Kitchen Cabinets are a major part of any kitchen. They are functional for storing goods, aesthetic for bringing in warmth and color into the space and they can declare a specific style. There are many trends in 2012 that can lend themselves into the category of casual timelessness.
Kitchen Cabinet Trends in 2012:
TREND#1: Updating with color
“I think because of the economy, people are still updating their kitchens with accessories and paint, rather than with full renovations,” says Debbie Travis From the Ground Up and Debbie Travis’ Facelift. “Paint can really hold you for a few more years! And don’t restrict paint to walls, says Debbie. I’ve been seeing a lot of painted kitchen cabinets. It’s something you can do on your own. I’m also seeing a lot of really bright colours, too: red, orange, a lot of juicy citrus shades like orange, lemon and lime, being used in small appliances. It’s become mainstream now, to have a lime green mixer, for instance, whereas in the past, people were frightened to buy them in bold colours. But the trend for years has been families gathering together in the kitchen, so the spaces have become more fun and friendly.
pic via Style At Home
TREND#2: The streamlined kitchen : Design trends are reflecting our more casual and collaborative method of living, preparing, cooking, eating and entertaining. Integrated appliances like drawer-style fridges, and fridges, ovens, microwaves and dishwashers fronted to match the cabinetry, all give a much cleaner look to the kitchen. We can now hide most of the ‘operations,’ and our kitchens look a lot neater and simpler. Although this has been around for a while in Europe, and in higher-end kitchens, most manufacturers are now catching-on.
pic via Style At Home
TREND #3: Mixing and matching with stained-wood and painted-wood cabinetry : It’s no longer just a stained-wood kitchen or a painted kitchen. We are starting to use stained wood and paint in the same kitchen. But not just any regular stain and paint: We’re using grey-wash stain on walnut cabinetry, mixed with white shelves. High-gloss paint is also going to be big. High gloss can be overwhelming if used too much, so a good way to bring it in, is through high-gloss paint on a 2″ frame around the cabinetry, as well as on gables and any open shelving, with the remaining cabinetry being stained. Stainless-steel appliances, a mosaic backsplash, thick stone countertop, and great lighting over the island, will tie it all together and be a perfect blend of materials to ensure for an exciting kitchen.
Redoing a kitchen doesn’t have to break the bank. There are a lot of options out there that will update your kitchen. Contact me to help assist you in making the right choices for your next kitchen renovation.