Remodeling and Design: A List of Door Styles for Kitchen Cabinets

A kitchen cabinets design is one of the most important decisions for your kitchen remodel.


Kitchen cabinets are a major focal point and can set the style of not only the kitchen but the entire livable space of home if you have an open concept floor plan. Here in Tuscaloosa, the predominant design style for kitchen cabinets is traditional, but we always suggest reviewing the many available cabinet style options before settling on a particular look. Doors, drawer fronts, and side panels come in a wide variety of materials, styles, and prices. Toulmin's designers can help you through the decision process.

Your kitchen cabinets' doors and drawer fronts can be one of the most important features in your design. Your cabinet doors are a strong visual element and not only are they one of the most visible elements in your kitchen, but they can also be one of the most expensive ones. Styles range from the elaborate to the simple, and there's a style available to meet every taste and design.

Let's explore some of the most popular choices you'll have to meet your home's style and budget.

Shaker Kitchen Cabinets

Shaker style kitchen cabinet doors trendy and one of the most popular styles today. These doors feature a four piece frame and a flat center panel. It's name comes from the Shaker furniture style which features clean lines and emphasizes utility. Their simple style has made them a popular choice precisely because its clean lines work in any décor from traditional to contemporary simply by varying the wood species, stain, paint, and hardware.

Shaker kitchen cabinet doors are classic and can work with a broad range of budgets depending on the wood used. Using a natural wood finish instead of a painted one can also save you money.

Contemporary Kitchen Cabinets

Flat Cabinetry

They're simple but offer a timeless style; flat doors also don't have any expensive details can fit almost any budget depending on the materials used. Flat door's minimalist form make them a perfect choice if your taste runs to contemporary or modern style.

Flat kitchen cabinet doors come in a wide variety of laminates, solid woods, and veneers. Laminate is very budget friendly and offers homeowners a huge selection of colors and sheens.

Louvered Cabinetry

Horizontal wood slats are typically seen on windows, furniture and interior doors. When used on kitchen cabinet doors they add a distinctive mid-century architectural style to the kitchen. They also are at the higher end of the price range.

Inset Cabinetry

One of the most expensive kitchen cabinet door styles, inset cabinet doors offer a classic look that never goes out of style. Inset doors get their name because of the sit inside the cabinet frame. Typically, doors rest on the outside of the frame. Inset doors require precise design and construction to fit properly and open and close easily when the wood naturally contracts and expands.

Inset doors feature exposed hinges, unlike most doors which use concealed hinges. As a general rule, concealed hinges are installed and come included in the price of the cabinet box. Inset hinges cost extra, and the costs can add up. Be aware of this when creating your budget.

Traditional styles

Distressed Cabinetry Design

If you love the look and patina of antiques, then you'll love the distressed look for your kitchen. Distressed cabinets are available from most manufacturers. You can choose any style and opt to have the corners rubbed or other distressing techniques applied to give it that aged look. Expect to pay an up-charge for all that work treating your brand new doors.

Bead Board Cabinetry Design

Nothing beats cottage style for homeyness and comfort, and nothing is more cottage chic than beadboard. The center panel of this door is made to look like traditional beadboard. Beadboard was used in older homes before the days of drywall, plaster, and paint. All white bead board cabinets give your kitchen a bright, clean look and feel, but they can be tough to keep clean.

Other Options for Kitchen Cabinets

Thermofoil Cabinetry Design

If you're on a tight budget, Thermo foil doors might be a perfect choice. The doors are molded out of MDF (medium density fiberboard) then covered with a plastic-type coating and baked under high heat to create a seal. Thermofoil is durable and cost effective and is available in many solid colors and imitation wood grains. While they are durable and competitively priced if the become damaged it's difficult to repair.

Custom Cabinetry Design

Can't find the perfect style for your kitchen? Design your own! If you have the budget, you can have kitchen cabinet doors made to your particular design. Looking for something durable or modern? Consider having doors made with corrugated metal or glass. If your taste leans towards industrial, you can create your cabinet doors out of almost any material, but be prepared to pay for it!

Your kitchen cabinets are the largest component in your kitchen design and remodel. If you're feeling confused or overwhelmed by the myriad of choice available, speak with your Toulmin Cabinet and Design team. We've been helping homeowners in the Tuscaloosa area make their remodeled kitchens reflect their style and taste for years. We're familiar with all of the latest designs and technology and are always here to help you choose the perfect cabinet doors to meet your creative vision!

About Toulmin Kitchen & Bath Design - We're West Alabama's award-winning, premier kitchen and bath showroom. We're experts who are known for a design-build process that makes the construction process stress-free. Contact us to schedule an appointment for a design consultation.