Kitchen saloon doors, or short cafe doors, partially separate the kitchen from other areas in the home and should blend in with the kitchen's decor rather than serve as a focal point. One way to accomplish this is to paint the doors the same color as the kitchen walls.
Alternatively, the doors may be stained to match the woodwork, cabinetry or furnishings of the room that the door faces. Distressed wood finishes are also an option.
Although saloon doors swing open from the kitchen to improve flow, they do not have to look like those found in an Old West bar. The architecture of the doors makes a difference in their overall style. Arched doors look more formal than square or rectangular saloon doors. Adding spindles to the top of the doors makes them more attractive and modern. White or painted louvered doors or those with panels to resemble wainscoting blend in with the decor of many dining rooms, which makes sense if the dining room is on the other side.
Another fun and practical use for saloon doors in this area of the home is to turn the side of the door facing the kitchen into a blackboard. The doors then serve as a place to keep a grocery list or to leave notes for family members.