A primer on kitchen cabinets

In the real estate business, it’s no secret that kitchens are a focal point for sellers and buyers. For some reason, this one room has become the center of the house, the place where design and materials need to come together to create a stunning impression.

There’s a lot of talk out there about the different types of countertops you can buy, such as marble, quartz and granite. However, there is less emphasis put on the different types of kitchen cupboards and cabinets available.

To give you an idea of what is available, let’s look at some of the most popular cabinet styles and materials.


  • Flat-panel or slab doors — With no texture or design, these are the preferred style for a sleek, modern look.
  • Raised-panel doors — This common and traditional style has a raised center that is usually surrounded by a contoured or accented border.
  • Accented doors — This style usually refers to cabinet doors that have glass panels accented by pewter or other metallic designs. They can be very decorative, even ornate.



  • Solid wood — Because of its natural beauty, unique patterns and authenticity, solid wood is the preferred material for many homeowners. As you can imagine, this is a huge category. Like hardwood floors, there are numerous types of wood used for cabinets. Maple is a beautiful, soft wood that is great for painting, whereas hickory is hard, durable and has erratic grains. Needless to say, selecting what kind of wood to use entails a big discussion!
  • Thermo Structured Surfaces (TSS) — This synthetic material produces a remarkably natural, wood-like look that is durable, long-lasting and resists warping. It is available in a wide range of styles and colors.
  • Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) — As a highly stable and cost-effective option, MDF cabinet doors are ideal for people who can’t make up their mind on what color best suits their kitchen. If one year you want to see your cabinets as aqua blue and the next you want crimson, MDF may be the way to go.

There’s more to the story than just what style and material you want for your cabinets. The fun part begins when you pick out colors, mix styles and start to make your kitchen a space that is uniquely yours.

To learn more about home styles and trends, contact a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor® today. With years of experience, they know houses and can help you get top dollar for your home.

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