Shaker or Raised Panel???

mgkinzApril 5, 2009

Well I had planned to have painted white simple raised panel doors, mainly because all the interior doors in my house have raised panels...and I was completely set on that, told the cabinet maker that is what I wanted and everything. But now it seems that I am falling in love with white shaker kitchens! The cabinet maker hasn't started yet and said that if I want to change my mind it isn't a problem, so I guess what I am asking for is opinions on what would fit better with the style of my house. It is an old farm house that was built in 1889 that we have completely remodeled (not restored)...and by remodeled I mean down to the studs, taken out all lathe and plaster and completely changed the floor plan...but during the remodel we have tried to stay true to the house's character. We have put in all fluted trim and rosette corners, we kept the original staircase that we had refinished, and also the pocket doors. For the kitchen we have added onto the existing kitchen a 19x16 the kitchen is going to be rather large the original kitchen is 15x17 and the addition (we canlevered out 4 ft) is 19x16, so it is going to be a large space...but the actual cabinets are going to be in the 15x17 space and the addition is going to be used as a big eat-in type space, that we are planning on putting a 4x8 table in...and the style that I am going for is a modern country.(I hope some of this makes sense, I know I am rambling but I have a baby on my lap which makes it hard to

Also, some other things about the kitchen, the cabs will be painted white (SW Dover White), the island will be a dark stain (haven't picked yet), and the floors will be 5" maple also stained somewhat dark, stainless steel appliances, dark laminate counters on the perimeter and light laminate on the island...(soapstone was the plan, but had to cut to be able to do the addition).

So, I guess I'm just asking for opinions and would really like to see picture of kitchens that show either of these styles.



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mgkinz, you just described our place exactly. We have also just finished gutting the main floor of our 100+ year farmhouse (has your plaster dust settled yet?)and are trying to stay true to the feel of the old house character but are not restoring. I know what you mean by "modern country". We have settled on the shaker cabinets (antique white) and will also bring back the old floor (pine) to it's natural state (but not too dark).

So I guess yes, my vote would be for the shaker cabinets!

    Bookmark   April 5, 2009 at 3:10PM
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I guess by modern country I mean semi-rustic...but no chickens, apples, or I want it to have the feel of a farm house, but with every modern convenience. I just don't want to people to see the outside and then walk in and say "boy that kitchen doesn't fit"...does that make any sense?

    Bookmark   April 5, 2009 at 4:18PM
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I'm working with a house half the age of yours at 50 yrs young and I chose a modified shaker because all my interior doors are double recessed panel and I too wanted to match the existing doors & trim.

I tend to think of raised panels as formal(this might not be at all true, it's just how I think of that look in kitchen cabinets) and though all your inside doors are raised panel for a modern country I tend to think shaker would be perfect.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2009 at 5:01PM
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I was in the same situation you are, but I went with raised panels. Only because I looked at a lot of white kitchens and it seemed the shaker style was just too plain & cold for me. The raised panels were "warmer" if that makes sense.

I'm using SW dover white also. And remember, a lot of the farm style is what's in the accent colors and glassware.

Just don't use an under counter sink, because then it will REALLY look out of place. LOL.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2009 at 5:31PM
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I love the shaker look as well. But like you, we have a lot of millwork and it is all raised panels. Our cabinetmaker and kitchen designer suggested strongly we carry the raised panels into the kitchen. I'm glad we did in that the transistion is seamless and it looks like the kitchen has always been here with the rest of the house.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2009 at 5:40PM
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You'll probably have to decide for yourself how much it matters to you that all your architectural elements match. To some people it matters a great deal, others not at all. I really doubt if you choose the shaker style cabinetry that you're drawn to that it will look out of place with your raised panel doors. Of course, I'm biased because I have exactly that in my house now. I'd describe my style as "Modern Cottage." All the closet, entry and powder room doors have raised panels. We're installing recessed paneling on the lower walls in the dining room (still not painted).

The drawers on my kitchen cabinets are flat panel and the doors are recessed.

My advice would be to get what you really love. But if you think the different profiles on your doors and cabinets will bug you a lot, then that's your answer.

Good luck!


    Bookmark   April 5, 2009 at 6:53PM
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thanks to everyone for your input

oakleyok-do you have any pictures yet...or are you not that far? if you do i would love to see them.

pluckymama- I would also love to see pics of your kitchen if you have some

erikanh- your kitchen is stunning...I just love the blue (but could never get DH to go for that!) and truthfully i'm not sure that i would even notice the difference between the cabs and the doors

    Bookmark   April 5, 2009 at 7:22PM
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We are going to be building a new home soon (hopefully) and I often thought of the same worries you have. We are doing raised 2 panel doors (though I often thought I should do recessed instead) but for the cabinets in the entire house we are doing white shaker (some white beadboard shaker). I have such a huge inspirational gallery of photos and I have seen many people mix and match so I finally okayed myself to do this. I really wanted to do recessed interior doors to match the shaker style cabinets but my lumber yard can readily get the 2 panel raised at a better price so I just stopped double quessing myself. I love shaker kitchen cabinets and also like raised panel but I think the raised panel looks better in a more classy modern style home. For those of us trying to achieve an older vintage antique style shaker is the way to go! Please post when you have decided and show us pics!

    Bookmark   April 5, 2009 at 7:52PM
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we chose the both! How? Shaker (flat panel on the outside) and raised panel on the inside. So the surprise is on the inside. I love the look.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2009 at 8:38PM
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Personally I would go with the shaker - it's one of the door styles that you can make either more contemporary or more rustic, depending on the other design elements (handles/pulls, faucet, counter). However I think you should choose what YOU love - that will matter the most in the years you enjoy your kitchen.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2009 at 10:57PM
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I love white shaker! That's what we are doing in ours. I read a book by Nate Berkus, Oprah's go-to design guy whose work I've always admired. He recommends white shaker, as they are timeless and they are pretty much a blank canvas for other elements in your kitchen, as another poster notes. That said, raised panels can be timeless too, so long as you go with something pretty basic.

Both great choices, its' up to your personal preference.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 10:07AM
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At the end of the day, I suppose it's what you really like yourself. Which one are you drawn to? I like the Shaker look, but, I'm personally drawn to the raised panel. Good luck whichever way you decide!

    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 2:19PM
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I was thinking of maybe have raised panel doors with shaker-like drawers....would that be crazy??? I just wonder how hard it is to keep a shaker door clean, I assume that dust lays on the ledge.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 2:33PM
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mgkinz, that is one drawback, the edge does collect dust. That's one reason I'm glad I went with flat panel drawers so I only have to dust the doors.

I don't think that raised panel doors combined with shaker drawers would look right on the same run of cabinets, but I could be wrong. You might be able to get away with two different profiles on different areas though, like your island and perimeter.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 2:38PM
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It's funny because I have a raised panel with molding trim sample door that I've been hauling around to color match and I just noticed how dusty it looks. I was starting to think I'd be better off going with a shaker style that wouldn't have as many creases to collect dust. Maybe it is so dusty because it is laying flat rather than hung as it would be on the cabinets...?

    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 3:48PM
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Check out Ricklish's kitchen in the FKB. She did raised panel doors with shaker drawers. Here's the link:

Here's a bottom run of cabs in my kitchen (back in the remodel days). We have raised panel doors and raised panel drawer on the bigger drawers and flat shaker drawers on the top smaller drawers.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 4:20PM
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