Mission Style Cabinets – Clean, Simple, Classic

June 4, 2015No comments

The clean, classic style known as Mission features recessed panel doors with simple stile-and-rail frames and a stained wood finish. The overall effect highlights craftsmanship and the natural grain of the wood. Traditionally the cabinets would be crafted from oak, but in a transitional design may be built from cherry, walnut or maple. Drawers may have slab or five-piece recessed-panel fronts, and mullion glass doors are a common feature.

kitchen with mission oak cabinets in island and base, oak mullion glass door to patio, white mullion glass door cabinets on wall and hardwood floor

Kitchen by Lynn Moore of CliqStudios, home interior design by Klara Phillips of 1two3 Home Design

The transitional interior above borrows from Mission style in the use of mullion doors and windows, Dayton Maple Caramel Mission cabinets in the kitchen island and perimeter base,  and arched shelf supports in the island. Wall cabinets are Dayton Urban Stone.

Mission style is closely associated with Craftsman and Arts and Crafts architecture, which often features built-in furniture elements such as butler pantries and buffets. Mission cabinets also work well with colonial and rustic interiors.

mission oak cabinets in kitchen remodel include mullion glass doors and black bar pulls
In the photo above, oak Mission cabinets (Dayton Oak Saddle) add a touch of Mission style to the classic American design of this 1930s home.

Mission style cabinets call for sturdy metal hardware in black or oil-rubbed bronze. Sash pulls, cup pulls, square knobs and dangling drop or ring pulls all complement the natural wood and strong stile-and-rail frame construction.

oak mission cabinets with black cup pulls and hardwood floors and dark granite countertops
Oak Mission cabinets ground the transitional design of the kitchen above. Notice the black ring pulls on the cabinet doors.

An interesting fact about Mission style – it owes little but its name to the Spanish Missions of the 18th century. The term was coined by a furniture designer just before the turn of the 20th century. Mission style borrows from traditional American Shaker design and is closely associated with Craftsman and Arts and Crafts architectural styles, celebrations of the beauty and dignity found in hand-crafted artisanship and natural materials.

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