Inserts Provide a Great Design Option for Cabinets
Contrasting wood types and glass inserts give this kitchen visual interest
A kitchen loaded with base and wall cabinets can look like a storage room or feel dark and heavy. Inserts such as glass, metal or chicken wire present a great design option to add visual interest, especially on stock cabinets that might otherwise lack unique touches. Glass will also reflect light, brightening your kitchen and making it appear larger.
Clear glass can showcase fine china or collectibles, but also reveals fingerprints and clutter. Luckily, inserts come in a variety of textures and patterns that make the glass translucent or opaque rather than transparent. Options include:
Beveled: polished angle-ground glass with prismatic characteristics
Bubbled: air bubbles sprinkled in the glass to enhance the illusion of age
Camed: strips (or "cames") of lead, brass, or copper lie between the glass
Colored: tinted glass
Etched: a design is carved into glass using hydrofluoric acid
Frosted: glass blown with fine sand under high pressure for an opaque look
Leaded: a popular type of camed glass
Mullion: thin strips of wood separate panes of glass
Ribbed: vertical, horizontal, or diagonal lines
Some manufacturers also offer the option of sandwiching materials such as rice paper or fabric between the layers of glass.
Install halogen lights inside the cabinets for an additional glow or to highlight the contents. Use glass shelves to allow the light to shine all the way through. Or consider a colored interior; for example, a hunter green interior against a white cabinet can emphasize a country motif. You can also decorate the interior with stenciled patterns, faux finishes or wallpaper.