The number one function of kitchen cabinets will always be storage. This is a widely-accepted fact. However, cabinets are no longer seen as solely utilitarian — they are increasingly becoming an integral part of kitchen design. With more styles and materials available than ever before, cabinetry is seizing the moment to become the centerpiece of the kitchen. With this in mind, what are the top cabinetry trends for 2018? Read on to find out.
Oak is back.
In the 1970’s well into the early 90’s, oak was the material of choice for cabinetry. Well, don’t look now, but oak wood cabinetry is starting to creep back into the kitchen. Many homeowners are seeking connections to their past and a renewed attention to vintage. The appeal of oak is that it provides a dimension and texture that can be layered into any space, creating a blended balance. Oak cabinetry is versatile in its look, as it can be used to give convey clean, modern simplicity or to complete acommon rustic look. This is why oak, despite its association with the past, is becoming more popular option in cabinetry construction.
Homeowners are no longer satisfied with cookie-cutter kitchen designs. They want something unique that builds character and personality or provides a bold statement. Color is one of the most effective ways to take notice. A different color of paint on your cabinets can make all the difference and set your kitchen apart from the rest. Many manufacturing companies are taking notice, too, teaming up with paint companies to provide a limitless array of color to satisfy every taste.
For cabinetry, homeowners are favoring customized colors that perfectly fit their kitchen spaces. Neutral colors are currently big favorites with tones like grey, yellow and soft greens, but don’t count out the darker color pallet. Black, navy, and emerald green have the high-end allure many desire.
There are three major color categories you can choose from: light, medium, and dark. Light tones are mostly the neutrals mentioned above. They are loved for their simple, soft, clean look. They project a timeless style, perfectly complementing other elements in the kitchen. Medium toned hues are the most common. Here, standard shades of blue, grey and yellow are popular. On the extreme end of the scale, there are dark shades. Here, emerald green, inky black, navy blue and jeweled plumb tones are gaining in prominence.
Less is more.
One of the more striking trends has been the adoption of clean aesthetics in cabinetry construction. This minimalism trend is likely to continue into 2018 and beyond. Modern cabinets are free of the ornate design work often found in traditional cabinet door styles. They feature a recessed panel door with smooth edge profiles and simple clean lines offering only the simplest of design elements. Even the handles themselves come in low profile styles, not demanding too much attention. Essentially, all the clutter has been pared down to the bare minimum.
Multiple finish colors.
Homeowners today have an almost endless list of cabinet finish colors and techniques. From warm browns to weathered gray, the choices are mind-boggling, and homeowners are taking advantage of these unique choices. One of the major trends of 2018 involves mixing different finish colors for a completely unique look. You might have the upper cabinets finished in painted white while the base cabinetry is a natural wood look. It’s all about creating an interesting design by combining different bits and pieces. Like with most other areas of the house, homeowners are looking to imbue their kitchens with a personal touch, rather than use the “same old, same old” designs. This trend is just an expression of the desire for more personality.
The use of LED lighting is exploding, as homeowners change over from traditional incandescent bulbs. It provides good lighting for activities, comes in a variety of colors, and the bulbs last for a long time. This has made it a popular option for under-cabinet lighting. Under-cabinet LED lights come in different forms, including pucks, strips, and bars. When fixed under the wall cabinetry, they help add light to the working area as well as improve the overall ambiance. LED is not the only type of lighting that can be fixed under the cabinet. You could opt for fluorescent fixtures, which are almost as energy efficient as LED and produce minimal heat. Xenon lights give off some heat but they can be dimmed and have an attractive warm glow. Halogen lights are another possibility, but some find that they give off too much heat which could affect foods or drinks you have stored inside the cabinet.
This is just a sampling of the exciting trends driving cabinetry. We’d love to show you how new cabinets can make your kitchen “pop.” Contact us today to find out more.