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.
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.
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!
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