I’ve spent a lot of time researching for our forever home, and by that I don’t juuuuusst mean going to Pinterest and looking at images. Although that is a part of it, there is so much more than just looking at pretty pictures when remodeling a home. Because for us, the reality of this whole project is, whatever we pick now, we’re essentially stuck with for at least 10+ years until its time for updates.. kind of scary for a couple that loves to work on new projects all the time haha! Anyways, I figured it would be nice to share what I’m learning as we go through this whole process, just in case you find it helpful!
why do I want to share an entire blog post about cabinets?
Because that’s obviously all I feel like talking about right now! Haha just kidding. This took some time for me to learn and I am so excited to share this information with you guys with visuals so you can see the difference!
If you didn’t know this already, kitchen cabinets are typically the most expensive element of a kitchen remodel. Which means they are a HUGE investment piece, and something worth spending time on before making a final decision! Knowing this myself, I wanted to make sure the decisions we made were based on what Shawn and I absolutely love, and what fit into our budget of course! I didn’t want our cabinet or kitchen design to be solely based on what our cabinet company was suggesting. I’m not saying these suggestions are bad, their suggestions great! I appreciate the professional advice we’ve gotten over the last few months. I’m just saying it’s good to know what you want out of your kitchen, because at the end of the day you’re the only one that has to use it!
types of cabinet door styles
From what I’ve learned, there are three different types of door styles to choose from. Choosing which door style we wanted was the most essential part of our kitchen design.
This type of cabinet shows more of the cabinet face frame, about 1-2”. You can see in the image below how you can see parts of the frame. This option is typically the most cost-effective which will leave more opportunities for custom color, hardware, cabinet accessories, etc.
Full overlay cabinetry is basically what it sounds like! The cabinet drawers and doors almost completely cover the cabinet face frame. This has a cleaner/more seamless look. I feel like I’ve seen this in a lot of higher-end and contemporary kitchen remodels, I just never knew they were a specific door style! These are typically more expensive than partial overlay doors because they use more material.
Inset cabinets sit inside of the cabinet and lay flush with the cabinet face frames. These are trickier to install and require different hardware than the other two cabinets listed above. Inset cabinetry is typically more expensive than both overlay styles. I also learned from having conversation with our cabinet company that if you do not have good humidity control in your house, the wood could end up swelling, making the cabinet face unable to sit inside the cabinet! So if you don’t like to put your AC on in the summer… I wouldn’t get this type of cabinet haha!
door panel styles
There are so many types of panel styles. I don’t want to overload you guys with pictures (except this one hehe)
custom cabinet color VS stock cabinet color
This is another factor that will effect your cost and I feel like this is more relevant now more than ever. Most of the gorgeous kitchens we all see on social more than likely have custom cabinet color. Just a heads up 😉
Custom door color is obviously going to be more expensive than stock color. But some cabinet lines might have some great stock colors to choose from, so always remember to keep your options open! They might not have pink, but they should still have some interesting colors!
word of advice: It’s good to determine up front if either color or door style is an important factor of your cabinets and your kitchen design. This will help you narrow your options which will help you get that much closer to your final decision!
What we decided
For us, we learned that inset cabinets were the desired visual and although we knew they are more pricey, we felt they were worth the investment since we love the look and don’t plan on changing cabinets for at least a decade. We also have good climate control so I’m not worried about any swelling or anything like that.
We originally thought custom color was more important, and if it was we would have went with the full overlay cabinet. Once we decided inset was the most important element, we checked out their stock colors to learn that they actually had quite a few colors we liked, even an olive!
I hope this helped you guys even if a little! I never knew I was in love with inset cabinets until I realized what they were, then I quickly learned that the kitchens I loved the most had inset cabinets in them! We both love the look and are super excited to use them every day in our forever home!
Let me know what you guys think of this post in the comments! I hope to do more blogs like this to help inform you guys so your feedback is much appreciated!!