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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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If you think cabinets are just for the kitchen and bath, think again. Cabinets have tremendous versatility and can be integrated into the design of virtually any room in the house. Your options are limited only by your imagination and your budget. While cabinets aren’t, and shouldn’t be, limited to kitchens, that room can be a good starting point, establishing a design “base” that can be carried through the rest of a home. Of course, how you use cabinetry depends upon the specific line you choose and how customizable it is, but I’ve used “kitchen” cabinets in libraries, dens, home offices, playrooms, living rooms, mud rooms, bathrooms and even closets – pretty much everywhere they could go in a house. And in almost every design, I treat them not just as storage, but as pieces of furniture that help anchor the space. Think sideboards, hutches, armoires, benches…the list goes on and on. If you’re looking to add cabinetry to a room or replace what’s already there, there are several decisions you’ll need to make that impact everything from cost to design. Stock vs. Custom Cabinetry Stock cabinet lines are less expensive than custom, but you’re more limited with your designs than if you opted...

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It should come as no surprise that fashion trends influences home décor and design. What may be surprising is the rapid pace of this trickle-down effect and the breadth of fashion styles that are now being interpreted in home interiors. Thanks to the popularity of social media networks such as Instagram and Pinterest, high-style fashion is accessible to larger audiences than ever before, and as a result the transition of these trends from runway to other interpretations, such as home interiors, is happening at a rapid speed.