Cabinet Door Design: Pros & Cons

March 14, 2018

Choosing the right cabinet finish can be a daunting task. You aren't just choosing a color, you are choosing the overall base of your kitchen design, the main focal point everyone will see. Staying knowledgeable on the pros and cons of each cabinet type will help narrow down you decision! 

Check out our design tips below to assist you in making the right decision for your cabinet design! 


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1. Painted Cabinets

Painted cabinets have been increasing in popularity the past few years and the fire doesn't seem to be going away. Homeowners are increasingly attracted the timeless look of painted cabinets. Paint is perfect for homeowners who aren’t a fan of the character marks common to stained wood cabinets and instead prefer a smooth, flawless finish.

If you’re thinking of tranquil teal, submarine yellow or lipstick red as cabinet colors, paint is your best bet. Paint sticks to the surface of wood, so it doesn’t get lost in the mix of grains and knots the way a stain does. As a result, paint showcases whichever hue you select and gives you more opportunity to customize the look of your kitchen.



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Paint is thicker than stain, so it doesn’t get absorbed by wood the way stain does. If you want to see grains and knots in plain sight, you probably shouldn’t go with painted cabinets. Though you’ll still see the grain imprints in woods like oak and hickory, they’ll mostly be hidden behind whichever coat of paint you choose. Painted cabinets aren’t exactly budget-friendly. They can be, but if you’re comparing them with stained cabinets, you’ll find that they often carry a steeper price tag. 



Image via Yorktowne Cabinetry



Image via Yorktowne Cabinetry


2. Stained Cabinets

Stain strikes a good balance between color and texture. This is a definitive plus for many homeowners. Unlike paint, stain doesn’t steal the spotlight from your wood’s natural character. Since it’s thinner than paint, it seeps into the surface, which can enhance the natural beauty of your wood. You’ll definitely be able to admire the wood’s distinctive features.

Touch-up markers for stains are easier to find, and even if there isn’t an exact match, there’s likely a color out there that closely resembles your stain. Touch-ups also tend to blend better on stained cabinets, especially ones with a lot of grain.



Image via Yorktowne Cabinetry


Image via Yorktowne Cabinetry




Image via Yorktowne Cabinetry

Stains take a back seat to the wood they’re applied to, which allows every distinct feature to show — for better or worse. This is a negative for both dark stains and dark paints. While lighter cabinets can chip and stain more easily, they do a good job at hiding dust. Darker stains and paints, not so much. Dust particles stand out more on dark cabinet surfaces, which can require more upkeep.



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