Kitchen & Bath Design News

JUN 2018

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Kountry Wood Products has released Vista in Driftwood, a wood-like textured laminate door that meets the continued interest in gray tones. It's a contemporary style door that brings rustic elements into the design due to the grain of the textured laminate. Circle No. 159 on Product Card Included in Mouser Cabinetry's offering are EuroStyle full-access designs, which are gaining in popularity. Gray solid colors continue to remain strong, while blue solid colors and gray stains are becoming increasingly popular. Shiplap wood hoods finished in warmer tones help create a unique focal point with an industrial flair. Circle No. 160 on Product Card Envii Cabinetry offers full-access frameless cabinetry. Built with high- end acrylic, thermofoil and wood materials, the doors provide the look of on-trend styles, colors and textures. Included in all cabinets are solid walnut 5 ⁄8" dovetail drawer boxes that have the beauty of the walnut wood grain. Circle No. 161 on Product Card All shades of blue are making a splash in today's kitchen designs. Ocean Blue is the latest cabinet stain from CNC Associates. The new tone captures the blue tones of a deep ocean setting and works well with the latest cabinet design trends, the company notes. Circle No. 162 on Product Card Integrated LED lighting has taken on the role of option-turned-expectation, and Wood-Mode is meeting the demand by collaborating with Häfele on a national Integrated Lighting Program. A full range of integrated solutions is now available to Wood-Mode designers and customers for cabinets and drawers. Circle No. 163 on Product Card Brizo Blue is a dark, rich navy blue opaque finish available from Urban Ef- fects Cabinetry for maple, oak, rift oak and HDF cabinetry. In keeping with the interest in rich tones and blue shades, Brizo Blue can make a statement in the kitchen or bath. Circle No. 164 on Product Card Affinity European Design is Cabin- etry by Karman's new line, offering clean lines with the visual impact of transitional and contemporary styling. The tight reveals and tolerances are the hallmark of the Affinity product. Pic- tured is Karman's Summit color in the Munich door style, a textured laminate. Circle No. 165 on Product Card Huntwood Cabinets has introduced the Avenir frameless cabinet door, which consists of ¾"-thick industrial- grade particleboard with melamine on the face and back. The door displays a soft, super matte appearance, and is available in Poise and Quietus (shown). Circle No. 166 on Product Card VISUAL VARIETY As with many aspects of kitchen design, manufacturers say there is con- tinued movement to a cleaner aesthetic, with less ornamentation or fussy design. But clean and uncluttered doesn't equal boring. Visual interest is being created with color, materials and style. "Wood species and finish are still critically important, and it appears that woods with grain or visual texture as well as physical texture are trending up," Wilcox notes. It can be difficult to find the right balance with the face of cabinets being featured in so much of the kitchen – any one textural feature can overpower the space, he says. For this reason, he believes these textural effects will be subtle. Painted finishes still top consumers' wish list, according to Wilcox, most often in whites and grays. But there are many variations of both colors. "Grays in paints seem to be moving lighter, with some more sub- tleties added," he says. "Wood tones seem to continue to move toward the neutral side of the palette, with the taupes being important, and brown tones seem to be moving to tones with less red in them. Sheens still seem to be moving to the less shiny, but in the more contemporary styles, sheen is a nice accent to the really clean designs," he adds. Perry Miller, president of Kountry Wood Products in Nappanee, IN believes solid colors are the new rage, whether white, grey, black, blue or anything in between. He adds that stain colors with any hint of red are declining, as are more traditional styles, such as mitered doors or crown molding with a lot of detail. Maple is by far the most popular species, he maintains, but his company is starting to see requests for more grain detail. "Shaker style, which is mostly straight and square with clean lines, is dominating the market," he points out. Denny Marlin, v.p. of marketing for R.D. Henry & Co. in Wichita, KS sees demand for sleek, "European-modern" cabinets without accents or hardware, often with a smooth painted surface contrasted with deep, rich wood grains. He also says that metal accents are being incorporated into cabinets, and multiple finishes – sometimes three and four in the same space – are being used. The movement toward creating personalized spaces means cabinets now come in a wide array of choices, with a focus on variety, rather than trying to appeal to the overall broadest market. "From finishes, style and accessories, it's all about your aesthetic and your lifestyle," reports Kari Hiltner, CKD, marketing and design manager at Plato Woodwork, Inc. in Plato, MN. While she maintains that paint is the most requested finish, she also sees requests for more textures and mixed material finishes in each space. "Metal strapping, inlays, bases and wraps are becoming a more popu- lar request. Leather, shagreen, high-gloss acrylics [and] matte materials are requests we field more than ever. That being said, we are still in a June 2018 • 63

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