Raised panel cabinets are one of the more formal designs, used predominantly in traditional-style kitchens. In a raised panel, the cabinet is made up of a center panel and an outer rim or overlay. The center panel is carved or raised in the middle, and then slopes backward to the edges. The overlay around the panel is generally grooved or has some type of decorative edge on the interior and exterior. The entire effect is to make the cabinet door look as though it was carved out of a single, large plank, and it's often subtly decorative in style.
Raised panel cabinet doors have a center panel that is raised from the rest of the door, many times with a contoured edge that gives it a specific style. These doors are typically used in more traditional designs.