Cabinet Doors Styles and Types
Cabinet doors can be one of the most overlooked features in kitchen design. They don’t need to be boring or plain, they should complement all other aspects of your kitchen’s style and personality. Cabinet door styles range from contemporary to country; there is something for everyone!
Cabinet Door Styles
Today we are talking about 5 cabinet door styles and a few overlay options that you might want to evaluate as well.
Choosing Cabinet Door Styles
It all breaks down to personal style and how you would like your new kitchen layout to look and feel. The cabinet face and door styles listed below vary in design vs utility. For example, Raised Panel Cabinet Doors are more traditional-looking, while Slab doors are a contemporary choice.
What are the most popular cabinet door styles?
It’s a tough battle right now for the top spot, we are finding that traditional raised panel cabinet doors are being installed less and less in the United States, but that’s not to say they aren’t popular at all. If we had to name one though, the true “classic style” cabinet would have to be Raised Panel Cabinets.
What are the names of cabinet styles?
Today we are talking about Raised Panel Doors, Recessed Panel Doors, Shaker Doors, Slab doors and will briefly mention Mullion doors.
Raised Panel Cabinet Doors
Brothers Cabinetry offers raised panel doors and it is historically the most popular choice on this list. This kind has straight edges at the top and more rounded edges on the side so it looks traditional and evokes a familiar feeling for many people.
They are called raised because the frame is “taller” and more embellished than recessed panel doors. They have a solid, but craftsman-built look to them.
Many homes in the last 5 decades in America have used these raised panel doors in their kitchens. So, if you are looking for a country or traditional looking kitchen, we recommend raised cabinet doors.
Although Raised Panel doors have been a favorite for homeowners and developers for many years, they are falling out of favor for more modern-looking kitchens. Read about those cabinet styles below.
Recessed Panel Doors
Recessed Panel Doors are pretty much the exact opposite of raised panel doors.
Whereas the raised panel door is intended to wow and take up space, the purpose and look of a recessed panel door are more subdued and out of the way. We achieve this inobtrusive look by beveling away any potential edges.
Recessed panel doors are becoming more popular. Brothers Cabinetry offers Recessed Panel Doors.
Flatpanel or Slab Doors
Also known as European-style doors, Flatpanel doors are more modern and more minimal. They were popularized in European kitchens because the frame is simpler, affording a cleaner, open space that paired well with smaller kitchen spaces.
Compared to recessed panel doors, flat panel doors have less beveling and a simple design, allowing the edges and lines of the cabinetry to be starkly visible.
It is the newest door style on the block since it only recently became popular in the United States in the last few decades. This style of cabinet door is popular because the face of the door is simple, it is best for a minimalist kitchen design. We offer slab doors because it goes well with frameless cabinets (our specialty).
A cabinet shaker door is another type of cabinet door that is growing popular. It is often an assembled 5-piece door. They are easy to construct, thus have been popularized.
It’s noteworthy to know that Brothers Cabinetry does a sturdier 2 piece shaker door, vs the usual 5 piece shaker door. Why? We have found that fewer pieces create more structure for your shaker door, so we bevel 2 panels, one center frame and the other the outer panel, to make your shaker cabinet door at Brothers.
Mullion Frame Doors / Open Frame Doors
We don’t offer open frame doors, but they certainly are the most unique among this roundup of cabinet door styles. The previously mentioned door styles feature an all-wood construction, but Mullion frame doors are 4 pieces of wood, assembled in a frame with a glass insert.
You might see these with glass windows or even stained transparent glass for styling. If you are creating a display case or showing off fine china, mullion frame doors are worth considering.
Cabinet Door Types
Before you are ready to order your cabinets, another consideration is the cabinet door type. The Cabinet Door Type is a statement of how the cabinet door will rest on the box. This “resting position” of the door is called the Cabinet Door Type. Viewing from the front, the point where the door & cabinet box creates a facade that we call the “cabinet face” in the industry.
Choosing Cabinet Door Types
How much do the center panels and outside profile cover the cabinet box? That’s the real question when looking for your overlay style.
This is more a consideration of the look you are trying to accomplish and also how much overlay clearance you need in your kitchen. We are going to walk through all the different cabinet overlays in more detail below.
When we think of traditional American kitchens of decades past, most people think of partial overlay styling. A portion of the cabinet frame is visible, offering a layered, craftsman look.
Full overlay Cabinets
Another choice for those looking for modern designs. Here’s how European-style cabinets achieve that modern look. By incorporating flat-panel doors and full overlay styling, we get a mono-faced, minimal look that offers a superior cabinet reveal, clean lines, and ample space for dishes to fit inside, since frameless cabinets do not have supports obstructing access.
Inset Cabinet Doors
The doors are completed inset into the cabinet box. The cabinet frame is highly visible for this overlay style. The doors are laid flush against the frame, creating a guided, multilayer look, but with a flat cabinet face.
Inset doors are tougher to engineer and require precise measuring and cutting, with little room for compromise.
Choose Brothers Cabinetry for Custom Cabinet Doors
At Brothers Cabinetry Company, we offer custom cabinet doors, contact us to get started.