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Kitchen Design Trends

Helping you create a better home

Effective kitchen design reaches beyond cabinets. You should consider how your kitchen fits into your home’s flow, what features would help you personalize the space to your needs, and how you will likely use the space in the future. To assist your planning, we've gathered information on the current approach to these and other issues.

Cabinet Color Trends

Overton and Wentworth kitchen with contrasting laminate and Maple wood finishes

Not only do cabinet color trends reflect the most popular shade of hue of the moment, but they also are a deeper reflection of the genuine feeling that people want to take away from their homes. Top trends in cabinetry colors today include refined neutral and earth tones; color blocking in combinations of classic colors; increased depth of color in wood tones and paints; gray acting as a versatile neutral; liberal use of whites and off-whites; and incorporating shades of blue as a soothing option.

Purposeful Design

Avalon bathroom cabinets in Maple Cafe finish

More often than not, homeowners are deciding to stay in their homes rather than sell and begin the search for a new one. Cabinetry design trends are shifting to reflect meaningful kitchens and baths designed with flexibility, style and overall function. Today's cabinets not only exude simplified beauty, but they are satisfying homeowners' desires for greater storage, more organization and ease of use.

Horizontal Orientation Cabinetry

Teagan kitchen with Maple Rouge cabinets in a horizontal orientation

Horizontal orientation cabinetry is quickly climbing to popularity. With base cabinets that have widths of 36 inches, there is little need to stack cabinets vertically up the wall, meaning items inside are easier to find and simpler to reach. Enhancing the horizontal look, easy access drawers and organizational inserts also keep clutter contained and out of sight.

Functional Use Areas

Briarcliff kitchen with a functional area for baking prep

To increase the functionality of a space, homeowners are clustering cabinets together. For example, a baking center in the kitchen is an avid baker's dream, including a counter work surface and storage cabinets for baking pans, pantry items and cookbooks. In the laundry room, a homeowner may incorporate an ironing area with a utility cabinet for the iron, ironing board and spray bottles, and vast storage for laundry or cleaning supplies.

Clean Lines and Subtle Design

Teagan kitchen with clean lines in Maple Rouge finish

For long term design, flexibility is of the utmost importance. Cabinet door styles are meeting these flexible needs through simple, clean lines with smooth edges. This trend is pushing modern cabinetry to a popular choice in today's homes.

Transitional Styling

Kitchen design that transitions into a living space

Open floor plans have a large appeal to today's homeowners, creating a need for cabinetry designs with a transitional design flow to move smoothly from one room to the next. Cabinetry with complementary designs and colors simplify the transition in a multipurpose area, such as a kitchen that expands into a family room or a bath next to a dressing room.

Timeless Design Motifs

Bathroom with Art Deco design inspiration

Art Deco design, first popular in the 1920s, remains a popular choice for today's stylish homeowners. This timeless motif is easily captured in kitchen and bath designs with horizontal and vertical bold lines of color, and cabinetry with chrome fixtures and frosted glass insert accents.

Industrial Materials

Kitchen with industrial-looking accents incorporated into the design

Home interiors are welcoming effects that were once thought to only be for industrial spaces. Exposed copper pipes, burnished and blackened materials and slabs of concrete create a personalized look with industrial character. Achieving this look in kitchens and baths is simple with faucets and cabinetry hardware in industrial-like metals or even mismatched handles.

Handcrafted Looks

Eastland kitchen with glazed cabinets that exude a homemade charm

Kitchen and bath cabinets with distressed finishes and eclectic styling exude a homemade charm, while creating the perfect backdrop for a variety of other sentimental design elements, from rustic kitchen antiques to collectibles from around the world.