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Kitchen Design Trends

Helping you create a better home.

Designing a new kitchen involves more than selecting countertops and appliances. How the kitchen fits and functions within the entire home, and the impacts of technology and sustainability options are as integral to a successful design as selecting an appropriate color palette. To assist your planning, we've gathered information on the latest trends.

Cabinet Color Trends

Calvi kitchen with colorful red kitchen island

Cabinet color trends are so much more than just the particular shade of hue that is popular at the moment. The ultimate form of self-expression and inspiration, cabinet colors are also a true reflection of how the homeowner wants to feel inside their home, based on current surroundings and the way they want to live now and into the future.

Purposeful Design

Elan kitchen island with purposeful design for functionality and organization

To accommodate homeowners' choice to stay in their homes longer rather than sell, cabinetry design trends are filled with practicality, style and overall function in mind to transform any space into a purposeful one. Fashion-forward and purely beautiful, today's cabinets are also fulfilling homeowners' needs for better organization, more storage and ease of use.

Horizontal Orientation Cabinetry

Summit and Contempra kitchen cabinets in a horizontal orientation

Homeowners are shifting their preferences toward horizontal cabinetry for its added stylistic and functional benefits. With base cabinets that have widths of 36 inches, there is no longer a need to stack cabinets vertically. This makes reaching an item in any part of the cabinet easy and quick. To add to the horizontal appearance and easily keep clutter out of sight, integrate easy access drawers and organizational inserts to these wide base cabinets.

Functional Use Areas

Pots and pans pull out cabinet for functional baking area

With organization at the top of many homeowners' checklist, functional use areas are the ultimate solution to a space with everything in its place. For example, an avid baker can easily access baking pans, cookbooks and pantry items by clustering a few cabinets together to create a baking center that includes a counter work surface, along with storage cabinets. In the laundry room, homeowners are creating functional ironing areas with a utility cabinet that has enough space to store the iron, ironing board and spray bottles, along with storage for laundry or cleaning supplies.

Clean Lines and Subtle Design

Soho kitchen cabinets with clean lines

For a long-term design brimming with flexibility and a contemporary appearance, cabinet door styles are becoming simpler, using smooth, crisp lines. This trend is increasing the popularity of homeowners choosing modern cabinetry in their spaces today.

Transitional Styling

Asher kitchen that transitions into a living space

As open floor plans continue to grow exponentially, a need has arisen for cabinetry designs that have a transitional design flow from one room to the next. Incorporating color schemes and cabinetry with complementary designs can create an alluring transition in a multipurpose area, such as a kitchen that leads into a family room or a large bath next to a dressing room.

Timeless Design Motifs

Elan kitchen with timeless design elements, like the frosted glass inserts

Although first popular in the 1920s, Art Deco design can put the finishing touch on any contemporary space. Bold, horizontal and vertical lines of color and cabinetry accented by chrome fixtures and frosted glass inserts capture this timeless motif through kitchen and bath designs.

Incorporating Technology

Soho home office cabinets

Technology increases our connection to family, friends, and people and places all around the world. With technology-friendly cabinetry, always have connections right at the fingertips to accommodate the way that we live now. Install cabinets with built-in charging stations for electronics or create inspirational in-home workspaces for tablets and laptops.

Industrial Materials

Pamli kitchen design with industrial elements

Industrial materials have begun making their way into home interiors, creating urbane, contemporary looks. Exposed copper pipes, slabs of concrete and blackened and burnished materials will create a space that is uniquely expressive and on trend. To enhance this look in kitchens and baths, consider faucets and cabinetry hardware in industrial-like metals or mismatched handles.

Handcrafted Looks

Paxson cabinets with a handcrafted aesthetic

Distressed finishes and eclectic styling can put a homemade spin on a contemporary kitchen or bath. Providing a backdrop for many other sentimental design elements, handcrafted looks add a unique, but fashionable, charm to your space.