Thursday, March 21, 2013

Cabinet Trends for 2013

This year, during the International Builder's Show in Las Vegas, the hottest trends for kitchen cabinets were announced...and let me tell you, gone are the days of ho-hum cabinetry! With so many custom options and configurations available in today's market, kitchen designs are more elaborate and connected to the overall flow of the home. Open floor plans are now placing kitchens, which used to be located away from the main part of the home, at the forefront--forcing homeowners to outfit them in a manner fitting of their new importance in the home. Below is a run down of trends to watch for in kitchen cabinetry this year...

  • Darker, furniture-like finishes
  • Pure White
  • Avoid middle finishes, such as natural oak
European Style Cabinets: 
  • Hidden hinges
  • Soft close doors and drawers
  • Frameless cabinet construction
  • Full overlay doors and drawer fronts
Cabinets with glass doors:
  • Allow homeowners to showcase fine china and stemware
  • Help keep a kitchen organized by helping occupants to see what is being stored in each cabinet
Popular Styles: 
  • French Country: rich in personality and warmth
    French Kitchen D├ęcor, Taste of Elegance : French Country Kitchen Decorating
  • Contemporary: mostly available in white, chrome, and bold colors, these cabinets are classical with a touch of modern.

  • Shaker Style: simple, clean lines that work well with numerous types of decor
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Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Wilson House

I recently came across this video on the Wilson House, the private residence of Wilsonart founder Ralph Wilson Sr. and his family. Although plastic laminate was a popular counter top material in the 1950s when the house was built, many of the applications and building techniques seen throughout the home predate those used by the laminate industry by several years.

Take a few minutes to check out the video below, as this house pioneered a large number of standards that are commonplace in the plastic laminate industry today. And be sure to check out the great article that accompanies the video on Wilsonart's website here, for a little more insight on how the industry has developed from the 1950s-today.

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