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King of the
White, wood, metal or glass — cabinetry
has become uber versatile with universal
properties and storage capabilities
As cabinetry is one of the main components of a kitchen design, many
argue that it should be the first item specified in the project.
“Cabinets are the most visible item and create the theme and color
palette throughout the room – they will also represent a significant portion
of the budget,” according to Cindy Draper, marketing manager for Canyon
Creek Cabinet Company.
The cabinetry selection can also have a direct influence on the choice
of countertops, appliances, flooring and lighting.
“Cabinets are dominant – they should come first, and the other materials can be adjusted accordingly,” said Lothar Birkenfeld, president and CEO
of Alno USA. “There are also less cabinet choices available [compared to
other items in a kitchen], so it is best to choose that first rather than to try
and select something to match those other elements later.”
New Trends in Materials and Colors
White is a mainstay in kitchen cabinetry, and gray has a close eye on
the top spot. A mix of materials – such as wood, metal and glass – is also
being regularly specified to bring warmth and dimension to the kitchen.
“Some of the color schemes are soft and neutral – painted in shades
of cream, taupe and gray – often mixing in a darker wood stain for the island or lower cabinets,” said Draper.“Dark finishes are contrasted with light
paints or finishes – or even bold, vibrant colors in the backsplash or wall.”
According to Birkenfeld, he has not seen a high-end kitchen in one
color; rather it is a combo of colors and materials split up among base
and wall cabinets.
Frameless-style cabinets that are popular in Europe are gaining much
interest in the market as well, according to Robin Wilson, an eco-friendly
designer and owner of Robin Wilson Home. These cabinets offer more
storage room and are easier to clean because there is no lip or frame on
the front, and the flat-panel doors of each run together seamlessly.
According to Achim Burgardt, director of product management,
European cabinets, for Leedo, what is seen at trade shows in Europe –
higher-end cabinetry with electric drawers, lighting control elements and
other convenience features – is gaining popularity as well. Pete Walker
of Walker Design Group and developer of the Proximity Kitchensystem,
says mixing veneers on cabinetry is another trend growing out of Europe.
Canyon Creek’s Millennia cabinetry line offers frameless
construction for maximum flexibility and access. Pictured is the line
in an espresso-stained rustic beech – a durable, straight-grained
wood – with a Kennedy door style. The island features the Catalina
door style in maple with Mist-colored paint. Circle No. 200
The ShowHouse collection from Metropolitan Cabinets &
Countertops is pictured with slab-style doors and the company’s
Urbane Bronze finish. The collection is available with a variety of
door styles, wood species, finishes and accessories and is offered
in frameless, full-access or framed inset construction. Soft-closing
drawer slides and hinges are standard. Circle No. 201
The Verve and Glam collections from Minimal USA now feature
The Sliding Top, a sliding countertop that reveals an induction
stainless-steel cooktop and a sink with a retractable faucet.
When it is open, the top can be used as a table, bar, dining
space or serving space – turning the kitchen into a multifunctional room. Circle No. 202
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KBB - October 2013
Show Director’s Note
Celebrity Design with...Nicole Curtis
Reader’s Choice Awards
KBIS Countdown to Design & Construction Week
Let there be Light
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