Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Walker Woodworking, managing day to day operations, and marketing. Stacey has helped many clients create their dream space.

Why use metal cabinet doors

If there is one thing we have learned about kitchen design it’s that the rules from thirty years ago are no longer enforced as they once were. There is more freedom to express your own personal style into the heart of the home which enables the space to tell your story more accurately. New materials are being paired together to create something unique and wonderful. One of these new combinations is metal and wood, but specifically metal cabinet doors. While not the typical choice for kitchen cabinet design, this choice adds a new dimension to the overall look and feel of the kitchen. It also creates an elegant focal point plus they can be paired with glass front doors to take it to another level. Let’s explore what it means to design cabinet doors with metal and how you can best maximize the effect of it.

Metal cabinet doors

Even though traditional cabinet doors have been made from wood the rules in design have been shifting for many years resulting in thinking outside the box when it comes to choosing your building materials. Metal is now a strong contender in cabinet design for several reasons. It creates a beautiful accent to the overall look of the space, it is easier to maintain, and they can blend with multiple materials. There are several types of metal that can be used like stainless steel and aluminum with a wide variety of finishes such as:

  • Aluminum
  • Oil rubbed bronze
  • Gold
  • Graphite
  • Chrome
  • Silver
  • Copper

These variations mean that metal doors can be used in multiple design styles including modern, contemporary, transitional and even a modern farmhouse look. They can create contrast or bring everything together to create one unified look whether that is your bathroom, kitchen, or home office. Many designers enjoy using metal in cabinet design since it adds another layer of interest to the space plus it is a durable material that can withstand the daily use most cabinets experience. As there are both cool and warm metal tones they can be used for any color scheme you want so don’t be afraid to look at some metal samples with your designer.

Blending metal with other materials

Versatility is an important feature for any product to have since it means they are not confined to one particular use or style. Metal cabinet doors can serve in a wide variety of roles plus they also mix well with any number of materials including:

  • Glass
  • Wood
  • Concrete (think countertops)

The skies are the limit when it comes to creating something new, different, or completely unique to your home. Glass front doors that are framed with a metal are nothing short of stunning plus they add a whole new look to a cabinet design. They also make a beautiful focal point while also highlighting the many other wonderful features in your space. Mixing metal cabinet doors with traditional stained or even painted ones is another option that is sure to get a few wows from the neighbors. You can have your upper cabinet doors made with metal and the remaining ones in wood. This is a great look for a bathroom space too since it immediately adds a luxurious feel to the area. Consider using frosted glass doors here as they give you a little privacy to what is stored there but still leaving the space feeling more open. There is even the option to use metal and wood together in one door style such as a strip of gold finish in a dark wood. Trust us, the results are nothing short of amazing. Some homeowners are looking for a more industrial feel in their kitchen by using a raw concrete countertop which pairs perfectly with metal cabinet doors. So if you are looking for material that would work well with others, metal is the obvious choice.

Where to use metal doors in design

While the kitchen and bathroom are the main areas in the home that have cabinets, there are several other spaces that can benefit from them as well like:

  • Laundry room
  • Mudroom
  • Home office
  • Outdoor kitchen
  • Family room
  • Bedroom

Metal can be used throughout the home even in cabinet design especially since they come in both cool and warm tones. The laundry room is an area in the home that is used on a regular basis so it is important that it is not only functional but inviting. The only thing that makes chores harder is doing them in a place that is drab and boring. Utilizing a few metal cabinet doors, maybe even paired with glass, can instantly transform the space into something a little brighter. Our home office is another space that has become an essential part of our day as many still work from home. Studies show that design plays an important part in how we feel which can influence our level of productivity. How your office looks matters so if you want to renovate your space don’t forget to check out metal since it goes with so many colors and styles. Though it may not be your first thought when redecorating or renovating the family room or even the bedroom, metal doors can add another layer of interest to the design that you never knew was possible. Built-ins with glass framed metal doors always look stunning and make a lovely focal point too. Outdoor kitchens are another great area where metal can give you the function needed. This material is durable and can withstand the elements very well plus it is easy to clean after cooking no matter what was served. Spend some time browsing places like Pinterest and Houzz for more inspiration on how metal cabinet doors can take your home to a whole new level.

Why have metal cabinet doors?

For years metal has served to provide great functionality to multiple industries and products which made it an easy transition into cabinet design. Their successful pairings with other materials and design styles is finally being recognized and appreciated by homeowners and designers alike. Whether you want a floor to ceiling cabinet or a simple mudroom in the entryway, metal cabinet doors are a suitable not to mention stunning choice. They allow you to get creative and forge a look that is unique to your personal style. The durability and timelessness of metal is just a couple of reasons it is trending now and for the foreseeable future. Don’t be afraid to check it out and talk with your designer about how metal cabinet doors can benefit your home renovation no matter what area of the house.