What Are the Different Kitchen Cabinet Styles?

Rohan Mathew


If you want to remodel your kitchen or install a new cabinet style, it’s obvious you need a classic and bright look with airy space. The question is, how will you get one? Choosing the correct cabinet is very important. However, it can be quite challenging if you don’t know where to start. It would be best if you decide to begin with your dream kitchen inspiration. Fortunately, Northern Prairie Cabinets is here to help. We will work closely with you to design cabinets that blend with your home’s aesthetic perfectly. 

Listed below are different cabinet styles, have a look at them and choose the cabinet design that fits your preferences.

Frameless vs. Framed Cabinets

Cabinets can be framed or frameless. A framed cabinet contains a face frame in front of the cabinet where doors and hinges attach. These cabinets offer you three choices of partial overlay, inset doors, or overlay.

Overlay styles allow the door to stay above the frame of the cabinet. Inset style has doors set in the frame of the cabinet to sit flush when it’s closed. Although the inset gives an amazing look, it can be more expensive. Inset styles require a lot of work to make sure the frame fits perfectly.

A frameless cabinet has full overlay doors. These doors attach to the interior of the cabinets using door hinges. A frameless cabinet offers more space compared to framed cabinets. Frameless cabinets also have a more contemporary look.

After deciding the category of the frame you want, you need to choose a door style.

Here are some of the best door styles you can get for your cabinet:

Shaker Cabinet Style

Shaker cabinet style is the trendiest door style. It blends perfectly whether your aesthetic is transitional, traditional, or modern. It is clean and has classic lines. This style contains a flat panel that has several stiles and rails.

This style complements different kitchen designs according to how you have customized your cabinet and the design elements you have used.

Shaker cabinet style can make a slightly traditional or modern look with various detailed edges in the frame. Shaker cabinets are most loved for their timeless and versatile appeal. Nonetheless, they can be stressful to keep clean because grime and dust collect in the frame, but this style will enhance your kitchen look and style for a long period if you can keep up with cleaning it.

Slab Cabinet Doors

Slab cabinet doors add a modern and sleek aesthetic to your kitchen. They contain one smooth wood or plywood; thus, also known as a flat panel cabinet. There are different finishing types of flat panel cabinets, such as gray, glossy white, natural wood, and colored lacquer tones.

Slab cabinet doors have a clean backdrop that looks sophisticated with invisible hardware.

If you are looking for a minimalist and stark cabinet door, a slab cabinet is the best choice. They are relatively cheaper though wood might be pretty expensive. Slab cabinet style is a great choice since it is easy to keep clean compared to other cabinet styles.

Traditional Cabinet Doors

Traditional cabinet doors are known for their timeless and warm appeal. They can create an excellent look for your kitchen. Traditional cabinet style has an aesthetic with furniture-inspired details like corbels and decorative legs.

The traditional cabinet panel feature is more raised than the flat center. It flows well with wood tones and a warm color palette. A better choice for finishing is antique or glazes. It is quite heavy with curved details, feature arches, and more embellishments.

Beadboard Cabinets

If you want to spice your kitchen look, beadboard cabinets are a great choice. They’re often used on walls and are best suited for both modern and traditional homes.

You can get one at an average price. They have an overlay cabinet door with a grooved panel in front. If you would like to get the full cottage effect, you can complement your beadboard cabinet using an aged brass cup.

A beadboard cabinet can be painted or stained. We recommend you paint your beadboard cabinet other colors besides white to maintain cleanliness in the hollows.

Glass-Front Cabinets

If you check most of the designer products on Instagram, you will see glass front cabinets.  These cabinets allow you to display your beautiful dishes, objects, and glasses.

To greatly improve the look of your kitchen, you can install these cabinets adjacent to your window.

If you’re not good at arranging your dishes perfectly, a glass door may not be ideal for you. Glass cabinets offer an expansive effect in pretty details. They bring a lot of brightness and light to your kitchen and hide any mess. You can use different doors to achieve your desired style.