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Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinet Design Trends

On-trend cabinetry for the way we live today

Designing a new kitchen or bath involves more than selecting the cabinets and countertops. How the cabinets fit and function with the entire home is as integral to a successful design as selecting the perfect color palette.

To jump-start your thinking, we've gathered information on the latest kitchen and bathroom design trends.

Cabinet Color Trends

Kitchen cabinets with a yellow green kitchen island

Cabinet color trends reflect so much more than what a particular shade of hue happens to be popular at the moment. Colors are also a true reflection of the way people want to feel inside their homes, based on what is going on around them, and how they want to live now and into the future.

Purposeful Design

Dark cabinets by Homecrest in a bathroom designed with purpose

As homeowners decide to stay in their homes longer rather than sell, cabinetry design trends are shifting to reflect kitchens and baths designed with purpose, style and overall function in mind. Today's cabinets not only look beautiful, but they are accommodating homeowners' needs for more storage, better organization and ease of use.

Horizontal Orientation Cabinetry

A kitchen featuring horizontal orientation cabinetry

We are seeing an increased use of horizontal orientation cabinetry. With base cabinets that have widths of 36 inches, there is less need to stack cabinets vertically toward the ceiling, making it easier to reach items inside. Adding easy access drawers and organizational inserts to these base cabinets can add to the horizontal look and make it simple to keep clutter out of sight.

Functional Use Areas

Laundry room utility cabinet with ironing board and cleaning supplies

Homeowners are clustering cabinets together for functional uses. For example, an avid baker might create a baking center in the kitchen that includes a counter work surface, along with storage cabinets for baking pans, cookbooks and pantry items. Or a homeowner may incorporate an ironing area into a laundry room with a utility cabinet for the iron, ironing board and spray bottles, along with storage for laundry or cleaning supplies.

Clean Lines and Subtle Design

White cabinets with clean lines and subtle design

To ensure design flexibility for the long term, cabinet door styles are becoming simpler, using clean lines. This trend is making modern cabinetry a popular choice in homes today.

Transitional Styling

Open floor plan living room and kitchen with transitional cabinets

Homeowners continue to gravitate toward open floor plans, creating a need for cabinetry designs that have a transitional design flow from room to room. Using cabinetry with complementary designs and colors can create an appealing transition in a multipurpose area, such as a kitchen that opens up into a family room, or a large bath adjacent to a dressing room.

Timeless Design Motifs

A glass cabinet door featuring a timeless design motif

Art Deco design, first popular in the 1920s, remains very much in vogue with today’s homeowners. This timeless motif is being captured in kitchen and bath designs with bold, horizontal and vertical lines of color, and cabinetry accented by chrome fixtures and frosted glass inserts.

Incorporating Technology

Cabinets with a built-in charging station

As technology increasingly connects our world, today's homes are incorporating cabinetry details that can accommodate the way we live now, whether it's installing cabinets with built-in charging stations for electronics or creating beautiful in-home workspaces for laptops and tablets.

Industrial Materials

Industrial-like metal cabinet hardware on green cabinets

Effects that evoke industrial spaces make their way into home interiors, such as exposed copper pipes, blackened and burnished materials and slabs of concrete. In kitchens and baths, this look can be enhanced through faucets and cabinetry hardware in industrial-like metals or even mismatched handles.

Handcrafted Looks

Handcrafted kitchen cabinetry by Decora

The homemade charm of kitchen and bath cabinets with distressed finishes and eclectic styling provides a backdrop for many other sentimental design elements, from country kitchen antiques to collectibles from global adventures.