
    • Extras
  • Countertop

    • Material
    • Color
  • Flooring

    • Material
    • Color

Now here are the details on that list:

Platinum Grey shaker cabinets from the 2018 HGTV Dream Home. Cutting board on countertop with fresh citrus, and a framed photo of sketch of a whale.
Cabinets are the centerpiece of any kitchen design and are the easiest way to switch up the look of a room.


Layout: What is your floorplan? Is it a single-walled kitchen? Does it look like the letter “L” or a “U”? Also know the extent of your appliances: can they move or do they have to stay where they are due to water or gas lines? Knowing this layout will determine what kind of cabinetry you need and how much of it. Our catalog includes a Measurement Guide that explains this in more detail and makes it incredibly easy to figure it all out.

Style or Collection: Cabinet style is usually what declares overall kitchen style, and there are two ways to select your style at Cabinets To Go. You can pick by style or by collection. Think of style like a type of car: sedan, SUV, or truck. Think of collections like actual car brands. Several brands make a sedan, but they all look different.

Color: This may be limited by what style you choose, but it’s still an important choice to make first. Once you select a color, everything else tends to fall in line. The main colors include White, Brown, or Grey, plus all the various shades of each. It’s possible to get a more unique color, too.

Extras: These are all the unique, special touches that you expect and don’t expect. Some aspects like soft-close hinges come standard, but other features need to be selected.

  • Doors: Knobs? Pulls? Nothing at all?
  • Drawer Inserts
  • Pull-out Waste Baskets

Kensington Mist raised panel cabinets with a quartz countertop and chrome split farmhouse sink.
Cabinets To Go carries the perfect collection of countertop styles to suit any kitchen.


Material: A lot of people think Quartz or Granite when they think of countertops, but it’s good to see all of the options.

Color: This largely depends on the material you choose. Quartz and Granite are certain cuts of stone, as individual as a fingerprint. Acrylic Solid Surface countertops have a lot of color options that are pigmented when manufactured. Butcher block, on the other hand, is stained rather than painted — this allows the natural beauty of the wood to shine through.

Installments: This includes anything a countertop may need to account for.

  • Sinks and Faucets
  • Stovetops

Light wood hardwood flooring in a kitchen with Nantucket shaker cabinets.
Find the right floor for your needs by considering durability, waterproofing, color, and plank width.


Material: Choosing a material for the floor of your kitchen is more than picking a beautiful floor. Material decisions involve aspects like durability, warranty, waterproofing, sustainability, and more.

Size: Plank or tile size also comes into account with flooring. Size choices can help a small kitchen look big or a formerly traditional kitchen look more modern.

  • Wide or narrow?
  • Long or short?

Color: Flooring is where you probably have the most color varieties (other than painting walls). Browns are the most popular, but greys are coming to the top in terms of popularity.

  • What stain? Warm or cool. Light or dark.
  • What look? New or distressed.

By now you’re probably wondering: how would all of these pieces look together? If you visit your local showroom, you can see all the different pieces you put together in a free 3D Kitchen Design. Don’t have a store near you? Don’t worry — schedule a free live consultation from the comfort of your home.