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Modern, Transitional, and Traditional Cabinetry: What’s the Difference?

There’s a lot to take into account when deciding on the style of your cabinetry, whether it be in your kitchen, in your bathroom, or in your closet. After all, cabinetry is something you’re going to see and use every day, so you want to make the right decision. There are cabinets that save space, cabinets that never go out of style, and some that do both. Keep reading to find out how different cabinet styles compare.  


GMW Adelia Web 20, cabinetryModern cabinetry is inspired by European design and functionality. The cabinets take up less space, making them an ideal choice for those living in tight quarters. “They [modern cabinets] are defined by an angular design marked by simple flat slab doors, raised panels, and minimal decorative features, typical of mid-century furniture designs. They come with clean lines and plenty of open spaces, and are adorned with minimal ornaments, most of which are industrial materials,” says Dwelling Decor. Modern cabinets can also be styled in a variety of ways, making them a popular choice among homeowners today. Some modern cabinet features include:

  • Straight Lines
  • Flat Features
  • Simplicity
  • More Functional
  • Space-saving
  • Frameless
  • Minimal Design Features
  • Industrial Materials
  • Bold Coloring 

To see some examples of modern cabinetry, take a look at our work on the Hogstom Residence.


Transitional Cabinetry, Gator MillworksWant the best of both worlds? Transitional cabinetry is the ideal mix between the design and overall aesthetic of the traditional look and the functionality of the modern look. What’s great about transitional cabinetry is that it doesn’t necessarily have to be 50/50! You can incorporate your favorite aspects from both the traditional and modern designs to create something that looks timeless while also being practical in your space. This can include features such as:

  • Warmer Wood Tones
  • Simplicity
  • Industrial Materials 
  • Sophisticated Look
  • Practical

Take a look at how we styled transitional cabinetry in the Vahalla Lot 3 to get a better idea of how it can be used in your home. 


Traditional cabinetry consists of a timeless look that incorporates elegance and sophistication that has held up for centuries. “The traditional style is rooted in the timeless design features of 19th century Europe and early America, which focused on natural materials and ornate, decorative elements,” says With its warmth and intricate designs, it’s no wonder this look is a classic. Some traditional cabinetry features include: 

  • Five-panel Doors
  • A Face Frame
  • Overlay
  • Raised Panels
  • Arched Designs
  • Carved Details
  • Curves 
  • More Formal
  • Natural Materials 
  • Warmer Wood Tones

While traditional cabinetry usually holds a set of standards or features popular with its name, there is always room for personal style to be included. Check out our work from the 166 &167 Greystone Residences to see the use of traditional cabinets in action. 

The style of cabinetry you choose can determine the feel and look of your entire home, and we understand how difficult it can be to choose the right style for you. For more style inspiration, check out our portfolio. If you have any questions or want to set up an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact us!


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