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The Kitchen Cabinet Styles You Need to Know

There are hundreds of different variations on kitchen cabinet styles out there for you to choose from. There’s choices in hardware, bells and whistles, colors, and all sorts of variations on a theme. With all the ways that you can choose to get your cabinets renovated, you might be feeling overwhelmed.

That’s why we’re here to tell you: it doesn’t have to be so hard. While there are many options for types of cabinets out there, it really boils down to six kitchen cabinet styles you need to know. Once you’ve got those down, you’ll be able to make an informed choice about the kitchen cabinet makeover of your dreams.

Shaker Style Cabinets

If there’s one kitchen cabinet style you need to know of all the cabinets, it’s shaker style cabinets. This style is definitely the most popular, and there’s a good reason why. It’s a traditional cabinet style that has never lost its popularity, because it’s both versatile and distinctive. 

Shaker cabinets are defined by their five different segments. These include vertical side pieces called stiles, and horizontal pieces running on the top and the bottom that are called rails. Then, you’ve got the center portion, which is typically recessed. In some cases, it can be raised, but that’s an even more traditional style.

Due to their popularity, shaker style cabinets are always readily available, and allow for most budgets to be able to afford them. They are also easily customizable to fit into your own style. They can be equipped with glass fronts or made in any material you’re looking for. One of the few cons to think about when you’re considering this style is that the inset area can collect dirt, so you’ll have to clean that section of the cabinet fairly often.

Modern Style Cabinets

Where shaker cabinets have five different segments of detail, modern cabinets have, well, none. Their faces are mostly always completely flat with no trim and no molding. The resulting look is no frills, and very clean and streamlined. 

With modern cabinets, it’s easy to paint them any color you’d like and have them fit in well with your kitchen. Usually, you’ll find modern cabinets made with wood like maple that doesn’t have a strong grain. Paint them with a high gloss and get that ultimate modern look. A small con that you might consider when you’re thinning about modern cabinets is that because they’re not traditional, they might not appeal to everyone if you’re thinking about reselling your home.

Country or Farmhouse Cabinets

When you’re thinking about installing country style cabinets into your kitchen, know that you’re going to give off a very comfortable, cozy vibe in your space. If you’re looking for southern comfort in your kitchen, this is a style you might want to think about.

Instead of a gloss finish, country style favors a more rustic look. Expect your cabinets to be matte, so that they mimic and old-fashioned look. They’re often accompanied by iron or brass hardware to keep on theme. In general, this is a more relaxed look than the rest of the cabinet styles that you will see, and can be mixed and matched with various style elements throughout your kitchen. They can come in white, but are often also seen in red, yellow, and gray. 

Beadboard Cabinets

This style of kitchen cabinet is also sometimes referred to as “tongue and groove.” When you see this cabinet style, you’ll realize why. It’s created by fitting vertical slats into one another, for a textured and timeless look.

This type of cabinet is often seen in a cottage style kitchen, and adds a warm element throughout the space. They’re also easily customizable, because they come in boards with different widths. Beadboard can be made out of real wood, but can also be constructed from medium density fiberboard, which makes it more budget friendly. Beadboard style can be used for the front of the cabinets and the back of the cabinets, to add extra style to the space. Just like with the shaker cabinets, something to think about with this style is how dust might collect in the grooves.

Glass Front Cabinets

Glass front cabinets can be mixed with a variety of styles, but, of course, have their defining factor: the glass front. The glass front can be applied to all of the cabinets in the kitchen, or they can be used as an accent mark for just some of the cabinets. They give depth to the area, and can even open up the space and make it bigger.

Glass front cabinets can be used to show off items in your cabinets that you might want to use as decor, that would have been otherwise hidden by other styles of cabinets. You can also install lights into the cabinets to bring another layer of warmth and interest to the room. Still, you’ll always have to keep in mind that the inside of the cabinet that you’re showing off is presentable. 

Traditional Cabinets

Traditional cabinets are usually defined by their details. They are often ornately carved and made with wood, and have raised panels. While this is a style that might seem out of date, it’s a good option to consider when you’re going for a timeless look because of the gilded patterns. 

Traditional cabinets can also come with glass inserts, and can even be arched at the top instead of flat lines. They are considered to be elegant, and add unique lines to a kitchen.
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