Kitchen Cupboard Door Styles

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A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing the Right Style for Your Home

Choosing the style of cupboard doors for your kitchen renovation can be a little daunting. Knowing the ins and outs of each door style can help you make a decision that fits your taste, budget, and practical needs. We’ve put together this comprehensive guide to the different styles of kitchen cupboard doors, offering details on each category so you can find the ideal style for your home. From modern, minimalistic looks to classic designs, we’ll cover it all. Armed with all of this information, you’ll be able to work confidently with our kitchen designers to create the kitchen of your dreams.

What do you Need to Think About When Choosing a Door Style?

When choosing a kitchen cupboard door style, it’s important to consider the overall look of your kitchen and the space available. You should also think about how you might use each cupboard and its contents. Interesting detail might work well for occasional dishes, but for everyday kitchen items you’d probably prefer something more practical that is easy to clean. Additionally, the material of the doors should be considered. Laminate finishes are affordable and good value for money, while polyurethane painted doors provide a classic look that adds to the home’s ambiance. Ultimately, when picking out your cupboard door style, make sure to think about practicality as much as beauty.

When considering different types of kitchen cupboard doors, take into consideration all the other elements such as other furniture, colours and appliances that you are planning to incorporate so that your choices will flow together coherently. Ultimately, there are plenty of unique ways to personalise your kitchen with distinct kitchen cupboard door styles which could make all the difference in creating an inviting space for you and your family.

What are the Different Kitchen Cupboard Door Styles?

From sleek and modern looks to traditional and classic options, the process of deciding on one may seem intimidating. While you might be tempted to choose a style solely based on aesthetics, it’s important to keep in mind that your kitchen cupboard door should also be functional to fit with your cooking and cleaning habits.


Flat Panel

Flat panel doors are a type of cupboard door that is popular in modern and contemporary home designs. These doors have a simple, clean-lined look and are available in a range of materials, colours, and finishes.

Flat panels are often made from melamine, or another type of composite material, which is then laminated. At Kitchen Envy, we use Laminex and Polytec which both offer a range of finishes including natural, semi-gloss, gloss and textural. They also offer a variety of colours to suit your vision.

Polyurethane is another material that flat panel doors can be made from also with a range of finishes including; gloss, semi-gloss, matte and satin. One of the advantages of flat panel doors is that they have a simple and elegant appearance that can work well with a variety of design styles. They are also relatively easy to clean and maintain.

Shaker Doors

Shaker doors are a popular style of cabinet door that originated in the Shaker communities of New England in the US in the late 18th century. These doors are known for their simple, functional design, which have made them a staple of modern and contemporary home design and makes them a versatile option for a wide range of interior design styles. They can also work well with more traditional and rustic designs.

Shaker doors are typically made up of a flat centre panel and a surrounding frame, which can be made from a variety of materials including solid wood and MDF. The frames of shaker doors provide a three-dimensional profile, which gives them a more substantial and durable appearance and can be customised to suit your design.

Like Flat Panel doors, Shaker doors are available in a variety of materials, finishes, and colours. They can be made from natural wood, painted in any colour, or finished with a veneer that mimics the look of natural wood.

Routed Doors

Routed doors are a type of kitchen door style that features decorative grooves or channels that are carved into the surface of the door. These grooves can be created in a variety of patterns and designs, and they add texture and visual interest to the door. You may have heard of V-groove which has been gaining popularity over recent years.

Routed doors are typically made from a flat panel that is set within a frame, much like a flat panel or shaker-style door. However, instead of having a completely smooth surface, the panel is routed with decorative grooves or channels that add depth and dimension to the door.

The grooves on routed doors can be created using a variety of techniques, including CNC routing or moulding. They can be simple or complex, and they can be used to create a range of patterns and designs, from simple straight lines to intricate geometric shapes. Routed doors are a great way to add texture and visual interest to your kitchen.

Timber Veneer

Timber veneer doors feature a thin layer of natural wood veneer that is applied to the surface of a substrate material, such as MDF or particleboard. The veneer is typically only a few millimetres thick, but it provides the look and feel of real wood at a lower cost and lighter weight than solid wood doors.

The natural wood veneer used on timber veneer doors can be sourced from a wide variety of tree species, which allows for a range of colours, grains, and textures. Common species used for veneer include oak, maple, walnut, cherry, and birch. Timber veneer doors can be finished in a range of ways, including staining, painting, or clear-coating to enhance the natural beauty of the wood. They can also be cut and shaped into a variety of styles, including flat panel, shaker, and routed doors.


How to Make Your Final Decision

At Kitchen Envy, we make designing your kitchen easy. Why not book a consult with one of our experienced designers and let them help you make the important decisions that will set your kitchen apart from the rest and ensure it truly is the kitchen of your dreams.