Any complete kitchen remodel involves removing and replacing the cabinetry. Because cabinets make such an impact on the overall appearance of the kitchen, it’s important to consider what door style options are available to best suit your home and your personal taste. Cabinet installation is a custom job that is done onsite, so it’s a very involved process and certainly isn’t cheap. You want to make sure you are completely happy with your choice before you finalize the designs and give the green light to start construction!
Types of doors
The term “cabinet door type” refers to where and how the doors are mounted on the frames. Kitchen cabinet doors and drawers come in three different types: inset, partial overlay and full overlay, or “Euro” style. Each provides a different look once complete.
Inset type cabinet doors feature small hinges that are mounted on the face frame and are visible when the door is shut. The doors are set inside the cabinet frame, creating a flush look with the frame showing on each side of the door. Of the door type options, inset is in the middle of the road when it comes to pricing.
A more modern cabinet door type is known as Partial Overlay, which includes doors that are mounted over the face of the box, covering the opening completely and partially covering the frame. This door type is the most affordable option.
Frameless / Euro
The Frameless or “Euro” door type means the completely overlays the entire box with hidden hinges so that none of the frame shows. This type creates little space between the doors for a more consistent, uniform look, often used in modern style kitchens. Euro style is the most expensive cabinet type.
Popular Cabinet Door Styles
Once you have decided on the right door type for your kitchen, it’s time to choose the door style you’d like to use. Styles range in price and are available in various materials and finishes, with solid wood typically being the most expensive and best quality.
The Shaker-style cabinet door is the most popular choice among homeowners. This style incorporates five flat-panel pieces: four edge pieces with a single flat panel inset in the middle. This provides a modern, clean look.
Louvered cabinet doors are not as popular as some of the other styles, but they are a great option for cabinets that require ventilation while adding texture and visual interest to a kitchen design.
Flat / Slab
Flat style cabinet doors, also referred to as “slab” style, are perfect for the minimalist. They create uniform, modern, hard lines for a sleek look. Flat panel doors are available in a wide variety of colors in laminate and wood.
Raised panel doors are another popular choice for kitchen cabinets. In this style, the center panel of the cabinet door is raised with a profile or contour. Raised panel cabinet doors work well for traditional and transitional style kitchens.
Decorative Accent Doors
An accent cabinet door is not used throughout the entire kitchen, but is used as a decorative accent. This can include glass doors, mullion doors, leaded glass doors, louver doors, aluminum frame doors, etc.
Aside from choosing the style of doors, you’ll also need to make other important decisions, such as the edge cut you’d like to use and if hardware such as knobs and pulls will be used. The configuration of the cabinets is important as well, which is why it’s essential to have an experienced designer help you with your kitchen remodel. You want to be sure to take advantage of the usable square footage in your kitchen to optimize storage and counter top space!
Choosing the right cabinets for your kitchen remodel can be overwhelming when you consider all of the options that are available, but it helps if you are familiar with the options and can see drawings or renderings of how your kitchen would look with each one. Part of what we do at Medford Remodeling is create plans and 3D renderings of your remodeled kitchen, including your chosen cabinet style, to provide a helpful visual to aid your decision making.
We also work closely with Bailey Cabinets to complete our kitchen remodels. Their office is just around the corner from us in west Arlington. Our friendly reps there would be happy to meet with you to discuss these options in more detail and show you physical samples of each cabinet style. Working with Medford Remodeling and Bailey Cabinets, you’re sure to find the perfect cabinets to meet your personal style!
Contact us for more information and to get started with your kitchen remodel!
The Medford Remodeling Team