Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles Made Simple.

Part 2 of 3

Personality shines through your design once you choose your hardware and door style. So let’s take the next step and check out kitchen cabinet door styles. Shaker, flat, and raised panel door styles are the most common kitchen cabinet options. However you can also choose open shelving which has become more mainstream and chic in the past few years.


Shaker style doors are typical for traditional kitchens and can even be used with a more contemporary look. Often referred to as a 5-piece door due to the framing and recessed center panel this style of door is always a popular option. The minimalist design means they suit almost any decor. For a traditional look, you’ll want to go with a solid natural wood like maple, walnut or cherry. Due to the flexibility of the shaker cabinet, you can also go with a painted finish since its clean lines never go out of style.

Raised panel doors add dimension and character to your kitchen with their ornate details. Most commonly found in traditional or historic homes they’re typically a warm wood that lends to a comforting atmosphere.

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Flat panel doors – also referred to as slab, are probably the most contemporary of your door styles. They’re on trend and easy to clean. Opt for a satin painted finish unless you’re going ultra-modern. A high gloss can often come off as a commercial kitchen and doesn’t hide smudges as easily. Of course solid wood is another incredible look for the flat panel cabinet. Wood has smooth clean lines which reflects the contemporary style. The grain of the wood is naturally awe-inspiring. Using a combination of painted upper cabinets and wood lower cabinets is an excellent alternative if you feel a flat white will be too bright.


Transitional styles incorporate elements from the past with more modern features to create a whole new look. The only caution is to make sure your space doesn’t get too busy by trying to incorporate too many components.

Louvered and beaded panel kitchen cabinet door styles are considered a luxury since they’re much more difficult to manufacture. While they cost a bit more they do add a ton of character to your space. If you have a rustic style home you may opt for beaded panel with more modern elements like stainless steel appliances and sleek lighting.

Open Shelving & Accent Cabinets

Open shelving has made a comeback! This style can help open up your space and showcase some of your favorite dishes or cookbooks. Who doesn’t love a shelf with some beautiful greenery surrounding their decorative bowls? Using the same material as your cabinetry, or bringing in other textures like raw edge wood, glass or metal the possibilities are endless! Luckily professionals also have some tips for styling your open shelves the first time so you’re not fussing over them on a regular basis. It’s definitely worth exploring if this style appeals to you.

Add a different colour or cabinets with a glass center panel to accent your space. A unique new trend is adding rectangular cabinets which creates height levels within the space. If done correctly, accent cabinets add some major wow factor to your new kitchen!

Of course there are plenty more options for you to choose from. Take some time at your contractors showroom to view all the finishes and varieties available.

Pro tip: [bctt tweet=”Create an ideabook with your favourite styles if you can’t decide and share it with your contractor so they can help make your vision a reality. ” username=”@theclassicteam”]

Ultimately your lifestyle should determine how your space is optimized for functionality and storage. Your contractor can help with the rest!

Stay tuned for part 3 where we’ll review the basics of kitchen cabinet finishes like hardware and moulding.


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