Custom on the Rise: Trends in Cabinet Design
Furniture is underappreciated.
Every morning when you open your kitchen cabinets to make a cup of coffee, or when you pull out your dress to wear your favorite shirt, you utilize the convenience of cabinetry. If you have a well-designed, smoothly operating piece of furniture, you’ll probably not notice the process. It is not until the furniture doesn’t work for you that you notice the hassle of a stuck door or creaking dresser drawer. So – it pays to invest in good, well-designed wood furniture.
Yet often, when buying a piece of furniture, many of us don’t know where to start. So, for both the trendsetters and people just starting to consider upgrades in cabinetry, we’ve put together the latest trends in wood /cabinetry for the season (a thank you to Great Northern Cabinetry for statistics):
Slight Increase in “Alternative Woods”
While maple remains the wood of choice in over 50% of all cabinets, there has also been a rise in other types of wood popularity – most notably, rustic hickory and rusted alder. Choosing a wood different than what is typical can sometimes be more expensive, but it can also be more customizable and fit better with the design or color scheme of your house. For example, in this family’s Natural Cherry Kitchen, cherry was used to complement the red tones in their tiled kitchen backsplash.
Painted Finishes To Top it Off
For Great Northern Cabinetry, there has been approximately a 3.2% increase in opaque “paint” finishes. For top colors, white is by far the most popular – used by nearly a quarter of customers. For stains, they vary from dark to natural to grey to vanilla. Most people prefer a stain to a top coat, as it creates a very finished, polished look on the furniture and protects against damage more than just a layer of paint.
One of the largest trends in design is the “accessorization” of cabinets. Life is busy for everyone – between, work, kids and personal life, you don’t have time to rifle through drawers looking for what you need. Being able to easily access and find items they need is important, and built-in organization is a key value-add for many people. Internal cabinet accessories such as easily accessible plug-ins to drawer organizers to recycle centers all appeal to a wide variety of people.
So what does this mean for your next kitchen, bathroom or bedroom remodel? For your wood type, be aware of what look will best fit the design of your house and fit within your budget. For stain, understand that stain colors vary based on your needs and provide more protection than other options. Finally, ask about customization – custom made furniture can make your daily life easier and more convenient.