Cabinets have the power to transform your kitchen space! There’s a lot that you can do with your cabinets, and changing them up can give your kitchen an entirely need look and feel. If you’re keeping up with some of the newest in kitchen cabinet trends, you can even create a kitchen that will have your friends and family wowed. Here are a few of the cabinet trends you can expect to see in kitchens over the next few years.
A Modern Look
One of the biggest overall trends you can expect to see in new kitchens is a more modern look. Younger buyers are looking for cabinets (and entire homes, really) that are different from the older homes they grew up in. They want their own style that’s different from their parent’s more traditional kitchen, so you can expect to see things that are a little modernized.
The first of these modern changes makes use of embossed fronts. These cabinet doors feature linear or geometric shapes embossed on them rather than painted on. It stands out a bit, though how much it stands out depends on the design and if that design is emphasized. Some people may want to have these embossed fronts on every cabinet, while others may only do them on the lowers, the uppers, or one section of the kitchen. These doors are typically completely flat, so there aren’t any edges or raised designs that draw attention away from the embossed image.
Another trend with kitchen cabinets has to do with colors, especially aggressive colors. Today’s homeowners aren’t looking for boring brown or dull white cabinets. They want jewel tones—emerald green, sapphire blue, and amethyst purple are very popular colors. They give the kitchen a sophisticated feel that is also somewhat timeless. They’re not a safe color choice, but when used in the right way, they create a beautiful accent color that makes the entire space pop. For example, you might use emerald green for the island, but white for the rest of the kitchen cabinets, or you might have a sapphire blue trim around each cabinet door.
No matter what color you use, you’re going to see kitchens move away from the traditional browns and whites for cabinetry and go with something that has a little more color. That doesn’t mean the entire cabinet is going to be bright and colorful, but it does mean you’ll see more accent tones being used.
A number of kitchens feature glass inserts in the cabinet doors so you can easily see what’s in them, but one new up and coming trend is to replace the glass with mesh. This metal criss-cross insert lets you see what’s in the cabinet but also gives a different look and feel to the space. It’s more industrial-chic than modern. Pairing this metal with a stain or paint color that matches can truly make your kitchen look different. Again, like aggressive colors, you may not want to put metal mesh on every single cabinet in the kitchen. However, you can use it on a corner cabinet or on the large cabinet in the center of the kitchen to really make a statement.
Metallics have returned to the kitchen—stainless steel appliances, cooktops, and sinks are all popular, but you don’t have to stop there. Many people are now using cabinet pulls and other metallic touches to tie everything together and create a very industrial look. These kitchens don’t use small handles or knobs, either. Instead, the cabinet doors have large industrial handles that look similar to those on the refrigerator or oven. Everything is big, bold, and metal. This is often offset with darker cabinet stains, backsplashes, and countertops to really make that stainless steel shine.
Lighting Up the Cabinets
Finally, another trend you’ll likely see in more and more kitchens is the use of LED lights and motion sensors. LED lights are very small, put out virtually no heat, and can last for years, so there’s very little cost or maintenance to building them into cabinets and drawers. Motion detectors may even be used outside of the cabinet. Imagine having your hands full of trash. Instead of putting it down to pull out your hidden garbage can, you could wave your foot near the door and watch it open for you.
These are just a few of the trends we’re expecting to see in the kitchen cabinets of tomorrow. Any way of making the kitchen look different, whether it’s achieved through metal mesh, stainless steel handles, or bold jewel colors, is definitely in.