Yesterday I touched on the cabinet frame construction and door overlay styles; if you missed it click here. Today I’m finishing up my two part series on ‘It’s All About the Details: Cabinet Door Styles‘ focusing on the actual selection of the cabinet door and drawer fronts. This is a very important decision as this is what defines your cabinets.
Depending on the overall design style of your cabinets will determine what door/drawer style you select–modern contemporary to traditional or somewhere in between. So, where to begin? First I would tell my clients to pull pictures of what they like and show them to me, whether you actually tear photos out of a magazine or create boards on Pinterest or save ideabooks on Houzz. This gives me an idea of what my client likes. Once we’ve determined the kitchen’s overall design and style and selected all materials and finishes, we start selecting the actual door styles. There are so many options to choose from–the door style & the trim pieces that fit on the door.
But before we look at the trim selections available, lets look at the three different types of door panels: Raised Panel, Flat Panel, & Solid. Raised & Flat panel doors both come in many different styles. Below shows some of the options available–straight, arched, half arch, etc.
Raised Panel: Raised panel doors/drawers are more traditional in style.
Solid (no panel): This door is described in its name, there is not a panel at all. It is simply a solid, flat door. We see these in more contemporary modern spaces.
After selecting the cabinet door panel selection for the bulk of your cabinets, there is another detail selection to make. There are many trim molding pieces to select from that can be/will be applied onto the door by the edge of the panel itself (flat or raised) and the edge of the actual door.
I often like to break the upper cabinets up with some glass cabinet doors; it tends to make the space feel larger and adds another dimensional element in the space. The options here are endless, there are many glass textures to select from–seeded glass, antique glass, Flemish, etc. A combination of wood and glass patterns are available as well as leaded glass cabinet fronts.
Another material option instead of glass would be metal wire or wood mesh. There are varying patterns and sizes of patterns available. And of course we cannot forget about mirror panels inset into the door frame.