A Custom Creation
Play Up Hardware
A piece of fabric inspired the unique fretwork pattern carved into these custom cabinet doors. While custom cabinets are expensive, they can offer a one-of-a-kind look. Embellish clean-line cabinet doors such recessed-panel Shaker-style or flat-front contemporary panels with molding for a custom look for less.
Different pieces of refurbished antique hardware dress up these cabinet doors and drawers with unique style. The aged pieces compliment the country style of the glazed cabinets.
Use glass doors to showcase personal collections of fine antiques, sentimental glassware, or playful pottery. Display colorful dishes to energize an all-white kitchen.
Turn It Sideways
Textured glass in upper cabinets helps define the open storage without demanding neatness. Mismatched dishware is muted behind textured glass panels.
Include Decorative Molding
Running the wood grain of these white oak cabinet horizontally lends a loft-like urban style to this sleek, modern kitchen.
Contrast a Dark Finish
Add character to cabinetry with traditional moldings. This decorative addition to understated, cream-color cabinets gives them a little extra energy.
Mix It Up
Polka-dot glass panels and black-glazed zinc knobs accent the black-painted cabinet doors, glazed in cinnamon red for greater depth.
Make a Memo Board
Warm wood door fronts blended into crisp white cabinetry creates noteworthy contrast and visual interest in this clean-lined kitchen. Equally bright and light, the wood adds warmth and color to the monochromatic room.
Inset a tall cabinetry panel with an old-fashioned chalkboard to serve as a large message pad. Or, paint a cabinet door with chalkboard paint. A pantry door is the ideal size and the perfect location for jotting grocery lists, snack suggestions, and don't-miss messages.
Combine Door Styles
Transform a standard cabinet into an appliance garage. Replace cabinet doors with tambour doors that slide up out of the way for easy access to small appliances behind. Choosing a contrasting finish breaks up large spans of mundane cabinets.
Add Wood for Warmth
Cabinets feature doors of varying panel styles for a gathered look in this welcoming kitchen. Raised panels blend with beaded-board inserts for traditional style with a hint of casual country and glass doors provide an opportunity for personal display.
A pretty and prominent wood graining in these walnut cabinets give contemporary slab-door styles a warmer look. Mixing traditional-style doors with modern finishes, and vice-versa, lends unexpected interest.
Use Leaded Glass
Add decorative muntins to glass-front cabinets to pick up architectural features of the house, such as in windows. Openings in just the upper portion of these cabinets add interesting display opportunities without requiring the entire cabinets to be neat and orderly.
Soften The Look
Leaded-glass panels in upper-cabinet doors add artistic detailing and vintage style.
Upper cabinets fitted with frosted-glass doors offer a filtered view of their contents.
Add Age with Distressing
Rustic pine armoire-style doors on the pantry add warm texture and historic flavor to a new kitchen.
Make Them Old
Hand-distress painted cabinets to give a distinct weathered appearance that lends a sense of history. Distressing can soften the sleek and shiny finishes of modern appliances.
Cut It Out
Tone down painted cabinets by giving them a distressed finish or a coat of glaze to blend into old-world style.
Visit the Coup
Enlist the help of a woodworking craftsman to embellish cabinet doors with handiwork. These scrollwork cut-out patterns add Scandinavian style to this Swedish country home.
Explore a Glossy Finish
Chicken-wire door inserts are another way to show off collections within an open cabinet door. This rustic panel insert compliments country and cottage decors.
While wood-stained cabinet doors typically convey traditional style, a high-gloss finish applied over the surface reflects the light and introduces a sleek, contemporary element.