Move over Mother Hubbard. Cabinets aren’t just for food anymore



Trend is towards customized storage spaces

Cabinetry has evolved from mere cupboards that house your various flavours of Campbell’s soup into customizable storage units that speak to your particular lifestyle. What wine connoisseur wouldn’t give a bottle of Chateau l’Evangile to have a handsome wine rack in the kitchen that not only matches the cabinetry, but is an integral component of it?


Point to the gourmand who would turn up her nose at a custom-created spice cabinet, that can house a world of flavour. What would you give to have a cappuccino bar right in your own kitchen?


Today, the trend in cabinetry is customization — which ultimately leads to a kitchen that is uniquely your own. No longer are cookie-cutter styles of kitchens fashionable — the rage is to make cabinetry choices that work for your own particular needs. But within this trend, there are some important facts to consider.


The experts tell us that no matter what the style of cabinetry one chooses, it still has a job to do — it must be an efficient use of space that offers easy access to the items it stores. Some of the more common trends in cabinetry today are pullout drawers that conceal a multitude of storage inserts — housing a place for pots and pans, recycling and garbage bins and canned goods racks.

Ralph Di Pietro Jr. of Millway Carpentry in Concord, Ont., offers one-of-a-kind, custom high end cabinetry and has, over the years, created truly extraordinary kitchens for many sophisticated homes. He has built custom-kitchen wine bars that house a wine chiller and wine racks, fully equipped cappuccino bars and hidden spice racks that pull out above the stove from the side pilasters.

Glassed-door cabinets

Modern kitchens today don’t attempt to hide everything like kitchens of the past. In fact, many people are selecting glass doored cabinetry — an absolute disaster unless you are extremely neat. As well, cabinetry often features areas in the kitchen to display treasured dishes, various collections, and cookbooks.

Another modern cabinetry style is the hidden appliance. Here cabinetry is designed to camouflage bulky refrigerators and hide dishwashers behind matching panels. Many designers agree that this takes the eye off the glaring bulk of the appliance and creates a more seamless environment.

Aside from the structure of the cabinetry, the styles of cabinet finishes have also undergone a metamorphosis in the past years. From highly glazed laminates to authentically aged woods to faux granite and marble finishes, just about anything goes. The most popular trends today, according to Di Pietro Jr, are clean crisp lines with contemporary styling finished in solid paint lacquer finish. Contemporary shaker doors are also very popular.

Before embarking on a kitchen remodelling project or on selecting cabinetry for your new home, it is important to know exactly the functions you require in a kitchen. If you are a small appliance collector, make sure that you can accommodate these items in a cabinet — otherwise having them scattered about on your countertops is considered gauche. If you love gadgetry, then lots of drawer space is important. If you’re a baker, deep shelves to house extra tall flour sacks would be smart. If you have children, consider the storage of large boxes of cereal. The point is to analyze your needs before you choose — function is more important than anything else in selecting cabinetry. And consider seeking advice from experts like Di Pietro at Millway Carpentry: your kitchen is the most important room in your home and it deserves the very best.

Millway Carpentry is located at 232 Millway Ave. in Concord, Ont.

Watch for the Grand Opening of their 3,000-sq.-ft. showroom in March.