Types of Cabinet Doors

Cabinet doors come in all shapes and sizes, and it might surprise you to find the pronounced difference even the subtlest change in cabinet style can make to the overall aesthetic of your kitchen. Afterall in terms of visuals, cabinets command the most space in your kitchen by a long shot. Let’s take a look at some of the many cabinet door styles on offer:


The type of overlay you choose can make a big difference to the overall aesthetic of your kitchen. Overlay refers to how much space is left between the cabinet face and the overlay. If you opt for a full overlay, there’s minimal space left between, the result being a more continuous and smooth look. This works great in modern kitchen. Alternatively, partial overlay is when the cabinets doors have more space between one anothers, exposing the cabinet frame between areas. Finally, inset cabinetry sits flush with the face frame, most commonly seen in traditional Shaker cabinets for example.

Raised or Recessed

Next you need to determine whether you want your cabinet doors raised or recessed, which again will have a huge effect on the overall look of your kitchen. Raised panel doors fit a great many number of styles, creating volume and contours to your kitchen. Recessed panels are often more commonly used in contemporary interiors as they’re sleek and simple.


Another style you might explore is slab. Just as it sounds, the slab cabinet is one full piece of material that makes up the entire exterior of the cabinet. Slabs are often constructed of engineered wood and work well with minimalist, modern designs.

Mullion/Open Frames

Mullion and open frame doors have glass inserted into the frames in order to create a decorative, open aesthetic. These are often mixed with ‘closed’ cabinets to break the kitchen up, creating an area in which to display chosen items.