Stone and tile continue to be a top choice for kitchens. They are durable, long lasting, beautiful, versatile, and easy to clean. In addition, there are hundreds of varieties and can be personalized with choices in color, layout, texture, and even the addition the of items like listellos and mosaics.
Kitchens are becoming more personalized. People don't want what their neighbor down the street has, they want rooms that speak to their personal style. Color is a great way to do this and kitchen are becoming much more colorful. Although wood will always be a top choice for cabinets, painted finishes are on the rise. More cabinets are moving towards saturated jewel tones or light airy hues. Custom colors are also popular for high-end, very modern kitchens.
Cabinet manufacturers all seem to offering more and more wood options these days. The biggest addition to most lines is a rustic wood choice. From entry-level to high-end, they all seem to be incorporating a “knotty” or “character” style wood. One nice advantage of this is that pieces that would normally have been discarded for flaws are now being used, thus utilizing more of the tree in the manufacturing process.
The best way to incorporate personality into a kitchen is to mix materials. No longer does a kitchen have to be all one wood tone, and one finish. By mixing it up you can create a custom kitchen that reflects your own personal style and taste.
A final thought on growing cabinet trends is the increase in popularity of inset doors (door that are flush with the frame, instead of sitting over the frame). These have always been around, but have previously been reserved for higher-end custom cabinets. More companies are now offering this option at an affordable price point, making this design more universal for all.
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Options for countertops are always changing and ever evolving. Natural stone is still an ever important part of kitchen surfaces, but engineered stone is still on the rise. As people experience the drawbacks to natural stone, such as maintenance and staining, materials like quartz, recycled materials, and solid surface will continue to rise.
One clear advantage to these materials gaining in popularity is that the options for finishes will continue to improve and diversify. A few of these changes includes making countertops with built-in antimicrobial protection by Silestone.
Companies are also increasing texture options like crocodile skin, lace, leather or honed (non-glossy), and a bumpy texture called volcano.