Inset Cabinets and All You Need to Know About Them
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Inset Vs. Overlay Cabinets

Inset cabinets may be a new phrase around the house, but in reality they are far from young. In fact, these utilitarian cabinet styles have been making a comeback from hundreds of years ago. Popular in the Victorian and Georgian eras, inset cabinets provide plenty of design and functional advantages. They can be a great way to accent the look of your kitchen without sacrificing any cabinet or storage space.

On top of that, they’re also ultra stylish, proving once again that sometimes simpler is better. Whether or not you choose to add a variety of embellishments or mouldings, your inset cabinets really do have a personality of their own. Make it the next big conversation at the dinner table when your family and guests arrive to look at your newly refurbished kitchen. Inset cabinets will certainly spark some talk, and you’ll be glad that your kitchen’s style is finally cohesive!

Determining what makes an inset cabinet is the key to figuring out what sets them apart from others in their class. Finding out if inset cabinets are right for you can be a journey through your stylistic, budgetary, and design preferences. In today’s current remodeling world, many homeowners are switching back to the inset cabinets like ones seen in the past. It offers a unique sense of heritage and ancestry that can keep you connected to the old days, while offering a surprisingly refreshing look to an otherwise bleak kitchen.


Inset Cabinets and All You Need to Know About Them

This kitchen layout appears useful and roomy, with plenty of room for your cooking utensils, appliances, and storage containers. This one is highly regarded for its efficient use of space and attractive aesthetic. The kitchen design by Sticks 2 Stones Designs LLC is really practical.


Inset Cabinets and All You Need to Know About Them

Want a kitchen layout with plenty of room and cabinets to store your appliances and cooking utensils? A lot of attention was paid to maintaining a classic design while making everything look tidy. The Wellborn Cabinetry Design team created a unique design. Wow, I’m in awe of the invention.


Inset Cabinets and All You Need to Know About Them

Want a nice bedroom design that will always motivate and uplift you? This bedroom design is excellent, with inset cupboards that appear quite practical. Such a serene-looking bedroom layout near the lake was created by DD Ford Construction.


Inset Cabinets and All You Need to Know About Them

Do you wish you had a kitchen that looked as neat as this one? With the inset cabinetry, this kitchen is the epitome of beauty and elegance. In a word, Attribut’s kitchen design communicates cleanliness and efficiency.

Quite Classy & Clean

Inset Cabinets and All You Need to Know About Them

Want a stylish, modern kitchen that makes your entire kitchen appear well-organized and bright all at once? Everybody will adore the usage of glass inserts in the cabinets. The kitchen design by Jennifer Tulley Architects is amazing.


Inset Cabinets and All You Need to Know About Them

Want a clean, natural-looking kitchen design that is also bright and energizing? Everyone would concur that this kitchen design by Diamond Cabinets radiates a quiet and tranquil kitchen design with abundant natural lighting.

Luxurious & Ladylike

Inset Cabinets and All You Need to Know About Them

Imagine having a well-designed, multipurpose bathroom that appears both spotless and bright. In this KKASID bathroom design, everything seems practical and conveniently organized. These gorgeous cabinets are in the primary bathroom.

Olive Green Goddess

Inset Cabinets and All You Need to Know About Them

Do you desire a bathroom design with a natural and organic vibe that will simultaneously make you feel at home and be inviting? This bathroom has exceptional attention to detail. This bathroom design by New Concept 180 is very organic.

[WOOD]en’t You Like To Have These In Your Kitchen?

Inset Cabinets and All You Need to Know About Them

All guests will agree that this kitchen and dining room are worthy of the most upscale of hotels. This appears to be a high-end option, perfect for hosting parties. This coastal kitchen, designed by Stipe Development Co., is a marvel of contemporary architecture.

Got The Blues? Add Some Gold To Brighten Things Up

Inset Cabinets and All You Need to Know About Them

Have you ever wished you had a wine cellar and a kitchen that looked so fancy that you could host dinner parties for your friends? This colorful kitchen layout shows that bright colors are making a comeback. Wow, that’s a lot of blues! What a stunning creation by Bel Arbor Builders, Inc.

Inset Vs. Overlay Cabinets

Understanding inset cabinets is easier when they are compared to overlay cabinets. While looking at inset vs. overlay cabinets, you can easily start to notice some key differences.

Inset cabinets have the following features:

  • Drawers and doors that fit inside of the cabinet frame, rather than sticking out of it.
  • Gives a complete view of the cabinet frame, allowing you to see the full scope of the framework without too many gaps or separations.

