Cabinet Design

Successful bathroom design incorporates more than just the basics. And while these spaces can be an ideal canvas to experiment with different color palettes and materials, they must also be practical for everyday use. This Kitchen and Bathroom Design article addresses the need for functional storage – so each personal item has a “home” that’s tucked away, eliminating unnecessary clutter. When we work with multifamily developers to choose bathroom cabinetry, we gain an understanding of how we expect the space will be used and then model our designs accordingly by varying the depth of drawers and adding customized features like built-in storage dividers. For more on the importance of bathroom storage, read the full Kitchen and Bath Design article here....

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At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’m going to compare kitchen cabinet design trends to fashion – again. It’s funny how there’s such a strong correlation, or maybe it’s just my passion for fashion rising to the surface. In any case, as with fashion, trends are cyclical, and when they return, there’s frequently a timely update to the style.  Cabinet color is no different. And, black as a cabinet color is back – in a chic, simple way. But before we talk about how it’s being used now, let’s look at the evolution. In the early 2000s, black was popular but not on its own; often, it was used over another color to achieve a distressed appearance with the underlying color peeking through. It was a very specific look and more popular in single-family homes than in multifamily, which at the time favored maple shaker-style cabinetry. Black has also commonly been associated with the classic bachelor pad and other designs considered to be more “masculine.” Today, black has replaced white as the preferred neutral color in kitchens. In apartments, we’re installing cabinetry that features a soft- to super-matte black finish that absorbs the light. This is sometimes carried over...

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Some cabinet trends are cyclical, evolving just like fashion does. If they didn’t, we would all still have harvest-gold or avocado-green in our kitchens. Other designs are timeless, with lasting appeal. Frequently, cabinet trends are driven by which interior design styles are most popular depending on where you live. This recent realtor.com article identified the top interior design styles across the country – state by state. Turns out, the industrial aesthetic, known for its exposed brick and unfinished floors and cabinetry is tops in 12 states – spanning the entire country – from Alaska to New Hampshire and 10 others in between. While the industrial aesthetic ranked most popular, vintage and “shabby chic” ran neck-in-neck for the No. 2 and 3 spots, respectively. Noting the popularity of these three styles, we thought we would explore how they can be applied to cabinetry design, whether it’s in a single-family home or a multifamily building with a variety of unit configurations. Industrial Exposed brick and ductwork combined with high ceilings, unfinished concrete floors, large windows and expanses of open space are hallmarks of the industrial style. Homes decorated in this style also commonly feature a mix of weathered wood and metal furniture, open shelving and storage...

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