Less is More with Minimalist Kitchen Design
The phrase “less is more” is not new, more homeowners adopt it as their mantra as trends shift towards minimalist kitchen design. Sleek kitchen cabinets, less molding, and less decorative hardware. Kitchens without upper kitchen cabinets are a great example of a minimalist approach. It is a practical alternative, and can be supplemented with open shelving to compromise on your storage needs without sacrificing the light and airy feel.
Bathroom cabinets are no exception to the minimalist trend. Double floating vanities are a popular choice, coveted for their clean minimalist look with utilitarian practicality. They are an especially appealing addition for any bathroom because of the floor space they free up.
Colorful Kitchen Cabinets
With the growing popularity of the color blue, more people are opting for colorful kitchen cabinets. Homeowners are using color to tailor the design of their kitchen cabinets to suit their style. Color can add depth to the kitchen space, especially if space is short. Your choice of colors can help create the illusion of more space. Contrasting colors are particularly effective at adding depth, and don’t be afraid to go bold with a bright color.
Blue is Trending
Pantone announced in December that classic blue is their Color of the Year for 2020, describing it as a “timeless and enduring hue, elegant in its simplicity.” Pantone is a consulting service that predicts global color trends and advises companies on color in brand identity and products. Paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams has also announced that naval is their Color of the Year for 2020, describing it as a “rich navy that creates a calm and grounding environment infused with quiet confidence.” Naval is a shade of blue that reminds people of the ocean and the skies.
There is undeniably a blue trend in the 2020. One of the appeals of blue is the variety of shades, from softer shades for a clean and tranquil aesthetic to the striking color of darker blues. Cabinetry Factory can produce blue kitchen cabinet and bathroom vanities to customer's needs.
Contrasting Kitchen Cabinet Colors
While gray has long been a favorite kitchen cabinet color, in large part because of how it pairs with white and the way that it grounds the other elements, black has emerged as to challenge it. The pale color schemes of the farmhouse style are going more bold. In fact, expect to see more matte black around the house in a number of places, from bathroom vanities to kitchen cabinets. You can even achieve a matte black look with your kitchen countertops by choosing a honed granite material.
Cabinetry Factory regularly tracks the latest cabinetry trends to ensure we have our finger on the pulse of the industry. White shaker style cabinets seem to be a staple the last few years, but check out what else is hot in cabinets:
They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, and people want their heart to have some style. Traditional wood tones for cabinets are out, and mixed materials are in, especially among millennial homebuyers. Sherwin Williams recently released its Kitchen Cabinet color card, here's what the company had to say:
It's no surprise that home remodeling is on the rise among millennials according to the 2017 Houzz & Home Survey. It only makes sense that kitchen and bath design professionals adapt their business practices to serve their younger audience through technology.
One trend that will continue to grow and make an impact on the cabinet industry is augmented reality. With new apps like those being released by Apple, it is easier than ever for people to see how a specific piece of cabinetry will fit and look in their homes. This type of technology will continue to change the way cabinet companies interact with customers.
According to recent research from Kitchen & Bath Design News and the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence, technology enables clients to visualize the kitchen and bath projects they're considering and it also enables greater efficiency in business operations, saves time and allows for more effective communication with clients, suppliers and subcontractors.
Survey respondents reported their most-utilized technology tools are smart phones (82.7%), company website (77.1%), laptop computers (68.7%), design software (67.3%) and social media (62.7%).
Other commonly used digital tools include tablets, cloud-based storage, contact/email management software and business/design apps.
