Popular Cabinet Designs: Inset Cabinets
Less is more – and nowhere can this be more true than for furniture and cabinetry. Sleek and simplistic cabinetry can change the entire atmosphere of a home or the feel of a room. As simple becomes the new fancy, one style of cabinetry – inset cabinets – has grown dramatically in popularity, particularly in the Midwest.
This cabinetry provides a simple, clean and cohesive look characterized by three major features:
- Flush faces on cabinets, doors and drawers
- Concealed or minimal hinges on the cabinet
- View of the entire cabinet face
How are inlay cabinets built?
Most cabinets use overlay construction. Typically, doors and drawer headers are in front of the cabinet’s face frame, and are slightly larger than the openings in the frame, so they “overlay” them. Inset cabinets are different. Inset doors and drawer headers are fitted inside the face frame in a precisely-sized opening. The whole front of the cabinet will smooth and flat so you can run your hand all the way down the surface. Inset cabinets require a high level of precision craftsmanship in the manufacturing process to make sure the drawers and doors fit without any gaps.
Inlay cabinets are a vintage style for kitchens
Flipping through every modern magazine that feature kitchens and bathroom you will see nearly 3 out of 4 pictures featuring inset cabinets or furniture. The cabinets are designed for the new sleek look that most people are striving for in their home remodels. Interestingly enough, inset cabinets were very popular in homes from the ’20s and ’30s. Today’s inset cabinets are returning to this nostalgic styling. They provide a distinctive, traditional, heritage look that many homeowners and professional designers are looking for.
On top of that, these designs can add their flair and feel to a variety of looks. For example, they could be used in a very modern kitchen to add a sleekness to the lines of the cabinet which could work with new countertops. You can personalize your inset cabinets by doing a beaded inset. At the same time, though, inset cabinets could be used to create a cozy, cabin-like feel with warm woods and stain details which emphasize the outline of the cabinet in a way similar to a log-cabin look. In the Blue Terra Green Kitchen, inset cabinets were used to create a smooth and simple look across all surfaces and maximize space for custom features.
Regardless of look, inset cabinetry can lend itself to a new, unexpected and trendy look which can go with whatever customization or look you’re finding in your kitchen.