One of the most noticeable spaces in your home has to be the kitchen. It’s the space where we cook, hang out, and it’s truly the heart of the home. The look of your cabinets is one way to make a statement in the space. So, today we’re talking about kitchen cabinet styles. With the vast amount of cabinet styles out there it may seem overwhelming narrowing down a specific door style. Basically, all door styles out there belong in one of three groups: raised panel, flat panel, and slab. Each of these groups are geared towards a specific style, for example, slab doors are mainly used when a modern design is desired. Before we get into the details, let’s cover some terminology to help us better understand the construction.
Stiles – Stiles are the vertical pieces framing the cabinet door and drawers (on raised and flat panels).
Rails – Rails are the horizontal pieces framing the cabinet door and drawers (on raised and flat panels).
Frameless- This type of construction is a cabinet box that has eliminated the face frame allowing full access.
Framed- This is a type of construction that has a 1-1/2” face frame attached to the cabinet box, and you can see the frame when you open a door or drawer.
Inset – Inset construction is a cabinet box that is framed and the door and drawer fronts sit inside the frame.
So, now that we have a basic understanding of some of the terminology, lets cover the three basic cabinet style groups!
This type of door style has a raised panel inside the stiles and rails. Since there are many types of raised panel doors, you will see some that have details such as arches and beading incorporated. This type of door style is typically seen in traditional styles.
This type of door style has a flat panel inside the styles and rails. Flat panel doors are typically seen in transitional styles, but can also be used in traditional design as well. A common flat panel door would be the “shaker” door, as this has no extra details and gives off a simple and clean look.
This type of door style has no styles and rails. It’s simply a flat door and drawer. This type of door style is mostly seen in modern settings with streamlined design. Slab doors can be smooth like a painted finish, or can have textures such as a melamine, to name a few.
Now that you know of the different styles, what’s your ideal door style?