What Is A Mullion Cabinet Door? Glass Door Cabinet Styles

Learn About Mullions and Glass Door Cabinets

Textured, frosted, mullion or frameless, glass-fronted cabinet doors are a great compromise between open shelving and solid, door-enclosed cabinetry. They keep out dust and debris that affect open shelving while helping to open your kitchen up visually.

Glass-fronted cabinets can be illuminated for ambiance, display your treasures, store functional items and even ease transitions from room to room in an open floor plan. They can also become a beautiful visual focal point in any kitchen. Let's look at some of the many styles, textures, and techniques of glass-fronted cabinet doors available to choose from.

What is a Mullion? The Many Styles of Glass-Fronted Doors:

Mullions are the dividing bars that separate glass panes in a door, much like those found in window panes. For many years, mullioned glass cabinet doors were the most popular choice among homeowners, mostly because there weren't that many styles of glass-front cabinet doors available.

Today, cabinet manufacturers are producing a variety of glass-fronted cabinetry doors to fit any style of kitchen. Homeowners and designers love the flexibility that glass-fronted cabinets offer in kitchen design. Here are some of the innovative trends and uses for glass-fronted cabinet doors that designers include in current kitchen designs.

• Peninsula Cabinets

If your kitchen contains a peninsula that divides your cooking space from another space like your dining room, rather than leaving the space above open, or closing it off with solid cabinetry to maximize storage, consider double-sided glass-fronted cabinets. It's the perfect way to showcase your treasures while allowing a more open feel between the living space and kitchen. Double-sided glass-fronted cabinets also let in more natural light into the space.

• Frameless Glass Front Cabinets

Traditional glass cabinet doors have a wood frame with a glass panel inset. Frameless glass-front cabinets have just a sheet of glass for the entire cabinet front. They offer a sleek contemporary look with decorative hinges and a lack of hardware. You may have to search for this style; many manufacturers do not provide frameless glass as an option. Your design-build professional will source these for you.

• Picture Window Cabinets

This is a creative solution for a kitchen with more windows than wall space! Try mounting your cabinets directly over the windows. Picture window cabinets are designed with no back, so the natural light flows through the windows and glass front doors to create a spectacular look!

• Sliding Glass

This mid-century modern design was fashionable in the 70's. Today, sliding cabinet doors are back. They glide on a recessed track at the bottom and top of the cabinet allowing two sheets of glass to slide back and forth as doors. Sliding glass occasionally will have hardware that is drilled into the glass, but most styles just have a finger pull cut through the glass to keep the lines unobstructed.

• Decorative Etched or Textured Glass

Both framed or frameless glass doors come in a variety of patterns and finishes. Decorative finishes like seeded glass which has small air pockets inside to create a textured appearance, frosted glass, etched glass, stained, leaded, and colored glass are just a few of the choices available.

• Glass Fronted Base Cabinets

Glass fronted base cabinets offer an extra visual focal point that can punch up any design. If you're sitting at a glass-fronted base cabinet, you can accidentally hit the glass so it may not be the best option if you have small children.

• Eglomise

Eglomise is glass that has been painted on the rear face to create a design. This was a popular finish for mirrors in the 19th century and has returned as a decorative finish for glass-front cabinets.


Glass-fronted cabinets offer you the ability to truly customize your kitchen. Whether you choose double glass-fronted cabinets over the peninsula to open up your space or frosted, frameless glass-fronted cabinets for your contemporary kitchen, there is a glass-fronted cabinet option to fit any décor or kitchen style.

If you're considering a kitchen remodeling project and you live in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area, give the expert design team at Forward Design Build a call. We offer a wide variety of glass-fronted cabinet options from some of the top cabinet manufacturers in the country. We help our clients create dream kitchens every day and have the experience and expertise to help you design yours!