A. Mixing and matching different styles of cabinet handles, knobs and pulls is a way to add visual interest to your kitchen. You can use one style of hardware for wall cabinets and another for base cabinets, and you can use a third, different style for drawers.

Some people like to use cup pulls for drawers and bar pulls for their kitchen cabinet doors.

You can even mix cabinet hardware finishes if you want a bold look. The variety of available finishes provides the freedom to mix and match.

Read more in our article about kitchen cabinet hardware.

A. The number of available kitchen countertop materials today is greater and more diverse than ever.

Choices include

  • bamboo
  • butcher block
  • concrete
  • engineered stone
  • glass
  • granite
  • laminates
  • limestone
  • marble
  • metal
  • natural stone
  • paper composite
  • porcelain slabs
  • quartz
  • quartzite
  • recycled glass
  • sintered stone
  • solid surface
  • stainless steel
  • travertine
  • wood
  • zinc

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A. Choices for kitchen countertops include stone, wood, glass, quartz, concrete and laminates, to name only a few. Is any one of these the “best”? The decision comes down to what you like, the look you are going for in your new kitchen and, of course, how much you want to spend on countertops.

Read more about countertop materials, including my recommendation, in our article

A. “Shaker” refers to a style that has become popular because it’s classic, simple and timeless. It’s extremely versatile and works with Traditional, Transitional and Contemporary designs. And it’s known for its excellent craftsmanship. The cabinets used in today’s Shaker kitchens reflect the type of furniture built by the Shakers. The most well-known feature is the 5-piece door with flat panel.

Read more in our article about what goes into a Shaker style kitchen design

A. Framed cabinets have what is called a face frame that is attached to and covers the front of the cabinet box. Cabinet doors get attached to the face frame, creating a strong, sturdy cabinet.

Frameless or unframed cabinets don’t have a face frame. The cabinet door creates the “face” of the cabinet. Some people think they’re less durable than framed cabinets because the cabinet door gets attached directly to the cabinet box. Frameless cabinets are slightly larger because of the space saved by not having a face frame.

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A. The choice between framed and frameless cabinetry comes down to your personal preference and the style you want. The only difference between framed and frameless cabinets is the box construction. They are two different construction methods that offer two different looks.

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A. Pros of Face-framed Cabinets

  • Face-framed cabinets are very sturdy because the frame provides a strong area to hang the cabinet doors.
  • Face-framed cabinets provide more sizes and modification options.
  • Face-framed cabinets can accept any type of door and drawer.

Cons of Face-framed Cabinets

  • Face-framed cabinets have less interior space because of the frame.

Pros of Frameless Cabinets

  • Frameless cabinets provide slightly more storage space.
  • Frameless cabinets provide a contemporary, smooth look.
  • Frameless cabinets don’t have a center stile coming down in the middle of the two cabinet doors, providing easier access to the items inside.

Cons of Frameless Cabinets

  • Hinges may need adjusted constantly to keep the doors straight.
  • Frameless cabinets can cost more because of specialized equipment required for construction.
  • Design choices are limited to full overlay only since doors must cover the entire opening.

Read more in our article about Framed vs. Frameless cabinets