When it comes to an inset cabinet, you can run your hand along the surface of the cabinet and you would not feel a protrusion or a noticeable difference between the frame and the cabinets. It will all look and feel like one flat piece. This is the direct opposite of overlay cabinets, which can give you an idea of what those might look like.

Overlay cabinets, on the other hand, provide the opposite effect. Overlay cabinets contain some features such as:

  • Opposite to inset cabinets, overlay cabinets will layer the cabinet doors on top of the frames, with just a little bit of the frame showing through.
  • The amount of overlay can vary to determine the size of the hinges or the overall style of the cabinet.

If the cabinet doors pop out from the frame, it is likely that you have an overlay cabinet. There are also partial overlay and partial inset cabinets, giving you a little taste of everything to better enhance your particular style. Depending on your style and budget preference, there are a variety of different inset cabinet styles to look at that might give you a clearer idea of what you want for your next remodeling goal. If you’ve never tried out inset cabinets before, now might be the perfect time to get started!

Patterns, Patterns, Patterns, Oh My!

Inset Cabinets and All You Need to Know About Them

Want to have a sophisticated and traditional modern bathroom design that is attractive and automated? This one makes stunning use of almost speculative patterns! The bathroom design by Kenowa Builders is amazing.

Irresistible Inset Cabinet Island

Inset Cabinets and All You Need to Know About Them

Everything in this kitchen design, which has a large area and useful cupboards simultaneously, looks great and roomy. The island cabinets in this kitchen are gorgeous! The kitchen design by Kitchen Cove Cabinetry & Design is really lively.

Inset Your Mind Into This Kitchen

Inset Cabinets and All You Need to Know About Them

Everyone will concur that this one appears to be both bright and energizing. This one is both aesthetically pleasing and useful. This great-looking kitchen by Mother Hubbard’s Custom Cabinetry would be great for Sunday dinners.

Marvelous Marble Made For Mama

Inset Cabinets and All You Need to Know About Them

Do you desire a conventional kitchen with a touch of elegance ideal for hosting friends and guests for a drink? This gorgeous marble countertop in the kitchen will be admired by many—such a sophisticated kitchen layout from Formica.

The Benefits of Inset Kitchen Cabinets

Inset kitchen cabinets are very beneficial for a variety of different reasons. Whether you are looking for something to streamline your style or buffer your budgeting needs for renovation, there are a lot of ways that inset kitchen cabinets can help.

For example, inset cabinets can be personalized to match the rest of your kitchen. You can use different types of inserts (beaded, or non-beaded) to determine how exactly the cabinet will be set inside of your frame. Usually, your cabinet will be custom made to design not only your frame, but the rest of your kitchen as well.

You can also add more customizations and modifications to your cabinet. This includes adding a wide range of coloring and finishing options, as well as mouldings, to create something that is truly unique and reflective of the characteristics of your home.

Another reason for having an inset cabinet is that it just plain looks good. People who get beaded or non-beaded inserts really enjoy the variety of ways that their cabinets can be made to look noticeably improved. Plus, they do save a lot of space – even that few inches that would be spent extending an overlay cabinet can really make a difference and make your kitchen feel like a brand new room.

Hip, Chick, & Ready For You To Sit

Inset Cabinets and All You Need to Know About Them

Do you want a modern, airy, and cleanly-designed kitchen in your home that appears big and delicate? The storage options in this kitchen layout are many. You will never run out of room in this kitchen layout created by Steven Miller Design Studio, Inc.

Minty Fresh

Inset Cabinets and All You Need to Know About Them

Everyone will concur that this is such a nice, bright, and contemporary kitchen design that appears incredibly space-efficient and handy. Look at how the counters have been bent to accommodate the cabinets! Stunning work by Turan Design, Inc.

Mediterranean Vibes

Inset Cabinets and All You Need to Know About Them

Everyone would agree that this kitchen design, which resembles one from the Mediterranean era, is excellent. In Dennis Mayer’s kitchen design, everything appears so classic and rustic. A gorgeous kitchen with an authentic European feel!

Go Get ‘Em, Green!

Inset Cabinets and All You Need to Know About Them

You want your kitchen to be cozy and welcoming, so invite your friends to watch you cook. Ourso Designs did a fantastic job creating a kitchen that is both bright and cozy. This kitchen has such a gorgeous appearance!

Inset Door Cabinets

The door of the cabinet is of particular interest when planning for inset cabinetry. Inset doors come from traditional English styles, and there is a bit of poise and history to the art of inset door cabinets. They can be made to sit exactly within the frame, appearing to be one singular flat surface.

