During the designing or renovating of your kitchen, cabinets play an important role in elevating the overall interior. The type of cabinet you choose speaks volumes about the design of your kitchen, and it is most appropriate for you to choose kitchen furniture and accessories that complement your cabinets.
Slab Panel Cabinets
Slab doors have a flat panel that is neither raised nor recessed.
Flat-paneled cabinet doors, also known as "slab doors", are a simple, minimalist design that can work well in contemporary or modern kitchens. Popular in Europe for decades, this style is now catching on in the United States.
Shaker Panel Cabinets
Shaker cabinetry is the most common style of kitchen cabinet today and is characterized by the square recessed panel on the door. It got its name from Shaker-style furniture, which features simple, clean lines and emphasizes practicality. While many traditional styles have become less popular over the years, Shaker has only become more widespread.
A Shaker cabinet is much more simple in design then raised panels. It also has a center panel and an overlay around the edge. The difference between the two, is that the Shaker panel and edge are completely plain and minimalist in design. There is no decorative carving or raising in either the panel or the overlay. The center panel itself is completely flat, like a slab cabinet door, and the overlay around the edge is very sleek and plain.
Recessed Panel Cabinets
Recessed or flat panel cabinet doors have a center panel that is lower than the rest of the door, with a higher outer edge that defines its style. Recessed panel doors are typically used in more modern designs compared to raised panel cabinets.
Raised Panel Cabinets
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.
Beadboard Panel Cabinets
Beadboard sometimes referred to as tongue-and-groove, is a style of construction in which vertical planks are fitted together. In between the planks are small ridges, also known as "beads." They give a relaxed look and go well in cottage-style kitchens, and are often installed in the back of cabinets as well as on the front.