Cabinet end panel or just paint the side?
I'm building a cabinet with one side that will be exposed. Our current cabinets are laminated MDF, and the side is just exposed with no end panel or anything like that. I didn't even notice the 1/4" overhang between the face frame and the carcass until I started really looking closely at the anatomy of a cabinet. So my plan was just to do it like that. The new cabinet will be stained plywood, so I figured I'd just stain that side and call it a day. Then I started reading about people using end panels.
I'm wondering, is there an advantage? I am going for a higher-end look that our current "apartment" cabinets, but I'm not sure if this is a detail I really care about. I know some people do designs and whatnot, but at the most I'd want something shaker style. It's an interesting idea, but I'm not really sure how it works around the face frames and toe cut-out. Anyone have any ideas, inspirations, or suggestions? Or should I just go with my original plan?