ProSource | 11/15/2017 | Expert Advice
When it comes to planning a kitchen or bath remodel, there are some cool trends that are sure to be hot in the new year.
Softer and Wider Range of Whites
White remains a strong primary color for kitchens and baths; however, as we start to see more wood grain come back into kitchen design trends, stark whites can sometimes be a sterile contrast, and dusty or dirtier whites will have more impact as new styling trends emerge.
Omega® has launched four new off-white opaques (Elemental White, Beach House, Meteor and Colonnade) and Diamond® brings out a lamb’s wool finish that all showcase the direction of this trend toward more color saturation to white based tones.
“White kitchens are timeless and will never go out of style,” says MasterBrand’s director of design and trends, Stephanie Pierce. “But with an over saturation of this trend in the market right now, it’s great to see a warmer evolution to this color with wider ranges of off-white and even wood tones being incorporated into the mix.”
Rural Rustic Influence
The popularity of the farmhouse and weathered wood aesthetic will remain strong throughout 2018. The tones and textures that support these design elements have broad appeal due to their neutrality, simplicity and authentic design.
Decorá® is launching a collection of farmhouse inspired design embellishments that add these rustic, early-era details into shelf supports, 'x' styled cabinet endcaps, and shiplap hood designs.
Diamond just launched three new textured laminates in rustic, weathered finishes reminiscent of sun bleached, weathered and walnut wood grain and tones that support the aged wood look which brings authenticity to the modern farmhouse.
The Shift Toward Modernizing Traditional Design Styles
Traditional design—think Tudor, colonial, craftsman, and cottage styles—has its appeal in classic textures, shapes and color combinations. One of the founding principles of traditional design was that the entire environment curated the tenants of these styles.
The modernization of the classics allows homeowners and designers to create a more simplified version of these styles by playing on specific influences for a less cluttered look more suited to contemporary living.
To wit: modern kitchens might incorporate tall stack crowns, sans ornate curves, and profiles for a substantial but sleek aesthetic. Character details such as chair or table legs inspired by mid-century modern design are being adapted to the scale of modern kitchens while keeping the lines more traditional.
Usage-Specific Kitchen Storage
Generic, multi-use kitchen storage has been popular among consumers for quite some time. However, the trend toward more responsible buying for quality and function over quantity or fad-driven gimmicks (i.e. toasters that heat your bun and cook your hotdog) is changing consumer mindsets.
Modern homeowners are less concerned with catch-all cabinet caves and long-term storage of rarely-used small appliances; rather, they are more driven to look for high functionality and maximum efficiency through accessibility.
Pull-outs and drawer storage are key to these organizational trends, and brands are listening as they introduce integrated knife blocks and large utensil storage pullouts, pantry organizer pullouts with OXO dry goods air-tight containers, and pullouts for wall cabinets that sit above appliances where accessibility and visibility has typically been limited and underutilized.
These new products help homeowners overcome pain points associated with digging through drawers or into the backs of cabinets.
Color Represents Personalization
“Kitchen cabinets tend to be starved for color since the safer use of hues in this room tends to be on walls and accent décor,” explains Pierce. While neutral paints are key base colors for kitchens and baths, there’s more color influence in these spaces today than has been in the last 10 years.
New trends continue to emerge in the usage of color and tones. Gray typically counts as a neutral but there are some bluer-grays such as Diamond’s Moonstone and “greiges” (a combination of grey and beige) that are dominating some palettes as their primary color to add to light stains or off-whites.
The universal use of blues and greens will continue in 2018 to be the go-to color choices, whether mixed with neutrals or used as the dominate cabinetry choice in bathrooms. Dark tones, especially a navy like Diamond’s Maritime or Decorá’s Mount Etna have been widely used in 2017.
“Incorporate color by choosing hues with low saturation and more of a tint to create a subtle effect, or choose colors with a strong black or gray base like a navy tone or deep forest green,” Pierce recommends. “The darkness in those colors can act more as a neutral, where the tones really only come across in certain lighting, allowing the color to be rich and mysterious.”
The move to softer hues throughout the home in 2018 will put the spotlight on colors such as Interesting Aqua, North Star, Coastal Plains and Sea Salt - all Sherwin Williams shades available through Decorá's standard color collection.
Visit your local ProSource Wholesale showroom to get unique ideas for incorporating the latest cabinetry trends into your kitchen or bath remodel.
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