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New Kitchen Design Guide: Cabinetry

Posted on: August 1, 2012

Types of Cabinetry

In our last post, part one in this New Kitchen Design Guide series, we discussed different kitchen styles. In part two, we are going to talk about cabinets! When it comes to kitchen cabinets, you need to take two main things into consideration: material and style.

Different Types of Cabinetry

Cabinet Materials

You have a few options when it comes to the material of your cabinetry:

All Wood: All wood cabinetry is prevalent in kitchens of all different styles. Wood cabinets are timeless and have universal appeal, which is why they are so widely used. Wood cabinetry complements many kitchens, from traditional and transitional to rustic, Tuscan, Tudor and more.

Wood Cabinets

Glass Front: Glass front cabinets are great options for small kitchens, as they can open up a room and make it appear lighter and more spacious. There are also different types of glass, from frosted to fluted to multiple-pane to leaded. While frosted glass is better for modern kitchens, multiple-pane glass provides a very different look. Glass front cabinets, therefore, can be used not only in small galley kitchens to open up the space but also in traditional, country, transitional and contemporary kitchens.

Glass Front Cabinetry


Stainless Steel: You may have seen stainless steel cabinets before, probably in a modern kitchen. They are becoming more and more popular – and with their low maintenance qualities and incredible durability, it’s not hard to see why!

Stainless Steel Cabinetry

These are the main cabinetry materials, but the list is more extensive than this and includes:

  • Particle board
  • Laminate
  • Thermofoil
  • And more

Cabinet Styles

When it comes to cabinetry styles, you also have some choices. The three main styles of cabinets are:

Shaker Style: These cabinets are flat paneled with flat square frames, and they look great in transitional kitchens because of their clean, straight lines and minimalist design. They also work well for rustic and European style kitchens.

Craftsman Style: Also called mission style cabinets, craftsman style cabinets are similar to shaker style – they feature sharp, straight lines and aren’t ornate. With their rugged hand-crafted design, craftsman style cabinets are perfect for transitional kitchens, Old World style kitchens, rustic kitchens, etc.

Arts and Crafts Style: Arts and crafts style cabinets are an old English style and also tend to be on the simple side. They usually have iron or brass hardware and complement European style kitchens and rustic kitchens.

Cabinetry is an important part of your kitchen design, and with the right designers, you can ensure your new kitchen turns out exactly how you want. For any kitchen remodeling in Maryland, DC or Northern Virginia, Jack Rosen has you covered. Contact us or visit our showroom in Rockville to learn more!

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