You would think picking the right kitchen cabinet should be as simple as two questions. How big does it need to be? Does it look good with everything else? If you’ve been in the market for new kitchen cabinets recently you know that your options extend far beyond those two questions. This is an exciting opportunity to make the style and design of your kitchen speak about who you are and fit your unique personality.
As you are diving into the world of kitchen cabinetry we would like to break down some of the style options you’ll be choosing from. Understanding the different categories that you’ll be picking from here will help you in showrooms and while talking to contractors. We want you to get exactly what you’re looking for and feel comfortable doing it.
The areas we’ll be looking at will include:
- Door Style
- Type of Cabinet Door or Drawer
- Molding Style
The door style of your cabinet is going to be the most prominently visible part of your design. Depending on what you’re looking for, the style can range from simple to ornate. Let’s look at some of the more popular door styles available today:
Shaker – This is perhaps the most common door style and is often the image people draw up in their minds when first thinking of cabinets. It is a cost-effective, flat panel style that emphasizes simplicity and efficiency.
Inset – The inset style digs a bit deeper into the budget but gives off a very classical and almost timeless appearance. Inset gets its name from the fact that the door is set inside the frame of the cabinet instead of on the outside like most styles.
Beadboard – If you are going for the cottage style appearance, then this would be your first choice. With beadboard panels, there will be more lines and crevices to add to both the stylish appearance and a little bit to maintenance time.
Distressed – Distressed cabinets provide the antique, lived-in appearance that many people desire. This style is slightly more expensive option but you are obtaining a unique appearance since the process is usually done by hand.
Custom – There are several other options available but don’t forget that you have the option to design your own cabinets! You may discover that after browsing showrooms and home improvement stores that you want to combine the design of numerous styles with a touch of your own creativity.
Once you’ve determined the style of door that you want to use, you’ll want to decide on a type of door or drawer. There are several options to pick from including:
Track Doors – Track doors will slide on a ball-bearing track and eliminate having doors swing open into your kitchen or work space. This type gives you an unobtrusive kitchen but does not allow you have all doors open at once if you’re attempting to clean or move items around.
Corner Drawers – This is a great type when working within a more confined area. Corner drawers may have a harder to reach area in the back, but eliminate the problem of having two separate drawers open up into each other.
Glass Front Drawers – The glass front type is great for decorative purposes and for displaying any interesting pieces you may own. This allows for a slightly more open feeling to the kitchen, but will require you to make more efficient use of your space behind the glass. You don’t want to these cabinets to give off a cluttered feeling.
Pocket Doors – You may have seen this style on someone’s doorway, but it also serves as an option for a high traffic area in the kitchen. The small pockets on the side of the cabinets allow the doors to be tucked away out of sight.
Moldings are the icing on the cake of the cabinets. The right molding can truly enhance the appearance of your cabinets, even making a factory-bought design look custom in some cases. Some of the popular styles of molding include:
Shoe Molding – This type of molding is applied to the base perimeter of the cabinets. Shoe molding gives the cabinets the appearance of resting nicely on top of the flooring like an old hutch or bookcase.
Crown Molding – Commonly used to fill small gaps between cabinets and ceilings, crown molding is one of the most popular styles you’ll find. There are variations of the style that include stacked crown molding and stepped crown molding. The differences show up depending on how decorative you want the molding to be.
Light Molding – Light molding conceals under cabinet lighting. This style serves as both decorative and functional. The concealed light rail provides more visibility to dimly lit areas and can save you money from adding additional lighting throughout the rest of the kitchen.