According to the survey, technology tools are used most frequently in the following areas:
Kitchens today trend toward clean lines and more simple designs, and with fewer wall cabinets and more drawers, the call is increasing for hardware to be more functional. Hardware should minimize noise while making use of every square inch of space. Here are some of the hottest trends in hardware right now according to the Kitchen and Bath Design News:
The kitchen is truly the heart of the home — we know, it’s a cliche, but only because it’s true. Think of the last big party you threw—you had the entire home spotless; you arranged comfy seating in every nook of the living room; you had tables set for buffet and hor ‘d oeuvres — but where did everybody end up gathering? The kitchen, of course! Whether it’s hosting high-class guests or doing homework, it seems the kitchen always ends up acting as the home’s central station. Since we spend so much time in this space, let’s make it as modern, glamorous, and inviting as possible. Here are 10 amazing modern kitchen cabinet ideas that will spark your own kitchen decorating:
1) Veneer Wood Cabinetry Can Be A Warm Kitchen Addition
The use of slab, wood veneer cabinet doors is a trend that adds warmth and depth to a modern kitchen. Slab veneer doors have been popular in Europe for decades and are now finally increasing in popularity in the United States.Certainly there are numerous reasons for this growing popularity. One may suspect this is propelled by the growing trend towards natural products and bringing nature back into the home. Veneer slabs showcase wood grains in a magnificent manner; the grain patterns seem to tell a tale from the tree it originated, so of course nature lovers would enjoy this aesthetic.Buyers must beware of the ranging qualities of slab veneer cabinets. It is best to find a highly-skilled, reputable dealer. Not all veneers are created equal and if done poorly, the edging or banding that holds the veneer in place will peel and/or the laminate can begin to peel or chip. If done properly, you can enjoy decades of warmth from these modern cabinet masterpieces.
2) Add the Sleek Style of Stainless Steel to Your Kitchen
Nothing says sleek and modern more than stainless steel. Most homeowners are opting for stainless steel appliances, even in their country-style kitchens. In order to make this trend completely contemporary, try adding steel kitchen cabinets.Your kitchen will be a stylish modern mecca when outfitted with stainless steel cabinet doors. Aside from the high-end look, stainless steel cabinetry comes with some ups and downs. The down part is obvious, the fingerprints and potential for scratches. However, there are some stainless steel fabrications that claim to be highly resistant to these annoyances.The upside to these steely cabinets is vast. Some of the main perks being: environmental (use of steel over wood), easy to clean, extremely sanitary (which is why they began in commercial grade kitchens), and durable (aside from potential scratches). If solid stainless steel cabinets are out of your price range, then there are options of MDF cabinets that are layered with steel over top. Either way, stainless steel can be an amazing addition to your modern kitchen.
3) Lacquered Kitchen Cabinets Add a Lush Modern Look
Lacquered kitchen cabinets are like a newly painted car parked in your kitchen— bright, shiny and rich in color. Lacquer cabinets are manufactured by a process of applying numerous coats of lacquer, followed by polishing and waxing.If done properly, lacquer finishes can be durable and scratch-resistant. However, most people would say that this type of finish is not the perfect choice for busy families with children because lacquer has been known to chip.If you are willing to risk this, then the high-gloss shine of lacquer cabinets may be the choice for your modern kitchen cabinetry, as its sleek aesthetic is unmatched. You can get lacquer cabinets in virtually any color of your choosing, but be aware that in order to maintain that glossy sheen, you must clean them properly.There are numerous products out there that claim to clean lacquer, but just be sure to use the right thing as some chemicals can actually eat away at the finish.If this is your cabinet choice, it’s probably best to ask the manufacturer for cleaning instructions.
4) Floating Shelves Can Replace Kitchen Cabinetry
The epitome of modern design is clean lines. What better way to achieve a clean, open floor plan than by doing away with kitchen cabinets and installing floating shelves, instead?Floating shelves add straight lines that pair well with any modern or contemporary decor. Most homeowners opt for this style for the upper cabinets and then have closed cabinetry doors for the bottom half of their kitchen. This allows for storage of all those unsightly appliances and utensils.A few wooden floating shelves in combination with a glass backsplash or shiny subway tile backsplash will take your kitchen from blah to breathtaking! The only downside of floating shelves is the lack of hidden storage. It takes a very organized person to keep these open units from becoming cluttered and unsightly.
