Pairing Your Design Style with a Door Style

One of the earliest decisions in the design process is deciding what kind of style the homeowner is trying to accomplish. Styles can range from Mid-Century Modern to Mediterranean to Minimalist to name just a few. Understanding what vibe you are wanting to achieve will drive the decision on what door style to choose. You may be surprised to know that Dura Supreme offers close to 70 different door styles, and that number increases exponentially considering the 7 species we offer, and dozens of finishes and materials that can be applied. How you configure all of these choices will define your style. Today I will highlight some prominent styles in the marketplace today and pair them with three Dura Supreme door styles best suited to that style. I should tell you though, there are easily more than three door styles akin to each design style; there are alot of right answers!

Modern Farmhouse:

Modern Farmhouse Style, Design by The Working Kitchen, Ltd., New York, Photography by Vicki Bodine

This is a fusion between Transitional/Industrial/Country, and is wildly popular right now.  Door styles that lend themselves to this style are those with clean lines, generally have a flat center panel, and often painted a light color, or stained a light to medium finish. Rustic ceiling beams and ship lap are often a part of this type of design.

Modern Farmhouse Style, design by Jess Cooney Interiors, Great Barrington, MA

Generally we see a lot of Inset styling with Modern Farmhouse, however Full Overlay can also work. The “X” motif is many times integrated either in an island endcap or in a glass door with a mullion.

Dura Supreme door styles that lend themselves to Modern Farmhouse style are-

Dura Supreme's Carson V-Groove Door Style in Inset with a Classic White finish

Dura Supreme's Silverton Door Style finished using Personal Paint Match Program, Sherwin Williams Unusual Grey

Dura Supreme's Hudson Door Style in Hickory with a Caraway finish

Contemporary Design-

Contemporary Design, all Dura Supreme Cabinetry

Here we would expect to see slab-style doors and drawer fronts, either glossy, stainless steel or matte finishes, and if there is wood grain present, it will appear very linear and uniform. 

Contemporary Design, all Dura Supreme Cabinetry

Dura Supreme door styles that lend themselves to this aesthetic are:

Dura Supreme's Metro Vertical Grain Door Style in Shale Exotic Veneer

Dura Supreme's Urbana Vertical Door Style in Textured Foil, Sea Salt

Dura Supreme's Ava Door Style in Grey Acrylic

Another style extremely popular for the last few years, with no signs that it will be waning anytime soon—

Transitional style-

Dura Supreme Cabinetry, Designed by Mingle, LLC, Plymouth, MN

Transitional design can be defined by clean lines, un-fussy details, lighter paints and stains, with refined details that are evident in the lighting and moldings.

If curves are present, they are gentle curves. 

Transitional Style Details, design by Plain and Posh, Illinois, Photography by Focus Pocus

Dura Supreme door styles that work well in Transitional design are-

Dura Supreme's Lauren Door Style in Inset, finished in Linen White

Dura Supreme's Carson Door Style, finished in Linen White

Dura Supreme's Avery Door Style, in Cherry, finished in Coriander stain

Of course in Interior Design I have never met a project that didn’t have more than one right answer (that is what I love about this field), and so while designing your next project keep in mind these are not hard and fast rules. These are just suggestions, and depending on what you surround your cabinetry with, as long as there is not a big disconnect, you can achieve your desired look. Happy designing!


Sandy Kloncz's picture

Sign Up For Cabinet Tips, Trends, & More!