Choosing a Kitchen Cabinet Door Style

The right kind of kitchen cabinet door can change everything about your kitchen, from how it looks to how you use it on a day-to-day basis. If your kitchen cabinet doors are up for replacement, read on as local kitchen and bathroom remodeler DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Greenville explores the factors you should consider when choosing a kitchen cabinet style.


There are three major cabinet door styles, or profiles, to choose from:

  • Recessed panels feature a recessed center with raised edges that create the appearance of framed cabinets. This style is typically seen on rustic, Craftsman-style cabinets.
  • Raised panels are visually similar to recessed panels, except that the center is raised. Beveled edges between the “frame” and center panel create an ornate look. Raised panels are ideal for traditional kitchen designs.
  • Slab panels are flat doors that lack ornamentation, and are associated with modern and contemporary kitchen designs. The simplicity can be used to create a clean look or to showcase the material the cabinet doors are made of.


If your kitchen cabinets are still in good condition and you’re comfortable with their layout, consider cabinet refacing instead of a full replacement. During refacing, only the kitchen cabinet doors and hardware are replaced, leaving the cabinet boxes in the same place. Refacing can even be done without removing the cabinet contents.

Color & Finish

You can choose virtually any color and finish for your new kitchen cabinet doors. A full kitchen renovation project can give you more latitude on your choice of colors and finishes. Your choices decrease significantly when you’re only making changes to the kitchen cabinets; the new cabinet door colors should work with the rest of the kitchen. If you’re not confident about picking the right colors for your kitchen cabinets, no problem. The DreamMaker design team has the tools and skills to help you plan your kitchen color selection and the hardware to match.

Maintenance Requirements

In addition to choosing the right combination of style, color and hardware, you need to think about upkeep. Kitchen cabinets need to be as practical as they are stylish. They will be exposed to heat and moisture on a daily basis, so make sure that whatever material or finish you choose, you will be able to keep up with the maintenance requirements. Stained cabinet doors, for example, will require more maintenance compared to painted ones.

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DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Greenville offers a wide range of professional remodeling services, including kitchen and bathroom remodeling. Call us at (864) 214-0296 or contact us online to get started. We serve homeowners in Greenville, Fountain Inn, Taylors, Travelers Rest and many surrounding communities.

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