continue being the most popular choice
for both kitchens and the cabinetry
itself, color is making its way back onto
the scene. In fact, 60 percent of NKBA
survey respondents said they’ll often
utilize two or more colors within the
kitchen space, a trend that has grown
since 2015. The two-tone trend also
carries to cabinetry, where 42 percent
of designers said they specified mixed
Those on hand at the KBIS conference agreed. New York designer Huh
added she’s seen retro-like 1970s
colors such as oranges, light blues and
greens, as well as bold colors splashes
of reds and emeralds, being used in
the kitchen. But for homeowners that
might not be as daring with their color
choices, Contreras commented that
small splashes of contrasting colors also
will add that desired look. However, she
cautioned, “if you use colors, don’t mix
more than three.”
The mixing of colors on the cabinetry itself also continues to be popular.
Approximately 42 percent of those
surveyed by the NKBA specified
mixed cabinet colors in 2015, including pairing stains with paint colors, or
color contrasts, such as white perimeter
cabinetry with a black island.
With regards to woodgrains, maple
was the preferred cabinet choice (81
percent), with cherry coming in at 68
percent. On grain patterns, the trick is
to balance the “movement,” noted Davis
Brown. In other words, watch the mixing
of horizontal and vertical grain patterns.
Laminates were specified by 31 percent
of designers in 2015, with 16 percent
saying they expect to specify more in
2016, according to the survey results.
3. Pull-outs, tilt-outs, tilt-ins
& open shelving good for storage
Storage is a key requirement for homeowners, with organization items included in more than 90 percent of kitchen
projects completed by NKBA members
#3. Credit: Cassandra Nordell- MacLean, William Standen Co.
#5. Credit: Cassandra Nordell- MacLean, William Standen Co.
#6. Credit: Richelieu Hardware