CABINET STYLE: EURO VS. FACE FRAME
EURO OR FRAMELESS
The "Euro" method provides clean lines with a contemporary aesthetic. The cabinet does not have a frame, so the door and drawer faces cover the whole cabinet face. In other words, the doors and drawer faces are the only things you see.
The "Face Frame" style, as TIW refers to it, provides a traditional look to residential cabinets and built-ins. The cabinets are constructed with a solid wood frame around all openings. As a result, the doors and drawer faces fit within this frame. Think of it as picture frame, with the door itself as the the picture and 1 ½" (typical) of wood framing around it. This gives your cabinetry aesthetic greater depth and texture.
Overlay refers to the amount of cabinet face the doors and drawer fronts overlap. The amount of cabinet face frame or box visible when the doors and drawers are closed is called the reveal. Framed cabinets offer three types of overlays: inset, standard, and full.