What's wrong with the Old Kitchen Cabinets? - To begin making decisions about what you are really looking for in new kitchen cabinets it helps if you can pin down exactly what is wrong with the ones you already have.
Are you frustrated because your current cabinets do not have enough storage space or just because they are outdated and/or ugly? Is the current cabinet layout in your kitchen working or do you need more space? Or maybe you like the basic layout of your current kitchen but you just need a few more organizational tools. If you can answer these questions you will head into the showroom with a better idea of what you do want.
Are You Staying in your Home? - If you are planning to stay in your current home for the next several years at least then investing in the best quality cabinets you can afford id the right way to go. If however if you are upgrading your kitchen to help sell your home you might want to limit your investment to a smart and functional but slightly less expensive kitchen cabinet style.
What is your Personal Style? The existing (or new) furniture, appliances and decor in your kitchen have to play a big part in the choices you make in kitchen cabinetry. If you have a fairly well developed sense of how you envisage the way you want the whole kitchen to look in the end (including the flooring and wall and window treatments) it is going to be all that much easier to make great kitchen cabinet choices.
It's important that you take special care in the choice of your granite pattern, especially if you're launching your first kitchen upgrade with granite. Granite has a powerful effect on a room, and you must find a style and pattern that will look right in your kitchen, and won't overwhelm the overall design or the other fixtures in the room.
Another widely popular upgrade for the modern kitchen is a TV - it's easy to buy and install, and can be less expensive than adding granite features. There are a various choices for placement of a kitchen TV, such as a wall mounting or on a counter beneath a cabinet.
There are televisions available that flip open from beneath a cabinet, and although these are very attractive, the screen will probably have to be fairly small. They are not very big, but they are designed to be used in kitchens. A larger flat screen television mounted on a wall is probably a better choice if you want a larger television. It may be a bit more difficult to install one of these, but a larger screen may make this approach worthwhile.
Whatever your final kitchen cabinet choices are ensuring that they are installed properly is every bit as vital to the way your kitchen will look in the end as your choice of cabinet material or size and layout is. After all even the most expensive kitchen cabinets in the world are fairly useless if the doors don't shut properly or the various cabinets do not line up together properly.