Cabinet Door Styles

One of the most important decisions in your new project’s design can be the cabinet door style. It is one of the most visible aspects and will contribute to overall look and feel. Read over the break down here to help determine which one is right for your style.  Knowing your options as you plan a custom cabinet project will help you make the right choices for your home.

Shaker – the simple and clean lines of the Shaker door style have made it the most popular door style in the market today. The simple style of this door can fit in with practically any décor – from traditional to transitional to contemporary – and budget. The popularity of this style has made it available in several wood species, finishes and colors.


Raised Panel – this door style is very popular in traditional design. Raised panel is available in square and arched for upper doors and square for lower. This popular style is available in various wood species, stains and paint colors.

Flat – this minimalist look is perfect for modern and contemporary interiors. The very simple flat panel door is available in a variety of colors and decorative laminate.

Beadboard – the quintessential look of cottage style. This added detail to the panel of a door adds texture and makes a glaze finish pop. This style is often available in various paint colors and wood stains.

Inset – this style is timeless and classic. The inset door gets its name because it is set into the cabinet frame instead of resting on the outside of the frame like a typical door. The precision required to ensure the door fits perfectly inside the frame and opens and closes properly does make this style one of the most expensive.


Thermofoil – available in solid colors and imitation wood grain this door style is durable and cost efficient. These door styles consist of a baked-on plastic-type coating over a medium density fiberboard (MDF) door. However, this type of finish is very difficult to repair and lighter colors can yellow from sunlight and heat.

Distressed – funny fact – we will pay extra to have our brand new cabinets “damaged” and call it distressed. But how else could you get the antique look that so many consumers desire? Worn down corners, chatter marks, worm holes, and a sporadic crackle in the finish are sometimes the perfect compliment to a desired design.

As you can see, when selecting cabinets for your kitchen or bathroom, you have a lot of options to pick from! A good starting point is to see what cabinet style you find most often in some of your favorite inspiration photos. While the choices can sometimes be overwhelming, just remember how fun it is that you get to select exactly what you want to see everyday in your home!

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