What's New in Kitchen Design?
As the kitchen continues to reign as
the gathering place for many families, design
trends have centered around creating a
space that is comfortable and inviting. The
arts and crafts movement has recently seen
a resurgence in modern kitchen design, as
homeowners opt for a more open layout
and subtle design decorations.
Hallmarks for the Design
What makes the kitchen more than just
another room in the home are the person-
al touches that make it unique. Many times
it's the simplicity of the overall design that
allows the room's finer details and individ-
ualized styling to take shape.
"The home is a sanctuary for many peo-
ple, and kitchen design trends reflect the high
demand for a space that allows the home-
owner to unwind," says Linda McLaugh-
lin, CKD, American Woodmark Corpora-
tion. As people continue to define their
perfect kitchen, Mission-style cabinetry,
with its extra-wide framing and cascading
top and bottom rails, complements the
homeowner's desire for simplicity. Full over-
lay doors and a recessed center panel high-
light the doors fine detailing and clean, sim-
ple lines while maintaining the understated
style of the arts and crafts movement.
Characteristics of the arts and crafts
· Strong, horizontal lines, natural mate-
rials and mid-to-darker finishes
· Metal hardware with brushed or ham-
mered finishes, reflecting true craftsman-
· Flooring in warm, earthy tones, in
either wood or tile
· Decorative accents, like art glass
inserts and Tiffany-style light fixtures
· Stacking cabinets, with cabinetry on
the upper level being shorter in height
Your Design Style
The key is to create a kitchen that works
for your home. Mission-style cabinetry,
available at home center retailers such as The
Home Depot, comes in a variety of species
and finishes. Once you have a particular
design style in mind, head to your local
retailer where you'll work with a designer
on your kitchen decorating or remodeling
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