What Are the Main Cabinet Door Styles?
There are various cabinet door styles to choose from, each with unique qualities. Given that your cabinet door is what you and your guests will see first, picking the right style of door can enhance your kitchen or other living space. No matter how you have designed your kitchen, a style is available to compliment it. Let Installation Services of Brevard guide you on cabinet door styles so you can find the perfect one for you.
Slab Cabinet Doors
A slab cabinet door -also known as a “flat-panel” door- is a solid piece of material, typically wood, with no frame or panel. This style gives it a sleek and modern appearance. Slab cabinet doors composed of natural wood tones like maple or chestnut pair well with a traditional warm aesthetic. This style is versatile, as slab cabinet doors pair well with modern or even industrial styles when painted. Slab cabinet doors work best with linear cabinet hardware due to their sleek appearance. Mid-century, contemporary, and modern kitchens all blend well with slab cabinet doors.
Shaker Recessed Cabinet Doors
Shaker cabinet doors are a classic style that never goes out of fashion. They feature a recessed center panel with rails and stiles on the outside edge. This style was first popularized over 150 years ago and has endured ever since thanks to its simple inside and outside edges. The style’s age makes it very traditional, but the minimalist design makes it easy to incorporate shaker cabinet doors into the modern kitchen. Shaker cabinet doors can benefit traditional, contemporary, and modern kitchens.
Traditional Square Raised Cabinet Doors
Traditional cabinet doors feature a raised center panel with square edges the same shape as the cabinet. This style makes shadows that give your cabinets a textured profile. Traditional square raised cabinet doors can be incorporated into simple or complex designs since they work well on their own or when complimenting intricate designs. This cabinet style works best for rustic, craftsmen, and traditional kitchens.
Arch Raised Panel Cabinet Doors
Arch cabinet doors have a raised center panel that is curved at the top. They are popular for large kitchens and pair well with classic design elements like marble countertops. This style makes it possible to add definition to your cabinets without detracting from other elements in your kitchen’s layout. Arch raised panel cabinet doors are best used in farmhouse, traditional, or cottage-style kitchens.
Cathedral Raised Cabinet Doors
Cathedral cabinet doors have a raised center panel that is curved at the top and bottom. They are a sophisticated design that recalls medieval architecture, hence the “cathedral” name. When you paint cathedral raised cabinet doors with a light color, it gives the space an airy refinement. Dark colors or stains create a more traditional, more decadent feeling. This style is best used with high ceilings to create an elegant atmosphere. Traditional, craftsmen, and Tuscan kitchens can all benefit from cathedral raised cabinet doors.
Beadboard Cabinet Doors
Beadboard cabinet doors have a raised center panel with grooves that run vertically down the door. The vertical planks of the doors are joined by small ridges called “beads” that give this style its name. The same “bead” design can also be used on drawers near the cabinets to create a uniformity of design. Beadboard cabinet doors give spaces a decidedly rustic feel. They are ideal for rustic, farmhouse, cottage-style, and French country kitchens.
Mullion Cabinet Doors
Mullion cabinet doors have a raised center panel with narrow vertical or horizontal wood pieces that divide the glass. This style is perfect for showing off kitchen treasures like fine china, crystal glasses, or sterling silverware while keeping them safe. The moldings that divide the door’s open frame are the “mullions,” which can hold individual panes of glass or serve as accents over a single glass pane. The sheer number of patterns of mullion cabinet doors means this style is the most customizable of all the cabinet door styles. You are best off using them in modern, traditional, or French country kitchens.
Open Frame Cabinet Doors
Open frame cabinet doors have no center panel, allowing you to see through the glass into the cabinet. They are similar to mullion cabinet doors but lack moldings, so there are no obstructions in viewing the cabinet’s interior. Any material less than 1/4 of an inch thick can be used instead of glass, like a lattice or rattan. Open frame cabinet doors are at their most pleasing when used in minimalist modern kitchens. However, they also work well for contemporary or traditional kitchens.
Louvered Cabinet Doors
Louvered cabinet doors have horizontal slats that allow air to flow through the cabinet, similar to shutters. They are stylish and functional, making them a good choice for kitchen cabinets, especially pantries. Louvered doors are most frequently seen on closets or windows but work well in kitchens and laundry rooms. This style can add a classic splash to any modern space, working best in French country, cottage-style, and traditional kitchens.
Not sure which is best for you? Consult Installation Services of Brevard!
Even after you account for style, there is much to consider when choosing cabinet doors. You must consider their price, functionality, and whether the doors match the style of the rest of your kitchen -not to mention the layout of your kitchen. If you are still unsure what to choose, Installation Services of Brevard would be happy to help you. We have years of experience ensuring that our customers are satisfied with all of our cabinet services at an affordable price. Call today!