A look at the “in” cabinet trends for 2017
This year at the 2017 International Builders Show in Orlando, Florida, orange and matte black were announced as the “Color Trend for 2017.” I know this is hard to believe! Stop what you’re doing and look around the space you are in right now, do you see any orange? If you don’t yet, you will soon. Trendsetters are utilizing orange and black all over the kitchen, from cabinets to grout, even on upholstery and exterior siding.
Color is always coming and going; when gray was announced as the color trend of 2002 we were all of the opinion that this would be a short-lived trend. Fifteen years later, gray is still popular and projected to become a neutral. Grays are warming into what is now referred to as “griege,” or gray-beige. However, there are some trends that last and are not as color-centric.
Cabinet color trends that last
Whether renovating or building a new home, white painted cabinetry is still the number one choice of homeowners. One of the most frequently asked questions I hear is: “Are white cabinets going out of style?” My answer is, no, definitely not.
White painted cabinets will always will be in style. Almost everyone loves a crisp, clean, white kitchen. If your cabinets are in good shape and don’t need replacing, but could benefit from an updated look, you might consider painting them. Whether you decided this is a project you would like to take on yourself or hire a professional, painting your existing cabinetry is the most budget-friendly option. Visit your local paint professionals to find out the best paint for your project, or to find a painter. While you’re painting those cabinets, make sure you change out the decorative hardware (knobs and pulls); nothing says 1982 like a shiny brass knob.
I am, however, noticing a resurgence of bold colors on the kitchen island, accenting the white. In most kitchens, the island is not only functional, it is a focal point. Islands are the place where a homeowner can express creativity and show a hint of their hidden personality. Colors such as bold greens and vivid blues, or a dark stained wood, are making the island appear more like a custom piece of furniture.
Cabinets and kitchen design
Another consideration is the style of the cabinet to select. No matter what you call it, the Shaker, Mission, or Prairie-style door is by far the most popular one. The reason is that it is a simple design, it’s easy to clean, and you can add character by using different styles of decorative hardware. A cup pull gives the shaker door a country feel; a bar pull will feel more modern. And that is the secret to the Shaker door’s popularity—its versatility.
The latest trends continue to indicate wood as the preference, however, several of the cabinet manufacturers are introducing metal in their new lines. The old-fashioned metal, favored in the 1950s, may soon reappear in a more modern style in the near future.
Cabinets that consist of all drawers are very popular right now, especially when you include inserts. Clients are storing dishes, pots and pans, and glasses in the drawers. Having these everyday items located below the counter top also helps with accessibility for younger children or anyone who may have limited mobility. Whether you have the drawer by itself or in combination with a roll out tray, opening it requires fewer motions than an upper cabinet, making it very useful for the elderly. Full extension drawer glides with soft-close are truly the way to go.
Another trend I see is making the kitchen “multi-functional.” Most of our clients are renovating to open the kitchen up to the rest of the home. They want the cook to be a part of the family action and not separated or relegated to the “scullery.” Cooking has also become a group activity for family members, as well as entertaining. At a party, everyone always ends up in the kitchen, right?
Now more than ever, it is not the size of the kitchen that matters as much as its functionality. The utilization of every possible space available will provide an enhanced room and experience. Working with a professional can help you with the design of your kitchen and they can provide extremely helpful suggestions to maximize your space and create a more efficient design.
Cabinet hardware options
Stainless or brushed nickel are still the most popular materials for cabinet hardware. Emerging as one of the newest offerings is brushed bronze or French gold. Oil Rubbed Bronze is still favored, but is not as readily available as it used to be; most vendors are replacing that finish a with matte black option. Additionally, if you are interested in a more modern look, you may opt for no handles or knobs at all. Some cabinet manufacturers are now incorporating a “touch-to-open” technology which is very popular on wastebasket cabinets.
If you know someone who has recently completed a kitchen renovation, ask them for a referral. Most design professionals will meet with you in their showroom at no charge for the first consultation. All you need to do is take a few measurements, do some research on appliances, and make time in your schedule to sit down and chat about your project. It will be time well spent.
Bethanny Fox is a kitchen and bath designer and showroom manager for Golden Rule Builders. For more information on cabinets or building needs, she may be contacted at (540) 788-3539 or visit their website at www.goldenrulebuilders.com