Looking for the right kitchen cabinet styles and ideas for your next kitchen remodeling but wary of their potential pros and cons? Well, this guide is for you!
We understand that homeowners spend a sizable portion (30%) of their kitchen renovation on cabinetry and the sheer number of options available only adds to their confusion. According to House Beautiful, homeowners will spend nearly $67 billion in remodeling kitchens this year (2018).
From shaker to glass-front to flat-front cabinets, the options are endless but each of these styles is suitable for a specific kitchen design. That’s why you should know what works for your style.
We have already told you what you should consider while buying the best quality kitchen cabinets (Head over to that guide) and in this guide, we can help you choose the “the right kind” of kitchen cabinet styles for your kitchen and the things you should watch out for while choosing them.
So, let’s go!
Shaker Style Cabinets
With their minimalist and distinctive appearance, Shaker style cabinets are one of the very popular kitchen cabinets today. Typically, a Shaker style kitchen cabinet combines five segments such as two rails (horizontal pieces at the top and bottom), two stiles (vertical pieces on either side), and a recessed center panel in the middle.
So, what are the shaker style cabinets so popular? Well, the benefits of having shaker style kitchen cabinets are the flexibility they offer. For example, if you want to infuse an industrial look into your kitchen, use a concrete worktop with your shaker kitchen cabinet. Likewise, when combined with a wooden worktop, it evokes a bit of an industrial feeling.
Again, shaker kitchen cabinets come in a variety of styles such as inset and overlay (including partial and full overlay profile). You should select those styles based on your particular kitchen remodeling plan.
The popularity of Shaker cabinets reflects in their wide availability across the cabinet markets. However, you still need to choose your kitchen cabinets carefully.
There are no real drawbacks to choosing shaker cabinets as such. However, if you install inset Shaker cabinets (BTW, we specialize in these), you need to clean them regularly to prevent dirt from collecting in the inset area. But, that’s not a deal breaker!
There are many homeowners who would like to mix and match their kitchen cabinets. After all, beauty lies in diversity. That’s where glass-front cabinets come into the picture. Made up of, one or several panes of glass, glass-front cabinets are the right choice for wall cabinet units if you want to display your prized ceramics and glassware.
But it’s not just about showcasing your kitchenware. Glass-front cabinets also help a darker kitchen space with its natural reflection. Even better, you can install lights inside those glass cabinets to highlight your kitchenware and brighten up your kitchen space. Similarly, add a personal touch to those cabinets by painting the interiors in your choice of color. The options to personalize them are endless.
But with glass-front kitchen cabinets, come some challenges and responsibilities for their upkeep.
First off, you just can’t put anything inside your glass-front kitchen cabinets. They are transparent and they don’t lie. You want to make sure you clean them frequently so they look glossy as ever. Likewise, choose your stuff carefully — you want to showcase only the best kitchenware. How about some frosted glass for opacity to begin with!
Glass-front cabinets are as good as the quality of the glass panes. That’s true! If you end up choosing cheap quality glass-front cabinets, they can ruin your kitchen aesthetics and pose safety challenges.
As with any kitchen cabinets, glass-front cabinets should be cleaned regularly. However, having glass panes. cleaning them is a bit more challenging for sure. Consider this while opting for glass-front cabinets.
This type of kitchen cabinet exudes detail and depth. Vertical slats are lined up and fitted one by one in order to achieve this detailed effect. The outcome is a texture that feels very sophisticated and warm.
The advantages of this design are that it is the right one to pick if you are in the market for detailed aesthetics. The effect is similar to a vertical slat wall in suburban homes. The use of this design also comes with a level of customization such as symmetry or asymmetry with the width of the boards.
Another aspect to consider when going for the beadboard design is the material that can be used. There are various plywood, ply boards, and mid-density fibreboards that can be lined up and placed next to each other. One disadvantage of this design is the difficulty in cleaning the dirt that accumulates along the grooves, in between the slats and panels.
Flat front Cabinets
The flat front kitchen door is the prime example of minimalist design. It is simply a flat door that has a smooth finish of a singular or two-tone palette. The doors ease in and out of the kitchen cabinet frame and feel very premium with its minimal and clean look. This is just so easy to customize and clean. The blank flat surface serves as a canvas that highlights knobs, handles, and other ornamentals.
While the flat front cabinets may look a bit stark to some homeowners, they can fix this problem with a fresh coat of paint or a new finish.
Plywood is a very common component in cabinet constructions — for both interiors and exteriors. However, modern cabinet designers have to come to appreciate their organic look and build plywood cabinets. The grain patterns in plywood lend elegance to kitchen cabinets, which compels many homeowners to go for all plywood cabinets.
According to Peck, Swedish architect Björn Förstberg, of Förstberg Ling, has used plywood for many projects, including designs in kitchen cabinetry.
The unique advantage of plywood cabinets is that, unlike lumber, they never warp, shrink or expand. They’re incredibly strong as well.
A word of caution though: should you opt for plywood cabinets, be sure about the quality of plywood — it should be premium quality and sturdy enough to last for years.
Unfinished Wood Cabinets
There are many who would like to go the uncharted path for their kitchen remodeling. Unfinished or natural wood cabinets are an ideal choice for them, given its raw, organic and rustic appeal.
Unfinished cabinets are more flexible to customization than any other types of kitchen cabinets. Don’t like the unfinished appearance? Simply add a finish of your choice!
This is relatively affordable because of its raw nature while there is also flexibility due to the fact that it can match any type of color and be finished anytime the owners decide on it.
However, you still need to follow some best practices. Ensure effective venting system (even if you have open windows). Use flat varnish (or any other finish) to ward off moisture infiltration.
So Which One to Go For?
There are so many kitchen cabinet styles that are available in the market today. Moreover, you can get one customized in the manner you see that will fit the overall look of your kitchen. However, it’s not just about the appearance — consider the functionality very seriously while shopping for kitchen cabinets. The type of wood used, the drawers slides, door hinges are some of the first things you need to inspect. Allow this guide to serve as your pointer in deciding the right cabinets for your next kitchen remodeling.