New Traditional Kitchen: Shaker-Style Kitchen Cabinets in Color

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As someone who is perpetually considering refacing my kitchen cabinets, I am always on the lookout for ideas to use once that day finally comes. Just painting is not an option in my kitchen: the current cabinets are beige laminate with those flush, all-the-way-across, wooden pulls so popular in the late '70s/early '80s. The idea I am seeing a lot lately (like in the recent tour of Allison Burke's house) that I think has a really fresh look plus staying power is the colorfully-painted Shaker-style cabinet:

While a natural wood Shaker-style cabinet door is beautiful, it can also look a little too commonplace. Build that same cabinet door in a paint grade poplar and give it a coat of a brightly-hued paint and you liven things up considerably. The style keeps things grounded while the color allows for a little self expression. If you tire of it in a decade, you can always cover the color with white or gray, and that Shaker style is here to stay.

What do you think of this style of kitchen cabinet door?

(Images: Adrienne Breaux)