If you’ve recently been hit with a case of spring fever, welcome to the club. I’ve been dreaming up simple ways to spruce up my little abode almost constantly. The possibilities are ~actually~ endless…so today I’ll narrow it down to just one idea: new cabinet doors. It’s a change that packs all the punch of a remodel without the real headache of tearing the kitchen apart completely. If your kitchen cabinetry is feeling rather lackluster, maybe this spring season is the time to switch up the style by replacing the cabinet faces (although hardware is always a fun upgrade too…). Here is your short and sweet guide to no-fail cabinet styles that look fresh yet timeless, 100% of the time.
The name says it all in this case. Consisting of a single smooth panel, these door faces are cost effective, easy to clean, and offer a crisp, contemporary look. We love being able to pair knobs/pulls that are a bit different with this style, too!
Possibly the most versatile style known in the cabinetry universe, shaker cabinet fronts are clean and simple, with the perfect touch of traditional taste. The classic framed-out flat panel is always fresh, and can be a subtly effective trade-in for beveled cabinet fronts that maybe feel a little dated. A kitchen full of shaker cabinetry is sure to be one warm, welcoming space.
For those who prefer something a bit more unique, there is always the option of designing a completely custom cabinet face. It could be as simple as starting with a shaker style and inlaying something textural, like beadboard, on the blank flat face. Or perhaps you go with glass front doors – you can customize the glass itself, add dividers, and play with the proportions of solid/glass. To really up the fanciness level, add gorgeous, detailed appliques to bring in subtle patterns and motifs. Custom cabinet faces can add heaps of character to the home as a whole, so go ahead and let them tell your design story.
Okay, okay. This style definitely involves a bit more than simply replacing only doors…but is gorgeous to look at, so it needs a small shout out. In the office, we refer to inset cabinetry as “small-bones,” meaning the cabinets themselves are built so that the face of the doors and drawers are flush with the structure. This style really lends a handcrafted, artisanal feel to the cabinetry, and to the space in general. While not exactly cost-effective, inset cabinetry sure is lovely.
Now, with lots of beautiful inspiration fresh on our minds, we’ve all got a creative solution to calming the spring fever induced urge to up & quit on the current cabinetry in our homes. Details as seemingly unimportant as cabinet doors provide so many opportunities to infuse personality into a space. And if the spring fever “change-it-up” mood hasn’t set in, let this little read simply serve as a reminder to not forget the power of subtle details.