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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 entire home, 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 today's options, we've gathered information on the latest kitchen trends.

Cabinet Color Trends


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

Verano Cherry Java bathroom in a purposeful design

As homeowners choose to stay in their homes longer rather than sell, the importance of purposeful design is at an all-time high. Cabinetry design trends are shifting to portray kitchen and baths with relevance, style, and overall practicality in mind. Today's cabinets set the standards in beauty while also accommodating the needs of homeowners for more organization, better storage and ease of use.

Horizontal Orientation Cabinetry

Hershing Maple Willow cabinets in a primarily horizontal orientation

Horizontal orientation cabinetry is soaring in popularity, and base cabinets with widths of 36 inches or more are the solution to meet the trend. These base cabinets minimize the need to stack cabinets vertically toward the ceiling, giving easy accessibility to reach items inside. Organizational inserts and easy access drawers within these base cabinets add to the horizontal look and are the answer to keeping clutter out of sight.

Functional Use Areas

Functional use cabinets in a laundry room area

The possibilities are endless when creating a functional use area by clustering practical cabinets together. A baker has the possibility to create a baking center in the kitchen that includes a counter work surface and storage cabinets for all things baking. Another possibility arises when a homeowner incorporates an ironing area into a laundry room. With a utility cabinet for the iron, ironing board and spray bottles, and storage for laundry or cleaning supplies, the functionality of the space increases immensely.

Clean Lines and Subtle Design

Rainier kitchen with clean lines and subtle design

For long term design flexibility, cabinet door styles are becoming increasingly simpler with smooth, clean lines. Because of this trend, modern cabinetry has become a popular choice in today's homes.

Transitional Styling

Jordan kitchen with transitional styling

A popular trend in today's homes is an open floor plan, and cabinetry designs have adjusted to satisfy the need that an open floor plan presents - a transitional design flow from room to room. Cabinetry with complementing colors and designs can create a smooth and appealing transition within a multipurpose area, such as a kitchen adjacent to a family room, or a large bathroom adjacent to a changing room.

Timeless Design Motifs

Cabinet featuring Art Deco design inspiration

Although first popular in the 1920s, Art Deco design is still a sought after element by today's homeowners. This ageless motif is easily captured in kitchen and bath designs with cabinetry carefully accented by chrome fixtures and glass inserts as well as bold, horizontal and vertical lines of color.

Incorporating Technology

Kitchen cabinet with a tablet holder

As technology continues to connect us to the ones we love, today's homes are meeting this need through cabinetry details that are capable of accommodating the way we live now. Cabinets with built-in charging stations and beautiful in-home work stations for laptops and tablets strive to make our lives easier while helping us stay connected.

Industrial Materials

Sedona kitchen with industrial materials incorporated

Home interiors have begun adopting effects previous only belonging to industrial spaces. Exposed copper pipes, blackened and burnished materials, and slabs of concrete personalize any space with unique character. Easily achieve the industrial look in kitchens and baths through faucets and cabinetry hardware in industrial-like metals or mismatched handles.

Handcrafted Looks

Arbor Rustic Hickory kitchen with homemade charm

Kitchen and bath cabinets with distressed finishes and eclectic styling exude a homemade charm that is unmatched elsewhere, while providing a backdrop for unique, sentimental design elements, from country kitchen antiques to collectibles from the corners of the world.