5 popular kitchen cabinetry styles to suit your kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most exciting rooms in your home to renovate.

You get to choose from a vast array of finishes, colours, and textures and let your imagination run wild.

You also need to select the style of your cabinets.

The profile of your cabinets, or door fronts, is often not given much thought, but it can make a big difference to the look of your kitchen.

Before you choose your profile think about the following points –

  • Be guided by the style of your home when choosing a profile.


  • You should also consider the size of your kitchen. A very detailed door front can overwhelm a small space, whereas a large kitchen may need this addition to add interest.


  • The colours and textures you want to use can also help you determine the best cabinet style. If you are going for a busy, statement marble benchtop, a subtle cabinet may be a better choice, so it doesn’t compete with the feature element.
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What are the most popular kitchen cabinet styles?

Flat Panels

If you have a contemporary or modern home, a flat door front in your kitchen is a good choice. They are easy to clean and the cheapest of all the profiles.

Far from being boring, you can make a statement with these by using a bold colour or adding some beautiful handles.

If you love the minimalist look, you can go handless for a sleeker look.

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Shaker style is one of the most popular profiles because of its classic and timeless look. It has a simple border around the door that adds understated detail and depth to your cabinetry.

Well suited to Scandinavian, mid-century and contemporary style kitchens. 

A versatile style that you can change the look by using different handles, no handles or textured finishes.

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Heritage style is more elaborate than other styles. It is similar to the shaker style but has up-raised detailing in the centre and can be pretty ornate.

Best suited to large kitchens in traditional or Hamptons style. 

Use this style with caution in a small kitchen as the embellished details can overwhelm a small space.

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Tongue and groove

Tongue and groove is another popular style. It has vertical panels on the front face that add texture and interest to cabinets.

They work well in country-style kitchens and traditional, coastal and industrial.

Tongue and groove doors look great in bold colours with subtle, neutral looking just as good. The vertical panels add depth to lighter, neutral tones.

This style of cabinetry also works for minimalist kitchens, with the subtle detail adding interest.

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Glass panels

Glass doors are another option for adding colour and interest to your kitchen. You can have your favourite pieces on show instead of hiding them away.

It is an excellent way to break up an expanse of plain cabinetry without using another colour or texture.

You can opt for frosted or coloured glass if you don’t like the idea of keeping the contents tidy.

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You can use a combination of two different styles. Such as flat panel and shaker or shaker and tongue and groove.  

You can make a feature by using a combination of styles.

Whichever way you decide to go, it is well worth taking the time to think about what look works best for your space.

What is your favourite style?

Can you think of another style that you love that I haven’t mentioned here? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time.

Happy decorating,


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