5) Modern Kitchen Cabinets Can Still Have Color
When most think of a modern kitchen, their minds immediately envision a sleek white or black kitchen void of bright colors, but color can be modern, too.Why not have cherry red lacquer or laminate cabinets? Or bright cobalt blue? Or even try teal on for size? All of these colors can be used in conjunction with contemporary decor. Especially when it comes to mid-century modern decor — well-placed color and pattern is king for this epic era of style.If you want to add a flourish of color to your kitchen, then consider colored cabinets. You may choose to use just a touch of color via one or two upper cabinets, or go for a big bang with an entire fiery red kitchen — either way, it will make a huge style statement.Just be sure to love the color before committing. You will be seeing it everyday (before you have coffee in the morning), so it must be a color you can live with.
6) Modern White Kitchen Cabinets
Maybe the idea of brightly colored cabinets sends frightening chills up your spine, if so, then a simple white kitchen may be the best choice for you.What could be better than glistening white cabinets that reflect the sunshine into your home? White kitchens are popular for a very good reason, no matter the style of the home—they keep the kitchen looking clean (even when the dirty dishes are piled sky-high).This look can be achieved via numerous finishes such as paint, glossy lacquer, melamine, or veneer. No matter what your budget, a clean, modern white kitchen can be yours. White kitchen cabinets also pair very well with numerous styles of drawer pulls.If this clean, easy option sounds appealing, then maybe a white kitchen is in your future. Just keep a cleaning rag on hand to wipe away all those dirty finger prints.
7) Stained Wood Kitchen Cabinet Styles Can be Modern
Pickled white cabinets are not exactly all the rage right now, but you can still stain wooden cabinets with a tint of color to achieve a unique contemporary design.Look at these green tint-stained cabinets in the picture below. They are sleek, clean, and unique. With just a touch of color, the historical grain of the wood seems to be brought to the forefront, allowing the cabinets texture to take center stage.This stained style almost seems to be a mixture of back-to-nature combined with extreme modernism. Solid wood slab doors can be tinted to match any color scheme of your choosing — just be careful to discuss your style with the cabinet maker.Some wood grains can be knotty and if wood knots are unappealing to you, then discuss this beforehand. Stain will only make these knots stand out more.
8) Take Out the Upper Kitchen Cabinets for a Modern Space
Skipping the upper kitchen cabinets entirely may seem a bit risky to some, but by doing so you can really achieve quite the open, modern space.Take a look at the kitchen in the image below — its sleek black and white styling, sans upper cabinets, is very appealing. In place of upper cabinetry, you can add an amazing back splash that travels up to the ceiling, or you have room for an ultra-modern stainless steel hood over the stove. Of course, this style may not be right for those who require a lot of kitchen storage. As you can imagine, without upper cabinets, your storage space is halved.If storage is not an issue for you, then this open, clean aesthetic may be the best choice for your modern kitchen.
9) Distressed Gun Metal Steel Kitchen Cabinets
Here is a look your neighbors will not have (but they will surely envy when they see it).In the image below, the kitchen cabinets are galvanized, hot-rolled steel with a clear coat finish — the steel is layered over an MDF base. The finished look is nothing short of spectacular!This clean, minimalist style gives the illusion that this is not even a kitchen — the cupboards become a piece of stylish furniture or art, instead.If a hidden kitchen appeals to you, then this unique look may be yours. You would have to consult a metal fabricator and cabinet door maker to have these custom cabinets made to your specifications. One thing to remember: hot-rolled galvanized steel will result in a different look each time — no two will ever be the same.
10) Mix up Your Kitchen Cabinet Styles by Combining Wood, Lacquer and Paint
After admiring all of these unique cabinet styles, you are surely having trouble deciding what appeals to you most.Why not try a mixture of all of them? Even in a minimalist interior you can mix up the palette a bit. Why not try lower wood cabinets in combination with upper white lacquered ones? Or veneered walnut cabinet side panels with shiny lacquered faces? Or stainless steel floating upper shelves with painted lower wood cabinets.The combinations are endless and you are certain to achieve a style that is uniquely you. If mixing it up is something you are interested in trying, then it may be best to consult an interior designer and a professional cabinet maker. There are just too many combos to choose from, and you want to make sure you still end up with a minimalist kitchen, not a messy mixture.
