Raised Panel Cabinet Doors vs. Recessed Panel Cabinet Doors

Raised Panel Cabinet Doors vs. Recessed Panel Cabinet Doors

Remodeling your kitchen or even just replacing your cabinet doors can be an exciting time. However, it can be difficult to find the style of kitchen cabinet door for your home. With all the options available, how can you know where to look?

If you already started browsing online and in showrooms, then you might have noticed that there are two main styles of cabinet doors: recessed panel and raised panel. The choice of panel shape will play a large role in your final kitchen design. 


Raised Panel Cabinet Doors

Raised panel cabinet doors are perfect for those looking to create traditional styles and kitchen designs. These doors feature a raised panel that will be the same thickness as the door’s frame. Raised panel cabinet doors are typically more ornate in their design, featuring engaging detail both around the panel and around the outside edges. 

Traditional kitchen with raised panel cabinet doors.

Our most popular raised panel cabinet door is our Revere cabinet door. The Revere cabinet door features a sturdy raised panel surrounded by compelling detailing. In select wood grades, the Revere cabinet door is a great choice for a stain finish to create a beautiful traditional kitchen design. 

Revere cabinet door
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Recessed Panel Cabinet Doors

If you are interested in creating more modern or transitional designs, then you should opt for a recessed panel cabinet door. These doors feature a sleek, flat-panel design with a varying amount of detail. In recent years, flat panel cabinet doors have been central to modern kitchen design.

Recessed panel cabinet doors and drawer fronts.

Our favorite recessed panel cabinet door design is the Shaker cabinet door. The Shaker cabinet door has been a staple for interior designers for over 200 years due to the durability and versatility of the design. One trendy Shaker design that we are loving is giving your cabinets a two-tone paint job

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Kitchen Design and Cabinet Door Panel Shape

If you are giving your kitchen a new look with your remodel or cabinet refacing, then you may not be sure if you want raised or recessed panel cabinet doors. Likely, you will make your decision on cabinet door style based on the direction you want to take your kitchen design. Generally, this will be a decision between traditional and modern. 


Modern Design

If you are someone who is always looking for the next best thing, then you will likely be interested in modern designs. These designs feature bright colors, minimalism, and interesting textures. Modern designs also tend to feature full overlays to create seamless lines of cabinetry for stunning effects. 

Two-tone thermofoil kitchen cabinets.

When it comes to modern design, thermofoil can be a great way to get the trendy color or texture you want without having to do the finishing yourself. Thermofoil is a vinyl laminate that is heated and pressurized onto an MDF, or medium-density fiberboard, core. If you are really interested in using your kitchen remodel or cabinet refacing project to make a statement, then check out our Modern Thermofoil line, which features the latest colors and textures. 


Traditional Design

If you are interested in fine details and rich wood tones, then you should explore traditional kitchen designs. These designs often feature ornate doors and detailing, high-quality materials, and natural features. 

A kitchen with dark finished cabinet doors.

Darker stains are a classic feature of traditional designs. Stain is a great way to not only protect your cabinet doors but can also highlight the natural beauty of the material. Traditional kitchen designs and styles have survived the test of time because they work. Raised panel cabinet doors are a natural fit for traditional designs, as they tend to offer the most detailed styles. 


Final Thoughts

Regardless of what style you land on for your new kitchen cabinet doors, you can utilize hardware and decore to make the design your own. While the transformation of your kitchen is the most notable benefit of a remodel or cabinet refacing project, these projects also have the potential to increase the value of your home! 

If you are ready to start ordering or if you need some assistance, feel free to give us a call at 1-844-326-6680 or an email to info@cabinetdoormart.com. Our cabinet experts would love to help you with everything from measuring to assembly.