The Designery’s Guide to Cabinet Styles for Your Home

Whether you’re building a brand-new home or finally getting around to updating your 90s kitchen, we’ll walk you through cabinet styles for every taste and décor.

Framed or Frameless Cabinets

Cabinets come in two basic types, framed and frameless.

Framed cabinetry is popular among American cabinet makers and is common in most kitchens. With framed cabinetry, there is a narrow wooden frame surrounding the cabinet box. The cabinet door is attached to this frame, making them stable and secure.

Frameless Cabinetry, also called European cabinetry, means that the door is attached directly to the cabinet box. This popular cabinetry style adds a sleek and modern feel to any room.


Shaker and Raised Style Cabinets

Within the category of framed cabinets, there are raised panels and shaker panels. Raised panels were very popular in the 1990s and early 2000s. They are sometimes considered outdated, but the simpler variations of these cabinets are experiencing a resurgence in many homes.

The versatile shaker style cabinet outranks all of the other styles by far as the most popular choice for many years. White or off-white shaker cabinets are a go-to option for creating kitchens, bathrooms, or closets that fit with almost any décor.

Shaker cabinets can range from ultra-modern to more traditional. The ever-fashionable Farmhouse style is just one example of shaker design.

If you’re a fan of glass-panel cabinets, they are also a type of shaker cabinetry. The inset panels and straight lines of this style lend themselves to glass doors where you can showcase all of your beautiful kitchen items.


Frameless or European-Style Cabinets

European-style cabinets are the second most popular style with American homeowners today. Our customers love to mix and match this sleek style with shaker cabinets for that custom look. We love playing with one of 2023’s trends,  matte black cabinets, in the European style.

Frameless kitchen cabinets have a bit more useable storage space inside due to the openness of the cabinet box. There is a narrow margin for error in the installation process with this cabinet style, so make sure to hire a professional to do the job.

While the blank slate of the sleek European or frameless cabinet style leans towards modern, they can be customized to fit any design style or trend with various paint, stains, and hardware.  They are more expensive than framed cabinetry because of the type of hardware used and the customization required to get these cabinets just right.


Floating Shelves

Floating shelves aren’t a type of cabinetry but are often used side-by-side with traditional cabinets or appliances to create a statement, especially in kitchens. You can display your prettiest gadgets, glassware, or dishes for an eye-catching centerpiece.

Keep in mind that open or floating shelves might look simple, but quality shelves like this can get pricey. We usually suggest using them in a small section of your home for both cost-effectiveness and practicality.


Adding Your Personal Touch

At The Designery, we offer over 100 cabinet door options in various colors. Every design project is a little different, and we have the tools and expertise to help you explore your creativity.

We love to see homeowners get playful with their interiors, adding a bold-colored cabinet to a guest bath or a unique style to their walk-in closet. When deciding how you want your home to look, we’ll also help you choose how you want your cabinets to connect to the ceiling and other elements in your kitchen.

Cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling are popular, but that’s not your only option. Glass stackers at the top of your cabinets are a beautiful and functional way to add an element of interest to your design.

You can also choose a panel build-up or crown molding to fill the space between the top of your cabinets and the ceiling. This can be a less expensive option to add a high-end appearance to any room.


We hope this post helps you make more informed decisions when you’re ready to design your dream kitchen, bath, or closet. As you browse your dream home inspiration on Pinterest, can you find a common theme in your favorites?

Stop by The Designery showroom today, or give us a call. We can’t wait to help you design the home of your dreams.

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