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Kitchen Cabinet Trendsby Miriam Kasdan
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Attendees of the 2005 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show reported some interesting new trends in kitchen cabinets. If you want to keep up with the Joneses, here's your chance.
First of all, today's kitchen cabinets are more functional, simple and elegant than ever before. And regardless of the price, solid hardwoods--mainly maple, cherry, oak, alder, and birch--are used on cabinet doors and drawer fronts.
Another trend is the growing interest in deep, rich browns, although light and medium finishes continue to be popular. Light woods are seen as less formal than dark ones. Thanks to the influence of the furniture industry, says one New York City kitchen and interior designer, the pendulum is swinging toward more formal looks for the kitchen.
Natural Finishes and Contemporary LooksAlso popular are natural finishes. Consumers are looking at kitchen cabinet woods with naturally dark finishes. Dark woods are being selected, and instead of being stained, they are clear-coated.
Still another trend in kitchen cabinets is a contemporary look, influenced by the European tendency to streamline. To this end, the show featured more slab doors on display. Additionally, buyers of high-end kitchen cabinets prefer less fussy ornamentation, with fewer additional moldings.
When you're ready to replace or reface your kitchen cabinets and you want an updated look, keep these trends in mind, so you can be the envy of your friends and neighbors.
About the Author
Miriam Kasdan specializes in writing marketing and home improvement features. She earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.