The boundaries between the kitchen and its surrounding living spaces continue to blur. The kitchen is being asked to take on more responsibility and focus in the home than ever before. We know this means that you are constantly busy cooking up new kitchen cabinetry solutions. Here’s a synopsis of which styles, aesthetics, details, and concepts are trending right now. With this knowledge, you can help your clients put their own unique spin on their cabinets—the most prized component of any kitchen project.
European styled kitchen cabinetry by MusaDesign Interior Design
European styled cabinetry is certainly not a “new” trend. But the effortless, streamlined style has finally surpassed “traditional” styled kitchens for the first time in history. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), cabinets in general are getting simpler, more modern and less elaborate.
Recognized by their hidden hinges, soft-close doors and drawers, frameless construction, and full-overlay door and drawer fronts, European cabinetry is clean and sophisticated. Hidden hardware keeps the overall look very streamlined, with fewer visual disruptions. European cabinets are the exact opposite of another of today’s popular trends, the furniture-style cabinetry. The full-overlay design of Euro-styled cabinets creates the look of “just doors,” which is far less “ornamental” than cabinets built to look like hutches and buffets.
A frameless, European styled cabinet box also creates the maximum amount of usable space possible in a kitchen. By eliminating the obstruction of the facefame, you have more valuable space in the width of cabinet openings (as well as the height of the available drawer space.) Basically, you get more area for storage in the same exact footprint than you would with another style of cabinetry.
In addition to more storage space, European styled cabinets also mean less lumber. There isn’t as much wood needed to complete the job, which also means less harm to the environment and a smaller carbon footprint.
Glass cabinet fronts by Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
Touch of Glass
Glistening glass is popping up everywhere in the kitchen, especially in cabinet doors. Replacing wood door fronts with glass is a great way to show off beautiful china or a collection of elegant stemware. Anything you enjoy looking at would be an eye-catching addition to your kitchen cabinetry design.
One advantage of having glass door fronts is instant visual access to your cabinet’s contents. Plus, since you can see what’s behind the door, you’re forced to keep items tidy and organized.
Less is often more when it comes to glass door fronts. Replacing just a few key door fronts with glass is all that’s needed to add interest. If a kitchen enjoys a lot of natural light, the results can be even more stunning, adding even more reflected light to the room.
Combination of light and dark finishes by The Hammer & Nail, Inc.
Two In One
Dual finishes are a classic concept, but they’re now being implemented in modern ways. Using two different colors of cabinetry is a great way to visually break up a large kitchen. Different hues can also help designate various work areas. For example, create a “storage hutch” with warm wood cabinetry and glass fronts, implement a hard-working prep area in white or beige, and build a beverage bar that adds a pop of color with a section of enameled uppers and lowers in a candy apple red or zesty lemon yellow.
One common configuration utilizes white or light cabinets overhead with darker hues on the bottom. When darker finishes are used on the bottom, it appears to “ground” the kitchen and make the uppers feel light and airy. This is especially true when the uppers are in a lighter tone. Use caution if you’re going to switch up the combination, with darker cabinets on top and lighter on bottom. If not properly balanced, the design could end up looking top heavy and feeling awkward.
Shaker it Up
Shaker style cabinets by Studio 212 Interiors
The shaker style is the most common door style in kitchens today. What makes it so popular? It’s simple. The five-piece, flat-panel style is clean and well suited for any style of décor. It can be toned down and minimal or dressed up and exceptionally trendy. Color is one way to play with a shaker style kitchen…a lime green painted finish makes it zippy and modern. Hardware is another. Choosing unique knobs and pulls is one way to add personality and flavor. Antiqued bronze pulls feel very transitional, bright chrome knobs feel contemporary, and hardware crusted in faceted crystal feels very glamorous and traditional. Variations in wood selections and grains also help to set the stage for a shaker kitchen’s personality to shine through. According to the NKBA, shaker style has overtaken contemporary as the second-most popular style (behind traditional styled cabinetry), further proof that this simple, square-paneled door style works for nearly any kitchen.
Or maybe you’re feeling extra brave and conceptualizing something that ties all of the above together into one dynamic kitchen design. While it might lean toward trend overload, I’ll bet a dual finished kitchen, combining a mix of Euro-style and shaker cabinets, featuring glass door fronts would be simply stunning! We’d like to know…what’s trending in your shop right now?