Raised Panel Cabinets: Bring Elegance To Your Kitchen Space

June 18, 2015No comments

Are you looking for cabinets that will complement the architectural millwork in an older home or create a warm traditional feel in a newer kitchen? Choose a raised-panel style, defined by a door panel with edges routed to float in the frame. The varied depth enhances the lines of the cabinetry with light and shadow. In cabinets with a stained wood finish, appearance of the wood grain varies from flat or stepped to curved surfaces for a subtle, rich effect. Each door panel becomes, in effect, a display piece.

traditional kitchen with glazed linen raised panel door cabinets and oil brushed bronzed cabinet pulls and island pendant

Variations across raised-panel cabinet styles include the shape and degree of the panel edge route, the shape of the inside and outside edges of the door frame, the width of the rails and styles, and whether the door is built with mitered or mortise-and-tenon corners. The raised-panel style is equally comfortable in traditional and transitional designs. Dressed up or down with crown molding, furniture feet and glass doors, it is also used to create furniture-look features including buffets, pantries and entry benches.

Carlton cabinets, shown above in a Linen Bisque Glaze finish, feature precisely mitered frames and eased waterfall door frame edges, a testament to traditional craftsmanship. In the home above, the cabinets form the foundation of a traditional interior design. Open-frame glass-door cabinets on either side of the sink brighten the space while protecting and displaying the homeowner’s china collection. A rustic wood island and oil-rubbed bronze chandelier complete the old-world effect.

cherry cabinets with raised panel doors are used to build a kitchen center island trimmed with ogee toekick for a furniture look
Kitchen design by Tessa Buhman

The custom island above is built from Bayport Cherry Cider cabinets. Notice the beautiful variation in appearance of the solid hardwood door panels between the scalloped panel edges and flat surfaces. Graceful waterfall door frame edges, inside and out, provide another opportunity for the cherry to show off. The island, contrasting in both style and color with white Shaker perimeter cabinets and trimmed with ogee molding at the toekick, becomes a furniture showpiece, a seamless transition to the living area.

Prospect Connecticut kitchen renovation features CliqStudios Cambridge Maple Caramel cabinets

Doors and drawer fronts in the Cambridge Maple Caramel cabinets pictured above feature stepped profile edges on the inside and outside of the frames. The stiles and rails are slightly wider than average, and the raised panel features an angular route and step. The cabinets are finished with double crown molding in a similarly angular, stepped style. A final touch, the window is trimmed in complementary maple millwork, effectively becoming part of the cabinetry.

wall cabinet with glass doors on either side and crown molding built of raised panel maple cabinets

A beautiful choice for a stand-alone wall cabinet, Lyndale Maple Caramel style features a gracefully scalloped panel edge and five-piece mortise-and-tenon door frame. Artisan glass inserts in the open-frame cabinet sections add a subtle bit of sparkle to the design.

inset cabinets with raised panel beaded door style in maple finish

The Fairmont inset cabinet takes us back to days when kitchen cabinets were hand crafted on site. Pictured above in solid maple, the subtle detailing of the Fairmont – beaded frames, exposed rustic hinge barrels and a narrow bevel on the panel – creates a strong sense of tradition. The cabinets beautifully complement the original architectural millwork in the early 20th-century home.

Two-tone kitchen with red center island and white perimeter cabinets in a raised panel cabinet style with gray granite countertops and hardwood flooring

In the transitional kitchen design above, the island and buffet and pantry adjacent to the living room are built from Mendota Painted Garnet cabinets, while white cabinets in the same style line the perimeter walls. The crisp, clean lines of the Mendota style make it a natural choice for traditional or transitional designs. The style features a stepped inside profile on the door frame and panel edge, and an angular route on the raised door panel. The island and buffet are neatly finished with furniture feet and a decorative end panel for a furniture look that segues gracefully to the living area beyond.

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