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At Signature Kitchens, we don’t want to just sell you the latest “fad” but rather share with you decades of our experience that will assist you in making great decisions that are long lasting. In order to do this, we provide a different approach to this topic. Rather than simply review the current top kitchen trends, we’ll look at the most practical kitchen trends for a timeless kitchen.

Shaker Door Style:

Maple Shaker Door

The beautiful thing about the shaker door is how timeless and versatile it is. Simply put, a shaker door has a recessed panel, as opposed to a raised panel. Traditionally, the shaker style was made with all square edges. Now, variations of shaker are very popular. For example, shaker doors can be made with profiled edges that soften the look, and/or wider frames that make the cabinetry look more substantial. The shaker door style is a great, neutral starting point that can be made to look traditional, transitional, modern, or rustic depending on how the kitchen is accented with countertops, tile, hardware, color tones, and accessories. This is truly a timeless cabinet style that continues to be among the most popular.

White Cabinets with Wood-Tone Accents:

Cherry Wood Island

Painted white kitchen cabinets have been a common theme in the kitchen design world for a long time now. As an indication of how popular white cabinets are in New Jersey, for example – a sales report from one of our cabinet manufacturers shows that white cabinetry constitutes 75% of their kitchen cabinet sales for 2017. It’s not surprising that white cabinets continue to reign supreme – they are bright and cheerful, and make rooms feel larger and more open. White cabinets also blend beautifully with wood tones. For example – a white kitchen can be accompanied with stained wood grain on an island, hutch, open shelving, or countertop. Incorporating wood adds a level of warmth into the room. Wood also adds character – Whether you choose maple, cherry, walnut, or oak – each has distinct graining patterns that can transform your kitchen style from elegant to sleek to rustic.

Open Concept:

Open Concept

The lifestyle of the average homeowner is now much less formal than it once was. Older homes designed with smaller, separate rooms are no longer practical or desired. Most people prefer to spend most of their time in one larger space that incorporates the kitchen and a family/living room area. Therefore, most renovations involve tearing down wall(s) that confine the kitchen to create one large great room. Frequently, a large center island (or peninsula) with seating is incorporated. The goal is to create a space for family, friends, and guests to enjoy together. Guests will crowd the kitchen no matter how small it is, so why not make the space more comfortable and open to adjacent rooms? This is an overwhelmingly popular trend that we see in all cases: in new construction, for young families designing their first home, older families finally doing their dream kitchens, renovations for re-sale, smaller condos, and vacation homes.

Open Shelving:

Open Shelving

While browsing and collecting kitchen idea photos, pay attention to how many kitchens you see with open shelving. Furthermore, notice that all the kitchens with open shelving look very different, even though they are all using the same concept. That’s the key to why open shelving is so popular – it’s an easy way to give your kitchen a unique flare without being confined to a specific style.

If you have a large kitchen with upper cabinets covering the entire wall space, then you have no space left to add in any special detail. If you break up those wall cabinets with open shelving, now you have a chance to incorporate different colors, patterns and textures. The shelves themselves don’t have to match your cabinets – try using a complimentary color or wood tone. Think about the wall space behind the shelves – imagine the entire wall as a painted accent color or a full wall of tile.

Optimizing Cabinet Space with Accessories:

Lemans Corner Unit

A lot of attention goes into the appearance of the kitchen, but don’t overlook the inside of your cabinets. Spending time on the functionality of your cabinets’ interiors will ultimately make your kitchen more efficient. With so many accessories and storage solutions available, there’s no reason not to optimize your cabinets.

Rollouts: Rollouts are not new or exciting, but they are still a very useful and economical accessory, commonplace in any well-designed kitchen. Primarily, roll outs will help you organize low, deep areas that normally require bending down to access.

Upgraded Corner Units: The rotating “Corner Susan” has been replaced by more efficient corner accessories. Some favorites are the Lemans II and Magic Corner, made by and Rev-a-shelf and Hafele respectively. Both of these models swivel/pull away from the blind corner area, making it much easier to access items inside the cabinet.

Mixer Shelf Lift-up: This is a great cabinet addition if you use either a Kitchen-Aid Mixer or Blender very often. With the mixer shelf lift-up, the appliance is stored on a shelf in the bottom of a cabinet. When you want to use the appliance, the shelf lifts up to counter level. When you are done, you simply push the shelf back down into place, and close the cabinet door.

Spice Pull Outs – Sometimes you will end up with narrow, difficult to fill spaces in your cabinet design. The best way to optimize that slim space is with a quality pull out with shelving made to fit spices/small containers. Different manufacturers make these in both wood and metal.

Hidden Appliances within Custom Cabinetry

Appliances are a significant component in every kitchen design. Although functionality is their primary role, their appearance can dramatically impact the look of your kitchen. Most commonly, appliances (refrigerator, range, oven, dishwasher) can all come with a white black or stainless steel finish. Stainless Steel is very popular; a clean, modern look that often enhances a kitchen’s style. Sometimes, however, too much stainless is not ideal. Many designs can be enhanced significantly by hiding as much of the appliance as possible.