There are so many components that go into creating a dream Kitchen and as the most visible element in the room, the cabinets set the stage for the overlook look. Designing a Kitchen from scratch clearly gives you the most flexibility and the best chance of getting exactly what you desire, but simply painting the existing boxes and upgrading the doors to something that is more in line with your current taste can make a big impact too.
So whether you're dreaming about a total redo or a la carte improvements, you'll find these options on cabinetry that I present to my Fairfield and Westchester clients, valuable. In the end I'll also point you to additional info on other items that make up your Kitchen, so let's get right into our discussion on the Different Types of Cabinetry.
When the doors sit inside the cabinet frame, they create a seamless and clean appearance and are considered inset. The inset panel can be flat or beaded, typically has a trim on the border and always has hinges on the outside.
This is a refined look, requiring precise measurements to build, and is often selected when choosing custom cabinets. However, this rich look can also be achieved with semi-custom cabinets which are significantly less expensive.
Doors that sit on top of the frame are considered overlay vs. inset and there are two types. Full Overlay covers the entire frame with no gaps in between so you do not see the box behind it. Partial Overlay covers only the opening frame exposing the face of the cabinet box on which it sits.
These doors have a center panel that is slightly depressed often surrounded with a beveled trim. The inside panel needs to be thin enough to sit inside the door so it is often made of a veneer and sometimes glass or metal. While the trim can be curved or straight in shape, today's style is typically rectangular. Older cabinets with arches can easily be made to look more current by swapping out the doors.
In this case the cabinet door has a center panel which is slightly raised. Like the recessed panel, they can have arches or rectangular insets. Raised panel doors are commonly used to hide appliances to make them appear built-in.
This is one of the most popular design styles today. The raised pieces of these doors have straight edges resulting in a clean and simple look that suit a multitude of home styles ranging from classic to contemporary.
Also known as a slab, these are an overlay door in a single flat piece. They look particularly good in a high gloss or in a wood-look that is rich in texture. Sometimes flat panel cabinets have no hardware on the front and sometimes they are paired with large modern handles that make a statement in and of itself. This clean simple design can serve as a backdrop to other striking elements in the kitchen and is a natural compliment to modern and contemporary style homes.
Whatever you choose, it should be something that you love and that also compliments the style and colors of your house. Always keep in mind that Kitchens sell homes so don't wait until your ready to leave to make much needed improvements. Let yourself experience the joy!
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In the meantime, a lot goes into Kitchen design, so I think you'll find this additional info useful too.