Your cabinets are a HUGE decision when building your home! I say this because kitchen cabinets are EXPENSIVE to purchase … and expensive to change later!
Below is an overview of the TOP chosen kitchen cabinet door styles so you can better understand your options … and can confidently make a decision on what cabinet door style will flow best with your home!
SHAKER STYLE CABINET DOORS
Shaker style cabinet doors are EXTREMELY popular! I happen to be partial to shaker doors (!) … I have shaker cabinets in my kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, office, and basement bar!
The clean elegant lines of a shaker door go with just about any style of home! This door style is based on the historical simple Shaker furniture style. Shaker cabinets have a recessed panel with a VERY simple frame.
IDEAL FOR: transitional, craftsman, and traditional homes
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RAISED PANEL CABINET DOORS
Raised panel cabinet doors are very popular and look great in a traditional kitchen! These doors have a raised center panel and can come in a variety of details and depths.
IDEAL FOR: traditional and transitional homes
BEADED PANEL CABINET DOORS
Beadboard cabinet doors add a rustic (or country) feel to your kitchen! Beadboard cabinet fronts are a mix of other styles as well … meaning, the beadboard is typically in the panel of a shaker style cabinet (and can be in other styles of cabinets as well).
IDEAL FOR: country and rustic homes
FLAT (SLAB) PANEL CABINET DOORS
Also referred to as ‘slab’, flat panel cabinet doors are flat (as you might imagine!) and have no frame or panels.
This style of cabinet door offers a clean, simple, sleek, and sophisticated look that gravitates toward a more contemporary design. However, flat doors can work well in traditional and transitional kitchens too!
IDEAL FOR: contemporary homes
CATHEDRAL ARCHED CABINET DOORS
Cathedral arched is one of the most popular styles of kitchen cabinet doors. This type of cabinet door is one of the lower priced styles and is often found in lower-priced homes and rental units.
Cathedral arched cabinet doors are rounded with an arch at the top. Many people love this classic style!
IDEAL FOR: traditional homes
ACCENT CABINET DOORS
See first photo above for the glass accent cabinet doors in my kitchen.
Accent cabinet doors are just as you might imagine … they add a decorative (accent) element to your kitchen and are not used on all cabinets! The most popular accent door styles are glass and aluminum cabinet fronts. Accent cabinets are the same style as your other cabinets but with glass (or another accent) added (e.g. my glass accent cabinet doors are still the same shaker style as my other kitchen cabinets).
You can get really creative with accent doors though! I have seen VERY cool accent cabinets IRL … wallpaper, fabric, leather, and faux animal hair! Of course, these types of accent doors are not ideal for your kitchen!
IDEAL FOR: any style of kitchen
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We covered the top chosen kitchen cabinet door styles above: Shaker, Raised Panel, Beaded, Flat, Cathedral Arched, and Accent cabinets. I hope you now feel more confident in understanding your options AND are excited to let your builder know which cabinet door style you want in YOUR home!
I’ve sprinkled links to more cabinet blog posts throughout this post … hop on over and read these to get more cabinet guidance and answers!