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, Nancy Matsumoto is a writer and editor who covers sustainable agriculture, food, sake, arts and culture.

Cabinet Envy

Cabinet maker KraftMaid, based in Ann Arbor, Mich., offers choices in kitchen door styles, finishes and hardware. Sarah Reep, KraftMaid's director of designer relations and education, offers these insights into what cabinet styles are popular in different cities. All prices are suggested retail prices per linear foot.

Lyndale Cherry


Seattle buyers favor what Ms. Reep calls the "Starbucks look": Clean cherry wood design in a peppercorn finish, mixed with frosted glass windows. Influenced by the city's role as a hub of innovation and technology, customers like to incorporate tile, glass or quartz accents for a look that's "crisp and colorful without being loud and gaudy," she says.

Sedona Cherry


Chicago is strong in "transitional design," meaning classic with a contemporary twist, says Ms. Reep, like these cherry wood doors with a cognac finish and aged pewter hardware. A different colored appliance or stool can add a "bit of punch," she adds, in a look that references Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School's "Midwestern values of good quality, design and architecture."

Amhurst Hickory


Denver residents go for designs that reflect the beauty and colors of the land as well as rougher-hewn materials, like this kitchen's hickory cabinets in honey spice finish. "The overall color palette is rustic, matched with earth-toned paint colors, but appropriately dressed up for city life," says Ms. Reep.

Portland, Maine
Vanderbilt Maple


"Early Restoration Hardware" is the way Ms. Reep characterizes a kitchen cabinet style popular in Portland. Maple door panels, sage finish and a maple glaze—combined with glass doors and antique nickel accents—she adds, impart that "farmhouse feeling, of getting away to the country."

Washington, D.C., and Atlanta
Rutherford Maple


"A little bit of a White House feel, much more formal and great for entertaining," says Ms. Reep of this favorite kitchen cabinet look among Washingtonians and Atlantans. Dove-white-finished maple cabinets, glass panels, Federal moldings and Roman spindles that support the island add to its classical feel.

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