Author: Jane Kelly

Some cabinet designs are timeless – white shaker immediately comes to mind – and will always appeal to homeowners and apartment dwellers. But other styles come and go as the years pass by and preferences evolve.  As designers, we travel the world working on projects, regularly attend trade shows to stay up to date on the latest innovations, and scour the internet in search of inspiration and the newest trends. Drawing on our global perspective, we’ve compiled a list of five cabinet and countertop trends that will have staying power in both residential and multifamily kitchen design in the new decade: Blonde Woods Homeowners and renters alike have been growing more fond of lighter woods for several years, but we feel that blonde tones will gain in popularity. They bring a warmth to a space that black and gray tones simply cannot.  Natural walnut, in particular, is being used more frequently by luxury developers for cabinets and built-in furniture. Thermally fused laminate (TFL), a more durable material, allows for replication of the grain and color tones of woods at a lower price point with rigorous consistency. While some walnut species are dark, the actual colors range from a light tan to chocolate. TFL replicates the...

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If you have a sleek, minimalist kitchen, the last thing you want to do is clutter it up with pots and pans, spice bottles, small appliances and tchotchkes that divert the eye from the beauty of your cabinetry. Not to worry, though. There are plenty of ways to organize in, under, over and around your kitchen cabinets. A recent article on Delish.com lays out 16 easy and inexpensive ways to keep kitchens neat and tidy. Read all about it here.  ...

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We’ve posted previously about the use of metal finishes in the kitchen, most recently about how metals can be the perfect choice for open shelving in multifamily buildings. But if you’re considering incorporating metal finishes into your kitchen décor – or even mixing metal finishes, which is perfectly acceptable these days – there are some design rules you should follow.  This article from the Daily Herald lays out some of those rules, such as avoiding the use of matching sets, limiting how many metal finishes you mix and dispersing the various metals throughout the room.  So, feel free to be creative in your home, by including metals in various finishes and types. Think of it as jewelry: When you wear a stainless steel and gold watch, you can wear silver or gold – or both. As long as you tie everything together, it works....

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