Monday, October 7, 2013

Your Guide to Choosing Kitchen Cabinets

by Vanessa Brunner

Updating your kitchen? See designers' top choices
kitchen cabinet styles, hardware choices, colors, finishes and more


 The right kitchen cabinetry can make or break your kitchen's functionality and style — not to mention your budget. No pressure, right? Don't stress yet — the  kitchen cabinet guides below can walk you through the process, from start to finish. Resource guides covering everything from Shaker to flat panel, from corbels to aprons, from glass knobs to recessed pulls, are all listed here in easy-to-access fashion. 

Door Styles:  Shaker, flat or inset? Your cabinet door style is important — it may be your biggest kitchen expense, after all — but choosing it doesn't have to be stressful. See which of these popular cabinet doors fit with your home's style.

Get the guide: Popular Cabinet Door Styles for Kitchens of All Kinds

Who says cabinets have to be wood? Put your best dishes on display and open up your kitchen to light and space with glass cabinets.

Get the guide: 8 Beautiful Ways to Work Glass Into Your Kitchen Cabinets

Go beyond the standard swinging door in your new kitchen. Flip-up doors, pocket doors and corner drawers can make your cabinets more functional and your life easier.

Get the guide: 8 Cabinet Door and Drawer Types for an Exceptional Kitchen


If you'd rather stick with something more traditional for your cabinets, then the timeless Shaker style is a sure bet. Learn how to make this look work with different counter, hardware and backsplash materials.

Get the guide: Shaker Style Still a Cabinetry Classic

Add a more traditional furniture style to your kitchen storage with a countertop hutch. Glass fronts make these the perfect place to put pretty dishes on display.

Get the guide: Need More Kitchen Storage? Consider Hutch-Style Cabinets


Open shelving feels as much at home in modern kitchens as it does in traditional ones. See how to make this simple, clean storage style work in your home.

Get the guide: 8 Ideas for Immaculate Open Shelving

Using ecofriendly materials isn't rare anymore — it's easy to choose kitchen cabinetry that contributes to a healthy home and family, as long as you know what to look for.

Get the guide: Ecofriendly Kitchen: Healthier Kitchen Cabinets

Can't decide between two different styles? Mix and match — two different cabinet styles can make an even bigger impact.

Get the guide: Mix and Match Your Kitchen Cabinet Styles

Hardware Styles
Of course, once you have your cabinets chosen, you have a whole other task ahead of you: choosing hardware. Even if you've got simple Shaker cabinets like these, your choice of drawer pulls and knobs makes a big difference in your finished look.

Get the guide: 8 Top Hardware Styles for Shaker Kitchen Cabinets


Flat-panel cabinets tend to work best in modern kitchens; make sure you choose hardware to match. Clean, simple and contemporary pulls work well with this cabinetry style.

Get the guide: Top 9 Hardware Styles for Flat-Panel Kitchen Cabinets

Raised-panel cabinetry tends to suit traditional kitchens. Look for classic, old-world fixtures to fit this beautiful style.

Get the guide: Top 6 Hardware Styles for Raised-Panel Kitchen Cabinets

Colorful kitchen cabinetry has made a big comeback. Try pretty palettes to give your kitchen flair.

Try playing with two different colors on your kitchen cabinetry. Scared to go too bold? Contrast a single bright color with neutral finishes.

Get the guide: Two-Tone Cabinet Finishes Double Kitchen Style

Stains are a great way to get color on your kitchen cabinetry without covering up the wood's beauty. From greens to blues to browns, stain colors can really enhance your new kitchen.


Curious about color but worried about the maintenance? A distressed finish can cover all the bases, offering a warm, bright look that can actually embrace wear and tear.


Molding and Details
Adding molding is an easy way to make any type of cabinetry look custom. Whether you want to add crown molding to your existing kitchen or edge molding to new cabinets, this guide can help you envision the final result.

Get the guide: 9 Molding Types to Raise the Bar on Your Kitchen Cabinetry

Decorative supports, aprons, corbels and toe kicks — these features might not come standard on most cabinetry, but they can make a huge visual impact.

Get the guide: 8 Cabinetry Details to Create Custom Kitchen Style

Learn how frosted, textured and seeded glass is made, and whether or not it can work with your kitchen cabinets.

Get the guide: Choose Your Kitchen Cabinet Glass
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  1. I had no idea there were so many options when choosing kitchen cabinets. My husband and I are thinking of remodeling our kitchen in the next couple years and I want to find a style I will be happy with for a long time. Hopefully we can decide on a style that suits both our tastes.