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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 kitchen design trends.

Cabinet Color Trends

Cabinet color trends dig deeper than the surface of what particular shade of hue happens to be in style at the moment. Colors are also inspired by the feelings people want their homes to evoke, based on everyday life, and how they envision their lives now and into the future.

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Purposeful Design

As homeowners are more often choosing to stay in their homes longer rather than sell, cabinetry trends are designed with the innovative person in mind. Thoughtful, stylistic, and logical, trending cabinetry designs aren't just for a couple of years. Today's cabinets are not only stunning, but they are accommodating the needs of homeowners for increased storage, organization, and ease of use.

Horizontal Orientation Cabinetry

Cabinetry design with use of horizontal orientation has begun trending in recent times. The need to stack cabinets vertically toward the ceiling is decreased through the use of base cabinets with widths of 36 inches. For a solution to hiding clutter and adding to the horizontal look, add easy access drawers and organizational inserts to these wide base cabinets.

Functional Use Areas

To create functional use areas, homeowners are grouping cabinets together in innovative ways. Imagine a fervent baker who creates a baking center in the kitchen that includes not only a counter work surface, but storage cabinets for cookbooks, baking pans and pantry items as well. Or for the laundry room, a homeowner may include an ironing area with a utility cabinet with room for the iron, ironing board and storage for laundry or cleaning supplies.

Clean Lines and Subtle Design

For a solution that ensures design flexibility for the long run, integrate simpler, clean lined door styles. Modern cabinetry is a popular choice in homes following this trend today.

Transitional Styling

Homeowners continue to seek open floor plans, generating a need for transitional cabinetry designs to flow smoothly from one room to the next. Cabinetry with complementary colors and designs can create an alluring transition in a versatile space, such as a kitchen that opens into a family room or a large bath next to a dressing room.

Timeless Design Motifs

Art Deco design, first common in the 1920s, is still very sought after by today's homeowners. This everlasting motif is being captured in kitchen and bath designs alike with stunning, horizontal and vertical lines of color and cabinetry accented by frosted glass inserts and chrome elements.

Incorporating Technology

As technology becomes increasingly prevalent in our society, today's homes are using innovative cabinetry details to satisfy the way we live now. Whether it's creating inspiring in-home workspaces for laptops and tablets or installing cabinets with built-in charging stations, technology driven solutions are a must for homeowners wishing to always stay connected.

Industrial Materials

As the number of homeowners longing for an industrial atmosphere grows, the use of exposed copper pipes, blackened and burnished materials and slabs of concrete are appearing more than ever before. In kitchens and baths, this look can be achieved through faucets and cabinetry hardware in industrial-like metals or mismatched handles.

Handcrafted Looks

The homemade beauty of kitchen and bath cabinets with distressed finishes/colors and thoughtful styling provides a flawless backdrop for other unique design elements, be it country kitchen antiques or collectibles from worldly adventures.