Kitchen & Bath Design News

JUN 2019

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This kitchen, designed by Kitchen Expressions of Summit, NJ, showcases the modern side of Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry. The design features the Lucerne door style in a Grey Obeche Architectural Com- posite Veneer with a natural stain. Lucerne is one of many options available in Rutt's Regency line. Circle No. 168 on Product Card Inspired by European product design, Moda5 cabinets from Nemee Cabinetry deliver genuine acrylic in both high-gloss and super matte, with gloss woodgrains and high-definition texture also available. Moda5 is an architectur- al-grade product, where all cabinet components are 5 ⁄8". Blum hard- ware is featured throughout. Circle No. 167 on Product Card LiberaMente from Scavolini is marked by minimal design and styl- ing with freedom of composition. Linear configurations, islands and peninsulas are available with the line. The island features Dune Oak vertical grain veneer doors, while the perimeter cabinetry sports Jaipur Red Fenix NTM laminate. Circle No. 170 on Product Card Today's white kitchens are being personalized with pops of color, especially on the island. Shown is a kitchen from Merit Kitchens that features timeless white Shaker cabi- nets on the perimeter with a rich, bold color on the island. Circle No. 169 on Product Card The popular and contemporary Dartmouth door style, part of the Wolf Classic cabinet line from Wolf Home Products – is now offered with a distinctive five-piece drawer front. The all-new Pewter paint color adds a subtle warmth of grey to any space, the firm notes. Circle No. 172 on Product Card The use of natural walnut in the kitchen is a rising trend, especial- ly in combination with creamy whites. From Bertch Cabinet Manufacturing comes this kitchen, which showcases the Clairmont door style in natural walnut, with tall back cabinets in birch with Snowflake finish. Circle No. 171 on Product Card With +SEGMENTO Y, Poggenpohl is creating a reinterpretation of a current collection. The kitchens are matte instead of glossy, with new nanotech surface technology to prevent fingerprints. Circle No. 174 on Product Card Character stains from Showplace Cabinetry provide a semi-translucent look that accentuates the wood grain. The specially formulated finish – available in Dusk, Tawny, Midnight and Flagstone – brings out the inherent variability, distinctive grain and unique personality of the natural wood, the firm notes. Shown is hickory in Flagstone. Circle No. 173 on Product Card O'Neill says Wellborn's most popular door styles are the Hancock and Bishop styles, which complement Shaker styling. The Hancock, a more relaxed Shaker design style, is the most popular, she notes. The Bishop is more transitional, and has risen to popularity because of its crisp, clean lines, she adds. PERSONALIZED AESTHETICS Although there are clear favorites when it comes to door styles and finishes, manufacturers say they are also tasked with offering enough variety to appeal to a wide audience. The trend toward customization and personalized style throughout the kitchen – and the home – means options are essential. Personal style often determines whether cabinets are designed to blend into the surroundings or stand out as a creative focal point. "The question as to whether the cabinets are standing out or blending in all depends on the consumer's vision and lifestyle. Therefore, suppliers need to clearly identify the sort of lifestyle choices their target custom- ers are choosing to live and then design products to meet those life- style needs," Wilcox says. "Macro trends within the cabinetry arena are focused around casual lifestyles, the standard finishes, unique accent finishes and enduring quality," he adds. CLEAN STYLE Style in the kitchen continues to favor clean lines and an uncluttered feel, and cabinetry follows suit. "The trend of clean, flat lines is continuing from a year ago, according to our sales and customer demands," says Miller. "Door styles tend to be of cleaner design with simple and elegant pro- portions and details," adds Wilcox. "However, we still see door styles with elegant applied moldings as b eing very commercial. In general, most styles can be simply categorized as 'casual traditional' or 'casual modern.'" The demand for an unadorned look affects which overall design styles are favored. "We are still seeing transitional style prevail, with less and less traditional," says Yahn. He adds that contemporary/modern styles are also trending upward. "Door styles have become very minimalistic, with five-piece flat plane and slab doors being very popular. Cabinets are a long-term investment, not easily replaced every time a new trend comes along, which may be why simple, classic doors like Shaker style or slab doors continually remain most popular. "The Shaker door style is still going strong as always," says Moses Indig, director of marketing and public relations for CNC Cabinetry, based in South Plainfield, NJ. Ptacek agrees. A flat Shaker-style door, with simple clean lines, painted in white, is the strongest style, with shades of gray close behind, he states. 56 Kitchen & Bath Design News • June 2019 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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