Steel The Show: The Versatility & Appeal of Metal Cabinet Doors

When designing a new kitchen, bath, media or mudroom one of the first choices a homeowner makes is what species of wood, what style of cabinet and what finish.  I’d like to talk about a cabinet style that is often overlooked: cabinets with aluminum frames.  These are great accent doors to integrate into a larger design also using wood or another material.  Besides providing a great surface to potentially tie into appliances, backsplashes and countertops, Metal doors provide a creative opportunity to define the style of the space with their myriad of glass, 3Form and acrylic inserts. Aluminum and steel doors are not just for contemporary styled spaces, Transitional and Industrial designs can also benefit from the use of this type of door style. Below is an example of a beautiful Transitional design employing metal door frames on either side of the cooktop. The metal and white slab cabinets surrounding them work well together and tie in nicely with the silvers in the countertop.

Souris River Designs, Designer Erika Kelly, Dura Supreme Cabinetry

Below is a Soft Industrial/Farmhouse styled kitchen. As you can see, aluminum and steel doors are not just for modern contemporary spaces.

Space designed by AMI Design Enterprises

One of the great things about this type of cabinet is its versatility in application.  Not only can they be successfully paired with Wood, Laminate, Acrylic and Foil, they can be used in bases (with tempered glass or other shatterproof inserts, or full stainless steel insert/slab), in tall cabinets, in bars and of course in standard wall cabinets with either standard hinging or Stay-Lift top hinging.

Here is a beautiful base cabinet application:

Design by Gwen Adair of Cabinet Supreme, Dura Supreme Cabinetry


Here we see a base (slab steel door) application as well as bifold wall cabinets:

Aluminum and Steel with Vertical Grain Fir, Design by Dura Supreme Cabinetry

Bar installations with metal doors are always a clean look.  Notice in the first image the use of decorative Austral Glass inserts.

Design by Seigles Cabinet Center, Dura Supreme Cabinetry 

Design by Conestoga Valley Custom Kitchens

Design by Stephanie Frees of Plain and Posh, Dura Supreme Cabinetry

Below are a couple of taller metal door designs, both serving as pantries:

Design by Dragonfly Kitchens, Dura Supreme Cabinetry

Design by Kitchens of Diablo, Dura Supreme Cabinetry

Finally here are some gorgeous wall cabinet installations with horizontal hinging.  You will notice the metal stiles and rails can be wide or narrow, brushed or glossy, with almost any pattern insert.  Dura Supreme offers 10 different framing styles, 5 different metal finishes and dozens of inserts from Decorative Glass, Back-Painted Glass, 3Form Resin, Parapan High Gloss to Stainless Steel. 

Design by Chelsea Atelier Architect

Design by Gwen Adair of Cabinet Supreme, Dura Supreme Cabinetry

It is also possible to go with all metal uppers, which nicely balance out the stainless in the range and dishwasher below them.

Design by Conestoga Valley Custom Kitchens

We all know that combining textures and finishes in the right doses makes for a more interesting space.  Sometimes with all the flat smooth surfaces occurring naturally in a kitchen we lose sight of this recommendation. Metal doors with decorative inserts change the game- imagine a brushed aluminum framed door with pressed Thatch in 3Form resin giving an organic vibe to a space!  Back painted glass also provides a fantastic way to incorporate color into a kitchen design without having to go to painted cabinetry.  So next time you are pulling together a design for a space, don’t forget the versatile, fabulous metal door and start getting creative!

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