Now that you have set a budget for your project , visit kitchen and bath showrooms. You will see many different displays of not only cabinet door styles and finishes, but countertops, sinks and faucets. Try to focus on one thing at a time. It can be overwhelming. Ask for brochures from the different cabinet companies. Start a file of what appeals to you. The brochures often have photos of complete kitchens with appliances, lighting , tile splashes, and paint colors. You can supplement your idea file with downloads from design sites, such as Houzz, Pinterest, HGTV, to name a few. Don’t forget the interior accessories that add conveniences to your kitchen.
Shop for appliances. Don’t purchase yet, just decide on the finish of the appliance, the sizes, as well as the function. Do you want a professional style range or a cook top and wall ovens. How do you use a microwave? Are French Door refrigerators right for you.
Return to those kitchen/bath showrooms and ask about the construction and finish of the cabinetry.
Almost all American cabinet companies use a catalyzed varnish system on their wood cabinetry. The painted cabinets have a sprayed and baked on finish which improves durability.
Open the doors and use the interior accessories as intended. Do they work with ease or are they awkward and difficult. Are the drawers all hardwood and do the drawer glides offer more space for a bigger drawer.
Showroom displays are to be used don’t be shy. Now you are ready to have an initial consultation with a designer.