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Kitchen Design Trends

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Designing a new kitchen involves more than selecting cabinets and countertops. How the kitchen fits and functions within the home and the impacts of technology and sustainability options are as integral to a successful design as selecting the perfect color palette. To jump-start your thinking regarding the options, we’ve gathered information on the latest trends.

Cabinet Color Trends

Kitchen cabinets featuring two different finishes

Cabinet colors are much more than just a trend. They go beyond what particular shade of hue is most sought after at the moment. Cabinet colors have the ability to portray the feeling that people want to experience while in their home, based on their current surroundings and how they want to live now and into the future.

Purposeful Design

Kitchen featuring an island that has dual purpose for storage and seating

As the number of homeowners choosing to stay in their homes longer rather than sell continues to grow, cabinetry design trends are shifting to accompany that choice. Kitchens and baths are built-to-last with beauty, purpose, and overall function in mind. Today's cabinets are not only appealing on the outside, but they are satisfying homeowners' needs for better organization, ease of use, and more storage.

Horizontal Orientation Cabinetry

Aspen and Derazi kitchen cabinets in a horizontal orientation

More homeowners are choosing horizontal oriented cabinetry in their kitchen and bath designs. Base cabinets with widths of 36 inches minimize the need to stack cabinets vertically, making it much easier to reach items inside. To add to the horizontal look and keep clutter confined, integrate easy access drawers and organizational inserts in these base cabinets.

Functional Use Areas

Hutton craft room cabinets in Maple Thatch finish

Functional use areas have the ability to increase the practicality of any space. For example, an inspired baker can cluster cabinets together to create a baking center in the kitchen with a counter work surface and storage cabinets for baking sheets,  cookbooks, and pantry items. A homeowner could also create a functional ironing area in the laundry room using a utility cabinet for the iron, ironing board and spray bottles, along with storage for laundry and cleaning supplies.

Clean Lines and Subtle Design

Herra and Prestley kitchen cabinets with clean lines and a subtle design

To ensure design flexibility to stand the test of time, cabinet door styles are becoming simpler with clean lines, but beautiful and genuine nonetheless. This trend is making modern cabinetry a popular option in today's homes.

Transitional Styling

Seaton kitchen cabinets in Maple Coconut finish

Homeowners continue to be pulled toward open floor plans, forming a need for transitional cabinetry designs to flow from one room to the next room. Use cabinetry with complementary designs and colors to create an attractive transition in a multipurpose space, such as a large bath next to a dressing room or a kitchen that expands into a family room.

Timeless Design Motifs

Parker kitchen with glass cabinet inserts

First popular in the 1920s, Art Deco design provides a timeless element to any space. This exquisite motif exudes beauty and character, captured in kitchen and bath designs with striking, horizontal and vertical lines of color and cabinetry accented by chrome hardware and frosted glass inserts.

Incorporating Technology

Power Pod installed in kitchen counter, in the open position

As technology grows to connect our lives and our worlds even more each day, today's homes are incorporating cabinetry details to accommodate the way we live now. Cabinetry that is dedicated to making our lives easier, whether it's cabinets with built-in charging stations for electronics or beautiful in-home workspaces for laptops and tablets.

Industrial Materials

Kitchen design that incorporates industrial materials

Industrial effects such as exposed copper pipes, slabs of concrete and blackened and burnished materials are finding new uses in home interiors. In kitchens and baths, this look can be enriched through cabinetry hardware and faucets in industrial-like metals or mismatched handles.

Handcrafted Looks

Alder kitchen cabinets with a homemade charm

Charming and timeless, homemade detailing of kitchen and bath cabinets with distressed finishes and eclectic styling are the ultimate backdrop for many other sentimental design features, from country kitchen antiques to collectibles from worldly excursions.