Most of us are used to, or aware of, kitchen stock cabinets: builder grade or the basic style of cabinets typically sold at home improvement stores and big-box stores. However, over the last decade or so, designers have been pushing the envelope of opulence as the norm (on a middle-of-the-road budget, of course) when drafting the modern day kitchen. As a result, manufacturers are taking note and producing kitchen cabinets that are stylish and functional. At this year’s KBIS show, these suppliers brought their A-game with impressive and state of the art features: Wellborn Cabinet Inc., CNC, Cubitac, Fabuwood, and J&K Cabinetry to name a few.

Wellborn Cabinet Inc., known for their traditional/transitional style cabinets, showcased their frameless modern line called Aspire Cabinetry. In the picture below, the blue cabinets are ‘press open’, while the wood tone cabinet glides open. How clever; and there are no overhead doors to accidentally bump your head on. The open shelves allow for easy access to dinnerware or your favorite tchotchkes! This is also a great solution for clients with conditions causing range of motion and fine motor difficulties, such as arthritis.

Photos taken by Camille Scott Interiors unless otherwise noted

What is it about the modern day kitchen that sells a home or makes you just want to hang out even though you can’t cook? I believe it’s because designers, in tandem with their clients and contractors, have created a space that is not only functional but also, simply beau-ti-ful! That’s why we pin and instagram, right? The cabinets, among other essentials, have developed their own character, in essence, like fine furniture. You can even put a traditional armoire in your kitchen and call it a storage cabinet; within reason, of course. Cabico Custom Cabinetry, a Canadian based company, presented their Elmwood series that displayed state of the art cabinets with light integration and soft close drawers. Their storage cabinet reminds me of an updated armoire: a very fine one, I might add. It’s quite sleek, detailing design elements, such as clean lines and texture, in addition to retracting doors, which are a great feature for accessibility.

Photo taken from Cabico Custom Cabinetry’s website

Would you believe that I almost missed seeing the Fabuwood Cabinetry displays? – Almost. Their vignettes were quite captivating, in my opinion. They had a display to suite whatever design style you like.

The biggest color impact in cabinetry this year is: black kitchen cabinets with gold hardware. Again, True Residential and Fabuwood Cabinetry were among a few suppliers to showcase this contrasting combination. Quite elegant!

So, are you planning on remodeling, renovating or purchasing a new home and transforming your kitchen and bath? I am here to assist you with understanding your choices and selecting the best designs for you and your family. Let’s get started!

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Hi, I am an interior designer and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist. I approach design through the lens of efficiency and comfort without minimizing style.