Fresh Styles for Your Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Your cabinets will take up a lot of real estate in your kitchen. Moreover, they'll take up a lot of visual space. The cabinets will play a large role in the décor of your kitchen. Well, the most visible part of your cabinetry is the doors. When you're choosing doors for your new kitchen cabinets, you'll want to choose with care. Below are some fresh styles to consider.

Slab-Style Cabinet Doors

A slab-style cabinet door is a single, unembellished piece of wood. These doors don't feature grooves or separate trim. In fact, they fit next to each other to provide a sleek, minimalist façade. Usually, manufacturers include a veneer such as melamine or laminate to protect the wood surface. Slab-style doors only work for frameless cabinets. However, they do offer a clean, contemporary profile that's ideal for modern and mid-century modern kitchen styles.  They look best when paired with minimalist hardware.

Dual-Recessed Panels

Cabinet doors often feature what looks like a frame around a recessed panel of wood. These cabinet doors are common. They're known as the shaker style, and they fit pretty much any style of kitchen. A fresh take on this common style is a dual-paneled design. With this style, the innermost panel seems to feature a second frame in between it and the mainframe. Hardware can help accentuate this style of door. Better Homes and Gardens suggests exposed strap hinges in chrome for a modern take on cottage-style kitchen cabinets.

Cathedral-Style Door

If you want your kitchen cabinet doors to make a big impact, consider a cathedral style. These doors feature the above-described panel. However, instead of a flat top, the panel features the distinctive cathedral arch. Additional trim can further accentuate the shape while also giving the panel a pronounced shadow. Because of how elaborate the door itself is, you probably want simple pulls. This style of door works well in many traditional and historical styles, such as Old World or Mediterranean.

Raised Panels

Another fresh take on traditional shaker styles also changes the panel. In this case, the frame and the panel are on the same plane. What separates this style from the slab look is carved detailing all around the central panel. As with the cathedral door, this carved detailing provides a decorative shadow. The raised panel of the door works well with different hardware styles. What's more, raised panel doors can fit into most kitchen styles. For added beauty, consider topping the raised panel doors with architectural detail, such as a cornice or crown molding.

Choose kitchen cabinet doors that best promote your kitchen's unique style.