Choosing the Right Cabinet Door Style

As a top cabinet maker in Utah, we at AWA Kitchen Cabinets are here to help you with every element of your cabinet choice process. We can address your kitchen needs and help you make decisions on everything from color and stain to finish and your overall style when you browse our selection of cabinets.

One of the earliest and most important decisions you’ll have to make when considering new kitchen cabinets is the style of door you’ll be using. We have a huge range of color and style options available, from modern whites all the way to classic mahogany looks. Here are three factors we recommend thinking about when you’re choosing between different door styles.

Goals and Vision

For starters, you should lay out the goals and vision you have for your new kitchen design. Some homeowners are looking to maintain a rustic style that’s present in the rest of their home, while others might be looking for something more casual.

Are you a traditionalist who wants something simple and easy on the eyes for your cabinet design? You should likely consider shaker style cabinets, which come in both white and espresso tones. You may also like a raised panel style that’s available in several colors. If you’re into a more versatile door, consider a flat panel (also called “inset”) door style. Your options are virtually endless here, but making this decision first is important because it sets the baseline for the rest of the remodeling project.

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Hardware Considerations

In some cases, hardware items like knobs, pulls and others are the most important part of your decision. If this is the case, you should be aware in advance that not all hardware is necessarily compatible with every door style you might be considering. In fact, one of the only exceptions we might give to choosing your broad style first would be in this case – if hardware is your first and foremost priority, you might want to choose it first and then pick door style later to complement your choices.

Maintenance and Upkeep

There are practical elements to consider here too, and one such element is whether the door style you’re choosing fits your lifestyle. If you have several young children and pets, for instance, you’re likely better off going with a simple shaker or flat door style that’s easy to clean with a simple wipe-down. If you live alone or only have older kids, on the other hand, you might be able to consider glitzier options that don’t have the same ease of cleaning and maintenance. Think to the future here and consider these kinds of lifestyle areas when making your choice.

For more on choosing the perfect cabinet door style, or to learn about any of our kitchen cabinets, speak to the pros at AWA Kitchen Cabinets today.