Individuality Gives Kitchen Design A Boost
If you haven’t shopped for kitchen cabinets in awhile, you may be pleasantly surprised by the selections that are available. You can find cabinets with rich wood grains or sleek laminate finishes. There also are plenty of molding, wood stain, and door style options to fit any kitchen designs or kitchen floor plans.
Furniture styling has been a hot trend in kitchen design for several years. This trend includes replacing the boxy look of many kitchen cabinet layouts with cabinets of varying heights and depths. You may have 42-inch cabinets on each end of a row of 36-inch cabinets, for example. The result is a creative kitchen design that has visual interest.
Kitchen cabinets also are becoming more furniture-like, with decorative doorframes, raised panel doors with arches, and hand-applied stains and glazes. To create kitchen floor plans with this warm, unfitted look try:
- Adding a hutch for storing kitchen dishes
- Using an old dresser for storing kitchen linens
- Adding furniture styled legs to the kitchen island
- Using a butcher-block table as a kitchen island and workspace
The mix and match trend is a design philosophy that creates interest and texture by varying:
- Cabinet wood species
- Cabinet stains and glazes
- Kitchen design colors (in the same tones)
- Kitchen tile materials and textures
Your kitchen design might include maple cabinets on the perimeter and cherry cabinets on the kitchen island. The kitchen island then becomes the focal point of your kitchen floor plan. The island still blends in, however, because the same kitchen countertop material is used throughout to tie the spaces together.
Whether you are completing a major kitchen remodeling or a quick kitchen makeover, there are ways to incorporate these popular kitchen design trends. By adding furniture elements or mixing and matching your materials and dimensions, you can create a truly individual kitchen design.
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