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The kitchen is often the showplace of your home. Everyone gathers there. Even when you have a party and make every effort to drive your guests to the living areas, they end up in your kitchen.

Take a look at that room now. The first thing you probably notice is the kitchen cabinets. Are they attractive or a bit tired?

Design trends impact every room of your home. This year, we’re seeing some interesting shifts in kitchen cabinetry design.

Count the shades of gray

White cabinets have become a mainstay of today’s kitchens. From the sleek white contemporary design to the slightly off-white country cottage look with raised panels, beadboard, and other such details, you can’t go wrong with going white.

One of the current design trends, however, is a bit darker. Gray cabinets are finding their way into designer kitchens. You can choose from soft gray, warm gray, cool gray, and charcoal gray. You can opt for gray stain to let the grain shine through. And any shade of gray works well with just about any countertop.

Shaker is shaping up.

Contemporary cabinet style is still the most popular, but Shaker cabinetry is moving fast in popularity, currently holding onto the second spot, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). The simple lines and paneled doors blend beautifully in a wide array of kitchen designs.

Can’t decide? Choose two.

Kitchen designers are now blending two different colors in the kitchen cabinets. A center island can complement the other cabinets, or the cabinet doors offer contrast to the cabinets themselves.

Getting into drawers.

Homeowners want more drawers in their kitchens than conventional cabinets. Deep drawers that hold pots or stacks of dishes provide easier access to the kitchen tools that are utilized the most. You can easily adapt your current cabinets by installing pull-out shelves inside them.

Multi-tiered drawers are trending now, too. Open one drawer and the top can be your silverware tray that slides back to reveal another layer. The result? You have fewer facings and more organization.

Speaking of smart kitchen storage, pull-out spice racks and pantry shelves allow you to take advantage of narrow spaces in your kitchen.

Hiding places.

Cabinet manufacturers are creating panels to fit over refrigerators, dishwashers, and even ovens, so they blend in with your cabinetry.

Cabinets as furniture?

You no longer have to limit your decorating style when you’re designing your kitchen. Cabinetry resembles fine furniture, so you can bring the same elegance to your kitchen as the rest of your home. Bring in an armoire cabinet or an island with architectural detail.

When you’re ready to design your new home or remodel your kitchen, talk to us at Classic Homes. We can bring these new trends to life in your home.

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