Top 6 Cabinet Trends to Try

By Erin Hynes | Dec. 19, 2016 2:45 pm PST

Cabinet trends

What’s hot in kitchen and bath design? From clean lines to neutral color schemes, here are the kitchen cabinet and bathroom cabinet trends that have people talking.

Kitchen and bathroom cabinets have something in common: They both should combine function with form. Cabinets hide your dishes and pantry items in the kitchen, and your makeup, lotions and hairbrushes in the bathroom — that’s their function.

But their form is just as important. Cabinets are a huge part of the aesthetics of both your kitchen and bathroom, and they help set the tone for the whole room.

If you’re getting ready to sell your home or are interested in a new look for your own enjoyment, cabinets can be a big part of the equation. What are some of the top trends in cabinetry? Here are six trends to help you get started.

1. Clean, simple lines

Gone are the ornately carved cabinet doors of the past. Enter: clean lines. Think sleek and simple instead of farmhouse style. And this isn’t just for the cabinet doors themselves, but for the handles and pulls as well. Long, sleek handles perfectly enhance a simply styled cabinet door.

2. Neutral colors

White cabinets have always been popular in the kitchen, but this year grays and other neutral colors are trending. If you’re not ready for a full-on cabinet replacement, try refacing. Or a coat of paint can freshen things up with minimal cost and effort.

3. Tuxedo cabinets

Choose white for your above-the-counter cabinets and black for those below. But you don’t have to stick to black and white. You could also pair dark and light blue, for example, or any other neutral colors.

4. Highly specialized functionality

Lazy Susans and pull-out drawers have long been popular, but today’s kitchens are getting more and more functional, using every inch of space to the fullest. Pull-out shelves for the pantry, drawers with more than one compartment, pull-out spice racks, cabinets made specifically for pots and pans — customize your cabinet storage to make it so much easier to organize.

5. Wood in the bathroom

While natural wood is giving way to color in kitchen cabinets, it’s having a renaissance in the bathroom. The whole design scheme of a bathroom should be calming, with soothing colors and natural elements in the sink, counter and tile. Wood cabinetry perfectly enhances that theme.

6. Lighting strips

Low-voltage lighting strips are popping up under and above cabinets in both the kitchen and bath. You can find self-adhesive strips of LED lights. Stick them under your cabinets to add to the room’s lighting scheme and help set the mood. Fill the bathtub with scented water, flip the overhead light off and turn on your lighting strips. Instant relaxation.

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