The MBS Interiors Guide to Cabinet Door Styles

Choosing the perfect cabinet door style can be overwhelming. With so many options available, how do you know which door style best fits your style?

A plethora of options are available, each with its own unique design style. The MBS Interiors Guide to Cabinet Door Styles will give you the rundown on what’s popular and why. Consider and weigh the following options to find your ideal door style.


Better Homes and Gardens states, “Full-inset cabinets have drawers and doors that fit flush with the face frame.” Inset cabinetry evokes a feeling of custom craftsmanship and classic appeal, and can in some cases cost more than simple cabinet door styles.



Also known as “slab”, flat-panel cabinets are ideal for the modern homeowner who desires a clean and contemporary look. However, flat-panel doors can crossover into other home styles as well. Bob Villa recommends, “In wood tones, it complements a more traditional look; painted in colors, it takes on a modern aesthetic.” 



If you want to show off your dishes or stemware, glass-front cabinet doors are a stunning and elegant option. According to HGTV, “From beveled glass to frosted glass, to smooth and crystal clear, glass cabinet doors in your kitchen put just the right finishing touch on any update to your kitchen. When choosing the glass for your cabinets, you need to decide exactly what the purpose of it is. A clear glass is going to show everything in your cabinets, so you probably won’t want it on a cabinet that will be storing oatmeal and cereal boxes, and other canned and dried goods.” Glass cabinets can be used alone or in conjunction with solid front cabinets.



Raised-panel cabinetry is a popular choice for traditional style kitchens and baths. The carved detail, depth, and dimension of raised-panel doors create a timeless custom look that will never go out of style. Raised panels accentuate the cabinet’s distinct character and wood grain.



Popular in transitional and contemporary kitchens and baths, recessed-panel cabinet doors create a streamlined look, while adding more depth and interest than a flat-panel cabinet door. Recessed-panels offer minimalistic appeal but work well in any type of space from traditional to modern.



According to HGTV, “Shaker kitchen cabinets are a popular trend in current kitchen renovations because of the classic and simple look they give to either a traditional or contemporary design.”

Here, upper cabinet moulding adds depth and custom appeal to otherwise simple shaker cabinets.


Cabinet door styles choices can set the tone for your kitchen and bath, dictating the overall style of the space. Have fun browsing the wide array of options available and don’t forget to check out our Countertop Guide before beginning your remodel!

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