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Spot On Tuesday

Hello! I hope you are having a great week so far. Today I have my spotlight on kitchen cabinetry with exposed hinges. Exposed hinges used to be the go to for cabinetry for years and years because almost all cabinetry was constructed with inset doors - this is when the cabinet door sits flush with the frame. Exposed hinges started to disappear when homeowners wanted a more streamlined/modern look for their cabinets (think 1950s metal cabinets) and when people started to use overlay cabinets - where the cabinet door sits atop the frame and the hinges are inside the frame - as a cost savings.

Inset doors have made a strong comeback over the past several years, mostly with hidden hinges though. Now, all of a sudden I am seeing a lot more exposed hinges, like these....

A close up...

I love the look, for some reason though, every time I'm making the final decision on a kitchen design with inset cabinets I go for the hidden hinges. Maybe one of these days I'll go for the exposed hinges. I think they are a must for historic homes and if I ever move back to New England (or better yet actual England!) and live in an old home, I will for sure have them!

What about you? Do you have exposed hinges? Would you use them in your kitchen? Please let me know in the comments.

Thank you for being here today,





Hi, I’m Kerry, a true lover of all things home design.  Thank you for stopping by to check in on the journey.  Please feel free to reach out to me, I love to talk design!

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