There are so many choices and possibilities for your modern kitchen. This article did not even touch upon cabinet pulls (that could be another story unto itself). Choosing cabinetry to style a kitchen space that is uniquely yours can be overwhelming. It is best to take your time and consider all of the choices.
If you don’t consider yourself to be an especially visual person, you might not have given much thought to the colors of paint you use in your home decor. But according to experts, color psychology probably has a bigger impact than you realize. And even if you don’t believe you care that much about aesthetics, your brain might.
In short, the colors you use to decorate can have major effects on the way you feel. Different hues can make us feel depressed, joyful, energized, or even hungry. You’ll want to define the purpose of the room you’ll be painting in order to zero in on the best colors for what you’re trying to achieve. If you want to stimulate socialization, a warm and earthy paint color will work best. If you’re aiming to promote relaxation and tranquility, a cooler paint color can create a sense of calm.
So what does color psychology tell us about picking paint colors in the kitchen? It may depend on some specific factors. Some homeowners might choose to incorporate the color scheme from the kitchens they recall from their childhoods, as these positive memories can associate a sense of comfort, familiarity, and happiness with this new space. Others might choose to use red hues in their kitchen and dining areas, as this can stimulate the appetite. However, keep in mind that using red can actually cause you to eat more — so if you intend to stick to a strict diet, you might want to think twice before you start painting.
Of course, nothing says you need to stick to warm tones in the kitchen. A lot of homeowners want to focus on cleanliness and brightness, as this can make them feel refreshed when they walk into the kitchen. In that case, sticking to white-adjacent neutrals with a pop or two of color may be ideal. Since blues, greens, and turquoises can make us feel bright, fresh, and calm, it might make sense to use those in your kitchen.
No matter which paint colors you ultimately decide on in your kitchen, you’ll want to give some careful consideration to ensure a truly stellar outcome. Cabinetry Factory has strong ability to create various colors upon customer's needs. Our skillful paint technician can exactly match a color with a color or cabinet door sample.
Are you in the process of making a new kitchen or remodeling your existing kitchen? Well, if this is so, then it makes sense to design or update the kitchen with the latest trends so that you need not repeat the process the next year again, and you get the maximum value out of your dollar.
Here is a list of kitchen trends for 2011 –
1) Curved shapes are in – Interior designers are now introducing curved shapes to the kitchen like other parts of the house. Sharp and straight look will now be replaced by soft appearance. The easiest way to introduce curved shapes and impart the kitchen with a contemporary look is through the introduction of rounded sinks, bowed cabinets, curved islands and curved faucets.
2) Play with materials and styles – till now, kitchens were designed with a particular style but the trend this year is to mix and match materials and styles to impart a unique look. An example for you is to blend brick walls with stainless steel cabinets and an arched back splash.
3) Enhance the look with artistic details – artistic details have also known to enhance the look of a room so why not introduce it in the kitchen also. Artistic details can be added by introducing molded designs in the cabinets. Replace the straight cabinet handles with curved handles featuring any design. The faces of cabinets and drawers can also be detailed with artistic design.
4) Vibrant and exotic countertops – the countertops are known to play an integral role in the look of the room. Instead of the plain and dark colored countertops, make the countertops flaunt punchy colors and showy surfaces. Do not forget to complement the walls with matching tiles. An example for you is to use glazed blue lava stone for the countertop against turquoise glass tiles for the column.
5) Open shelves – an open minded approach is being applied in all aspects, how about applying it to the shelves. Open shelves hung with designed brackets against a board will definitely create the perfect nostalgic look. Another contemporary option is to hang stainless steel shelves against a textured or plain wall.
6) Introduce pendant lighting fixtures – Lighting is known to be eye catching feature of any room. Instead of typical lighting fixtures, add pendant lighting to the room. Shaped glass lights shall add drama to the room at minimal effort and cost.
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