Raised panel doors have been around for centuries. They are characterized by the middle section being raised and making a groove in the middle of the frame and middle panel. A clear rectangle is created via that groove and helps to define each panel of each door. The shadows and lights that come from the cabinets give a feeling of depth. Many prefer this traditional styling or the American Colonial era.
Shaker style, or recessed panel doors are truly timeless. Dating back to the 1700’s, they feature a simple raised frame and are wildly popular today. Whether traditional or contemporary style, kitchens gain a lot from the straightforward design of recessed panel doors. The best part is, if the homeowner decides to switch up the style they can do so easily with Shaker cabinets.
No frames or detailing are visible on slab cabinet doors in the kitchen. They are becoming more and more common when it comes to modern design. Anyone who wants a clean and contemporary design can’t go wrong with slab cabinets. Pairing them with sleek hardware makes them even more attractive. Since minimalist styles are all the rage, slab cabinet doors are the top choice for many.
Colors within the wood finish add depth, and whether or not they have a simple stain or are painted they will stand out in their own way. Look for MDF or medium-density fingerboard is best for painting to obtain a consistent color; but the stain can work with the natural grain to show its true characteristics. Regardless, there is a type for every desire and budget.
Adding details is a fun process after the finish and style are chosen. Decorative inserts including glass and million are a fun way to switch them up. Some even consider rattan, various woods, metal and veneers. Even molding and trim can be dressed up to customize them and make them even more amazing.
Whether one chooses shaker, raised panel, recessed panel or slab style doors they’ll be thrilled with the results that can work perfectly with any decor when implemented correctly.