Despite the tremendous variety of kitchen cabinets, they all come down to two basic types: face frame and frameless. Each has characteristics that greatly affect how the heart of the modern home will appear and function. For the designer, cabinetmaker, and installer, they also determine how the cabinets will be created. Face frame cabinets are the most popular type of kitchen cabinet in North America. Frameless cabinetry was born in Europe after World War II.