If you are getting new kitchen cabinets, sooner or later you will be faced with a critical design decision: should you choose recessed or raised panels for your cabinet doors? Here are the differences between these two options.
Raised vs. Recessed Cabinet Panels
The key difference between raised and recessed panels is the center panel of each cabinet door. A raised panel has a raised center surrounded by a recessed or beveled border. It usually has a more intricate profile, similar to crown molding. It creates a three-dimensional look that usually works with traditional style kitchens.
A recessed cabinet panel, on the other hand, has a flat center panel with a raised border around it, which gives the cabinets a sleek and contemporary look. This style blends well with modern kitchen designs and elements such as aluminum kitchen appliances.
Which One Should You Pick?
The overall kitchen style dictates your choices. We mentioned above that raised cabinet panels usually work with the elements typically seen in traditional style kitchens while recessed cabinet panels are associated with modern kitchen elements.
Many homeowners have had success mixing and matching cabinet panel styles and kitchen styles after carefully planning the design. This means you have to take the time to research combinations of design elements: flooring, countertops, tiles, appliances, fixtures…all of these need to complement each other along with the cabinetry.
Fortunately, there are many tools available that you can use to hone your kitchen design. Websites like ours are a rich resource of reference images. There are apps that will let you virtually mix and match design elements and then let you save the final design for later reference. More advanced apps will even let you virtually “install” new kitchen components in real time. Lastly, you can consult with experienced remodelers like us.
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