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JUN 2019

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While white and gray are still popular, color is making a come- back, notes Crystal Cabinet Works. Crystal's premium custom Keyline and Encore lines can custom match stains or paints in its color per sam- ple program, and paint colors can also be matched. This kitchen by Chelsey Preuss features Benjamin Moore's Midsummer Night. Circle No. 176 on Product Card Ovation Cabinetry's Metropolis, a dual-impact door style, makes up the base cabinets in this distinctive kitchen. Featured here in sap-free Walnut, the dark stain emphasizes the good looks of the wood, accord- ing to the firm. The wall cabinets are framed in stainless steel with spe- cialty glass, back-painted and satin. The end panels are stainless steel. Circle No. 175 on Product Card The trending elements of a spacious island and floating shelves contrib- ute style and functionality in this modern, urban design by Woodhar- bor Custom Cabinetry dealer, Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn. The design incorporates the clean lines of Woodharbor's Malibu door style and slab drawer fronts in Cherry wood with a Java Classic finish. Circle No. 178 on Product Card Made in America, Serenade Cabinetry products showcase a frameless, modern design with a water-based paint system that emits no harmful gases, notes the company. Providing clean-lined kitchens for one-of-a-kind spaces, Serenade offers a plethora of wood species. Each door style is named after a famous author. Circle No. 177 on Product Card Handle-free cabinetry from Studio Abruzzo is Italian cabinetry tai- lored for the U.S. market. Cabinet construction is a unique ¾"-thick commercial plywood box, showcas- ing the Contura door style created using a seven-step lacquer finish. The cabinetry is manufactured and fully assembled in Italy. Circle No. 180 on Product Card Old world meets modern style in this contemporary SieMatic Pure kitchen with 6.5 mm framed front panels in the new color, Umbra matte lacquer. Sliding doors in the center tall cabinets conceal appli- ances when not in use. Circle No. 179 on Product Card This Smoky Grey finish is the new- est addition to the Luxor Door style from CNC Cabinetry. The finish is in keeping with the rich shades appearing on current cabinets, and is experiencing the fastest growth of any new door CNC has added to its offering, the firm notes. Circle No. 182 on Product Card Wellborn Cabinet's newly launched Aqua paint option provides a taste of color without the overwhelm- ing effect, due to its relaxing blue hue with warm gray tones. Oyster White is the company's newly launched trending gray-white paint option. The gray tones in the paint soften the starkness of white kitch- en cabinets. Circle No. 181 on Product Card With so many open spaces, cabinetry must be considered more like furniture than cabinets, says Ptacek. While surrounding cabinets often blend into the overall design, a design statement is added with color or patterns within an island, he maintains. Yahn notes that many of the orders his company receives are multi-room orders, so they blend one room into another. "Many times, the colors or door style may change, but the overall design tends to be the same," he states. Functional attributes are also extending into spaces beyond the kitch- en. "People are using kitchen cabinets more creatively to build out other functional parts of the home, surrounding the kitchen, like using utility cabinets as book cases," says Indig. CREATIVE STORAGE SOLUTIONS Though aesthetics are important, the functional utility of the cabinet space in the kitchen is even more essential. Whether open or closed, storage solutions must provide top-notch organization and convenience. Customized interiors are becoming more common, with a specific place for every kitchen gadget, spice and specialty appliance. Miller sees open cabinets or shelving that include floating shelves becoming more prominent. "Islands are almost becoming a standard in every kitchen design," he notes. "Kitchen cabinetry sets the pace for the whole room design," says O'Neill. "Depending on the homeowner's design style, cabinetry can either stand out or blend into the space." Painted finishes are often requested, but manufacturers also see a demand for stains in a variety of colors. "While painted cabinetry is on the rise, stains are still a top contender. Stains are warming up with a rich brown walnut color tone," says O'Neill. Indig says they have seen more frequent requests for gray stains, and CNC's Ocean Blue stain recently. Yahn notes that rift-cut white oak is currently very trendy, in light stains and white cerusing finishes. Walnut is also always in demand, he adds. Textures and accents add to the visual landscape in cabinetry as well. Yahn says that metal accents are on the rise, from door trims to complete metal hoods, doors and drawers. Laser cutting is also becoming popular, he says, for mullion doors and decorative ends. Laser cutting allows for many unique shapes and styles. Ptacek says, "Textures, either by wire brush, sand blasting or acid etching, are all seeing more play to combat the popularity of textured melamines in the market." Cabinet trends aren't impacting the kitchen space only, especially in open concept designs. Photo: Paige Kilgore June 2019 • KitchenBathDesign.com 57

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