Defining Modern Cabinet Styles

Defining Modern Cabinet Styles

A custom kitchen can enhance the look, feel and even the value of your home, but it can sometimes be difficult to relay your likes and dislikes or identify the materials and styles you like best. Learning more about the different types of cabinetry and cabinet styles can help you find more pieces in the style you like and help you relay your preferences easily. No matter which cabinet style you choose, high-quality materials and workmanship will help you create a stylish and welcoming kitchen for your family and guests.

Modern Cabinet Styles You Should Know

While the shelves and the interior portion of your cabinets won’t vary much (unless you opt for open shelving or a glass front), the doors, pulls and surface designs you choose can have a big impact on the overall look and feel of your room. Some of the most popular cabinet types are detailed below, along with the overall style they bring to your home.


The enduring classic never goes out of style. If you have a traditional style or formal home, you’ll love this style of cabinetry which features clean lines, classic colours and a silhouette that never goes out of style. This is the style most of us think of first when we think about cabinets.

Some hallmarks of the traditional style cabinet include natural wood material with a stained, sealed finish. Cathedral style, rounded tops. A dimensional front features a detailed frame around a flat, recessed panel. While traditional cabinets can be painted, they are often simply sealed to let the natural beauty of the wood show through. Frames can be simple or complex; the design and amount of detail on your cabinets will impact the overall price.


Shaker Cabinets

Shaker cabinets are a traditional style with a twist; the front panels are flat rather than dimensional and beadboard or a flat panel may be incorporated. These are often painted, sometimes in a bright or deep colour; creamy white is also a popular shaker cabinet colour choice.


Rustic Cabinets
Whether you love the primitive, shabby look or can’t get enough of natural wood grain, a rustic cabinet imparts a simple and uncomplicated charm to your home. While natural wood grain is an important element, paints and stains can be used to add colour and a timeworn, comfortable look. Pulls are plain and simple with clean lines and not a lot of formal detail.

This informal style is ideal for country living, farmhouse style rooms and cottage style decorating and can be created in a wide range of colors and materials to match both your preferences and your budget.


Contemporary cabinets feature modern, streamlined designs and materials. Many slab cabinets are also considered contemporary; this modern look can also feature glass doors or specialty finishes. A contemporary cabinet can have stylish drawer pulls and hardware; these could be exposed or hidden when the cabinet is closed to keep the modern, clean look.


Slab Cabinets
The materials are the stars of the show when you choose slab cabinets. No routing, framing or beveling is present and a slab cabinet does not have a surface design beyond the material itself. Stunning wood grain, a vibrant color or another striking material can really shine when slab cabinets are used in the home. While most slab cabinets are contemporary, the style can be used in any type of home, depending on the material being showcased and the overall look of the room.


Glass Front
Instead of a typical wood panel, this type of cabinet features glass. The glass can be clear or frosted and allows a glimpse of the items inside. A modern style glass front cabinet might be made entirely of glass, while a more traditional version could have a glass insert with a wood or fabricated surround. The glass used is designed to be low maintenance and easy to care for and to give your home a warm and welcoming look. You may leave the cabinets as is or incorporate lighting inside to get a cozy, comfortable look and feel.


Open Shelves
You don’t have to have a cabinet door at all. Exposed open shelves showcase your favorite dishes and culinary items and create a clean and organized look for your home. A top choice of chefs and bakers, this style keeps cooking and serving items in plain view and within reach. Open shelves with polished wood and industrial style fixtures provide a modern, contemporary look, while stained wood and classic turnings make the open shelf cabinet model more traditional

No matter what style you choose, selecting the right team for your cabinets and for your kitchen ensures you get a finished look you’ll love. Contact us to learn more about selecting the right cabinets for your personal style and space and to get started planning a kitchen that is uniquely yours.