These cabinets are the way to go if you are interested in a full view of your cabinet frame. It can offer a lot of spacing between each cabinet, without actually sacrificing the amount of storage space you have inside. This type of cabinetry is flush against the frame, filled with features that can completely transform the kitchen as you know it.

And no, it doesn’t stop there; they can work to complement the rest of your home by giving that look of sleekness and modernity. That’s right; even though they’ve been popular home additions for centuries, there is something surprisingly modern about the way inset cabinets look!

Inset Shaker Cabinets

Inset shaker cabinets are handcrafted for timelessness. They combine historical and contemporary styles by offering flat panels to align perfectly flush within the frame. There is no bevel on the frame either, so you know you are getting a straight fit. They have five-piece doors as their most distinctive feature, with a bit of decorative crown moulding around it. These five-piece doors can either come with five-piece drawers, slab drawers, or partial overlay drawers. The name comes from the religious community in the United States, the Shakers, who took a lot of pride in their value of simple things. It’s a classic and elegant design!

Mission-Style Cabinets

Mission-style cabinets are another distinctive style that was born out of the Arts and Crafts style, in combination with the Spanish Mission styles. It is another simplistic style, just like the Shakers, but with more angular shapes. The fixtures attached to the drawers are elegant yet unadorned, creating beauty out of something common. You can add a simple stain or something like a custom finish to accent the lighter or darker hues around the kitchen.

Modern Meets Comfort

Inset Cabinets and All You Need to Know About Them

Even though it’s a rather standard layout, this kitchen serves its purpose well. Main Line Kitchen Design did a fantastic job updating and modernizing this kitchen. The worktops and cabinetry in this kitchen have a sleek modern design that looks amazing.

Log Cabin Comfort

Inset Cabinets and All You Need to Know About Them

You want to imagine yourself in the countryside. Therefore you’re thinking about designing your kitchen and dining room with a rustic theme. It’s unusual to see many distinct wood species in one cooking space. This Neal Ave. kitchen is stunning.

Trendy Tile Takeover

Inset Cabinets and All You Need to Know About Them

This kitchen is decorated with all the customary trappings of comfort and warmth. The lights create a cozy, homey atmosphere. The glass medicine cabinets and backsplash are a seamless addition to this bathroom’s decor. Shoreline Cabinet Company truly outdid itself with this one.

Inset Cabinets Introspection

Inset Cabinets and All You Need to Know About Them

This kitchen’s design is meant to evoke a sense of romance. This kitchen layout is the epitome of warmth and romance. We love the warm tones and crimson hues! That kitchen is lit, man. Wow, John Kraemar & Sons outdid itself with this one.

Raised Panel Cabinets

Although not technically full inset cabinets, raised panels offer just a touch of dimension — which is perfect if you’re looking to get the best of both worlds. With most raised panel cabinets, the cabinet doors have a panel that is raised a little bit higher than the frame surrounding it. You can add squared or arched edges for something different, which adds a little extra to your design enjoyment. A panel goes inside of the already-cut grooves to create this three-dimensional look. Another great reason to invest in raised panel cabinets is to incorporate them as a part of your kitchen fixtures, so you can easily hide appliances or other machines behind it. That way, your kitchen will remain sleek and smooth with an un-cluttered facade.

There are several more exciting inset cabinet styles to discover. If you are interested in this style for your next remodeling project, you can easily browse your selections online to see what kind of ideas and inspirations strike your fancy.

Which Cabinet Will You Pick?

From insets to overlays, it’s easy to see why a homeowner would want the best of both worlds. If you are looking for something traditional and dimensional, overlay cabinets may be your best friend. But if you want something that will really turn the design of your kitchen around, through smoothness and a flattened appearance, you might want to give inset cabinets a try. Although their rising rate of popularity would imply that they are the new fad, they have actually been around since the 1700s in traditional colonial and Victorian homes. Not only are they major space savers, but they offer a beautiful and elegant look that you may never have been able to achieve before with your more standard overlay cabinets.

Kitchen remodeling is one of the most exciting projects to invest in, especially if you are a new homeowner. If you have a clear style and price set in mind, you can determine whether inset cabinets are in your future. If you need further assistance, a remodeling specialist can help you make the most informed choices. For further reading, check out Remodeling 101, a free homeowner’s guide available for download at Sebring Design Build. Learn how to ask the right questions and get the right answers so you can start on the project of your dreams!

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