Read on to see the cabinet offerings at the January International Builders’ Show and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, the two events that together make up the annual Design & Construction Week.
Shaker style — the most popular cabinet look for remodeled kitchens with upgraded cabinets, according to Houzz research — has been popular for years now. Based on the offerings at Design & Construction Week, that doesn’t look likely to change in the near future. Flat-front was also seen throughout the show.
1. White Cabinets Still Reign
White cabinets are the top choice for homeowners remodeling their kitchens, and white is also the top color choice for upgraded vanities in remodeled bathrooms, Houzz research shows. Repeatedly, cabinet manufacturers said at the show that white was their top-selling cabinetry finish.
The vignette in this photo is from the Bosch booth at IBS and was notable for its warm white cabinetry. By contrast, many of the cabinets on display throughout Design & Construction Week had cooler white finishes.
“Our No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 bestselling finishes are white, white and white,” says John K. Morgan, CEO of Green Forest Cabinetry.
A representative for US Cabinet Depot said the company’s top-selling cabinetry door styles are: 1. Shaker White; 2. Shaker Dove (a light gray); 3. Shaker Gray (a dark gray); 4. Shaker Cinder (a gray stain); and 5. Torrance White (a style similar to Shaker but with a bevel on the rails and stiles and a raised center panel). Note that four of the top five sellers for US Cabinet Depot are Shaker style.
2. Wood and Wood-Look Cabinets Were On Display
For both remodeled kitchens and bathrooms, wood tones are the second most popular cabinetry-color choice, behind only white. Cabinetmakers and design-forward appliance brands at Design & Construction Week had wood and wood-look materials on display in a range of wood colors.
This year at KBIS laminate maker Wilsonart debuted its new cabinet door program with 20 designs of made-to-order cabinet doors and drawer fronts. Homeowners and pros can order the doors to pair with their cabinet boxes.
3. Brands Showcased Dark, Dramatic Cabinet Colors
While white and wood are the most popular cabinet colors in remodeled kitchens by far, KBIS and IBS give brands the chance to showcase alternatives and up-and-coming trends. This year, dark cabinets appeared in booths from cabinet manufacturers and makers of other products. This photo shows one of the German appliance-maker Liebherr’s kitchen vignettes, with cabinetry from German manufacturer Bauformat.
German brand Nobilia featured this rich black flat-front kitchen furniture, the European approach to cabinetry. Unlike American cabinets built into a home, Nobilia’s cabinets are designed to be removed and brought to a new home if and when the homeowner moves.
4. Blue and Green Cabinets Were Favorites
Houzz research shows that blue is a top color for kitchen islands that contrast with the rest of the cabinets in remodeled kitchens, and plenty of blue cabinetry was on display from both cabinet manufacturers and appliance brands at KBIS and IBS. This photo shows teal-blue cabinetry in a kitchen vignette at IBS from appliance brand Thermador.
Green walls and backsplashes have been niche trends in our Houzz research in recent years, and we’ve seen green cabinetry in kitchen photos uploaded to Houzz as well. Some displays at Design & Construction Week featured green cabinets.
5. Unique Concrete, Metallic and Stone Looks
While the vast majority of cabinets showcased at Design & Construction Week were wood, wood-look, painted wood or veneer, brands did offer some interesting alternatives. This photo shows concrete-look cladding on appliances and cabinetry in a vignette from appliance maker Liebherr. The cabinets are by German brand Bauformat.
6. Grays and Other Neutrals
Gray is the third most popular color choice for upgraded cabinets in remodeled kitchens, according to Houzz research, and manufacturers had plenty of gray on display — as well as other neutral colors. This photo shows US Cabinet Depot’s Shaker Dove profile doors with a custom hood finished in Shaker Cinder stain.
7. Yellow Was On Display
While we can’t say for sure whether this is a trend, Houzz did see yellow on cabinets at three booths throughout KBIS and IBS. This kitchen vignette in Delta’s booth featured pops of sunny color on the island back, cabinet toe kicks and the interiors of the glass-fronted upper cabinets.
8. Frameless or Full-Access Cabinetry
Some booths were highlighting their frameless cabinetry, which gives the homeowner greater access to the interior of a cabinet compared with framed cabinet boxes. Framed cabinets are the traditional American way of making cabinet boxes; the frames are where the door hinges are attached.
European-style cabinet boxes, by contrast, are frameless, and the door hinges are attached directly to the boxes. This photo shows Wellborn’s Aspire full-access frameless cabinets.
9. Smart, Customizable Storage for Bathrooms and Kitchens
Both cabinet manufacturers and brands like Rev-A-Shelf and Häfele showed storage solutions that make cabinets more organized. Häfele debuted its new modular Smartcube open storage system. Designers can customize projects to their desired lengths, and use their own shelf materials to match surrounding cabinetry. The system comes in black and stainless steel finishes.
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