Cabinets are a big decision. Think about it. They do more than hold your fragile dishes, they’re large planes of color, shape, and texture that can make or break a room. They’re a major part of your kitchen remodel.
It’s not always easy to decide what is best for a room when it comes to cabinet choice, so it is good to have the vocabulary to explore the different types. Designers are helpful for insights and inspiration. And, of course, your taste is all that really matters.
Here is a primer on cabinet styles so you can ask the right questions to your contractor. It’s not uncommon for a client to ask us for a recommendation. We can recommend a style and finish to give you the look you want.
Traditional cabinet designs include beadboard, raised-panel doors and inset recessed doors with a visible frame around the doors. They’re a good fit in most kitchen styles and look good stained or painted.
Shaker cabinet designs feature clean, simple lines. They typically have recessed-panel doors with rail frames. These functional cabinets offer a casual yet classic look that works well in nearly any style of kitchen. Shaker-style cabinets are often stained with a dark color, but they can also be painted for a more modern look.
Country or rustic-style kitchen designs often incorporate cabinets with a casual, well-used look. Rustic cabinets are often made of pine or oak, with light stains for finishes that allow the natural knots and wood grain to show through.
Slab or Flat-Panel Cabinets
For a minimalist look, cabinets with flat-front or slab doors are a great choice. They feature clean and simple lines with no visible frames, decoration or framing. Finish options include laminate, paint, stain or even natural wood.
Contemporary and modern cabinets feature flat-panel designs with simple hardware. They typically feature single colors ranging from classic black and white to bright, bold hues.
French Country Cabinets
For a warm, cozy look, French country cabinet styles are a popular option. Features like ornate carvings and moldings with arches and furniture-like feet fit in impeccably with rustic and country kitchen designs. These cabinets may be stained or painted. Light, creamy colors are often used along with distressed finishes.
Straight lines, simple designs, and little to no ornamentation are the hallmarks of craftsman design. These cabinets are a good choice when quality construction and a clean look are desired. These arts and crafts style cabinets work well in both traditional and modern kitchens. Finish options include dark and light paint or stain.
Tuscan Style Cabinets
Historical and traditional kitchens alike are a good fit for Tuscan-style cabinets. Common features include raised panels on cabinet doors and decorative shelves, hoods and cornices. These cabinets are often stained a dark rich color for a natural feel.
Andy Tanges is owner of Strategic Remodel, Wichita’s premier residential remodeling contractor, since 2009. He’s been making homeowners happy since he was a kid working in the family business. He’s learned a thing or two over the years. Have a question for Andy or a vision for a remodel? Contact him here.