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Top 10: Kitchen Cabinetry Trends
Floor-to-ceiling shelving? No problem. More cabinetry choices have made it possible to skip the formula and let your style preferences and the way you cook lead the way when it comes to outfitting your kitchen. There are considerations of safety and practicality that influence all cabinetry setups, but a good kitchen designer...like AK...can help you get everything you want.
- For years, beautiful china and heirloom accessories were kept behind closed cabinet doors or out of the kitchen completely. Now, however, displaying these pretty items has become increasingly popular, and manufacturers' varied options make doing so easy.
- Twenty years ago, kitchen cabinets were well-equipped if they included a lazy Susan and a built-in spice rack. Now storage options are plentiful, ranging from roll-out trays to bread boxes. What's most interesting about the concealed features, though, is where and how they're hidden. Where you'd expect to find swinging doors opening to reveal storage inserts, there are pullout doors attached to shelves for pots and pans, holders for recycling and garbage bins, and racks for canned and dry goods.
- Appliances might be more intelligent, efficient, and feature-packed than ever, but that doesn't mean they're grabbing the spotlight in today's kitchen. On the contrary, cabinet manufacturers have made it easy to hide dishwashers, trash compactors, and icemakers behind panels that match adjacent cabinet doors. They're proving it's even possible to hide the kitchen's age-old sore thumb: the refrigerator-freezer. Not only can it be encased in cabinet-matching wood, but it's now more likely to be built in.
A good finish can help take a cabinet from a piece of wood to a work of art. Distressed finishes are still popular, particularly when they're used to add premature age, but today's look leans more toward worn than crackled.
To create the effect, painted finishes are rubbed away in areas to reveal the natural wood underneath, then finished with a glaze that darkens any grooves or embellishments. Similarly, multiple layers created with any combination of paint, stain, and glaze bring depth and richness to a natural wood surface.
- A range of colors achieved through various finishing techniques has made it appear that new and unusual species of wood are taking root in today's kitchens, but in reality, maple is the No. 1 choice for cabinetry, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association. In its natural hue, maple provides a lighter touch than the darker oak and walnut versions used over the years. But it's also just as likely to be stained -- wood-tone or colored -- and appreciated for its grain and hardness.
Yesterday's cabinetry configurations have given way to more interesting arrangements. Instead of lining up units along the top, bottom, and front face, staggered setups are used to create more eye movement and intrigue. Bumping forward the range, cooktop, or sink area by flanking a deeper base cabinet with two shallower ones gives that area prominence. A stair-stepping upper cabinet creates unusual display areas and gives the illusion of height.
- Call it the European influence or a return to this country's early-1900s notions: Many of today's kitchens are assigning furniture duties to cabinetry. Some pieces are freestanding, but others simply appear to be, standing in as china hutches, pie safes, and buffets.
The secret to their convincing performances? This includes moldings that finish off upper cabinets, backsplashes that complement upper and base cabinets, and physical separation from the rest of the built-in units. In fact, these freestanding look-alikes are proving so versatile, they make it easy to carry your kitchen style to a breakfast room or dining room, where storage and display space is always welcome.
A cabinet or island in a color or wood that's different from the rest of the kitchen works much like a patterned scarf with a solid-black suit. More than a finishing touch, by breaking up the monotony, it becomes a pivotal design piece. Today's most popular example is a colored island surrounded by wood-tone or white cabinets. But it's also not uncommon to see a hutch or one section of cabinetry treated in the same manner.
Gone are the days when cabinets were unembellished boxes. Today's most interesting styles take their finishing touches from furniture and architecture. Add-ons such as fretwork light valances, under-counter corbels, and mullioned doors give a standard setup custom appeal. Islands with fancy feet, commanding pilasters, and arched openings achieve a focal-point status that's more a result of style than of location. Carvings, cutouts, and moldings all add emphasis to a cabinet's decorative aspects.
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