door styles can literally "make or break"
the aesthetic quality of a kitchen, leaving you
with a beautiful kitchen that is the envy of your
friends or a kitchen that has the personality of
an old rug. The visibility of kitchen cabinets makes
it imperative that you choose a style that blends
seamlessly with your overall kitchen design and
provides you with years of enjoyment in appearance
as well as functionality.
Shaker-style Kitchen Cabinets
Although one of the most commonly used styles of
kitchen cabinets, the Shaker cabinet lends a charming,
old-world style to kitchens, with its flat panels,
simple lines and functionality. Because of its simplicity,
Shaker-style cabinets enhance all types of decor,
from traditional to eclectic to contemporary. Incorporating
pewter hardware with these cabinets further emphasizes
its vintage appeal.
Louvered Kitchen Cabinets
Generally seen on doors, windows and various furniture,
the horizontally-placed wood slats featured on louvered
kitchen cabinets bestows a distinctively elegant
characteristic to a newly remodeled kitchen. In
addition, some louvered cabinets provide areas between
the slats that make them great to use when cabinets
need ventilation, such as those placed near a laundry
room or a radiator.
Beadboard Kitchen Cabinets
Resembling cottage-style cabinets, beadboard styles
involve incorporating center panels that look like
traditional beadboard used prior to paint, plaster
and drywall becoming a common type of decorative
treatment. Pure white beadboard kitchen cabinets
are popular among homeowners who want a spacious,
clean appearance to their kitchen that blends well
with the rest of the home's methodology. However,
be aware that beadboard requires the implementation
of tiny crevasses in order to complete its unique
style, which tend to collect dirt more readily than
other kitchen cabinet styles.
Inset Kitchen Cabinets
A bit more pricier than other cabinet styles, inset
kitchen cabinets offer a timeless look that evolves
with each passing decor trend to remain classic
and attractive. While typical doors on kitchen cabinets
are on the exterior of the frame, inset cabinets
are designed to rest on the interior of the frame.
Constructed using exact measurements so that it
works properly, inset kitchen cabinets made with
wood do not suffer functional problems from the
contraction and expansion of wood over time.
Distressed Kitchen Cabinets
Distressed cabinets are those that have been professionally
"worn" to appear antique in style. Kitchen
renovators will perform various distressing techniques
on cabinets such as rubbing the sharpness off corners,
applying stains and adding hardware that is reminiscent
of older style cabinetry.