Cabinets are a huge design element in your kitchen, so it’s critical to choose the ones that suit your design aesthetic and lifestyle. Knowing the many different cabinet styles can help you narrow down your results and make a final decision on which are best for you and your kitchen.
Traditional cabinets, also known as raised-panel cabinets, will perfect the look of traditional and contemporary kitchens. These cabinets are highly versatile, making them a good option for anyone who doesn’t like staying with one aesthetic for too long. They can be stained or painted, and their hardware can be changed out to adopt a new look without having to get new cabinets.
Craftsman cabinets look amazing in farmhouse and vintage kitchens. These cabinets are made of wood such as oak, with the intention of being stained rather than painted to show off the wood’s natural beauty. They work best with a simplistic style and aesthetic due to their medium hue. They’re not as versatile as traditional cabinets, but they add rustic beauty to any kitchen.
Shakers cabinets are even more versatile than traditional cabinets, being adaptable to most design styles. These cabinets have a clean, simple design, and can be painted, stained, or distressed to suit your kitchen’s aesthetic. It’s easy to redress them whenever you need a new look for your kitchen.
Another good option for farmhouse and retro kitchens is beadboard cabinets. These cabinets add a fun look to your kitchen and are usually painted to match the design or color scheme. Their built-in texture from the vertical slats makes them less versatile, but visually interesting.
Louver cabinets have angled, horizontal slats that allow ventilation within the cabinet. These are best suited for retro kitchens, due to their particular aesthetic. They can also be a good option for beach houses. They are often found in medium or dark wood and are difficult to paint, so it’s not easy to brighten up their look if you need a change of pace.
Flat-front cabinets, also called slab cabinets, are true to their namesake. These cabinets consist of a solid flat front with no added design elements. Flat-front cabinets have a minimalist design that works in many different kitchens, from modern farmhouse, to industrial, to mid-century modern. Since they are flat, they are very easy to redress whenever you need to change it up.
Handle-free cabinets are basically flat-front cabinets without hardware. Their main difference is that they have a number of clever ways to open. Options include a groove, finger-pull, or push latch system. These cabinets are perfectly flat and highly minimalist, looking their best in modern kitchens. Like flat-front cabinets, they are easily painted in whatever color you want.
If you’re not afraid to show off your dishware, glass cabinets are a great option. There are many different styles of glass cabinets, some of which will look amazing in a farmhouse or modern farmhouse kitchen, while others bring in a more luxurious feel that will look best in a clean traditional style. If you want glass cabinets but aren’t so sure about having visible dishware, they can also be done in frosted glass for an elevated look with a little privacy.
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