The holidays are quickly approaching. This means our kitchens will experience an increase in traffic as we host parties and welcome family into our homes. This is also the time of year we complain about our kitchens and dream of spaces more amenable to entertaining. The Coastal Cottage Company is here to help, whether you’re considering a remodel, building a vacation home, or just writing a wish list for the future. This month and next, we will feature posts to help you achieve your dream kitchen!
First, let’s talk cabinetry. Cabinets are more than utilitarian; they’re the face of your kitchen, communicating style and personality. They’re also something that can be changed without completely remodeling. New cabinet doors and fixtures can invigorate a tired kitchen, but the number of options is overwhelming! So here are four of the most popular kitchen cabinet door styles to get you started.
Shaker kitchen cabinet doors get their name from the Shaker furniture style characterized by clean and functional design. According to Gabrielle Di Stefano, contributor at Houzz.com, Shaker cabinets are made using rail and stile construction (four pieces make the frame and a single flat panel sits in the center).
This style has been popular for decades due to its versatility and simplicity. Homeowners can choose from a variety of finishes. If you want a more contemporary look, a painted finish looks fresh. Or, use a glass insert for the center panel. For something more “shabby-chic,” consider a burnished finish or maintain the natural woodgrain for a rustic style. Check out this photo gallery for inspiration: http://www.houzz.com/shaker-style-cabinet-door
The inset style is characterized by the doors sitting inside the cabinet frame, as opposed to resting outside the frame. This style is very attractive, but also tends to be the most expensive option because it requires extremely precise measurements to ensure the door sits perfectly inside the cabinet frame with enough room for the wood to expand and contract.
According to Shane Inman, principal interior designer of The Inman Company, inset doors with exposed hinges is often a nice combination. Homeowners can choose hinges that reflect the style of the kitchen, but keep in mind that it will add an additional cost (in contrast, hidden hinges are often included in the price of the cabinet box). This photo gallery includes beautiful examples of inset cabinets with exposed hinges: http://www.houzz.com/inset-cabinets
Because there are no frames or inset panels, flat cabinet doors look clean and minimalist, making them especially attractive in contemporary homes. Flat doors typically come in wood or laminate, with a variety of colors and finishes to choose from. Some homeowners avoid cluttering their cabinet surfaces with hardware while others choose modern options like stainless steel or brushed nickel bar pulls. Check out this gallery for examples: http://www.houzz.com/flat-cabinet-door
If the flat kitchen cabinet style is just too plain, you may like the look of beadboard. Beadboard is made of rows of vertical planks with an indentation or ridge–known as a “bead”–in between each plank. This gives the cabinet door texture and looks fantastic in country farmhouse or cottage style kitchens. It can look crisp and cheerful when painted or rustic when the wood is left more natural. Peruse this image gallery for ideas: http://www.houzz.com/white-beadboard-kitchen-cabinets
Shaker, inset, flat, and beadboard are a few of the most popular styles of kitchen cabinet doors. Each reflects different interior design styles and even homeowners’ personalities. What style would go in your dream kitchen?
Blog by Jessica T. Smith for the Coastal Cottage Company