Kitchen Cabinets Spotlight Clean Lines, Accessible Storage

In today’s function-driven world, it isn’t enough for kitchen cabinetry to just look good – it has to offer functional benefits that help to better organize the kitchen while providing plentiful, accessible storage that maximizes hidden space.

From a design standpoint, cabinets continue to trend toward clean lines, textural elements and painted finishes in shades of white and gray. At the same time, the trend toward Great Room-style kitchens require kitchen cabinetry that integrates seamlessly into the rest of the home.

Here are some of the hottest trends in kitchen cabinets right now.

--Simple, fresh, clean-lined design remains one of the hottest design trends in cabinetry, with “transitional” the big buzzword right  now.

--While cabinet design trends toward simple and clean, visual interest is being added through the use of high-contrast looks and textural elements.

--Painted finishes in whites and, increasingly, grays are in high demand.

--As the trend toward open-space kitchens continues, it’s more important than ever for cabinetry to provide functional storage space as well as a unified look that blends with the rest of the open spaces.

--Smaller kitchens have made it critical for cabinetry to offer accessible storage that maximizes every last inch of space.

--Value continues to be important as budget considerations remain top of mind for many consumers, but consumers also recognize that they are making a long-term investment, and will spend on quality products that meet their design and functional needs.