Your kitchen cabinets are a huge element in both the style and practicality of your kitchen so it’s no wonder that designers are constantly striving to make them better looking and better performing. Kitchen cabinets have come a long way in recent years and they just keep improving. Here’s what’s hot in kitchen cabinets right now! To learn more about these or to view them for yourself, visit your local kitchen
One of the biggest trends in kitchen cabinetry right now is the hidden cabinet. Hidden cabinets make for nearly invisible storage and create beautiful clean lines in your kitchen. Instead of seeing a line of cabinets, you see what looks like a smooth timber wall, for example. They are incredibly popular in more open plan homes as they help the kitchen to flow into living areas more seamlessly.
Another hot trend is to use integrated handles on your kitchen cabinets. These are handles that are actually part of the cabinet door itself with one excellent example being grooved handles that are inset to the top of the cabinet door. They work well in kitchens where you want a more modern, streamlined look.
Lighting is essential to any kitchen, we know that, but LED lighting isn’t just relegated to under cabinet lighting or general kitchen lighting. The new trend sees LED lights actually being inset into the cabinetry itself so that it lights up the insides of drawers and cupboards. The extra illumination makes it so much easier to find what you are looking for at the backs of cabinets or in deep drawers.
Space is at a premium in many kitchens so anything that saves space is becoming popular. Sliding doors are making a bang, so to speak, as they don’t open outwards into the kitchen taking up valuable floor space. Sliding doors can be used for camouflage or as an accent and new technology sees them being able to be self opening and self closing, making them as practical as they are stylish.
The New Laminates
As laminates improve in look and functionality, they are starting to dominate the trends again, with a new range including high gloss finishes, exotic wood textures, new patterns and textures, and also self edging laminates. These definitely aren’t the daggy laminates from the 70s!
Integrating your appliances has been huge in Europe for years but it’s now catching on here as well. Integrating your appliances means making the fronts of them look like the rest of the cabinetry or hiding them behind special doors, so that you don’t know they’re there on a casual glance. Integrated appliances make your kitchen look more simple and neat.