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TRENDS Form Meets Function Cabinetry is becoming more modern in both its looks and its purpose As the largest surface area in the kitchen, cabinetry sets the tone for the entire room - and that tone is becoming simpler, sleeker and more functional. "The highly decorative finishing touches such as frieze valances or very decorative moldings like grape or leaf onlays are losing a lot of the momentum they once had, along with the very ornate and carved moldings," said Danielle Mikesell, director of marketing for Merillat Cabinetry. "Our customers aren't as focused on the heavy or stacked moldings as they once were." Taking the place of these ornamental, elaborate finishes is a more contemporary, clean-lined aesthetic. Jerry Metzler, CEO of Christiana Cabinetry, pinpoints the economic downturn as the catalyst for the trend. "These looks tend to be less costly to build, so people moved in that direction to keep their investment and get more value in what they were buying," he said."But I have also heard it said that in a troubled economy, contemporary becomes fashionable because people subconsciously look for better times in the future." One of the most popular cabinetry styles includes flat-paneled doors. "Modifications of the common Shaker style are endless, which really allows homeowners to add their own personality to an otherwise simple style," said Nadia Waltz, design specialist with Adelphi Kitchens & Cabinetry. "These styles can be constructed in either a frameless or an inset style. Both are equally popular." Simplicity applies to the hardware as well - sometimes to the point where it disappears altogether. "Most of our clients like a very streamlined kitchen design with no handles," said Alberto Snaidero, operational manager for Snaidero USA. "But Shaker doors with visible or external handles are becoming increasingly popular with younger clients especially." He also sees a desire for simple, polished chrome bar handles. Furthermore, consumers are integrating multiple colors and finishes into their cabinetry designs."Two-tone kitchens that mix colors and textures create a more interesting contrast than a monochromatic kitchen design," said Snaidero, who notes that such a look is achieved by combining lacquer (mostly high gloss) and wood or lacquer and melamine. Waltz has noticed a similar want for distinction. "Dark-stained birch or walnut have been especially popular to use for the island, contrasting with the lighter cabinet along the perimeter of the room," she said. 26 + K BB Clockwise from top left: The new Bayville door from Merillat Cabinetry features rounded "pillow"-style cabinet rails, bringing a dimensional quality and furniture look to the kitchen.The door - a recessed veneer center panel with miter construction - is available in maple and cherry with one of seven new color offerings, including Dusk (pictured). Circle No. 200 or visit kbbonline.com/freeinfo Organization takes center stage in this kitchen outfitted in Adelphi's Shaker-style cabinetry. Highlights include pullout cabinets for spices and condiments, divider trays for cookie sheets and cutting boards, built-in utensil dividers in drawers and bookshelves in the island. Circle No. 201 or visit kbbonline.com/freeinfo Décora Cabinetry, a subsidiary of MasterBrand Cabinets, has added new aluminum framed doors from Element Designs for homeowners looking to achieve a sleek, contemporary aesthetic. An array of decorative glass and other inserts is available to create a high-fashion finish in the kitchen. Circle No. 202 or visit kbbonline.com/freeinfo March 2014 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of KBIS www.kbis.com http://www.kbbonline.com/freeinfo http://www.kbbonline.com/freeinfo http://www.kbbonline.com/freeinfo http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - March 2014

KBB - March 2014
Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
People & Places
Industry Viewpoint
Dealer Dish
Universal Design
Solutions
Trends
KBIS 2014 and Design & Construction Week
Products
Design
Ocean Oasis
Coastal kitchen acquires more space and customization
There and Back
Last Word

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