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Choosing a Custom Kitchen Cabinet Door Profile

A big part of planning a kitchen renovation is deciding on which design style you want to follow. This will influence all of the smaller design decisions that will follow, from your layout to your finishes. 

An important design decision that can have a big impact on the look and feel of your kitchen is your custom kitchen cabinet doors. While some design styles have a traditional cabinet style associated with them, other cabinet door profiles are versatile and work with a variety of styles. 

We’ve rounded up some of the most popular cabinet door styles to help you decide which profile is the best fit for your kitchen. 


Shaker style 

One of the most recognisable cabinet door profiles, shaker style cabinets go hand in hand with the Hamptons design style. 

Taking their name from the 1800s religious community of the same name, shaker cabinets were born from their namesakes’ well-made furniture with a focus on simplicity and function.

Also a great choice for country or Provincial kitchens, shaker cabinetry is recognised by its recessed panel in the centre of a five-piece door frame. 

More recently, the shaker style has heavily influenced the popular Scandi look in interior design. 

Traditionally white in colour, shaker cabinets also look great in light grey or deep jewel tones. 



A popular choice in modern kitchen design, flat kitchen cupboard doors look exactly as they sound – flat. 

With a straight, sleek profile, flat cupboard doors work well for overhead cupboards where the finger pulls can be easily concealed. They also work well with integrated appliances, creating unbroken lines throughout the kitchen for a seamless finish.

Additionally, flat cabinet doors are also easy to clean, making them a great choice for family kitchens. 

Flat custom kitchen cabinet doors create a blank canvas that you can build just about any design style around and will help your kitchen feel timeless for years to come. 


Tongue and groove 

Also known as v-groove cabinets, the tongue and groove style is growing in popularity thanks to its versatility. 

Looking just as good in a country-style kitchen as in an industrial or even coastal design, tongue and groove cabinets are recognisable by their panelled look achieved through grooves cut into the wood.

A vertical panel can help to increase the feeling of space in smaller kitchens, drawing the eye upwards. A horizontal panel gives a similar effect to shiplap, though is usually cheaper as you are working with a single piece of wood as opposed to interlocking pieces. 

This style of cupboard door brings warmth and character into your kitchen, without having to commit to a full farmhouse look. 



Similar to tongue and groove cabinets, beadboard cupboards also use panelling for texture. The main difference between these two styles is the border of the beadboard that surrounds the centre panel. 

The more traditional look of beadboard makes it well suited to a country or farmhouse kitchen, pairing well with timber benchtops when painted white. 


Glass front 

Another clever choice for smaller kitchens, glass front custom kitchen cabinet doors helps break up above-bench cupboards and prevent the space from feeling closed in. 

Depending on the style of kitchen you want, there are also many ways you can interpret a glass front profile. From clear glass to a frosted finish or even a stained-glass detail, the type of look you opt for can add a lot of character to your kitchen. 

Do be aware that a glass front cabinet means that the contents will be on display – it may involve a little more effort to style initially, but glass front cupboards can add a wow factor for your guests. 


Need help choosing the right style of cabinet door for your kitchen? When you visit an Apollo Joinery Group Showroom, you can see a variety of different cupboards and get a clearer vision of how these different styles change the look and feel of a kitchen. Find your closest showroom location here.
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