Top Kitchen Trends: Lighting & Cabinetry

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry has confirmed once again that of the top remodeling projects in 2014 the kitchen remains at the top. Among the top kitchen trends, lighting and cabinetry will be our focus today.

Transitional Kitchen with Contrasting Finishes by Trail Appliances
Transitional Kitchen with Contrasting Finishes & Pendant Lighting by Trail Appliances

According to Kevin Anundson, President of the NARI, “consumers want practical, comfortable kitchens that are efficient to use and easy to live in.” He goes on to say that “bigger isn’t better, although homeowners still want a feeling of space, and open concept with islands are still a significant part of kitchen trends in 2014.”

Lighting: 

The impact on kitchen lighting trends can be seen in the following applications:

Transitional Kitchen by Hammer Schmidt
Transitional Kitchen by Hammer Schmidt

Fewer Upper Cabinets create more space for decorative lighting including track and task lighting with adjustable arms, providing the option to direct light where it is needed the most.

Pendant lights, a popular choice for kitchen islands provide an opportunity to bring personal style into the space.

Transitional Kitchen with Chandelier
Transitional Kitchen with Chandelier

Chandeliers in kitchens bring unexpected drama and sparkle or a soft element among hard surfaces and lines that house appliances and smooth surfaces.

Over-sized light fixture brings a focal point into an otherwise functional space.

Transitional Style Kitchen with Under Cabinet Lighting from Kitchen Art Design Center
Transitional Style Kitchen with Under Cabinet Lighting from Kitchen Art Design Center

Under-cabinet lights work double duty by enhancing function while creating mood and ambiance, especially when entertaining.

Built-In Cabinetry:

Mixing and layering finishes and woods creates a custom look alongside built-in accent cabinets. These accent cabinets often floor to ceiling with glass fronts provide a showcase opportunity for collectibles and decorative elements that complement the decorating theme.

Contemporary Kitchen with Built-ins by Christy Dillard Kratzer
Contemporary Kitchen with Subtle Built-ins by Christy Dillard Kratzer

Appliances are subtly hidden behind built-in cabinetry creating a clean, streamlined appearance.

Modern Kitchen with Green & Black Color Scheme from BestHomeDesign
Modern Kitchen with Green & Black Color Scheme from BestHomeDesign

Colorful kitchen cabinetry has made a big comeback in palettes using blues, orange, browns or greens countering neutral white, wood or dark finishes seen most in transitional or contemporary styled kitchens.

Traditional Custom Built-In Cabinetry with Contrast  Cabinets & Counter Tops
Traditional Custom Built-In Cabinetry with Contrast Cabinets & Counter Tops

Dramatic contrasts of light cabinets with dark counter tops creates a striking visual impact.

I love all that’s trending in kitchen lighting and cabinetry and its all happening in the command station of the home where we do the most living!

Please refer to Shore News Today to view the complete Trend Report.

Contemporary Kitchen with Deep Purple Cabinetry
Contemporary Kitchen with Deep Purple Cabinetry
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