Trends in Kitchen Cabinets, Countertops, Flooring, and Colors

When planning a new kitchen, the choice of cabinets, countertops, flooring and wall colors are key decisions. Will the kitchen cabinetry coordinate with the kitchen flooring? Should you choose a stock cabinet, or order custom cabinets? What materials should you consider for your countertops? These articles will give you design ideas and tips for the completely new kitchen or a beautiful kitchen upgrade.

Kitchen Design Articles

Designing with All the Components
Combine cabinetry, flooring, work surfaces and accessories to create the perfect kitchen. More...

A Look at What's Going on Underfoot
The floors of our kitchens are one aspect of space planning in which the current renaissance of appreciation for arts and crafts can be seen. Tried-and-true materials are showing up in new applications. At the same time, there's a myriad of new products to consider. More...

A Look At The Latest Color Trends
In each space that you create, bring in color that will express your personality, add interest, impact, and enhance the design. More...

Drawing on Eastern Asian Elements
Taking a look at global design, past and present may offer insights for a new paradigm. Eastern Asian, both Chinese and Japanese, focus on harmony and balance as keys to creating spaces of beauty, health and happiness. More...

The Finishing Touches
Embellish your home to fit your personality. It's your living area, after all. Put the things in it that will make you and your household the most comfortable. More...

Giving Your Kitchen a Timeless Quality
With good planning and careful attention to the selection of materials, the typical homeowner can develop a kitchen that will last a lifetime; one that will age gracefully and only become more comfortable over time. More...

Functional Furniture in the Home
The blending of kitchen function with the character of furniture is all around us. Current lifestyle and design trends, coupled with constantly changing technology, are contributing to this marriage of furniture or a furniture look with the storage, appliances and working centers of the functional kitchen. More...

The Basics
Good design is not simply a matter of attractiveness. It has to acknowledge that people differ in size, age, and ability, and that kitchens are used in a variety of ways. More...

Make Your Kitchen or Bathroom Reflect You
Personalizing your kitchen or bathroom can be done many ways. Let's face it–you spend large quantities of time in both rooms, so you should enjoy them to the fullest. The most important thing to remember is that the rooms should reflect you. More...

Design and Remodeling Tips

Collect Ideas!
Clip magazine photos of kitchens you're attracted to, and create a place to store your ideas. A binder or strong plastic envelope with a Velcro closure (available by the school or office supplies) can keep loose pages from magazines together neatly.

Cabinets for Kids
People with young families might want to consider cabinets with a distressed finish. These finishes are available in many different woods and stains. The inevitable bumps and nicks will blend right into the existing patina.

What's underfoot?
When choosing your flooring material, consider the following:

  • Is the material easy to clean?
  • What is the environmental impact?
  • Will the material continue to look fresh as the kitchen ages?
Trends in Kitchen Cabinets, Countertops, Flooring, and Colors
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