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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

Amstead off white kitchen cabinets

Cabinet color trends are not only focused on the popular hue of the moment. Additionally, they are a representation of how people want to feel when inside their homes. Current surroundings and how the homeowner wants to live now and into the future contribute to the overall feeling.

Purposeful Design

Northrope bathroom cabinets in a purposeful and functional design

Homeowners are increasingly deciding to continue living in their current homes rather than search for a new one, and cabinetry design trends are shifting to reflect practical kitchens and baths designed with purpose, style and overall function at the forefront. Today's cabinets not only look great from the surface, but they are accommodating homeowners' wishes for better organization, more storage and ease of use.

Horizontal Orientation Cabinetry

Kitchen cabinets in a horizontal orientation

Kitchens designed with cabinetry in a horizontal orientation are steadily growing in popularity. Base cabinets that have widths of 36 inches or more mean there is less of a need to vertically stack cabinets, making it simpler to reach the items inside. Adding organizational inserts and easy access drawers to these wide base cabinets enhance the overall horizontal look while making it easy to keep clutter contained.

Functional Use Areas

Baxter craft room cabinets in Maple Thatch

Homeowners are grouping cabinets together to increase functionality. For example, a resourceful baker may create a baking hub in the kitchen that includes a counter work surface and storage for all baking necessities like pans and cookbooks. Or a homeowner may increase the functionality of their laundry room through the creation of an ironing area. With a utility cabinet for the iron, ironing board and spray bottles and storage for laundry or cleaning supplies, a functional ironing area is the solution for practical organization.

Clean Lines and Subtle Design

Kitchen cabinets with clean lines and a subtle design

To fulfill long term design flexibility, cabinetry designs are migrating to a simpler look, using subtle details. This trend is proving modern cabinetry to be a popular choice in homes today.

Transitional Styling

Dark Cherry cabinets that transition from the kitchen to dining area

Homeowners continue to see open floor plans as the way to go, developing a need for transitional cabinetry designs to increase the positive flow throughout each room. Using cabinetry with complementary designs and colors can create an original transition into a multi functional area, such as a large bath adjacent to a dressing room or a kitchen that opens up into an inviting family room.

Timeless Design Motifs

Black and white kitchen with Art Deco design influences

Art Deco design, first reaching popularity in the 1920s, is an original choice to bring the past into the present. This timeless motif is being portrayed in kitchen and bath designs with cabinetry accents like chrome fixtures and frosted glass inserts and with bold, vertical and horizontal lines of color.

Incorporating Technology

Power Pod installed in kitchen counter, in the open position

As technology continues to become a bigger component of our world, today's cabinetry details are shifting to accommodate the way that we live now. Installing cabinets with built-in charging stations for electronics and creating unique in-home workspaces for laptops and tablets are practical solutions to stay connected.

Industrial Materials

Manchester kitchen with industrial design elements

Effects often associated with industrial spaces have begun to find their way into home interiors, such as slabs of concrete, blackened and burnished materials and visible copper pipes. In kitchen and bath spaces, this original look can be enriched through cabinetry hardware and faucets in industrial metals or even mismatched handles.

Handcrafted Looks

Gallatin Alder kitchen cabinets with homemade design elements

It's difficult not to be impressed by the charm of kitchen and bath cabinets with homemade design elements. Distressed finishes and distinctive styling provide the backdrop for additional sentimental design elements, from rustic kitchen antiques to collectibles from around the globe.