Kitchen & Bath Design News

JUN 2018

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Crown Point Cabinetry provides cus- tom cabinets made in the U.S. Hand- crafted cabinets are available in period styles including Shaker, Arts & Crafts, Prairie, Victorian and Early American. Contemporary cabinetry is also offered. Current trends include painted finishes and distressed pieces. Circle No. 155 on Product Card The customizable cabinets of YesterTec's Stealth Kitchen hide contents away when not in use. Individual modules include cooking elements, sink and dish- washer, and refrigerator/freezer options. There are also storage and working pantry modules with shelving, drawers and countertops. Circle No. 156 on Product Card Onyx is the all new Allure cabinet from Fabuwood, composed of sleek lines and fresh finishes. Distinctive and individual, its uniquely designed look sets it apart from all other doors in the collection, notes the firm. It is available in Frost (shown on perimeter), Horizon and Cobblestone (shown on island). Circle No. 157 on Product Card Walnut works well for furniture-grade cabinetry in part because it has both flowing grain and straight grain. This is showcased when the wood is finished in Natural, as shown here in StarMark Cabinetry's Manhattan door style. StarMark offers additional stains for Walnut, ranging from Slate to Mocha. Circle No. 158 on Product Card itchen cabinets have a tall order to fill. Because they claim so much space in the kitchen, the exteriors must either blend into the surroundings or deliberately stand out without detracting from the rest of the kitchen design. But their job doesn't end there. Since storage is the primary function of cabinetry, the interior is just as important. And along with efficiently organized space, a sleek, uncluttered look is also sought within. To top it all off, the overall design of the cabinets needs to reflect the personality and style of the homeowner. "When it comes to making a statement in the kitchen, the cabinets have a lot to say. Cabinets are a critical component in ensuring that the kitchen space is not only well organized but also communicates the homeowners' sense of style, personality and design," says Angela Wellborn O'Neill, director of advertising and marketing for Wellborn Cabinet Inc. in Ashland, AL. "I think the kitchen is a show space for many homes," notes Steve Wilcox, director of design and new product development for SunnyWood and Sagehill Designs in Cerritos, CA. "Therefore, the design of that room is very important. Cabinetry is a huge part of that statement. It is a major part of the home from a financial standpoint, as well as a social stand- point. Consumers are willing to invest in making their kitchen environ- ment perfect in every way." This means that cabinets might be intended to stand out, or they could blend in instead. "In some interiors, the cabinetry may be a powerhouse statement of bold design, dramatic finish and attention-getting decorative hardware. In other designs, the stone tops and high-end appliances may be the focus while the cabinetry acts as a strong 'supporting cast member,'" Wilcox maintains. "Perhaps the fact that clean lines and less ornamentation remain priorities is a reflection of homeowners' deep desire for order in their lives," believes Scott Korsten, director of marketing at Showplace Cabinetry in Harrisburg, SD. "Homeowners want their cabinetry to make a statement about who they are and how they live. The choices people make in their cabinetry absolutely affects where their family spends time, how they interact with each other and the quality of their personal time." Cabinets are also being used to stimulate visual interest through color, contrasting finishes, materials and texture, both inside and out. Storage is a key consideration for placement and interiors, and lighting is a popular add-on. Painted cabinets, in shades of white and grey, still see high demand, but stained cabinets that show off the wood grain are also desired. That's according to manufacturers recently surveyed by Kitchen & Bath Design News. Kitchen cabinets play an essential part in keeping the space clean and uncluttered, while adding visual interest to the overall design. BY ELIZABETH RICHARDS Storage With Style K 62 Kitchen & Bath Design News • June 2018 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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