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Glass Cabinets Offer Clear Benefits

by Jessica Santina

When builders and kitchen experts convened at the 2010 International Builder's Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, they identified one major trend for kitchens: consolidation. People are buying smaller homes, so their smaller kitchens are now doing more. They have to be both functional and beautiful, and people simply aren't spending top dollar to upgrade their kitchens these days.

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This is why glass cabinets are more practical and popular than ever.

Benefits of Glass Cabinets

Glass cabinets or cabinet doors allow more light to circulate throughout your kitchen. And mirrors bounce light back, creating more brightness. The overall effect is a brighter, airier kitchen that actually appears larger. Additional benefits of glass cabinets include:

  • A glass cabinet door can call attention to special pieces, such as collectibles or pottery, or special designs, for example, a colorful wood cabinet design or painted kitchen cabinets.
  • A glass cabinet door can be made more special with etching, ribbing, beveling, bubbling, frosting, staining, texturing, or sandwiching an insert of fabric or paper. Aside from the resulting upscale look, these treatments mask fingerprints, an often troubling by-product of glass cabinets.
  • A glass cabinet can be backlit, allowing you to bring more light into a space. Used beneath a kitchen island, you can even create the illusion that the island is hovering above the floor.
  • If you're considering painting your cabinets a particularly bold or dark color, glass can help. A glass cabinet door minimizes the depth of color, so that your kitchen won't feel weighed down or too dark.

You don't have to sacrifice luxury just because you're trying to save money. Glass cabinets or cabinet doors, as well as decorative glass backsplashes, are all very affordable options for dramatically changing the look of your kitchen.

About the Author

Jessica Santina is a freelance writer and editor with 11 years' experience in media, marketing, and publishing, and 8 years' experience as a college writing instructor.

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