The Different Kitchen Cabinet Styles Explained

When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, one of the biggest decisions you’ll make is the style of cabinet to complete the look you’re going for. Believe it or not, choosing a cabinet style can get overwhelming pretty fast if you don’t know your slab cabinets from your shaker cabinets. 

So, to help you choose the perfect cabinet style to complete your dream kitchen, we’re exploring the different styles below. 

Framed Vs. Frameless

Framed cabinets have a frame around the box of the cabinet that the door/hinges attach to. Framed cabinets can have doors that either close flush with the frame or rest atop the frame. 

Frameless cabinets have full overlay doors that attach to the cabinet box via hinges on the inside of the cabinet. 

Shaker-Style Cabinets

The shaker-style cabinet is classic, clean, and simple. Its simplicity is what makes it a great choice in both modern and traditional kitchen motifs. Shaker cabinet doors include a frame that consists of horizontal and vertical pieces. The more ornate the frame, the more traditional the cabinet. 

Slab/Flat Panel Cabinets

Slab cabinets have plain flat cabinet doors. The doors are a single piece of wood or plywood, which makes this option rather affordable on a budget. While this type of cabinet looks particularly great in a minimalist décor, it can be dressed up with intricate hardware to be the perfect addition in a more traditional kitchen setting. 

Traditional Cabinets

Traditional cabinetry lends a warm, inviting touch, with raised center panels and warm wood tones. They often include detailed carvings and other embellishments that make them more of an art piece rather than a light, airy feature in the kitchen. 

Beadboard Cabinets

Looking for a cottage or farmhouse vibe in your new kitchen? Consider beadboard cabinets. Featuring a grooved front panel, these cabinets can be painted or stained, and with the addition of an aged brass pull, lend to the cottage feel tenfold. 

Glass-Front Cabinets

Glass-front cabinets are a great way to make a kitchen seem larger and brighter, especially if they are adjacent to a window. 

Of course, glass-front cabinets aren’t for everyone. If you’re not keen on keeping your dishes neatly stacked, glass-front cabinets may not be for you. The good news is you can opt for mirrored cabinets instead. These have the same bright-inducing effect as glass but keep their contents nicely hidden inside. 

As you can see, you have several choices when it comes to kitchen cabinets. Choosing the right style can make or break the vibe you’re going for in your new kitchen. Be sure you understand the different nuances between the styles, so you can make an informed decision that will complete your dream kitchen nicely.