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TRENDS King of the Kitchen 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. 14 + K BB 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 October 2013 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of KBIS www.kbis.com http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - October 2013

KBB - October 2013
Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
Celebrity Design with...Nicole Curtis
Universal Design
Trends
Products
Reader’s Choice Awards
KBIS Countdown to Design & Construction Week
Dealer Dish
Design
Magical Transformation
Let there be Light
Industry Viewpoint

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