Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles You Need To Know About Now

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Kitchen cabinet shopping can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know the options for kitchen cabinet door styles. Here I’m breaking down your options, including photos so you can choose what suits you best!


Most Popular Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles

There are many different options to choose from for kitchen cabinet door styles.

Today, I wanted to share with you the most popular styles, share some photos, and then hopefully, you can feel more confident in choosing your own kitchen cabinet door styles to fit the feel of your kitchen and your home.

Each of these cabinet doors has its own unique look, and the best way to choose the right style for your kitchen is to explore all of the options and see what appeals to you.

How Do I Choose Cabinet Door Style?

greige shaker cabinet kitchen cabinet door style on kitchen island

Cabinets are essentially made up of two parts – the box and the door. Most big box store cabinet boxes come in standard sizes, which is helpful when you’re trying to plan your kitchen layout.

Choosing kitchen cabinet door styles will set the tone for your entire kitchen, and the good news is there are many great options to choose from.

What Are Different Cabinet Door Styles?

There are a few main kitchen cabinet door styles, but these styles have a wide array of finishes and variations to make your kitchen look like you want.

Flat-panel doors

white and sage green flat panel slab cabinet door front
Flat panel kitchen cabinet door style via Style by Emily Henderson

Flat-panel doors are made from a single piece of material with no outer frame or raised panel.

They have a sleek, modern look, perfect for minimalistic or contemporary kitchen designs.

flat panel different cabinet door styles in different colors with brass handles
Colored flat panel cabinets via Jillian Lare
dark green flat panel slab kitchen cabinet door with runner rug and stainless steel fridge
Flat panel green kitchen cabinets via The Effortless Chic

Because of the growth in popularity of this modern style kitchen cabinet door, the flat panel or slab cabinet door comes in different finishes.

Ikea has a new line of flat-panel cabinets that is shiny and almost has a mirrored effect. This is perfect if you’re in a modern or industrial home or apartment.

Raised panel doors

Raised panel doors are a classic kitchen cabinet door style, and they feature a raised center panel that is surrounded by a frame with a groove or notch of sorts.

white raised panel cabinet door style with black hardware and black pendants
White raised panel kitchen cabinet doors via Jillian Lare

This kitchen cabinet door style adds depth to your cabinet doors, emphasizing a textured profile.

A raised panel cabinet door can typically fit any kitchen style, from traditional to more modern spaces.

Recessed panel doors

A recessed panel door is the exact inverse of a raised panel door.

cream cabinets with recessed panel cabinets
Recessed panel kitchen cabinets via Kat Lawton

This is the category that a shaker-style cabinet door would fall into.

closeup of greige kitchen cabinet with matte black hardware

Technically, the manufacturer called our cabinets ‘shaker’, but they have a grooved edge, whereas typical shaker-style cabinets are plain and unbeveled.

Inside the recessed window, it could be plain wood, or some more traditional kitchen cabinet door styles have beadboard on the inset or could be cut in an arched shape to add visual interest.

Glass-front cabinet

glass front cabinets with white dishes and marble backsplash
White glass kitchen cabinet door style via Studio McGee

This one is pretty obvious, but this kitchen cabinet door style has glass front panels.

Glass kitchen cabinet doors are perfect for adding a touch of elegance to any kitchen design, but they also come with a few caveats.

cream glass front cabinet with panes
Glass front cream upper cabinet doors via Hungeling Design

First and foremost, if you have small children, this might not be the best kitchen cabinet door style for you because those little fingers are somehow always dirty, and they might be a nightmare to try and keep clean.

Secondly, glass front doors allow you to see inside the cabinet. So if you’re not an organized person or have mismatched dishes, it may make your kitchen feel cluttered.

reeded glass cabinet door with brass hardware
Reeded glass front cabinet door via The Delight of Design

Another option to have your things in the cabinet somewhat hidden is to have reeded glass like this photo. Frosted glass would be another great option too.

DIY glass front cabinets
DIY glass cabinet door fronts via Confessions of a Serial DIYer

And if you’re feeling up to it, you can even DIY glass front cabinets in your existing kitchen cabinets.

What is the Least Expensive Cabinet Door Style?

If you’re looking for what door style will most likely be the cheapest, it would be your flat panel or “slab” kitchen cabinet door because it requires the least material.

The glass-front cabinets will be on the higher end and most likely your most expensive option because glass isn’t cheap.

greige shaker kitchen cabinet door style with floor to ceiling pantry and white countertops

Middle-of-the-road kitchen cabinet door style as far as price point will be your shaker style, like ours!

Hopefully, if you’re in the market for new kitchen cabinets or planning an entire kitchen renovation like we did, this post will be helpful to you in your journey.

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