Kitchen Cabinet Decision: Glass or Solid Doors?

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I have a bit of a kitchen design dilemma for our new house and I would love your advice! I have two double overhead cabinets on either side of my range hood. At the moment in the plans they all have glass fronts, similar to this layout.

Kitchen Cabinet Decision: Glass or Solid Doors? Gallerie B blog

Heydt Design

Kitchen Cabinet Decision: Glass or Solid Doors? Gallerie B blog

Shophouse Design

I have always loved this look which features in so many of my favourite Hamptons style kitchens. The glass doors are more airy and not as visually ‘heavy’ as the solid alternative.

Kitchen Cabinet Decision: Glass or Solid Doors? Gallerie B blog

Melissa Haynes

Kitchen Cabinet Decision: Glass or Solid Doors? Gallerie B blog

Fleming Homes

Kitchen Cabinet Decision: Glass or Solid Doors? Gallerie B blog

Allison Harper

My issue is that these kitchens all have an abundance of storage, so the glass cabinets can be used to display pretty platters and glassware. My kitchen will have less storage space, so these cupboards will need to house day to day glassware and coffee cups. Therefore I am worried they will look a lot less ‘styled’. Especially with daily use by the girls and Mr Gallerie B.

Kitchen Cabinet Decision: Glass or Solid Doors? Gallerie B blog

Huestis Tucker

I came across these images where the glass features at the top of the cupboard. This might be a good alternative but is it a half-hearted effort?

Kitchen Cabinet Decision: Glass or Solid Doors? Gallerie B blog

Brooke Wagner 

Kitchen Cabinet Decision: Glass or Solid Doors? Gallerie B blog

Brooks and Falotico

I would love to hear your thoughts. Do you have glass cabinets? How do you keep them looking pretty?

Belinda XO

10 Responses to "Kitchen Cabinet Decision: Glass or Solid Doors?"
  1. Hi Belinda,
    I think it’s a great solution. Using glass for the top of the cupboard provides the best of both worlds. As you mentioned in reality no one is going to style their cupboards everyday this way you can hide the mess at the bottom and display some of the less used gorgeous pieces you have.
    I’m looking forward to seeing your home it sounds devine so far.
    Jade

  2. I have two glass fronted cabinets in my kitchen. One has cups the other glasses. The everyday cups & glasses live on the bottom shelf of both of those cupboards & it looks fine. It all stays fairly neat which is generally my doing but you can’t really mess those things up much anyway. My question to you would be why are you worried about how it’s going to look? Does your house need to be on show in case someone pops in? Don’t forget that it’s a home first & a house second. Live in it in the way that makes you feel most comfortable. If you love the look of glass fronted cabinets then go for it. It’s your life & you have to look at them more than anyone else. By all means use them to show off the things that you love but make them work for you too. That’s what they’re there for. If you need to put everyday stuff in there then rejoice in putting the things that you use most often in there. You’ll be able to see them easily. Maybe you can just go for a couple of simple sets of your crockery/glassware if you want it to look more uniform. I say get the look that you love most and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks. Best wishes for your new kitchen 🙂

    • Great advice Natalie, thanks. Yes I probably am guilty of wanting the display home look, more because of my own crazy ways. Glad to hear that the glass front cabinets are working for you too. x

  3. Hi Belinda, I love the glass cabinet look too, but ended up not going with it and opted for solid cupboard doors and I must say, I am happy not to have to stress about the ‘pretties’! I also would need a step ladder to get up to the top shelf to reach anything. I have had them before and it was quite a chore keeping the glass clean, especially if near the stove top. I’ll post a photo on your fb page to show you what we’ve gone with in our new kitchen.
    Vx

  4. Bel,
    The glass near the stove is a pain to clean…with cooking oils, etc. I would go with solid and put your $$ elsewhere in the kitchen. We have one glass cabinet which houses glasses as the everyday stuff looks cluttered in there. I have found it a waste of cabinet space.

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