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Mid-Year Cabinet Trends from NKBA

Submitted by DovetailMarketing on Thu, 08/23/2018 - 21:45

The director of design and trends for a major cabinet manufacturer recently reported in an article for the National Kitchen & Bath Association that 59% of kitchen remodels are changed to be more open and to include other rooms. And, 49% of kitchen remodels increased the overall size of the kitchen.


Here are the top design and cabinetry trends identified in the article:


Innovative Storage Solutions

Homeowners want wide drawers, base trash, pull-outs/roll trays, pantries, cutlery space, and corners. They also want better drawer organization, enhanced access for hard-to-reach areas, and increased functionality.


Modern Cottage

Homeowners want to retain antique charm while updating conveniences for their home remodel projects. Modern cottage style pairs whites, off-whites, and light-toned paints with colors and slight embellishments.


Minimalist Styling

Many homeowners in 2018 prefer simple and clean styling over the ornate details that were popular in the past. This minimalist style is often called modern or contemporary.


“X” Accent

Doors, glass, tile and island ends are showing the X motif due to its flexibility as an accent. It serves the refined farmhouse style or as a natural graphic element. It is reflected simply as an “X” in the middle of the design.



For clients who seek clean-looking cabinetry are loving tailored shiplap because it caters to that design sensibility. Tailored shiplap offers clean lines, and it can also be mimicked with planking.


Dimensional Finish

A “dimensional finish” is achieved by using finishes with multi-tonal characteristics — for example, the luster of metals combined with organic elements in the kitchen. Dimensional finishes provide the texture prized by kitchen designers and homeowners alike.


Refined Mixed Material

According to the article, 49% of kitchen designers saw the mix of an opaque and a stain finish trending up in 2018.  This trend allows design flexibility, because it offers more choices should homeowners choose to change anything in the future.


Defined Wood Grains

Defined or rustic woods are such as walnut, oak, cherry, ash and elm. Their standout feature is heavy graining. Defined wood grain texture can be enhanced with cerusing and wire brushing. It offers various texture without the need for a lot of color.


Nature Enthusiast

The “Nature Enthusiast” trend calls for an organic palette that complements opaque tones with colors such as whites, off-whites and khakis. Defining characteristics are pale woods with dry finishes, and the raw look is trending up.


Light and Dark Finishes

White is still a primary choice for finishes, but it is becoming warmer and less bright white.

Dark tones are added to create a balance with the whites included in kitchen design. This trend is achieved by using natural Walnut or deep finishes on Cherry and Oak.


Chameleon Colors

Wood stains that appear to change based on wood species are called chameleon colors. They change based on the lighting in the room and what’s placed next to an item with the stain. Chameleon colors offer a balance between warm and cool tones.


Re-Emergence of Antiqued Finishes

Weathered finishes and textures are back. They replicate the look of antique finishes that have been loving cared for over the years.


Style Personalization with Color

Neutrals still serve as the basis for kitchen design, but color is perfect for people looking to express themselves in their homes by way of color choice.



The use of laminates in the kitchen has increased because technology now allows laminates to be more real looking. Some even have texture. They’re not your Grandma’s Formica.  According to research by The Freedonia Group, increased cabinets and furniture demand will continue to drive the growth of decorative laminates in the United States 2.5% annually.