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5 Top Kitchen Trends

From simple and sleek in whites and greys, to comfort and flexibility, these trends will light your way to what’s current in kitchen design.

#1. Get Trendy with Transitional
Any designer will tell you that clean lines and transitional styling is what’s in demand. Gone are the days of ornate cabinet doors and detailed corbals. Simple inset doors and drawers as well as framed doors with flat panels lead the charge. Shaker and variations on Shaker remain popular because of their styling versatility.

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#2. Custom Cabinetry Wins for Its Options
With today’s kitchens trending toward open-concept and allowance for multi-functionality, having a kitchen design that reflects the family’s lifestyle is pushing the custom cabinetry sector along nicely. Semi-custom and stock cabinet companies seem to be taking tips from the custom cabinet lines by offering choices that were traditionally regarded as higher end. While this has added more options, most homeowners are drawn to the unlimited choices and flexibility custom cabinetry has to offer.

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#3. Mix and Match
Whites and greys have vastly grown in popularity over the past five years. With such a large focus going to the lighter painted colors, darker stains continue to be on the rise. Primarily to act as a contrast to the lighter and more neutral colors being used. Additionally, mixing different materials is also on the rise. It’s not uncommon to see glass, metal, and wood all being used in one kitchen design.

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#4. Significance of Storage
With the trend towards downsizing, resulting in downsized kitchens, homeowners are hot for the latest and greatest storage options. Lazy susans are being replaced by corner drawer units and storage that works for all family members. A place for anything and everything in its place keeps a kitchen functioning smoothly.

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#5. Let LED Light Your Way
With quality going up and price coming down, LED lighting is not only becoming a standard in kitchen design, it’s changing the way kitchens are designed. LED lighting is being used in about every possible way including general and task lighting as well as accent lighting. Undercabinet lights are becoming a staple for kitchens because of the bright task light they give off. Increasing the brightness in areas which traditionally were dim or would get too hot with halogen lights allows designers to create beautiful spaces highlighted by good lighting.

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Source: Kitchen & Bath Design News

A Modern Kitchen with Charisma

Collaborations are typically so fruitful and this one was no different.  The homeowners hired Richard Carr of Carr Warner Architects to develop a vision and plan for transforming their very traditional brick home into a contemporary family home full of modern updates.  The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn was hired to provide kitchen design expertise and to bring the vision to life.

The bamboo cabinetry and white Ceasarstone countertops provide contrast that pops while the white oak floors and limestone tile bring warmth to the space.  A large island houses a Galley Sink which provides a multi-functional work surface fantastic for summer entertaining.  And speaking of summer entertaining, a new Nana Wall system — a large glass wall system that creates a large exterior opening and can literally be opened and closed with one finger – brings the outdoor in and creates a very unique flavor to the space.

Matching bamboo cabinetry and panels were also installed in the adjoining family room, along with aluminum doors with frosted glass and a repeat of the limestone at the newly designed fireplace.

Modern kitchen with bamboo cabinets and white quartz countertops

Modern kitchen with bamboo cabinets and white quartz countertopsModern kitchen with bamboo cabinets and white quartz countertops

Modern kitchen with bamboo cabinets and white quartz countertops

Modern kitchen with bamboo cabinets and white quartz countertops

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