Finding the right cabinet for your kitchen can be confusing, so we’ve done some digging for you and picked our favorites from KraftMaid—based on versatility that comes from the ideal combination of style and finish. From traditional looks to contemporary lines and the transitional style that falls in the middle, here are our faves.
1. RECESS AND REFRESH
The simple architectural design of cabinets with recessed panels offers the flexibility to create a space that has traditional roots with contemporary accents. Choose dark wood finishes that pair handsomely with subway tile and traditional seating or more natural finishes and contemporary lighting that open up the space. Or do both (as seen here)! Because recessed-style cabinetry accommodates a variety of design options that can live together beautifully, you can finish the look with the elegance of a high-arc kitchen faucet as a statement piece such as the Esque Single-Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet.
2. RAISED EXPECTATIONS
Raised cabinet styles come in a variety of beveled edges and raised insets, which means the possibilities are endless. While the cabinets themselves are more traditional, their simplicity and charm allow you to use lighter or darker finishes and complement them with contemporary accents like floating shelves and stainless-steel appliances. A design approach like this offers the best of both worlds for your kitchen.
3. SHAKING THINGS UP
Although the clean and simple lines of the shaker cabinet style have been around for centuries, they may seem like a very popular newcomer. When you choose contemporary finishes or paint, the newest fixtures in lighting design and pops of color with backsplash tiles and greenery, you’ve got a classic look with a contemporary twist. A transitional approach like this one makes it easy to personalize your kitchen with elements from different eras.
4. SMOOTH MOVES
If you’re looking for the most modern style in your kitchen, contemporary is the way to go. Defined by open spaces, minimal decoration, simple lines and smooth surfaces, contemporary kitchens are often highlighted with a slab-style cabinet. The simplicity of this cabinet gives you the creative freedom to choose a variety of finishes and blend them together while maintaining the fluidity of the room. Lots of natural light, floating shelves and sparse pops of color complete the look.
5. GLASS BUT NOT LEAST
Perhaps the most versatile of all five popular cabinet styles is the glass insert. Glass is like the black of the fashion world—it goes with anything. These door fronts are the ideal complement to any kitchen style from traditional to contemporary and give you a showcase for your favorite dishes or other colorful accents. While you might want to put only a couple of glass doors in your kitchen to add interest, they come in many styles so you can customize for your own look: textured, frosted, wooden panes, metallic panes and more.